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Posted 26 August 2015 - 07:47 AM

I'm sure we've also discussed Norman Dewis, 90+ former Jaguar driver, in close proximity to the massive Le Mans accident in 1955 and Jaguar's chief test driver for many years. Obitable, surely.


Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

Thought I'd update Octopus of Odstock's list posted on 22 February 2006. There are still some survivors and I've left in the original comments for the survivors. All info taken from Wiki, corrections from those more knowledgeable appreciated.


Paul Pietsch b. 1911 d. 2012

Emmanuel de Graffenried b. 1914 d. 2007

Paul Frere b. 1917 d. 2008

Robert Manzon b. 1917 d. 2015

John Fitch b. 1917 d. 2012

Tony Rolt b. 1918 d. 2008

Andre Guelfi b. 1919
Another man whose fame is greater than his GP career - just one racer. Likely to get an obit on the BBC as he was the man who was embroiled in the Elf Aquaitaine scandal & very well known in France. Also had a role in the IOC. In good health though.

Hans Klenk b. 1919 d. 2009


Eric Thompson b. 1919 d. 2015

Andre Simon b. 1920 d. 2012

Tony Crook b. 1920 d. 2014

Tony Gaze DFC AOM b. 1920 d. 2013

Les Leston b. 1920 d. 2012

Kenneth McAlpine OBE b. 1920
Member of McAlpine construction family & Connaught racing. Obit assured, health is, again, solid.

Roy Salvadori b. 1922 d. 2012

Leslie Marr Bt. b. 1922
More famous as an artist. Definite obit, of which racing would be a small mention. No known health scares, but a little more frail recently.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez b. 1922 d. 2013

Carroll Shelby b. 1923 d. 2012

Roberto Mieres b. 1924 d. 2012


Maria Teresa de Fillippis b. 1926

de Fillippis ... due to her being the first woman in F1.

Sir Jack Brabham b. 1926 d. 2014

Phil Hill b. 1927 d. 2008

John Rhodes b. 1927
Might well get an obit due to being a legend in club racing. This would be broadsheet only, kinda news in brief etc. Was in good health a few years back, but I haven't heard much of him last few years

Lloyd Ruby b. 1928 d. 2009

Hans Herrmann b. 1928
Obit possible due to relative fame in his day. But, despite overweight, another in fine health.

Sir Stirling Moss b.1929
Perhaps the most famous living driver, obit certain. Has had prostate cancer, but recovered. A little frailer than before as a result, but I don't see him going just yet, too active.

Guy Ligier b. 1930 d. 2015


Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:30 PM

O Of O presents useful tips - note, some of these are famous for not just Grand Prix:


Hans Klenk & Eric Thompson b. 1919
Both are in reasonable health. Klenk was a constructor/sportscar ace, Thompson had a few GP's & worked at Lloyd's & ran his bookshop. However both have only a slim chance of an obit.



Eric Thompson has died at 95. http://www.autosport...t.php/id/120491


Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:13 AM

This is a bad year for racing R.I.P Jules bianchi and Justin Wilson

Rotten Ali

Posted 25 August 2015 - 02:14 AM

RIP Justin Wilson - fine driver and all round nice guy. He will be missed by too many people.

Red Flag

Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:07 AM

Justin Wilson has died

Dr. Zorders

Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:06 AM

Guy Ligier, until 1997 owner of the eponymous F1 team, has died at 85. https://translate.go....html&edit-text=


One team awaits the DDP qualifying bonus.


Edit: BBC Obit: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/34036755

Now he'll be firing Andrea de Cesaris in heaven...


(p.s. unless I've missed something Justin Wilson becomes the first driver from a 2000s F1 race to die)


Posted 24 August 2015 - 03:52 AM

Official statement.

In a coma, condition critical.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, won his 16th career win this race, which ties him with Dan Wheldon; the last Indy driver to perish in a race.

Red Flag

Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:45 AM

Been over 2 hours since it happened and no word other than he was unconscious and unresponsive according to his team mate. Rumour is that they're waiting for the family to get there from Colorado before they announce anything. If there was good news, they would have announced it by now

And with Guy Ligier's passing, I think I lead the DDP theme team league now. I'd rather Justin was OK, though. Really nice guy. Been following his career since I saw him race in Formula Vauxhall at Pembrey in 1998, and then through F3000 where he was team mates with Gonzalo Rodriguez, who also died in a tragic accident...


Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:14 PM

Indycar's Justin Wilson's life is in the balance after he was hit in the head by Sage Karam's nose cone after he spun out during today's race at the Oval of the Pocono raceway. We've seen what the damage can be when a spring hits you in the head (Massa). Updates to follow. Wilson had to be airlifted to the hospital.

Footage of the incident below.

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