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Mike Oliver

Mike Oliver. Copyright John Oliver, 2019. Used with Permission.

Mike Oliver. Copyright John Oliver, 2019. Used with Permission.

Mike Oliver, Easter 2019. Copyright John Oliver, 2019. Used with Permission.

Mike Oliver, Easter 2019. Copyright John Oliver, 2019. Used with Permission.

Born:

13 Feb 1921
Farnborough, Hampshire

Nationality:

Great Britain

Teams:

Connaught (1952-1959)

Engines:

Lea-Francis (1952)

Still alive and well. More famous as a pilot, both during WW2 where his first posting was to Malta flying Hurricanes in 185 Squadron; after the war ended, he flew Meteors in 600 City of London Squadron in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and later returned to full time flying after his Connaught years. Mike’s first involvement with Rodney Clarke came about when he bought a Bugatti from Clarke in which he successfully competed in hill climbs, sprints and circuit events. Through this connection he joined Connaught where he became heavily involved in the engine design, constantly coming up with modifications to extract more horsepower. When time allowed, Mike also participated in races including a spectacular 1-2-3 finish for Connaught at Charterhall in 1952 when Mike passed Stirling Moss on the final lap to take third place. When Connaught disbanded Mike returned to full time flying and was offered a job as a test pilot at Follands then moving up to chief test pilot developing the Gnat fighter. Follands were taken over by Hawker Siddeley and Mike remained with them until he retired – his latter years with Hawkers were in product support. In the New Year's Honours of 1965, Mike, whose first name is Richard, was awarded the Queen's Commendation for valuable service in the air.

Biography last updated 14 May 2019