John Love

John Love. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

John Love. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.


07 Dec 1924


25 Apr 2005


Southern Rhodesia

Grands Prix:

9 (1962-1972)

Was involved in his dealership in Bulawayo and made frequent visits to South Africa for some historic festivals before his sad death from cancer. Love was one of Southern Africa's very best racing drivers; he won the South African Formula 1 Championship for six consecutive years between 1964 and 1969, came second in - and very close indeed to winning - the South African Grand Prix in 1967. He also won the 1971 South African Sportscar championship. Although he actually started on motorbikes in 1947, it was on four wheels he enjoyed the most success and carried on racing at a reasonable level until the 1990's. Most of this was in Southern Africa, but Love also spent a few years racing in Europe and Formula Junior and Formula 3 and also won the 1962 British Touring Car Championship. Before World War Two, he was an apprentice electrical fitter at a power station. During the war, he served in the Rhodesian army in both the Middle East and Italy, often working as a dispatch rider.

Biography last updated 20 Jul 2021