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[Legacy] [10th Anniversary Special] Formula 1 Classics


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2019 marks the 10th anniversary of when I first joined YCM, and also the 10th anniversary of the Formula 1 themed cards. So, as a special treat, I decided to make a few cards based on iconic F1 cars of the past. This is the Formula 1 Classics series!




Formula 1 Classic - Fittipaldi F5A

Machine/Effect/LIGHT/Level 6

2300 ATK/1600 DEF


You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its ATK becomas 1500. If all monsters your opponent controls have lower ATK than this card (min. 1), this card can attack your opponent directly. If this card with 1500 or less ATK attacks your opponent directly and inflicts Battle Damage while they control a monster: Banish all monsters your opponent controls, face-down. You can only control 1 "Formula 1 Classic - Fittipaldi F5A".


The F5A was raced by the Copersucar Fittipaldi team between 1978 and 1979. It is the evolution of the F5 chassis used in 1977 and the first of the team's cars to use the infamous Ground Effect. It was driven by the team's founder and owner at the time, two-time World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. It was the team's most successful car, scoring a total of 17 points, as well as the team's best result ever, a second place finish at the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix at the now defunct Autódromo Nelson Piquet, in Rio de Janeiro.




Formula 1 Classic - Lotus 79

Machine/Effect/DARK/Level 8

3000 ATK/2700 DEF


Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by shuffling 2 "Formula 1" monsters you control into the Deck. While face-up on the field, this card is also EARTH-Attribute. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict Piercing Battle Damage to your opponent, but that monster is not destroyed by battle. Once per turn: You can banish 1 "Formula 1" monster from your hand; Until the end of this turn, this card gains the following effect:
*If this card attacks, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step.
Although Lotus only started running this car in 1978, the Lotus 79 had been in development since the mid 70's. Lotus was in quite the crisis at the time, after the innovations Colin Chapman brought to the table with the Lotus 76 in 1974 proved inefficient. The 76 was the first car to have a lever on the steering wheel replacing the clutch pedal, like it is on F1 cars of the current era, but it was largely unreliable at the time, so much that Lotus had to go back to using the outdated 72 for the remainder of 1974 and the entirety of 1975. With things going from bad to worse, Colin Chapman decided to go radical: By making the car's sidepods much longer than usual, and shaping their bottom like an inverted wing, he basically turned the entire car into a giant aerodynamic device. And thus, the legendary Ground Effect was born. The 79's predecessor, the Lotus 78, was clearly the fastest car around and only lost the championship due to reliability issues. With those ironed out in the 79, Lotus dominated the season, winning both championships, with Mario Andretti claiming the drivers' crown after his teammate Ronnie Peterson's tragic death at Monza.
Formula 1 Classic - Minardi M186
Machine/Effect/LIGHT/Level 4
ATK 1800/DEF 1600
When this card is Summoned: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Formula 1" monster from your Deck, except "Formula 1 Classic - Minardi M186". When this card is sent to the GY: Add 1 "Formula 1" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Formula 1 Classic - Minardi M186". You can only use 1 "Formula 1 Classic - Minardi M186" effect per turn, and only once that turn.
The M186 was always one of my personal favorite F1 cars in terms of looks. While it was largely unsuccessful - It only competed in six races in 1986, with Andrea de Cesaris at the wheel for all of them except in Austria, where Alessandro Nannini took the wheel, and retired from all of them except for the Mexican Grand Prix, where De Cesaris finished 8th, scoring no points, it was still quite a beautiful car, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to turn it into a card.
Formula 1 Classic - Porsche 804
Machine/Effect/EARTH/Level 6
0 ATK/2500 DEF
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand or GY) by paying 1000 LP while you control a "Formula 1" monster. When this card is Special Summoned: You can discard any number of "Formula 1" monsters from your hand, and if you do, this card gains 1000 ATK for each. If this card battles a monster, any battle damage to either player is doubled. There can only be 1 "Formula 1 Classic - Porsche 804" on the field.
The 804 was Porsche's most successful Formula One car. Driven in 1962 by Dan Gurney, the car scored the German manufacturer's only win in the sport, at the 1962 French Grand Prix at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit (technically, Porsche attained two wins with this car, but one of them was a non-championship race, so I don't count it). It is quite the sleek-looking machine from a time where you needed nerves of steel to drive a Formula One car, as death was always right around the corner. This was Porsche's last F1 car as a factory squad, but privateers continued to run Porsches in F1 until 1964.
Formula 1 Classic - Tyrrell P34
Machine/Effect/WATER/Level 6
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing up to 6 "Formula 1" monsters from your GY. The original ATK and DEF of this card are equal to the number of monsters banished to Special Summon it  x600. During the Main Phase, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can activate this effect; This card permanently loses 600 ATK and DEF, and if it does, negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.
The Tyrrell P34 (stands for Project 34) only raced on two F1 seasons - 1976 and 1977 - but even to this day, it is a fan favorite. With its six-wheeled layout, the P34 was one of the most radical F1 cars ever conceived. The car debuted in the 1976 Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, and drivers Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler produced a good result, showing the car was competitive. The Frenchman continually praised the car, however future World Champion Scheckter was unimpressed... Until the P34's golden moment arrived at the Swedish Grand Prix in Anderstorp, where Scheckter and Depailler, in that order, scored a 1-2 finish for the Tyrrell team - The only time in history that a six-wheeled car obtained a victory in an F1 Grand Prix. Scheckter left the team to join Walter Wolf Racing in 1977, where he gave the then rookie team a win in its first race, and was replaced with Ronnie Peterson. The P34 was redesigned for that season - some of this due to Peterson's height - receiving the P34B denomination. However, due to the car being heavier than its predecessor, it lacked the competitiveness of 1976. The project was abandoned for 1978, and the FIA placed a ban on six-wheeled layouts shortly after, but the car is still loved by many, and a common sight in events involving historic F1 cars.
Formula 1 Classic - Surtees TS9B
Machine/Effect/WATER/Level 3
500 ATK/1800 DEF
When this card is Summoned: You can send 1 Machine monster from your hand or Deck to the GY. While this card is face-up on the field, if there is a "Formula 1" monster(s) in your GY, your opponent cannot declare an attack. If this is the only card you control, it can attack your opponent directly a number of times equal to the number of "Formula 1" monsters in your GY. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked: Banish a number of "Formula 1" monsters from your GY equal to the number of times this card inflicted Battle Damage this turn.
The Surtees TS9 was the second car designed by former F1 and motorcycle world champion John Surtees in his partnership with Peter Connew. The car was ran by Surtees's own team, as well as a few customer squads. The car shown here is the TS9B, the spec ran between 1972 and 1973. The car's best result came in the 1972 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where Mike Hailwood finished second behind Emerson Fittipaldi - who was crowned the youngest-ever World Champion in this very race. It is a rather obscure F1 machine, but a very nice-looking one as well.
Formula 1 Classic - Alfa Romeo 182B
Machine/Effect/FIRE/Level 4
2200 ATK/0 DEF
When this card is Normal Summoned: Destroy this card. When this card is targeted for an attack or by a card effect: Destroy this card. When this card is destroyed by a card effect: Activate 1 of the following effects:
*Send 1 card your opponent controls to the GY. You must control a "Formula 1" monster to activate and to resolve this effect.
*Banish 1 random card from your opponent's hand, face-down.
The Alfa Romeo 182 was ran by the Alfa Romeo team in the 1982 season, with Andrea de Cesaris and Bruno Giacomelli at the wheel. It was a solid midfield runner in terms of pace, but was extremely unreliable - The team had a massive 19 retirements in 1982, if both drivers' results are combined. The car's best result was at the chaotic 1982 Monaco Grand Prix, where De Cesaris was classified third after retiring on the final lap due to running out of fuel. The Italian also managed to score a pole position in the United States-West Grand Prix at Long Beach, but failed to finish the race. The spec shown here is the 182B, which debuted at the Belgian Grand Prix in Zolder and was ran for most of the year.



