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Johnny Blades

Johnny Blades. Copyright Barrie Smith (www.frenchpix.com/racingtimes), 2017. Used with Permission.

Johnny Blades. Copyright Barrie Smith (www.frenchpix.com/racingtimes), 2017. Used with Permission.

Johnny Blades, Silverstone, 2009. Copyright Barrie Smith (www.frenchpix.com/racingtimes), 2017. Used with Permission.

Johnny Blades, Silverstone, 2009. Copyright Barrie Smith (www.frenchpix.com/racingtimes), 2017. Used with Permission.

Born:

22 Sep 1939
Hexham, Northumberland

Died:

14 Dec 2017
Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Nationality:

Great Britain

F2 starts:

5 (1970-1973)

Sadly died in 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Until recently, he ran a tailor and gentlemens' outfitters in a number of sites around the North East. For many years, he attended historic events. Blades raced Lotuses and Chevrons, Ginettas and GT40 cars during his career and as well as historics, kept links via the Croft Circuit, where a trophy is named in his honour, but John also presented the Derek Bell Trophy annually. Blades, who handed over his tailoring business to his son Julian, followed a long line of family history in the profession but also expanded where he could and counted actor and singer Robson Green as one of his clients.

Biography last updated 10 Jan 2018