Since the early days of Grand Prix racing many attempts were made to enter the Formula One and pre-war Grand Prix era. The period 1885 – 2021 contains over 650 Unraced projects. Every now and then new projects appear on the surface. To share with you all the stories i decided to summarize the stories per year. Don’t you worry, all the stories will be researched and eventually published. This is the summarized overview of the 1970 season.
Herdez F1 Team
The Herdez project is one of these projects there isn’t much information to find about. It’s an Mexican attempt to appear on the grid with an all-Mexican Fomula One team. The first news seemed to have appeared in early 1970. In my only archive, I found some small article mentioning the Herdez project. However, no names or info is mentioned in it. Neither on the internet I can find any information regarding this Mexican attempt to debut in the Formula One. It could be as well misread information from my side. If you have more information about this attempt feel free to share the information you have!
At the end of the 60s Matra came with the Matra MS12 which would power the Matra MS120 eventually, looking at the stats the most successful Matra F1. The engine was a creation of Georges Martin who joined the company earlier in the 60s. The Matra MS11 fitted with the MS12 was put on display at the 1970 Paris Motor Show. However, Jackie Stewart tested with this Matra at Albi. After his test, he told the team he would remain faithful to the Cosworth DFV. While Jean-Pierre Beltoise continued testing on the Bugatti circuit.
Trivia: The Matra MS11/12 was entered for several hill climbs in 1970. Jean-Pierre Beltoise managed to win two of them in August 1970. At Mont-Dore and d’Urcy. While Pescarolo won at Beaujolais.