Leslie Thorne

Leslie Thorne, Lavant Cup, Goodwood, West Sussex, 19th April 1954. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Leslie Thorne, Lavant Cup, Goodwood, West Sussex, 19th April 1954. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

23 Jun 1916
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Died:

13 Jul 1993
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

1 (1954)

Chartered accountant for his entire working life. Raced in hill-climbs pre-war from 1936 to 1938, exclusively in Scotland, then had a few brief races between 1953 to 1955. On his return after 15 years away, he drove in F3 before spending the next two years in higher profile single-seater races. His jump from nowhere to appearing at Grand Prix's was unusual, even for the time, except for his friendship with David Murray who helped faciltate a drive, but Thorne acquitted himself reasonably well.

Biography last updated 25 Aug 2014