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 3
Successful lower formulae driver who had a tough time with Lotus in 1994. He raced in touring cars, procars, minis and sportscars for some years afterwards, but is now retired. He now works as a sales manager for SEAT in Tournai, Belgium, but also does track tests. He lives in Wattrelos, France. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Walt Ader 15 Dec 1912
Long Valley, New Jersey
25 Nov 1982
Califon, New Jersey
Started racing pre-war, but his big break came when he won at Reading, PA in 1946. Later became part of the Williams Grove Old Timers Club and worked as a contractor. (Last updated 17 May 2011)
Kurt Adolff 05 Nov 1921
24 Jan 2012
D 1
Passed away after a spell of ill-health. Retired 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. A WW2 paratrooper, he also competed in bobsleigh, was a fine hunter and also worked as a consul to Chile. (Last updated 16 Mar 2013)
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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Kurt Ahrens Jr. 19 Apr 1940
Braunschweig, nr. Hanover

D 4
Decent driver who retired from racing in the 1970's. Now often seen around the historic events scene in his homeland. For years he was involved in the scrap industry and ran a dealership. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
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 F1 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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
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
Was 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 has been 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'll also be racing in sports and saloon cars. (Last updated 26 Jan 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.. 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 F1. Ran his own endurance team and runs a kart track, as well as working in the media. (Last updated 1 Aug 2013)
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 all his life. Cliff lived virtually his whole life in Brough, where he also drove the local bus. He was also a popular visitor to historic festivals in the last decade of his life. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Fernando Alonso 29 Jul 1981

E 242
(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. 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 5 Jul 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 Daytona race. Mostly based in California, he was best known for his midget success, but also won 3 Champ Car races on dirt ovals. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
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 F1 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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
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. (Last updated 4 Nov 2012)
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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
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 IRL 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. Used to run an ALMS team. (Last updated 24 Oct 2012)
Keith Andrews 15 Jun 1920
Denver, Colorado
15 May 1957
Indianapolis, Indiana
3 times Colorado midget champ and Pikes Peak Hill Climb champion in 1954, this WW2 flying ace ran an auto repair shop in Colorado Springs. Killed in practice for the Indy 500.
Marco Apicella 07 Oct 1965

I 1
His one F1 race lasted just 250 yards. Won the Japanese F3000 title and then looked set for a surprise return to F1 via the stillborn DOME project. He made a shock return to F3000 after that, but after a spell in sportscars and GT's, he is retired from racing, and now works as a racing instructor. (Last updated 31 Oct 2013)
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. Also owns and runs four karting tracks and appears at historic events. Read interview. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
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, sadly, largely forgotten now. Killed in a practice crash at Monza, just days after surviving a crash into Monaco harbour.
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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)

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