Most people know Watkins Glen International as a race track in upstate New York that used to host Formula One back in the '70s and '80s. F1 doesn't race there anymore, but that doesn't mean we can't watch some super-fast onboard footage from back in the day.
The official sent out a video this morning of French driver Didier Pironi piloting his Cosworth V8-powered Tyrrell 008 through the 3.38-mile course during the 1978 U.S. Grand Prix. At this point in the Glen's history, "the boot" had been added to the short course, giving the track turns six, seven, eight, and nine. However, the bus stop chicane on the back straight had not yet been constructed.
That means cars were still traveling at ridiculous speeds coming into the outer loop, as this onboard of Pironi's lap will now demonstrate. The video might not be the best quality, but for a 40-year-old onboard camera, it's more than enough to satisfy us. The sound is just a bonus.
via Patrick Frawley on