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
Giulio Cabianca 19 Feb 1923
15 Jun 1961
Modena Autodrome
I 3
Killed in a testing accident, when his car overshot a gateway and crashed into a taxi. His niche was in sportscars, where he was one of the top drivers in the late '50's. Cabianca started racing after World War Two, and first raced at the Mille Miglia in 1948. Cabianca went on to win his class there in 1952, 1956 and 1957. Cabianca will be remembered for his spells with OSCA and Ferrari in endurance racing as Giulio was also a contender for victory at the Targa Florio, where he took a class win in 1955. (Last updated 3 Oct 2015)
Mario de Araujo Cabral 15 Jan 1934
Cedofeita, Porto

P 4
Cabral is sadly now in declining health, and is retired, living in Lisbon, Portugal, having kept long-time links to the sport. Cabral enjoyed a long career in the sport, primarily in sportscars, despite missing four years of driving due to both injury and serving as a paratrooper in Angola on National Service. The son of a nobleman, Cabral started racing in 1955, and was still racing competitively in 1985, aged 51, in a European Touring Car Championship at Estoril. Also known as Nicha, Cabral was gifted at gymnastics whilst at school and even had aspirations for the Portuguese Olympic team, but the racing bug took hold. Cabral later settled for a long time in Angola, travelling from there to races. (Last updated 3 Oct 2015)
Phil Cade 12 Jun 1916
Charles City, Iowa
28 Aug 2001
Winchester, Massachusetts
Phil was an enthusiast and amateur who entered the 1959 US Grand Prix in his Maserati 250F, with a good background in SCCA racing but not that much single-seater experience. However, Cade actually qualified, but his car's engine expired and he therefore couldn't start the race. Cade was a Maserati fan who also raced a former Etancelin V8RI in America, and who continued racing his 250F competitively until 1962. Cade moved onto other things in life but kept the car until 1988. In the 1990's he even appeared at a historic racing meeting or two, again racing the V8RI. (Last updated 20 Oct 2015)
Alex Caffi 18 Mar 1964
Rovato, Brescia

I 56
Went into Italian and Spanish touring cars initially, but now in sportscars and GT's, winning the Italian GT2 title in 2006. He was also the Grand Prix Master's safety car and series test driver and in 2011, also moved into rallying. He carries on in that, as well as endurance events in 2015 and has even appeared in truck racing recently. He also is involved, as an advisor and owner, along with ex-Formula 2 racer Duilio Truffo, in Formula Guida - this is a racing school for single-seaters and sports prototypes, as well as being a safe driving and performance school for road cars, based at the Autodromo di Franciacorta near Rovato, Italy. More information about Formula Guida can be found here. Read interview. (Last updated 29 Mar 2015)
Buddy Cagle 11 Jul 1930
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Worked for many years as the Auto Shop teacher at Will Rogers High School, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a very long racing career at national and lower levels. He also builds experimental aircraft and remains linked with the sport and local projects. Cagle was four time Tulsa Fairgrounds Speedway Track Champion in the 1960's, but started racing in midget cars as a teenager in the late 1940's. He initially retired in 1958 after being injured in a crash before taking up stock and supermodified racing. In 2014, he was inducted into the Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Cagle also worked as a plumber and served in the US Navy for some while. (Last updated 31 Jan 2016)
John Campbell-Jones 21 Jan 1930
Leatherhead, Surrey

GB 2
Still alive and well, living in London. Now retired, he was a car dealer and owned a restaurant, but does still have a few property interests as well. His daughter is an actress on British TV. Keeps a lot of links to the sport and likes to attend historic events as much as he can. Campbell-Jones was adept in sportscar racing, in which he raced for the majority of the initial period of his career. Retired from racing in 1966. (Last updated 22 Sep 2014)
Adrian Campos 17 Jun 1960
Alcira, nr. Valencia

