Birth of Formula One – 75 Years


01 September 2021
Jersey Post celebrate the Birth of Formula One 75 years ago with ten stamps, dedicated to the ten British drivers that have achieved the ultimate accolade of World Champion; award-winning artist Keith Burns’ fabulously dynamic artwork features each of these champions of the sport duelling with their rivals.

These ten stamps and two miniature sheets are in a two-part series: 

Part One features five Jersey stamps paying homage to

  • Mike Hawthorn
  • Jim Clark
  • Jackie Stewart
  • Damon Hill
  • Jenson Button
  • …with James Hunt featuring on the miniature sheet 

Part Two showcases:

  • Graham Hill
  • John Surtees
  • James Hunt
  • Nigel Mansell
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • …and the miniature sheet features Jim Clark. 

Formula One is the pinnacle of world motorsport, the highest class of international auto racing for single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile.

Originally called Formula A, the first race to approved Formula One rules was a Grand Prix race held at Valentino Park, Turin, Italy, on 1 September 1946.

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After a mediocre start, a generation of British engineers and drivers came onto the scene to win a cluster of World Championships and develop an excellence in producing British designed and manufactured cars, continuing to dominate the sport to this day. 

Keith Burns, the artist, said:

“Working on this project has been an absolute dream come true. I’ve always been obsessed with cars, especially racing cars. They embody technical excellence and a pursuit for speed and handling that has much in common with my usual field of aviation. The approach is the same - to try to capture the same kinetic energy and drama through story-telling and human involvement. As an avid fan of motorsport, it has been a real treat to research in-depth the cars and British World Champions of the last 75 years.” 

As well as First Day Covers, Presentation Packs and art prints, there is also a coffee-table style art book available, featuring 20 of Keith Burns’ illustrations from throughout the issue. Written by motorsport journalist Joe Saward, it includes a foreword by 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell. 

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