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Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman, Monaco GP, 1962. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Colin Chapman, Monaco GP, 1962. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Colin Chapman. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Colin Chapman. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

19 May 1928
Richmond, Surrey

Died:

16 Dec 1982
East Carleton, nr. Norwich, Norfolk

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

0 (1956)

Teams:

Lotus, Vanwall (1955-1982)

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.

Biography last updated 21 Oct 2015