E 16
A hugely successful team manager, he ran a large outfit in Spanish F3, after formerly running teams in Dallara Nissan and the Spanish Open Fortuna Nissan series. He has been pivotal in the successful career of Fernando Alonso, and used to be his manager. In 2010, after years of planning, he got the green light to enter his team in F1. However funding proved a problem, and the team was taken over. Adrian also supports his son's blossoming career and in 2011, launched an Auto GP team, which in 2013, he shut down to concentrate on the WTCC team he has launched. In 2014, he returns to GP2 with a team in the series, and stays there in 2016, as well as having a GP3 team and still having the WTCC outfit. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)
John Cannon 21 Jun 1933
Hammersmith, London, England
18 Oct 1999
nr. Quemado, New Mexico, USA
Can-Am winner, who also went on to race in F2 and F5000; killed in a light aeroplane crash when an air supply fault led to a fatal crash-landing in a cornfield. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Eitel Cantoni 04 Oct 1906
06 Jun 1997
Wealthy patron and businessman, who raced in a lot of endurance events in South America. Cantoni started his career back in 1934 and specialised in road racing events and raced in Argentina and Brazil, as well as his homeland. He then founded Escuderia Bandeirantes to allow a few South American drivers, as well as himself, to go racing in Europe, taking full advantage of the change in rules in Grand Prix racing which was running to F2 rules in 1952, entering up to three Maserati A6GCM's. After his foray in Grand Prix, Cantoni returned to South America and retired shortly afterwards from racing. (Last updated 20 Oct 2015)
Bill Cantrell 31 Jan 1908
West Point, Kentucky
22 Jan 1996
Madison, Indiana
Perhaps better known as an US speedboats legend. A former driver, he became a co-owner, manager, mechanic and boat builder in the discipline, only bowing out full time from the sport in the late 1980's, although he visited historic events until his death.
Willard Cantrell 06 Dec 1914
Mount Vernon, Missouri
06 Feb 1986
Anaheim, California
Became the USAC regional midget supervisor after racing retirement. He later ran the NMRATA midget group. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Ivan Capelli 24 May 1963

I 93
Long-time commentator for Italian terrestrial TV, he returned to full-time racing in 2003, in the FIA GT series, and continues to drive, although largely tends to appear at historic events lately. Also a racing instructor, and he is head of Maserati's driving instructor school. In 2014, he became a director of the Automobile Club of Milan, which amongst other things, runs the Monza circuit, and Ivan is now heavily involved with the Italian Grand Prix and the future of the race. This, and his broadcasting roles, mean his competitive driving career has now finished. Capelli was quite brilliant in Formula 1 with the unfancied Leyton House team, but unfortunately his dream move to Ferrari in 1992 was a disaster and he was out of F1 swiftly afterwards. (Last updated 10 May 2015)
Piero Carini 06 Mar 1921
30 May 1957
St. Etienne, France
I 3
Killed in a sportscar race. A very capable sportscar driver, he took class wins in both the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio. Piero started his career once World War Two was over after finding the funds to buy a Maserati. A friend of the Marzotto brothers, he raced for them for a while in sportscars and Formula 2, which then led to him making World Championship starts accordingly before joining Ferrari as a works driver in 1953, which included more sportscar drives and an appearance at the Italian Grand Prix. Carini remained with Ferrari until his death, with one of his best performances coming in 1955, when he won the Dakar Grand Prix sportscar event. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Duane Carter 05 May 1913
Fresno, California
07 Mar 1993
Indianapolis, Indiana
Later became an official for USAC and an ambassador for the sport through the Champion Spark Plug Highway Safety Program. Father of both 'Pancho' and Dana Carter, step-father of Johnny Parsons Jr, Duane died of cancer just before being inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Duane made his debut in racing whilst still a teenager and student in Fresno State College. He largely drove in midgets until World War Two, then took up sprint cars post-war, winning the 1950 AAA Midwest Sprint Championship. (Last updated 30 Jul 2015)
Neal Carter 30 Aug 1923
Wapakoneta, Ohio

