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For the most part, F1 cars from the early seventies were simple, straightforward and often beautiful designs. The Lotus 72, the Ferrari 312 B2 or the McLaren M19 come to mind as a few elegant examples of the neat machines which graced the grid back then. The Brabham BT34 however was among the most hideous F1 cars of all time, at least in its low-downforce configuration, as seen here at Monza in 1971 with Graham Hill behind the wheel. Designed by the great Ron Tauranac, who had taken over Brabham from its founder Jack Brabham at the end of 1970, the BT34 was appropriately named the 'lobster claw' car thanks to its nose which featured two separate radiators mounted on the corners with an...
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