The World Championship drivers — Where are they now?

by Richard Jenkins
The Ancien Pilotes at Dijon in 1974

Ancien Pilotes at Dijon 1974

I have endeavoured to try and provide as up-to-date and accurate information as possible for everyone featured on this site, and I am always indebted to the many contributors who help with the information on this site and sadly, space doesn't allow for me to thank everyone here. However, I would like to dedicate the ongoing work, progress and achievements on this site to those contributors who are sadly no longer with us but helped aide this project so much: David McKinney, Len Calinoff, Phil Harms, Gene Heeter, Earl Ma, Don Radbruch, Roscoe H Rann and Barry Lake.

Updates and corrections are always welcomed — please either join the debate here or feel free to contact me on with any information you might have.

This part of the site is also dedicated to the memory of Tony Marsh, as it was his post-Grand Prix life that served as the initial inspiration for "Where Are They Now" back in 1998 For more about what this part of the site is trying to achieve, please read my full introduction.

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Name Born Died Nat Grands Prix Biography
George Abecassis 21 Mar 1913
Oatlands, nr. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
18 Dec 1991
Ibstone, nr. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
GB 2
Alphabetically, the first of all the GP drivers, George was involved in the car industry in various means for a good number of years, and HWM Motors still runs on today. Both parents were American and George spent 3 years growing up in the country until his father's early death. He died, peacefully, after a heart-attack, in retirement, at his home in Ibstone. George also won a DFC during the war, but suffered as a POW. He started racing in 1934 but retired after both John Heath's death and also because he was newly married. Later undertook powerboating after his racing career. For more information about George, please refer to www.georgeabecassis.com (Last updated 26 Oct 2014)
Jay Abney 27 Jul 1927
Bearden, Oklahoma
10 Apr 1991
Tulare, California
Full name John, he started in the sport by racing motorbikes in 1948. He did very well in this discipline before moving into car racing, which he stopped doing in 1960. Later became a car salesman in Scottsdale, Arizona and California, where he died. Long based in Arizona during his racing career, he was probably at his best in roadsters. (Last updated 21 Sep 2014)
Kenneth Acheson 27 Nov 1957
Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

GB 3
Kenneth became a hugely successful sportscar driver, finishing on the Le Mans podium three times, amongst other notable results. His last role in the discipline was with the Newcastle Lister squad, until a huge crash at Daytona in 1996, in which he suffered injuries, saw him announce his retirement from driving swiftly afterwards. Now lives in Bradford-upon-Avon, where he runs a successful toiletries company with his wife, Fiona, who Kenneth met, when she was working in the press office at Donington Park and he was recovering from a serious injury in a F2 race at Pau, which in truth, probably changed his single-seater career adversely due to the lost momentum. (Last updated 6 Jul 2014)
Philippe Adams 19 Nov 1969

B 2
Successful lower formulae driver - he won the 1993 British Formula 2 Championship and also won four races in British Formula 3 between 1989 and 1992 - who had a tough time, thrown in the deep end with a Lotus team chronically short of money in 1994. He then raced in touring cars, Belgian Procars, minis and sportscars for some years afterwards, but is now retired from racing. Adams now works as a sales manager for SEAT in Tournai, Belgium, but also does track tests. Philippe lives in Wattrelos, France. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Walt Ader 15 Dec 1912
Long Valley, New Jersey
25 Nov 1982
Califon, New Jersey
Started racing pre-war, primarily in midgets around 1936, but his big break came when he won at Reading, Pennsylvania in 1946. He then took, arguably, his most notable win in 1947, winning at Atlanta's Lakewood Park dirt oval, despite only leading one lap, being the lucky man in front when a crash by Walt Brown blocked the track. Ader carried on racing in midgets until the mid 1950's and then later became part of the Williams Grove Old Timers Club and also worked as a contractor. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Kurt Adolff 05 Nov 1921
24 Jan 2012
D 1
Passed away after a prolonged spell of ill-health. Adolff retired relatively early from driving, due to his business interests (he ran a textile company, being the scion of the family business), however he still watched the sport and kept links historically until the onset of his illness. A World War Two paratrooper, he also competed in bobsleigh, was a fine hunter and also worked for a time as a consul to Chile. As a driver, Kurt had a varied career, starting in sportscar's in the late 1940's and finishing in hillclimbs. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Freddie Agabashian 21 Aug 1913
Modesto, California
13 Oct 1989
Alamo, California
Son of a mathematics genius, his sisters also became professional singers. Freddie carried on the tradition of success in his family by being a hugely successful driver. He later became a radio and TV announcer for the Indy 500, as well as advising countless drivers. Agabashian, of Armenian descent, was a very popular man who was primarily a midget racer but gained a reputation as a safe, albeit fast, driver that was very mechanically minded. He won the 1937 North California Racing Assocation midget title and then won more titles after the war. He retired from racing in 1958 and then joined the Champion Spark Plug company as a racing rep. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Kurt Ahrens Jr. 19 Apr 1940
Braunschweig, nr. Hanover