Another midget legend, still alive and living in Florida. Instrumental in the medical and safety development in US single-seaters in the 1980's. Carter returned to Indianapolis in 2011 to appear in the historic car display to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the '500. Neal got into the sport by noticing a poster advertising a midget race whilst riding his motorcycle and was hooked - but went to his mother for a loan to buy a car. She agreed thinking it would be a road car to get him off the bike... only later did she realise she'd bought him a race car! Neal soon paid her back with many a midget win, before retiring in 1955 to concentrate on raising his family. (Last updated 15 Oct 2014)
Eugenio Castellotti 10 Oct 1930
Lodi, Milan
14 Mar 1957
Modena Autodrome
I 14
Top Italian driver killed whilst testing a Ferrari at Modena. Italy's great hope, he had excelled in sportscars, including winning a wet Mille Miglia without a visor! He enjoyed the high life and at the time of his death was dating a famous Italian ballerina and actress, Delia Scalia. Eugenio was noticeable in the car and paddock by wearing his bright yellow shirt. From a relatively poor family, Eugenio became one of the most popular drivers of his era through his fast but somewhat wild driving style. He may well have become a Grand Prix winner but before he perished, he did win the Sebring 12 Hours in 1956. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Johnny Cecotto 25 Jan 1956

YV 18
A top touring car driver, he raced on regularly for many years, with a number of titles to his name. Now taking much more of a back-seat, with some historic bike and car events, but mainly focuses on his sons, initially Johnny Jr and his racing career - Johnny even ran a F3 team for him, but now also Jonathan, who is in German lower formulae. Cecotto was a hugely successful motorcyclist whose single-seater career was ended by injuries sustained in a crash at Brands Hatch in 1984 whilst with the Toleman F1 team. Now has a base in Treviso, Italy. (Last updated 27 Jun 2015)
Francois Cevert 25 Feb 1944
06 Oct 1973
Watkins Glen Circuit, New York State, USA
F 47
Hugely promising driver killed in a horrific crash in qualifying for the US GP. A charming, good looking man, he was Jackie Stewart's protege, after stellar performances in both Formula 2 and Formula 3. Cevert was of Russian ancestry; his father was a Jew that escaped persecution in both his homeland and then in Nazi-occupied France. Cevert became interested in the sport when his sister started dating Jean-Pierre Beltoise who then helped Francois into the sport once Cevert had completed his national service. Francois was 1968 French Formula 3 champion, and only won the once in Formula 1, but would've surely taken many more wins had it not been for his sad demise. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Eugene Chaboud 12 Apr 1907
28 Dec 1983
F 3
Personal wealth, through his family's business, allowed him the chance to race frequently, having started by meeting Jean Tremoulet, who incidentially shared the same birthday as Eugene. Chaboud bought a Delahaye sportscar with Tremoulet and this car and the partnership took a surprise win at Le Mans in 1938. After World War Two - by which time Tremoulet was deceased - Chaboud carried on racing before working for a while as sporting director of Ecurie France. Chaboud finished his career rallying before taking up a business career, running a used car garage from 1949 onwards. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Jay Chamberlain 29 Dec 1925
Hollywood, California
01 Aug 2001
Tucson, Arizona
Was involved in the US historic car business for many years, retiring just before his death in 2001. Jay was the North American importer for Lotus from the late 1950's until the early 1960's, and this allowed him to become a works sportscar driver for the firm, having initially met Colin Chapman in 1956, but most of his key racing actually came in Europe - his one Grand Prix qualification was in Britain - with Chamberlain racing frequently in France. After the Lotus deal ended in legal disputes, Jay backed away from the sport directly for a while and concentrated on building up new connections for his dealerships thereafter. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Karun Chandhok 19 Jan 1984

