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FEATURE - PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 11TH 2010
Celebrating 60 years of AUTOSPORT
AUTOSPORT has gathered six of the most iconic cars since 1950 to celebrate our 60th anniversary at this year's AUTOSPORT International Show

This August AUTOSPORT magazine will celebrate its 60th anniversary. It's a significant landmark in our glorious history and to mark this momentous occasion we have assembled half a dozen of the most important cars of the past six decades.

The magnificent machines on show can be found on a special display at this week's AUTOSPORT International Show at the Birmingham NEC, on stand 2220 in Hall 20.

1950s - Maserati 250F

The 250F is acknowledged as the most beautiful car of its generation. The one on our display was driven to victory by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1957 Monaco GP and is truly a must-see exhibit.

Jim Clark (Lotus Cortina) at Snetterton LAT

1960s - Lotus Cortina

Super Scot Jim Clark raced this fabulous Group 5 version of the classic Lotus-engined Ford Cortina during 1966. It was victorious in the Oulton Park Gold Cup and is a fabulous example of one of the most iconic touring cars of its day.

1970s - Lotus 72

The car that redefined the design of F1 cars in the 1970s. Its dart-like looks first graced the scenes in 1970, and was still winning four years on. Super Swede Ronnie Peterson raced our example in the 1975 South African GP.

Wolter Rohrl & Christian Geistdorfer (Audi Sport Quattro E2) 1985 Sanremo Rally LAT

1980s - Audi Quattro S1

THE AUDI Quattro revolutionised rallying, introducing four-wheel-drive to devastating effect. Its rivals soon caught up though, so Audi hit back with the short-wheelbase, bewinged S1. In the hands of double world champ Walter Rohrl, our monster took part in the 1985 RAC Rally.

1990s - Williams FW14B

Williams was the dominant force in F1 during the 1990s, and the technologically ground-breaking FW14B especially so. Nigel Mansell revelled in the glories of the car's traction control, active suspension and powerful Renault engine to blitz the 1992 title.

Fernando Alonso (Renault R25) 2005 Grand Prix of San Marino LAT

2000s - Renault R25

The 2000s started off with five-straight titles for Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. But Renault and Fernando Alonso ended that run in 2005. The R25 was a beautifully balanced car that extracted the full potential of its Michelin tyres and allowed Alonso to take seven wins and the drivers' crown.

AUTOSPORT International takes place at the Birmingham NEC from January 14-17. Click here for more information and tickets.

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