Gallery: Long Beach's Formula 1 history in pictures

Although Long Beach is more famous as an IndyCar venue, it also enjoyed a brief stint on the Formula 1 calendar as the host of the United States Grand Prix West between 1976-83.

James Hunt, McLaren M23 flies into the air as he collides with John Watson, Brabham BT45B at the start of the race
James Hunt, McLaren M23 flies into the air as he collides with John Watson, Brabham BT45B at the start of the race
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Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell P34 Ford
Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell P34 Ford
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Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C2B, leads from Keke Rosberg, Williams FW08C Ford, Jacques Laffite, Williams FW08C Ford and René Arnoux, Ferrari 126C2B, at the start
Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C2B, leads from Keke Rosberg, Williams FW08C Ford, Jacques Laffite, Williams FW08C Ford and René Arnoux, Ferrari 126C2B, at the start
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Podium: race winner John Watson, McLaren, second place Niki Lauda, McLaren, third place René Arnoux, Ferrari
Podium: race winner John Watson, McLaren, second place Niki Lauda, McLaren, third place René Arnoux, Ferrari
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Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C2B, Keke Rosberg, Williams FW08C Ford, and René Arnoux, Ferrari 126C2B, lead at the start
Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C2B, Keke Rosberg, Williams FW08C Ford, and René Arnoux, Ferrari 126C2B, lead at the start
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Members of the Niki Lauda Fan Club
Members of the Niki Lauda Fan Club
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Niki Lauda, McLaren MP4/1B-Ford, second place Keke Rosberg, Williams, third place Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari
Niki Lauda, McLaren MP4/1B-Ford, second place Keke Rosberg, Williams, third place Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari
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Nigel Mansell, Lotus practices shooting with the local Police
Nigel Mansell, Lotus practices shooting with the local Police
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Andrea de Cesaris, Alfa Romeo 182 leads Niki Lauda, McLaren MP4/1B-Ford Cosworth, Rene Arnoux, Renault RE30B, Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Bruno Giacomelli, Alfa Romeo 182, Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 126C2, Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT49D-Ford Cosworth and Keke Rosberg, Williams FW07C-Ford Cosworth, at the start
Andrea de Cesaris, Alfa Romeo 182 leads Niki Lauda, McLaren MP4/1B-Ford Cosworth, Rene Arnoux, Renault RE30B, Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Bruno Giacomelli, Alfa Romeo 182, Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 126C2, Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT49D-Ford Cosworth and Keke Rosberg, Williams FW07C-Ford Cosworth, at the start
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Alan Jones, Williams FW07C Ford
Alan Jones, Williams FW07C Ford
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Podium: race winner Nelson Piquet, Brabham, second place Riccardo Patrese, Arrows, third place Emerson Fittipaldi
Podium: race winner Nelson Piquet, Brabham, second place Riccardo Patrese, Arrows, third place Emerson Fittipaldi
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Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT49 Ford, leads from René Arnoux, Renault RE20, Patrick Depailler, Alfa Romeo 179, Jan Lammers, ATS D4 Ford, Alan Jones, Williams FW07B Ford, and Bruno Giacomelli, Alfa Romeo 179, at the start while further back Mario Andretti, Lotus 81 Ford, and Jean-Pierre Jarier, Tyrrell 010 Ford, make contact
Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT49 Ford, leads from René Arnoux, Renault RE20, Patrick Depailler, Alfa Romeo 179, Jan Lammers, ATS D4 Ford, Alan Jones, Williams FW07B Ford, and Bruno Giacomelli, Alfa Romeo 179, at the start while further back Mario Andretti, Lotus 81 Ford, and Jean-Pierre Jarier, Tyrrell 010 Ford, make contact
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Clay Regazzoni, Ensign N180
Clay Regazzoni, Ensign N180
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Alan Jones with two 'Miss Toyota Grand Prix'
Alan Jones with two 'Miss Toyota Grand Prix'
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Mario Andretti, Alfa Romeo 179C, bounces over a kerb
Mario Andretti, Alfa Romeo 179C, bounces over a kerb
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Podium: race winner Nelson Piquet, Brabham, second place Riccardo Patrese, Arrows, third place Emerson Fittipaldi
Podium: race winner Nelson Piquet, Brabham, second place Riccardo Patrese, Arrows, third place Emerson Fittipaldi
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Podium: race winner Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari, second place Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, third Alan Jones, Williams
Podium: race winner Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari, second place Jody Scheckter, Ferrari, third Alan Jones, Williams
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Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell talks with George Harrison, former Beatle and F1 fan
Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell talks with George Harrison, former Beatle and F1 fan
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Podium: race winner Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari, second Mario Andretti, Lotus, third Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell
Podium: race winner Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari, second Mario Andretti, Lotus, third Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell
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John Watson, Brabham BT46 dives down the inside of Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T3, Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari 312T3 and team mate Niki Lauda, Brabham BT46
John Watson, Brabham BT46 dives down the inside of Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T3, Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari 312T3 and team mate Niki Lauda, Brabham BT46