IND 11
Longtime GP2 and A1 GP driver who made it to F1 with Hispania but is now in the European Le Mans Series after both a brief return to F1 with Team Lotus in 2011 and a spell in the World Endurance Championship. A charming, polite fellow, this may have counted against him to obtain more drives in the sport. Son of Vicky Chandhok, a multiple Indian rally champion and President of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs in India. Karun won the 2001 Formula Asia Championship. (Last updated 8 Mar 2015)
Colin Chapman 19 May 1928
Richmond, Surrey
16 Dec 1982
East Carleton, nr. Norwich, Norfolk
GB 0
A capable driver who was reasonably successful in sportscars and club events, Colin went on to become a legendary name in motorsport, founder of Lotus and a huge innovator in both Formula 1 and the car world. Died of a heart attack whilst still boss of Lotus. A qualified structual engineer who also picked up knowledge during his time in the Royal Air Force, Chapman saw his team take home World Driver's Championships in his lifetime. Chapman was entered for the 1956 French Grand Prix by Vanwall as he was helping Tony Vandervell with the car's design and would've started but for an accident whilst in practice with the car unable to be repaired in time. (Last updated 21 Oct 2015)
Dave Charlton 27 Oct 1936
Brotton, nr. Redcar, Yorkshire, England
24 Feb 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
ZA 11
After retiring from driving in the 1980's, Dave kept his links with the sport by visiting historic events and hill-climbs in South Africa and even visited his country of birth for a few events. Sadly died in 2013. (Last updated 25 Feb 2013)
Pedro Chaves 27 Feb 1965
Bonfim, Oporto

P 0
Raced for a long time in Indy Pro and then spent years in rallying. Was also in GT racing, both internationally and in Spain and kart events, but is now retired, though he appears in historic and special events. Was in A1GP, firstly as Lebanon's driver coach, then as a manager for Portugal's team. He also helps his son David's career. Chaves first came to prominence as a driver in Formula Ford, and won the 1990 British F3000 title. Came close to racing with March in 1992 in an effort to rehabilitate his career after a disastrous 1991, but was left down by a lack of sponsorship. (Last updated 24 Nov 2014)
Bill Cheesbourg 12 Jun 1927
Tucson, Arizona
06 Nov 1995
Tucson, Arizona
Until virtually up to his death, Bill owned and operated a Volkswagen specialty shop in Tucson. Despite his death, the business still flourishes and the shop, in Nth. Columbus Blvd., is still one of Tucson's busiest repair shops. Bill's racing career only stopped in the 1980's after many years racing on dirt tracks. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Eddie Cheever 10 Jan 1958
Phoenix, Arizona

USA 132
Became a successful team owner in the IRL and also ran the team in Grand-Am and Indy Lights. He now runs his Cheever Group motorsport solutions company - which includes Coyote Cars which make Daytona Prototype sports cars - and does television work. Eddie still races at historics, endurance events and also raced in the GP Masters, winning the Silverstone round in 2006. His son is now racing in US lower-formulae, after being based in Italy, like his father. Although Eddie never did end up winning in Formula 1, he won six times in the IRL, including the 1998 Indianapolis 500 and nine times in the World Sportscar Championship. Read interview. (Last updated 6 Feb 2016)
Andrea Chiesa 06 May 1964
Milan, Italy

CH 3
Long-time Formula 3000 stalwart, whose F1 career unfortunately didn't last very long with the financially bereft Fondmetal team. Since Formula 1, Andrea raced for a long time in sportscars and then latterly, raced in rallies. Andrea now works in Italian and Swiss media as a commentator and is a racing instructor, but his main focus is on his Yep Components business based in Bioggio, which supplies components for both mountain bikes and competitive cycling. Andrea now lives in Lugano. (Last updated 26 Apr 2015)
Max Chilton 21 Apr 1991
Reigate, Surrey