D 4
Decent driver, especially in sportscars, who retired from full-time racing in the early 1970's. Now often seen around the historic events scene not only in his homeland but also in Europe and America. For years he was involved in the scrap industry, following in the family business, and ran a dealership, again taking over from his father. His father was also a racer but in speedway mainly. However when Kurt Sr. raced in Formula 3, Kurt Jr. followed him into the sport with his help and his career blossomed from there. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Christijan Albers 16 Apr 1979

NL 45
After a spell in the DTM, Albers was in F1, but was dropped by Spyker in 2007. Went back to the DTM, but after a brief spell in sportscars, retired for a while, largely because his wife was battling cancer. Lives in Monaco, where he runs a number of businesses, including interests in real estate. However, he decided in 2014, to return to racing and raced in the WEC. If that wasn't surprising enough, then he had another change in July 2014, when he became team principal of Caterham's F1 team. This didn't last long, for a number of reasons, largely down to the financial issues with the team, and for now he is retired from the sport again. (Last updated 16 Jan 2015)
Michele Alboreto 23 Dec 1956
25 Apr 2001
Lausitz Circuit, nr. Dresden, Germany
I 194
Michele became one of the world's top sportscar stars after a long Formula 1 career and won Le Mans in 1997. After a win at Sebring, he was tipped for 2nd Le Mans win in 2001, but a puncture at 200mph, testing his Audi, saw him crash into the barriers, killing him instantly. Motorsport lost one of its most likeable sons for Michele was a true gentleman, generous with his time, and still as enthusiastic with the sport as he was when he was a boy. Alboreto was a boyhood fan of the sport whose great hero was Ronnie Peterson, which was reflected in Michele's helmet colours. He won the 1980 European Formula 3 title and then went on to win in almost evey category he raced thereafter. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Jean Alesi 11 Jun 1964
Montfavet nr. Avignon, Vaucluse

F 201
Since F1, he's been in touring cars, in Europe and Asia, until 2010, when he moved to the LMS sportscars series. In 2011, he became an ambassador and test driver for Group Lotus, and drove for them in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he became the oldest rookie starter in history. In 2012, he also appeared in speedcars again. Since then, he's mainly raced in historic events, with the very rare big one-off. Also works as a consultant to Direxiv, has his own vineyard, is brand ambassador to Pirelli and acts as a consultant to the FFSA. (Last updated 25 Mar 2014)
Jaime Alguersuari 23 Mar 1990

E 40
Jaime was in F1 as a driver for Toro Rosso, and at the time of his first Grand Prix, the youngest ever debutant in the sport. Left the team at the end of 2011 and didn't find a full time ride for a while, until 2014, when he was named as one of Formula E's new drivers. However, he kept busy whilst waiting for a drive - both as a commentator for British radio and also as a test driver for Pirelli, but most importantly for Jaime is his music - he is a DJ in Spain, specialising in indie and house music. Also known as Squire, Alguersuari has his own recording studio in his home city. In 2015, he raced in Formula E, sports and saloon cars until he had to stop for medical reasons at the Formula E race at Moscow. These reasons meant an instant hiatus to his career, which may have led to Jaime then deciding to stop altogether in October 2015. For now, his focus will be on his music. (Last updated 1 Oct 2015)
Philippe Alliot 27 Jul 1953
Voves nr. Chartres, Eure-et-Loir