Formula 1 Classic - Williams FW14B

Machine/Effect/WATER/Level 10

3000 ATK/3000 DEF


Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) at the start of your first Main Phase 1 after a "Formula 1" monster(s) was destroyed by battle and sent to the GY. Unaffected by card effects. If this card destroys a monster by battle: Draw 2 cards. When this card leaves the field: You can Special Summon 1 "Formula 1" monster from your hand, Deck or GY.


As technology began to take center stage in Formula 1 in the early 90's, one car surely stands out. The Williams FW14 was clearly the fastest car on the grid in 1991, packing traction control and a semi-automatic transmission, but Williams were their own worst enemy. The car's inferior reliability to McLaren's MP4/6 saw them lose both championships to the Woking squad, but there would be no such issue for them in the following year. With a revised gearbox and aerodynamic package, and now packing the revolutionary Active Suspension, the FW14B was introduced in 1992 and was pretty much untouchable. The car was so immensely superior to anything else on the field - even McLaren's own MP4/7A, the second fastest car on the grid - that there were occasions in which Mansell and his teammate Riccardo Patrese would be two seconds faster than any other driver! Ayrton Senna referred to the FW14B as a car 'from another planet', and rightfully so, as Nigel Mansell scored 9 race wins - breaking Senna's own record of 8 wins in 1988 - as well as a record 14 pole positions out of a possible 16 - a record that would stand for nearly 20 years. The FW14B is among the top 5 most dominant F1 cars of all time, and is seen by many as the greatest F1 car of the 1990's.


I plan on making more of these eventually. The 2019 set should be released soon as well, but not all of the 2019 cars have been released yet.

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I absolutely like how you made a card revolving around each car and even took the time to tell that car's story. That shows that even after a decade here, you still enjoy making cards and even sharing your knowledge of the topic in the process. For that alone, I commend you.


Also, your cards seem very well put together and fairly balanced.


I have always wanted to make cards based around cars but I couldn't think of a way to do it so it became a back burner project.


You somewhat inspired me to give it another shot.

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