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Michael Parkes

Mike Parkes, Le Mans Test Day, 1965. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Parkes, Le Mans Test Day, 1965. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Michael Parkes. Copyright The Dave Friedman Collection, 1946-2009, repository of the Henry Ford archive, Benson Ford Research Centre, 2014. All photos are permissible to use under a Creative Commons licence.

Michael Parkes. Copyright The Dave Friedman Collection, 1946-2009, repository of the Henry Ford archive, Benson Ford Research Centre, 2014. All photos are permissible to use under a Creative Commons licence.

Born:

24 Sep 1931
Richmond, Surrey

Died:

28 Aug 1977
Riva Presso Chieri, nr. Turin, Italy

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

6 (1959-1967)

Became involved with management with Ferrari, whilst continuing to race from time to time, before his sad death in a road accident near Turin where his car collided with a lorry. Parkes was born into the automobile business as his father was the Chairman of Alvis. Mike originally worked as a development engineer for the Rootes Group before taking up driving full-time. Because of both his height and his commitment to development and testing for Ferrari, he did not race in many single-seater events, but did win the 1967 International Trophy at Silverstone. Retired at the end of 1972 to work on projects with FIAT and Lancia, which included the Stratos rally car.

Biography last updated 9 Sep 2014