GB 35
Younger brother of British touring car driver Tom, Max drove for Marussia since his F1 debut. Had the remarkable record of having finished all of his races, up until his 26th Grand Prix in Canada - where somewhat ironically, he retired on the first lap. Marussia went into administration, and then went bankrupt towards the end of 2014, so Max returned to his British F3 team, Carlin, as they moved to America and Indy Lights - Max did testing and development for the team as they prepares for Max and Carlin to be in the Indycar Series in 2016. Carlin didn't move up, but Max did, with Ganassi. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)
Ettore Chimeri 04 Jun 1921
Lodi, Milan
27 Feb 1960
Havana, Cuba
I 1
Killed in a sportscar practice in Cuba just weeks after his Grand Prix debut. Italian born, but Venezuelan based driver, who ran a construction business which allowed the funds for him to race, mostly in sportscars, in both North and South America. Although he moved as a two year old to Venezuela, Chimeri retained Italian citizenship and served in the Italian Air Force during World War Two. Chimeri started racing after building up his business and primarily raced in sportscars before attempting the Argentine Grand Prix, the Buenos Aires Formula Libre race and then the Libertad GP sportscar race in Cuba in which he lost his life. (Last updated 22 Oct 2015)
Louis Chiron 03 Aug 1899
Monte Carlo
22 Jun 1979
Monte Carlo
MC 15
Ran the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco Grand Prix on Royal request right up until his death. By the time the World Championship started, Chiron was 50 years old and although he produced a few notable results, focus on these years overshadow how good he was - he won 25 Grand Prix or F1 races between 1928 and 1947, which was capped by one of his last hurrahs, in 1949, at the French Grand Prix, taking his 26th Grand Prix victory. The son of the maitre d' at Monte Carlo's Hotel de Paris, Chiron served the French Army in World War 1. He got into motor racing largely by his immense charm and good looks and notably had an affair with his backer's wife, Alice Hoffmann, before Bugatti saved him from a potentially nasty tangle - as well as a loss of funds - and signed him up as a works driver. Chiron was also very adept in sportscars and also won the 1954 Monte Carlo Rally. (Last updated 22 Oct 2015)
Joie Chitwood 14 Apr 1912
Denison, Texas
03 Jan 1988
Tampa Bay, Florida
Chitwood became a millionaire through performing and then organising stunt car shows. His grandson, Joie III, later became the Indianapolis Motor Speedway President. Chitwood, real name, George, starting racing in 1935 and proved very adept, winning the 1939 and 1940 AAA East Coast sprint car championship. Chitwood, in 1941, became the first man to wear a seat-belt in Indianapolis 500 history. He was honoured, due to his devotion to the sport, by many clubs and associations in America for many years. (Last updated 20 Oct 2015)
Bob Christie 04 Apr 1924
Grants Pass, Oregon
01 Jun 2009
Grants Pass, Oregon
Died recently after a long battle with ill health. Bob worked for Firestone and JC Penny's before becoming a sales rep in Texas. He still attended motorsport events until the mid 2000's. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Johnny Claes 11 Aug 1916
Fulham, London, England
03 Feb 1956
B 23
Popular and under-rated driver who died of tuberculosis. Born of a Belgian father and Scottish mother, Claes was initially a jazz musician, who played the trumpet in a number of bands, before having his own jazz band. He then took up racing after initially working as a translator for racing teams (in fact in his era, he was one of the few bilingual drivers), and with family wealth behind him, he took up his new passion. However, he kept his jazz links by running a jazz club in Britain and also working a music journalist in Belgium as well as running the family business. (Last updated 4 Jul 2015)
Jim Clark 04 Mar 1936
Kilmany, Fifeshire, Scotland
07 Apr 1968
Hockenheim Circuit, Germany
GB 72
One of the greatest Grand Prix drivers of them all, Clark, a farmer by profession, was killed in a F2 race in Germany at the height of his powers. Two time World Champion, Indianapolis 500 winner, Tasman Cup champion and British Touring Car Champion, Clark was adept at anything he tried, although he never really enjoyed Le Mans or a lot of the big sportscar races. A quiet, unassuming man, Clark was generally the one to beat during his 8 years in the sport. (Last updated 29 Aug 2014)
Bob Cleberg 28 May 1929
Tucson, Arizona