F 109
More or less retired now, after driving in GT's until recently, although in 2013, he announced plans to return to historic racing in a Ligier, which he does sporadically. Also dabbled in motorcycling and the Paris-Dakar rally! Looks much older now after ditching the black hair dye he used towards the end of his GP career so he could keep his seat in Formula 1. Ran his own endurance team and runs a kart track, as well as working in the media. Alliot got into racing quite late because his original plan was to go into politics, having studied it at university, but took the sport up after a track day at Nogaro. Philippe's Formula 1 career was largely a disappoinment but he was not without talent, winning in European F3, Formula 3000, sportscars and also won the 1979 French Formula Renault title. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Cliff Allison 08 Feb 1932
Brough, Westmorland
07 Apr 2005
Brough, Cumbria
GB 16
Forced to retire with leg injuries after a crash at the 1961 Belgian GP, which affected him for the rest of his life. Cliff lived virtually his whole life in Brough, where he also drove the local bus as well as running his garage dealership, following in his father's footsteps. He was also a popular visitor to historic festivals in the last decade of his life. Initially, Cliff raced with a different type of horse power, as a jockey, but used his winnings from that to then take up motor racing. Allison is best remembered for his association with Lotus in the early days of the marque, especially for his success with them in sportscars. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Fernando Alonso 29 Jul 1981

E 249
(2001- )
Became the then youngest ever World Champion in 2005, and won the title again in 2006. Started with Minardi, before biding his time with a test drive that led to a Renault drive, and then great success. Still in F1 and, despite highs and lows, is still one of the top drivers in the sport. Left Ferrari in 2014, who he had been with since 2010 and is now with McLaren. Away from Formula 1, Fernando manages a cycling team and runs a kart circuit in Spain which he plans to add a racing school to its ranks. (Last updated 25 Oct 2015)
Giovanna Amati 20 Jul 1959

I 0
Carried on racing until 2009, but now retired. Now works as a pundit on Italian TV and has some involvement with female racing associations. She also works in other forms of media including print journalism. Giovanna also enjoys skiing and golf, but is also heavily involved in Evangelical Christian media projects which is close to her heart. In 1978, Giovanna was kidnapped for three months so that her wealthy parents could pay an ransom, but happily was released unharmed. (Last updated 1 Dec 2014)
George Amick 24 Oct 1924
Vernonia, Oregon
04 Apr 1959
Daytona Beach, Florida
Killed in the only Indianapolis Daytona race (held a day before the very first Daytona 500) when a gust of wind blew his car off course and out of control. Mostly based in California, he was best known for his midget success, but also won three Champ Car races on dirt ovals. The elder brother of Bill, who raced in NASCAR, George started racing just after the Second World War. Amick was a small man stature-wise, standing only five foot and five inches tall. (Last updated 19 Aug 2015)
Richard Amick 19 Jan 1929
Kansas City, Missouri
16 May 1995
Crystal River, Florida
Better known as ''Red'' Amick. Ran a truck stop nr. Muncie, Indiana before retiring to Florida. (Last updated 17 May 2011)
Chris Amon 20 Jul 1943

NZ 95
Quit Formula 1 in 1977 to tend the family farm, where he still lives, although he is largely retired now. Also developed suspensions for a while for Toyota, stays involved agriculturally and keeps links with racing, including visiting historic events. Also contributes and is a consultant to a few motor racing projects in his homeland. Chris is remembered with great affection by those who saw him race, and although he never won a World Championship Grand Prix, he was a multiple winner in F1, but also won the 1966 Le Mans, 1967 Daytona 24 Hours, the 1969 Tasman Series and won a round of the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 so his talent, at least, brought success in his overall career. (Last updated 19 Aug 2015)
Bob Anderson 19 May 1931
Hendon, London
14 Aug 1967
GB 25
Talented privateer who sadly died in hospital after a testing accident at Silverstone. Anderson started his racing in motorcycling, before moving into racing relatively late, in 1961. He started in Formula Junior, before becoming one of the more successful and talented privateers, winning the Rome Grand Prix of 1963 and generally punching above his weight in Grand Prix racing. (Last updated 2 Aug 2014)
Conny Andersson 28 Dec 1939

