Joe Fry

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26 Oct 1915
Winterbourne, Gloucestershire


29 Jul 1950
Blandford Camp, Dorset


Great Britain

Grands Prix:

1 (1950)

The first Grand Prix driver to die, when he perished in a speed event in Dorset just weeks after appearing at the British Grand Prix. A mechanic and car builder, whose father was a wagon and carriage builder, he was a member of the Fry's chocolate firm. Raced from 1936 onwards and was particularly good at hillclimbing and speed trials. Cousin of David, Fry's greatest moment came in 1949 when he beat the long-standing Shelsey Walsh hillclimbing record of Raymond Mays.

Biography last updated 5 Feb 2018