Raced until the 1970's. Still alive and well, still living in Arizona. Keeps in touch with the sport still and was Grand Marshall at the Western World Championship Sprint car decider in 2008. (Last updated 17 May 2011)
Bud Clemons 27 Jul 1918
Riverside, California
11 Feb 2001
Riverside, California
Much better known as a midget driver, it never really happened at Indy for him. Later became a pipe-fitter. Died after a short illness. (Last updated 24 Nov 2011)
Kevin Cogan 31 Mar 1956
Culver City, California

Now a successful businessman. Made his name in Formula Atlantic, but Formula 1 was a flop and his long CART career is remembered more for his crashes than his speed. That said, he did have a good win, his only in Indy Cars, in Phoenix in 1986. Influenced to race by family friend Parnelli Jones, Cogan did very well in karting and Formula Atlantic before a surprise move to British Formula 1, in which he again impressed, before his career started to stall a little after failing to qualify for his Grand Prix attempts. He carried on racing until 1993 before moving into the business world. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Hal Cole 20 Nov 1912
Tacoma, Washington
12 Nov 1970
Los Angeles, California
NASCAR, sprint and midget driver, who raced for some 20 years, from the 1930's onwards. Died after a heart-attack. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Peter Collins 06 Nov 1931
Kidderminster, Worcestershire
03 Aug 1958
Bonn, Germany
GB 32
Son of a transporter scion, Peter was involved in that business as well. Collins was a fast, varied and extremely honourable driver, who in all likelihood, would've ended up as a World Champion, had he not been killed in the German GP, just weeks after winning the British Grand Prix. A very keen yachtsman, Collins started his career as a 17 year old in 1959, impressing in the Formula 3 races he appeared at before progressing upwards rapidly. (Last updated 13 Sep 2014)
Bernard Collomb 07 Oct 1930
19 Sep 2011
La Colle sur Loup
F 4
Sometime garage owner from Nice, who did reasonably well in local events. Remained a garage owner and exporter for his entire working life, later specialising in Japanese cars. Collomb started his racing career in motorcycle racing before buying a Cooper T45 Formula 2 car to attempt a sideline of racing to support his dealership. He then bought and entered a number of other cars to move up to Formula 1 over the next few years, finshing single-seater racing after a big crash in 1966, going into GT racing for a few more years. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Alberto Colombo 23 Feb 1946
Varedo, nr. Milan

I 0
1974 Italian Formula 3 champion, he came into racing quite late. Predominantly in Formula 2 and Formula 3, he later became a lower formulae owner and team manager. Now retired, still lives in Varedo and is still in good health. He still follows the sport, but prefers watching on TV than attending events now. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Erik Comas 28 Sep 1963
Romans-Sur-Isere, Valence

