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
Verona
15 Jun 1961
Modena Autodrome
I 3
(1958-1960)
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.
Mario Araujo de Cabral 15 Jan 1934
Cedofeita, Porto

P 4
(1959-1964)
Now in declining health, and retired, living in Lisbon, Portugal. (Last updated 13 Aug 2013)
Phil Cade 12 Jun 1916
Charles City, Iowa
28 Aug 2001
Winchester, Massachusetts
USA 0
(1959)
Amateur racer who raced on until the late '60's. Particularly good in sportscars.
Alex Caffi 18 Mar 1964
Rovato, Brescia

I 56
(1986-1992)
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 2014 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 13 Jan 2014)
Buddy Cagle 11 Jul 1930
Tulsa, Oklahoma

USA 0
(1956)
Worked for many years as the Auto Shop teacher at Will Rogers High School, in Tulsa, OK, 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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
John Campbell-Jones 21 Jan 1930
Leatherhead, Surrey

GB 2
(1962-1963)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Adrian Campos 17 Jun 1960
Alcira, nr. Valencia

E 16
(1987-1988)
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 concentate on the WTCC team he has launched. In 2014, he returns to GP2 with a team in the series. (Last updated 16 Oct 2013)
John Cannon 21 Jun 1933
Hammersmith, London, England
18 Oct 1999
nr. Quemado, New Mexico, USA
CDN 1
(1971)
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
Montevideo
06 Jun 1997
Montevideo
ROU 3
(1952)
Wealthy patron and businessman, who raced in a lot of endurance events in South America. (Last updated 1 Feb 2013)
Bill Cantrell 31 Jan 1908
West Point, Kentucky
22 Jan 1996
Madison, Indiana
USA 1
(1950-1952)
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
USA 0
(1953)
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
Milan

I 93
(1985-1993)
Long-time commentator for Italian terrestrial TV, he returned to full-time racing in 2003, in the FIA GT series, and continues to drive occasionally in the discipline, but largely tends to appear at a lot more historic events lately. Also a racing instructor, and he is head of Maserati's driving instructor school. (Last updated 5 Apr 2014)
Piero Carini 06 Mar 1921
Sondrio
30 May 1957
St. Etienne, France
I 3
(1952-1953)
Killed in a sportscar race. A very capable sportscar driver, he took class wins in both the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Duane Carter 05 May 1913
Fresno, California
07 May 1993
Indianapolis, Indiana
USA 8
(1950-1960)
Later became an official for USAC. Father of 'Pancho' Carter, Duane died of cancer. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Neal Carter 30 Aug 1923
Wapakoneta, Ohio

USA 0
(1952)
Another midget legend, still alive and living in Florida. Instrumental in the medical and safety development in US single-seaters in the 1980's.
Eugenio Castellotti 10 Oct 1930
Lodi, Milan
14 Mar 1957
Modena Autodrome
I 14
(1955-1957)
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 seeing a famous Italian opera singer. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Johnny Cecotto 25 Jan 1956
Caracas

YV 18
(1983-1984)
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 events, but mainly focuses on his son, Johnny Jr and his racing career - Johnny even ran a F3 team for him. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Francois Cevert 25 Feb 1944
Paris
06 Oct 1973
Watkins Glen Circuit, New York State, USA
F 47
(1969-1973)
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 F2 and F3. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Eugene Chaboud 12 Apr 1907
Lyon
28 Dec 1983
Montfermeil
F 3
(1950-1951)
Sportscar ace, winner of the 1938 Le Mans. Personal wealth allowed him the chance to race frequently. Worked for a while as sporting director of Ecurie France. Finished his career rallying before taking up a business career.
Jay Chamberlain 29 Dec 1925
Hollywood, California
01 Aug 2001
Tucson, Arizona
USA 1
(1962)
Was involved in the US historic car business and with Lotus for many years, retiring just before his death in 2001.
Karun Chandhok 19 Jan 1984
Madras

IND 11
(2010-2011)
Longtime GP2 and A1 GP driver who made F1 with Hispania but is now in the World Endurance Championship after a brief return to F1 with Team Lotus in 2011. (Last updated 28 Jan 2012)
Colin Chapman 19 May 1928
Richmond, Surrey
16 Dec 1982
East Carleton, nr. Norwich, Norfolk
GB 0
(1956)
Went on to become a legendary name in motorsport, founder of Lotus and a huge innovator in both F1 and the car world. Died of a heart attack whilst still boss of Lotus.
Dave Charlton 27 Oct 1936
Brotton, nr. Redcar, Yorkshire, England
24 Feb 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
ZA 11
(1965-1975)
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
(1991)
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. (Last updated 6 Apr 2010)
Bill Cheesbourg 12 Jun 1927
Tucson, Arizona
06 Nov 1995
Tucson, Arizona
USA 3
(1957-1959)
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
(1978-1989)
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 and does TV work. 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. Read interview. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Andrea Chiesa 06 May 1964
Milan

CH 3
(1992)
Andrea is often in sportscars, and now also races in trallies. He also works in Italian and Swiss media and is mainly a racing instructor. (Last updated 31 Mar 2013)
Max Chilton 21 Apr 1991
Reigate, Surrey

