From: Olympia, WA
warspite1, you are right they were only for a couple of years, but they look so awesome and brought something really new. Today there is no difference between two cars for an ordinary man.
That's true enough . Off the top of my head I think 1983 was the last time the cars came to the grid with lots of different designs (new rules came into effect that saw the banning of flat bottom, ground effect cars) and was far more interesting. There has been the occasional ground breaker since, but nothing like that season in scale.
I'll agree with you but wanted to make a technical note: the ground effect cars were not flat bottomed, they were built with a venturi tunnel in the underside. The new rules banning the ground effects forced a switch to flat bottomed cars. IIRC, the first attempt at curbing the ground effects cars banned the moving skirts which helped maintain the venturi effect. That wasn't enough, so in the long run they banned the venturi tunnel undercarriages.