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Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari 312T3 passes the adult film cinema
Carlos Reutemann, Ferrari 312T3 passes the adult film cinema
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Patrick Tambay, McLaren M28 Ford flies over the back of Niki Lauda, Brabham BT48 Ford at the hairpin on lap 1
Patrick Tambay, McLaren M28 Ford flies over the back of Niki Lauda, Brabham BT48 Ford at the hairpin on lap 1
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Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T4 leads at the start
Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T4 leads at the start
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James Hunt, with F1 celebrity fans George Harrison, Beatles guitarist, and Leo Sayer, Singer
James Hunt, with F1 celebrity fans George Harrison, Beatles guitarist, and Leo Sayer, Singer
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The Grand Prix attracted front page headlines in the local newspapers
The Grand Prix attracted front page headlines in the local newspapers
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Race winner Mario Andretti, Lotus
Race winner Mario Andretti, Lotus
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Jody Scheckter, Wolf WR1 Ford leads into Queens Hairpin with Mario Andretti, Lotus 78 Ford and Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
Jody Scheckter, Wolf WR1 Ford leads into Queens Hairpin with Mario Andretti, Lotus 78 Ford and Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
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Race winner Mario Andretti, Lotus celebrates on the podium by having his trophy filled with champagne
Race winner Mario Andretti, Lotus celebrates on the podium by having his trophy filled with champagne
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Mario Andretti, Lotus 78-Ford Cosworth
Mario Andretti, Lotus 78-Ford Cosworth
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Stirling Moss, interviews Ronnie Peterson, March
Stirling Moss, interviews Ronnie Peterson, March
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Podium: race winner Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari and third place Patrick Depallier, Tyrrell
Podium: race winner Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari and third place Patrick Depallier, Tyrrell
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Stirling Moss in conversation with Juan Manuel Fangio with on-lookers Rene Dreyfus, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney and Maurice Trintignant
Stirling Moss in conversation with Juan Manuel Fangio with on-lookers Rene Dreyfus, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney and Maurice Trintignant
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Mario Andretti stands next to his Parnelli VPJ4B Ford in the pits
Mario Andretti stands next to his Parnelli VPJ4B Ford in the pits
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Photographers gather at the bottom of Linden Avenue to shoot the race, as two city workers decide to use their dumpster truck as a great vantage point
Photographers gather at the bottom of Linden Avenue to shoot the race, as two city workers decide to use their dumpster truck as a great vantage point
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Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T
Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T
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James Hunt, McLaren M23
James Hunt, McLaren M23
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Alan Jones, Surtees TS19 negotiates Les Esses du Clos
Alan Jones, Surtees TS19 negotiates Les Esses du Clos
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Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari 312T leads Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell 007 into the first corner at the start of the race
Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari 312T leads Patrick Depailler, Tyrrell 007 into the first corner at the start of the race
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Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T, is photographed by photographers perched on top of a building roof
Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T, is photographed by photographers perched on top of a building roof
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Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari, with his model of the Queen Mary boat for a winner's trophy
Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari, with his model of the Queen Mary boat for a winner's trophy
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Podium: race winner Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari and third place Patrick Depallier, Tyrrell
Podium: race winner Clay Regazzoni, Ferrari and third place Patrick Depallier, Tyrrell
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Women in the pits
Women in the pits
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Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
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Niki Lauda takes a seat in a Mercedes Grand Prix car from 1954 with next to him Juan Manuel Fangio
Niki Lauda takes a seat in a Mercedes Grand Prix car from 1954 with next to him Juan Manuel Fangio
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Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312T2
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World Champion Mario Andretti, Lotus 79
World Champion Mario Andretti, Lotus 79
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Mario Andretti, Lotus 79 Ford, leads Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T4
Mario Andretti, Lotus 79 Ford, leads Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T4
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Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T5
Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T5
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The turbocharger fitted to the Ferrari 126CK
The turbocharger fitted to the Ferrari 126CK
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James Hunt, Wolf WR7 Ford
James Hunt, Wolf WR7 Ford
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