GB 22
(2013- )
Driver for the Marussia team, who has finished all his races so far. (Last updated 6 Apr 2014)
Ettore Chimeri 04 Jun 1921
Lodi, Milan
27 Feb 1960
Havana, Cuba
I 1
(1960)
Killed in a sportscar practice in Cuba just weeks after his GP debut. Italian born, but Venezuelan based driver, who ran a construction business whiuch allowed the funds for him to race, mostly in sportscars, in both North and South America. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Louis Chiron 03 Aug 1899
Monte Carlo
22 Jun 1979
Monte Carlo
MC 15
(1950-1958)
Ran the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco GP on Royal request right up until his death.
Joie Chitwood 14 Apr 1912
Denison, Texas
03 Jan 1988
Tampa Bay, Florida
USA 1
(1950)
Chitwood became a millionaire through performing and then organising stunt car shows. His grandson, Joie III, is the current Indianapolis Motor Speedway President. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Bob Christie 04 Apr 1924
Grants Pass, Oregon
01 Jun 2009
Grants Pass, Oregon
USA 5
(1954-1960)
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
Brussels
B 23
(1950-1955)
Popular and under-rated driver who died of tuberculosis.
Jim Clark 04 Mar 1936
Kilmany, Fifeshire, Scotland
07 Apr 1968
Hockenheim Circuit, Germany
GB 72
(1960-1968)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Bob Cleberg 28 May 1929
Tucson, Arizona

USA 0
(1960)
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
USA 0
(1957-1958)
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

USA 0
(1980-1981)
Now a successful businessman. Made his name in F.Atlantic, but F1 was a flop and his long CART career is remembered more for his crashes than his speed.
Hal Cole 20 Nov 1912
Tacoma, Washington
12 Nov 1970
Los Angeles, California
USA 0
(1950)
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
(1952-1958)
Son of a transporter scion, Peter was involved in that business as well. Collins was a fast, varied and extremely honourable driver. Killed in the German GP, just weeks after winning the British GP. (Last updated 14 Mar 2014)
Bernard Collomb 07 Oct 1930
Annecy
19 Sep 2011
La Colle sur Loup
F 4
(1961-1964)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Alberto Colombo 23 Feb 1946
Varedo, nr. Milan

I 0
(1978)
1974 Italian F3 champion, he came into racing quite late. Predominantly in F2 and F3, 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 8 Dec 2012)
Erik Comas 28 Sep 1963
Romans, nr. Valence

F 59
(1991-1994)
Still drives on occasion (in rallies), but now also runs both a eco-friendly automobile concern but also a driver-manager and motorsports consultancy firm. Erik is boss to a number of drivers, including Treluyer, Sarrazin and Dumas. His son is also racing, and on top of all this, Erik is also an occasional tester for Nissan. (Last updated 2 Feb 2014)
Gianfranco Comotti 24 Jul 1906
Brescia
10 May 1963
Bergamo
I 2
(1950-1952)
In his later life, he worked for BP in Africa and the Med. Very good pre-war racer, he won GP's at Naples and Commingues and also raced in America. Raced for over 30 years, but his post-war results were mainly in the midfield. Was also one of the founders of the Ancien Pilotes.
Russ Congdon 28 Sep 1924
Puyallup, Washington
26 Feb 1998
Puyallup, Washington
USA 0
(1960)
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
USA 3
(1950-1952)
Retired in 1954 and 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 Constantine 22 Feb 1918
Southbridge, Massachusetts
07 Jan 1968
Southbridge, Massachusetts
USA 1
(1959)
Died after a long fight against illness. SCCA stalwart who was the 1959 USSC Driver of the Year and also took a Daytona 24 Hrs class win.
John Cordts 23 Jul 1935
Hamburg, Germany

CDN 1
(1969)
Born in Germany, then moved to Sweden, before settling in Ontario. Still alive and living in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Still bikes and rides around the island, but ill-health has slowed him down a little recently. He is locally best known for his woodcarving. Wrote his autobiography in 2007. (Last updated 6 Apr 2010)
Bob Cortner 16 Apr 1927
Redlands, California
19 May 1959
Indianapolis, Indiana
USA 0
(1958-1959)
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
(1994-2008)
Announced his retirement at the end of the 2008 season of a very successful and long F1 career, and retired from racing in 2012 after a spell in the DTM. He'll stay 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. Also works as a driver coach. (Last updated 24 Oct 2012)
Piers Courage 27 May 1942
Colchester, Essex
21 Jun 1970
Zandvoort Circuit, the Netherlands
GB 28
(1966-1970)
Heir of the brewery firm, 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 F3 and F2. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Chris Craft 17 Nov 1939
Porthleven, nr. Helston, Cornwall

GB 1
(1971)
Involved with the Rocket Roadster project with Gordon Murray and is still involved with cars to this day. Lives in Essex. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Jim Crawford 13 Feb 1948
Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland
06 Aug 2002
Tierra Verde, Florida, USA
GB 2
(1975)
Raced on in CART and the Indy 500 until 1993, before taking up fishing full-time. He continued this occupation until his death, from a short illness, in 2002, living in St. Petersburg, Florida with his family. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Ray Crawford 26 Oct 1915
Roswell, New Mexico
01 Feb 1996
Los Angeles, California
USA 3
(1953-1959)
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
(1952)
Involved with Argentine motorsport administration until his death. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Antonio Creus 28 Oct 1924
Madrid
19 Feb 1996
Madrid
E 1
(1960)
Motorcyclist who later progressed to 4 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 preparation and contested in hillclimbs and rallies.
Larry Crockett 23 Oct 1926
Cambridge City, Indiana
20 Mar 1955
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
USA 1
(1954)
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, Surrey
GB 2
(1952-1953)
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. (Last updated 4 Feb 2014)
Art Cross 24 Jan 1918
Jersey City, New Jersey
15 Apr 2005
La Porte, Indiana
USA 4
(1952-1955)
Worked as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years. Retired to run his farm with wife Margaret, but sadly both died within a few weeks of other in 2005. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Geoffrey Crossley 11 May 1921
Baslow, Derbyshire
07 Jan 2002
Oxford
GB 2
(1950)
Pleasant amateur who raced for fun, he worked as a furniture manufacturer until the 1980's. Died recently in Oxfordshire, in the John Radcliffe hospital, after a stroke. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)

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