S 1
Real name is Leif. Still runs a couple of businesses, including a garage in Nol, where he lives. The 1972 and 1974 Swedish Formula 3 Champion, Conny also won races in Italian, German, British and European Formula 3. Conny's father also ran a garage, but despite this Andersson got into racing at quite a late age after a spell in motocross. Andersson had an uphill battle to make it to Formula 1 and worked as his own mechanic and truck driver when he was racing in Formula 3. After racing, Andersson initially took over his father's garage before expanding to his own business. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Emil Andres 22 Feb 1911
Tinley Park, Illinois
20 Jul 1999
South Holland, Illinois
Retained his links with the Indy 500 Oldtimers association right up until his death, being honorary chairman. He became a USAC and Champ Car official and in 1968, moved to Flossmoor where he farmed in his spare time. A qualifier in pre-war Indy's, he died after a fall at his home. Started racing in 1931 in stock cars and soon moved to midgets, but worked as a delivery truck driver to make ends meet. Emil won the 1940 AAA Midwest sprint car title before serving in the US Airforce in World War 2. Despite his brother, Chuck, losing his life in a midget crash in 1946, Emil carried on racing until 1950. (Last updated 4 Aug 2015)
Mario Andretti 28 Feb 1940
Montona, Italy

USA 128
1978 World Champion who raced for years in CART and retired at 55 as one of the top drivers, despite his age. He now largely attends races as a spectator/consultant although he still drives occasionally in sportscars, although his dream of winning Le Mans seems to have been abandoned. Also has numerous business interests, both racing and non-racing related, including car dealerships, gas stations, books and a vineyard. As well as his 1978 triumph, he won the Indycar title three times - 1965, 1966 and 1969 - and then the Champcar title in 1984, as well as winning in NASCAR and also taking 3 Sebring 12 Hour wins. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Michael Andretti 05 Oct 1962
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

USA 13
A legend in CART, he drove in the series before and after his unhappy F1 sojourn. Now runs his own Indycar team, which runs his son Marco. Michael also made a racing return for the 1st time in 3 years in the 2006 Indy 500. After the 2007 event, he retired from driving for good. Andretti also used to run an ALMS team, but is still in other series as a team boss, most recently and notably in Formula E. Despite multiple wins in the series, he only ever ended up with one championship title to his name, in 1991. Andretti also came close to Formula 1 in 1990 to replace the injured Alessandro Nannini but remained in the US until 3 years later. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Keith Andrews 15 Jun 1920
Denver, Colorado
15 May 1957
Indianapolis, Indiana
3 times Colorado midget title winner and Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion in 1954, this World War Two flying ace ran an auto repair shop in Colorado Springs. Killed in practice for the Indianapolis 500. Andrews started racing after the war, initially in roadsters in 1946, before switching to midgets in 1947. Andrews was, as well as the above, also very strong on dirt tracks and also competed in road racing. (Last updated 20 Aug 2015)
Marco Apicella 07 Oct 1965

I 1
His one Formula 1 race lasted just 250 yards, which was a great shame after Marco spent years trying to make it to F1. Won the Japanese Formula 3000 title and then looked set for a surprise return to F1 via the stillborn DOME project. He made a shock return to Formula 3000 after that, but after a spell in sportscars and GT's, he is retired from racing, and now works occasionally as a racing instructor, but mainly is a sales representative for the Stilo race helmet company. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Frank Armi 12 Oct 1918
Portland, Oregon
28 Nov 1992
Hanford, California
Later became a sound technician for TV and film, operating a boom microphone in many productions. Raced on until the mid '60's. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Chuck Arnold 30 May 1926
Stamford, Connecticut
04 Sep 1997
Santa Ana, California
Midget and stock car ace, whose Champ Car career didn't hit the same heights.
Rene Arnoux 04 Jul 1948
Pontcharra, nr. Grenoble

F 149
Now retired from full-time driving, after some French Supertourisme races and a high-profile return to racing in the GP Masters series. He has also recently tested a modern F1 car, worked as a driver consultant, notably to Pedro Diniz and as a TV summariser for Italian TV. Arnoux also owns and runs four karting tracks and appears at historic events. Arnoux, on his day, was one of the most spectacular and fastest drivers in the history of the sport, with seven Grand Prix wins and the 1977 European Formula 2 Championship also to his credit. Read interview. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)
Peter Arundell 08 Nov 1933
Ilford, Essex
16 Jun 2009
nr. King's Lynn, Norfolk
GB 11
Injuries led to an early retirement after a promising start, indeed the whole 1965 season was spent recovering and he did well to manage to keep racing until 1968. Retired from driving in 1969, and later emigrated to Florida, where he ran a software business, but before he emigrated, he ran a car parts business in Stansted, Essex. He continued to make a few visits to historic events, but serious illness meant a return to the UK and in 2009, he lost his long fight against the disease. (Last updated 24 Sep 2014)
Alberto Ascari 13 Jul 1918
26 May 1955
Monza Circuit
I 32
One of the greatest Grand Prix drivers of all time, sadly, largely forgotten now, despite winning the 1952 and 1953 World Championship. Killed in a practice crash at Monza, at the age of thirty-six, just days after surviving a crash into the Monaco harbour. Son of Antonio Ascari, one of the 1920's best racing drivers until he died in a race crash in 1925 also aged thirty-six, Alberto started racing in motorcycles before moving to cars in 1940 before the Second World War put his career in hiatus. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)
Peter Ashdown 16 Oct 1934
Danbury, nr. Chelmsford, Essex

