There’s no doubt that current F1 cars are amazingly cool and technologically advanced. But there was just something about the cars of the 1970s that cannot be replicated, as Marshall Pruett explains.

At last weekend’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Pruett had a chance to get up close and personal with a number of 1970s F1 machines, cars that make the current crop appear to be sterile factory made machines, not loving works of art.

Cars like the Tyrrell 007 and Lotus 79 just aren’t the same as the cars that populate today’s grid. I’ll let Marshall Pruett take it from here. And look here if you just want pretty pictures.