Stewart and Rindt prep for a mad dash showdown

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On this day in 1969, Jackie Stewart out-dragged Jochen Rindt to win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza by a cool 0.08s after a thrilling finish.

Amidst an electric atmosphere, an exciting slip-streaming battle involving up to eight cars formed in the latter part of the race.

The lead changed no less than fourteen times in the 68-lap race as Stewart, Rindt, Hulme, Courage, Hill, McLaren, Beltoise and Siffert dared and defied each other.

With just four laps to go, a final slipstream shootout pitted Stewart's Matra against Rindt, Beltoise and McLaren.

In the shot above - snapped by the way by a 16-year-old Paul-Henri Cahier - Stewart is seen glancing over and checking out his rival as both men prepare for their showdown.

The great Scot lost the lead to the Austrian's Lotus on the last lap, but regained it only to lose it again to Beltoise as the group barreled down towards the Parabolica.

The French driver's Matra drifted wide on the exit however, leaving Stewart and Rindt to race each other to the checkered flag.

Stewart's win gave him his first world championship title, with three races to go.