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Eppie Wietzes

Eppie Wietzes, 1973, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Eppie Wietzes, 1973, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Eppie Wietzes, 2009, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Eppie Wietzes, 2009, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

28 May 1938
Assen, Netherlands

Nationality:

Canada

Grands Prix:

2 (1967-1974)

Still alive and well, living in partial retirement near Toronto, though he does still run the family run Toyota dealership in Thornhill, run with his brother Bert. Eppie is the vice-president of the firm. Wietzes was 1981 Trans-Am Champion who was also a race winner in North American Formula 5000. Eppie - full name Egbert - moved to Canada as a boy and took up racing in touring and sports cars in the late 1950's. Wietzes became the first man to drive a safety car in a Grand Prix in the chaotic Canadian Grand Prix of 1973, where he unwittingly picked up the wrong (or at least alleged) driver as the race leader due to confusion in the pits. Wietzes carried on racing until 1987.

Biography last updated 13 Feb 2016