F 59
Still drives on occasion - in both rallies and historic racing - but now also runs both a eco-friendly automobile concern and a driver-manager and motorsports consultancy firm. Erik is boss to a number of drivers, including Benoit Treluyer, Stephane Sarrazin and Romain Dumas. His son is also racing, and on top of all this, Erik is also an occasional tester for Nissan. Comas won virtually every championship he competed in before Formula 1, winning Formula 3000, French Formula 3 and French Touring Cars and the French Formule Renault Turbo title in 1986. (Last updated 29 Mar 2015)
Gianfranco Comotti 24 Jul 1906
10 May 1963
I 2
In his later life, he worked for BP in Africa and in the Mediterranean. Very good pre-war racer, he won GP's at Naples, St. Gaudens and Commingues and also raced in America. Raced for over 30 years, but his post-war results were mainly in the midfield. Gianfranco was also one of the founders of the Ancien Pilotes. Comotti was a wealthy amateur, who despite not being fully professional also won the 1937 sportscar Tourist Trophy race at Donington Park. Comotti lived in France between 1935 and 1939 before war intervened which helped him secure drives with Lago Talbot and Delahaye. Gianfranco retired in 1952 to take up his business interests. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Russ Congdon 28 Sep 1924
Puyallup, Washington
26 Feb 1998
Puyallup, Washington
Mainly in midget and sprint cars. Quite noticeable in the paddock as he went prematurely grey-haired, his motorsport involvement was limited after burns sustained in a crash in 1964.
George Connor 16 Aug 1906
Rialto, California
28 Mar 2001
Hesperia, California
Retired in 1954, after deciding to wind down his racing after failing to qualify for the 1953 Indianapolis 500. George went on to work with Ford on aircraft engines. He spent ages working with Mobil and as a speed trial official in Utah, before settling down to live in the Californian mountain range. He was still driving in his 90's and his death, at 94, meant the last surviving pre-war Indy 500 driver had gone. George started his career in the mid 1920's, and proved a very consistent driver; probably being at his peak just as America entered World War 2. His only championship win though came post-war in the tragic race held at Atlanta in 1946. (Last updated 25 Oct 2015)
George Constantine 22 Feb 1918
Southbridge, Massachusetts
07 Jan 1968
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Died after a long fight against illness. SCCA stalwart who was the 1959 USSC Driver of the Year and also took a Daytona 24 Hours class win. A regular competitor in sportscars from the early 1950's onwards, he became well known in his area for his Jaguar D-Type, which he drove to a win in the 1956 Watkins Glen sportscar Grand Prix. He then also drove an Aston Martin to win the 1959 Nassau Trophy and also won a heat in a Formula Libre race which led to him hiring Mike Taylor's Cooper to compete in the US Grand Prix. Constantine retired in the mid-1960's as illness took its toll on him. (Last updated 25 Oct 2015)
John Cordts 23 Jul 1935
Hamburg, Germany

Born in Germany, then moved to Sweden, before settling in Ontario, Canada. Still alive and living in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Still bikes and rides around the island, even though he will be 80 in 2015. This despite a brief bout of ill-health that slowed him down temporarily around 2009. He is locally best known for his woodcarving and not for his racing, which as well as a Grand Prix, included Can-Am and Trans-Am. Wrote his autobiography in 2007. (Last updated 3 Mar 2015)
Bob Cortner 16 Apr 1927
Redlands, California
19 May 1959
Indianapolis, Indiana
Veteran midget ace, killed in a Indy 500 practice, one day after his rookie test. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
David Coulthard 27 Mar 1971
Dumfries, Scotland

GB 247
Announced his retirement at the end of the 2008 season of a very successful and long Formula 1 career, and then retired from racing altogether in 2012 after a spell in the DTM. He remains with Red Bull as a consultant, as well as being a TV commentator and summariser and concentrating on his business interests, which include being part-owner of the Columbus hotel in Monaco. Coulthard is also involved in a TV production company and also works as a driver coach. Coulthard has also been awarded the MBE for his racing efforts. Coulthard never ended up winning a senior championship, despite numerous wins in many categories and regularly challenging for the championship; his only title ended up being the Junior Formula 1600 title in 1989. (Last updated 11 Jan 2016)
Piers Courage 27 May 1942
Colchester, Essex
21 Jun 1970
Zandvoort Circuit, the Netherlands
GB 28
Heir of the brewery firm, Piers was killed in a crash at the Dutch GP. Fast, but crash-prone, Piers self-financed his racing career despite the family money. Highly rated, he did very well in Formula 3 and Formula 2. Started his career in 1962 but it wasn't until 1965 that his career took off in Formula 3. His Grand Prix racing highlight was a quite astonishing 2nd at the Monaco Grand Prix of 1969. (Last updated 9 Sep 2014)
Chris Craft 17 Nov 1939
Porthleven, nr. Helston, Cornwall

