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Innes Ireland

Innes Ireland, 1962, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Innes Ireland, 1962, Mosport. Copyright Ron Kielbiski, 2009. Used with permission.

Innes Ireland, Stuttgart, 1991. Copyright Peter Scholz (http://racing-slz.magix.net), 2016. Used with Permission.

Innes Ireland, Stuttgart, 1991. Copyright Peter Scholz (http://racing-slz.magix.net), 2016. Used with Permission.

Born:

12 Jun 1930
Mytholmroyd, nr. Todmorden, Yorkshire

Died:

23 Oct 1993
Reading, Berkshire

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

50 (1959-1966)

F2 starts:

4 (1960)

A popular figure in the paddock, he later became a journalist, becoming sports editor of Autocar amongst other roles, and also became British Racing Drivers Club chief organiser until his death, from prostate cancer and pneumonia, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. Innes lived nearby in Wickham, Berkshire. Ireland made his debut in 1952, but then joined the Army in 1953 and served for two years. In 1955 he returned to civilian life and racing, performing well in sportscars before graduating to Formula 1. The highlight for Innes was winning the US Grand Prix in 1961, but shortly after that, he was replaced at Lotus by Jim Clark and his career never had the same momentum. Effectively retired from competitive racing in 1966, although he did compete in the London-Sydney Marathon rally in 1968, and drove in a few historic events as well.

Biography last updated 5 Feb 2018