GB 1
Peter has bases in England, France and the US, and spends the year between the three. Has been involved in many projects in the past, including his 'Candy Apple' garage/racing concern, but also ran a mail orders accessories and video production firm. His wife, June, has also run a number of fashion boutiques. Peter was in the RAF, and this led to him taking up mechanical engineering, which led to racing. Quit racing because of his young children and because of Alan Stacey's death. Later helped Perry McCarthy's career and more recently has been renovating old timber framed cottages. One of his then young children, Ian, has grown up to be a designer, including for Reynard, Dallara and a number of IRL teams. (Last updated 3 May 2010)
Ian Ashley 26 Oct 1947
Wuppertal, Germany

GB 4
Became a pilot after a big crash led to F1 retirement. He made a racing return to the British Touring Car series in 1993, then into sidecars. In 1999, he quit as a pilot and raced in the TVR Tuscan series - he also tried fencing and polo! Still involved in motor racing, although he tends to do more work as a mechanic now, but is still racing, in club and historic racing, continuing a career he started back in 1964, when he raced karts. (Last updated 23 Sep 2014)
Gerry Ashmore 25 Jul 1936
West Bromwich, Staffordshire

GB 3
Now retired and living in France. His racing involvement is largely restricted to his regular attendance of historic festivals and reunions. Gerry is the son of former Grand Prix driver Joe Ashmore, whilst his uncle Fred also competed in Grand Prix's. Made his debut in 1957 in a D-Type Jaguar intended solely to be an one-off so he could understand his dad's passion for the sport. He finished the race despite saying that the car went straight on at all the corners! Eventually gained more enthusiasm for the sport and moved into single-seaters in 1960. Carried on racing in GT and sportscar events until 1971, when he retired to concentrate on fatherhood. (Last updated 27 Aug 2014)
Bill Aston 29 Mar 1900
Hopton, Staffordshire
04 Mar 1974
Lingfield, Surrey
GB 1
World War One veteran, who initially started racing in bikes. Self-funded his very own Aston-Butterworth attempt which he also raced. Carried on racing until the 1960's and was also a civil engineer and fruit farmer by trade. Aston started off as a test pilot for Vickers, but didn't really move forward as a racer until 1949, when he took a number of Formula 3 wins. Retired after racing Mini's in 1965, a change from the sportscars and saloon cars he raced in for the majority of his career. (Last updated 20 Sep 2014)
Richard Attwood 04 Apr 1940
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

GB 17
Now a regular and successful historic racer, but has also done some development and testing work for Vauxhall in the past and now works as a full-time driver instructor and development adviser for Porsche GB. Lives in Staffordshire. Attwood never really got the break in Grand Prix racing he deserved despite both a 2nd place at Monaco in 1968 and a successful time in Formula Junior. Won Le Mans in 1970 and then stopped racing in 1971 before returning not once, but twice to racing, largely in historics, in 1977 and then 1981 onwards. (Last updated 22 Sep 2014)
Manuel Ayulo 20 Oct 1921
Burbank, California
18 May 1955
Indianapolis, Indiana
Experienced racer, especially in California. Killed in practice for the Indy 500 when possible fatigue set in and he lost control. Ayulo was actually of Peruvian ancestry, as his father was the counsel to America when Manny was born. But the family later settled in America where Ayulo raced in hot rods in 1946, working as his own mechanic whilst racing. Although Ayulo impressed in midget cars, his 1954 season in Indycars, where he won twice and finished as runner-up in the National Championship was probably his best. (Last updated 22 Aug 2015)

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