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Ben Pon

Ben Pon, Tulip Rally, 1964. Copyright www.gahetna.nl, (Dutch National Archive), 2014. All pictures licenced for share and adapt, so free to use.

Ben Pon, Tulip Rally, 1964. Copyright www.gahetna.nl, (Dutch National Archive), 2014. All pictures licenced for share and adapt, so free to use.

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Born:

09 Dec 1936
Leiden

Nationality:

Netherlands

Grands Prix:

1 (1962)

Now owns and runs a hugely successful winery and lodge (Bernadus - which is his full first name - Winery and Lodge) in Carmel, California, USA. Pon only raced for a relatively small time and is somewhat a footnote to a long and successful life. A race winner in the European Touring Car Championship, Pon got interested in cars as his father ran the first Volkswagen Beetle dealership outside Germany. His father then expanded into America and became Porsche's Dutch importer. When Ben started racing, it was in a Porsche, which he competed in sportscars, GT and touring cars. His Grand Prix debut was his last single-seater race as he crashed on lap two and although unhurt, vowed never to race a single-seater again. He retired from motor racin in 1967 to become a skeet shooter and he competed for the Netherlands at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Pon still has a base in Holland but is mainly living in the USA now.

Biography last updated 31 Jan 2016