'Eppie' wasn't very peppy in a works Lotus


The very first Canadian Grand Prix was run on this day in 1967 at the picturesque Mosport circuit located in Ontario.

A look at the event's starting grid that year reveals a 18-car strong field, with two Canadian drivers sitting on the last row, one of which was Eppie Wietzes entered in a third works Lotus.

Unsurprisingly, 'Eppie' wasn't very peppy, qualifying over 8 seconds slower than Team Lotus front-runners Jim Clark and Graham Hill.

It wasn't any better on race day, the local follower being put out of his misery by a mechanical issue after 69 laps of mobile chicane activity.

The other Canadian to grace the grid you ask? The no less famous Al Pease in a privately-entered Eagle, but that's a story for another day.

By the way, Jack Brabham was the winner of the very first F1 Canadian Grand Prix.