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.
Replying to The Chequered Flag
Posted 26 August 2015 - 07:47 AM
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
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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:07 AM
Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:06 AM
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
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.
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
Footage of the incident below.