GB 1
Involved with the Rocket Roadster project with Gordon Murray and is still involved with cars to this day. Lives in Essex. At his forte in saloon and sports cars, he won the European Sports Car Championship in 1973, but he didn't really feature in single-seaters often. Started racing back in 1961 and carried on right up to 1984, when he appeared at his last Le Mans. Still visits historic festivals and events. (Last updated 25 Aug 2014)
Jim Crawford 13 Feb 1948
Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland
06 Aug 2002
Tierra Verde, Florida, USA
GB 2
Raced on in CART and the Indy 500 until 1995,, before taking up fishing full-time. He continued this occupation until his death, from a short illness, in 2002, when living in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his family. Crawford initially started in rallying, but quit after 3 years in 1969 when he hit a tree. He then moved to America, then worked as a car mechanic and preparer for Steve Choularton, who later helped Crawford into racing. (Last updated 21 Sep 2014)
Ray Crawford 26 Oct 1915
Roswell, New Mexico
01 Feb 1996
Los Angeles, California
A WWII fighter pilot, Ray later ran a chain of food markets around the Los Angeles area. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Alberto Crespo 16 Jan 1920
Buenos Aires
14 Aug 1991
Buenos Aires
RA 0
Involved with Argentine motorsport administration until his death, Crespo started racing after World War Two in the long-distance road races that were prolific in his homeland, but later became a regular circuit racer with his own Alfa Romeo until the late 1950's. A decade later, he founded his camshaft specialist firm, Levas Crespo, which are still going strong now, expanding into a range of different automobile accessories. Alberto also worked as a consultant to a few drivers, including Juan Maria Traverso. (Last updated 26 Oct 2015)
Antonio Creus 28 Oct 1924
19 Feb 1996
E 1
Motorcyclist who later progressed to four wheels. Decent in sportscars, he retired from F1 in 1960 as he felt that part of the sport was now too dangerous and with a young family in tow, turned to car preparation and also contested hillclimbs and rallies. His one Grand Prix, in Argentina, saw him have to retire early after suffering from both fumes and sunstoke for which he subsquently had to have hospital treatment for. (Last updated 26 Oct 2015)
Larry Crockett 23 Oct 1926
Cambridge City, Indiana
20 Mar 1955
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Killed in a crash at Langhorne. Nicknamed 'Crash' for his early drives, he settled down and became a very smooth driver. Fine on ovals, he was Indy's 1954 Rookie of the Year.
Tony Crook 16 Feb 1920
Rusholme, Manchester
21 Jan 2014
Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London
GB 2
Former head of Bristol Cars Ltd., who only retired from a day-to-day role when in his 80's, after acquiring the firm back in 1954. For years he was the sole shareholder and very much ran the company in his own unique way. He also visited historic events and enjoyed the benefits of his BRDC membership. Crook won the very first post-war motor race on the British mainland at Gransden Lodge in 1946, and twice on the first day of racing in Castle Combe's history. (Last updated 1 Mar 2015)
Art Cross 24 Jan 1918
Jersey City, New Jersey
15 Apr 2005
La Porte, Indiana
Worked as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years. Retired to run his farm with wife Margaret and raise their family, but sadly both died within a few weeks of each other in 2005. Cross retired from racing quite suddenly in 1955, whilst at his peak, and despite many requests, never did return. Art served as a tank commander in World War Two and was injured in Belgium in 1944. However, he was awarded a Purple Heart for bravery shown during the Battle of the Bulge. Cross was used to driving machinery by then as he started racing midget cars in 1938, and continued in his field for most of his career, winning the 1951 AAA Midget Championship. (Last updated 26 Oct 2015)
Geoffrey Crossley 11 May 1921
Baslow, Derbyshire
07 Jan 2002
GB 2
Pleasant amateur who raced purely for fun, he worked as a furniture manufacturer until the 1980's. His father worked as a cloth merchant, including for furniture, which helped Geoff in his career. Died in Oxfordshire, in the John Radcliffe hospital, after a stroke. Geoff started his career as a teenager in 1937, when he drove a Bentley on the RAC Hastings Rally, then raced sporadically, including at the final pre-war meeting at Donington in 1939, until his last race at Goodwood in 1955. (Last updated 11 Jan 2015)

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