Ford Mustang II     Lee Iacocca     Johnny Rutherford     Bobby Unser     Richard Petty     Mark Donohue     Volkswagen Golf Mk1     VW Rabbit     VW Caribe

1974 Seventies history
movies & celebrities
books & comedy
cars & races
gadgets & toys

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1970s Autos & Races

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The Automobiles of 1974


Car of the Year 1974


1974 Video Ad for Ford Mustang II


The 1973 OPEC oil embargo found Ford's Lee Iacocca redesigning the Mustang for the future of fuel efficiency to compete with the emerging Japanese imports. A new body was designed and put on top of a Pinto chassis with a choice of 4 or 6 cylinders, a V8 was unavailable. With higher safety standards the vehicle's reduced size was offset by heavier equipment. The the Mustang II won Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1974, it was no such thing. It was smaller, slower and unpopular. It was replaced in 1978 with a new series. 10 Most Embarrassing Car Awards #9 Ford Mustang II


mustang II 1974


The Volkswagen Golf

volkswagen golf 1974


The Volkswagen Beetle is replaced by the Volkswagen Golf Mk1. It is produced in America as the VW Rabbit and in Mexico as the VW Caribe. It enjoyed an 11 year run being replaced by a more rounded and larger model the Golf Mk2. The MK1 is still being produced in South Africa. The car was noted for its front wheel drive, hatchback and mechanical stability. The Golf goes on selling, 22 million units in five model generation as of 2008.


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The Races of 1974


Johnny Rutherford 1974

Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford


bobby unser 1974

USAC Racing - Bobby Unser


richard petty 1974

Richard Petty won the Daytona 500

NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty


IROC Championship - inaugural year won by Mark Donohue

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Formula One Championship - Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil

24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Henri Pescarolo / Gérard Larrousse won, driving a Matra MS670B

Rally racing - In the first rally to cross the Sahara Desert, the Australian team of Ken Tubman, Andre Welenski, and Jim Reddiex won the "World Cup Rally" driving a Citroën.


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Drag racing - Don Garlits won "Top Fuel" at the NHRA World Finals

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Seventies Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Seventies in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Seventies websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Seventies including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Seventies Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.

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Seventies Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Sixties Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



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The Seventies through the years in pictures, videos, sound and music
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