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Kunimitsu Takahashi

Kunimitsu Takahashi, Assen, 1964. Copyright www.gahetna.nl, (Dutch National Archive), 2018. All pictures licenced for share and adapt, so free to use

Kunimitsu Takahashi, Assen, 1964. Copyright www.gahetna.nl, (Dutch National Archive), 2018. All pictures licenced for share and adapt, so free to use

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Born:

29 Jan 1940
Tokyo

Nationality:

Japan

Grands Prix:

1 (1977)

Retired from driving only as recently as 2002. Still runs his own GT team and was formerly president of Japan's GT association. Takahashi, like a lot of drivers in his homeland of that era started racing on two wheels on motorcycles with Kunimistu beginning his career in 1958. In 1961, as a works Honda rider, he won the West German Grand Prix to become the first Japanese rider to win a World Championship race. Badly injured in a crash in 1962, he then moved to cars in 1965 with Nissan, for whom he raced virtually exclusively until 1973. Takahashi then became a multiple Japanese sportscar champion, winning four titles between 1985 and 1989. Takahashi was the original inspiration behind drift racing; he was a very spectacular, sideways driver and his style sparked the interest of the founders of this kind of racing.

Biography last updated 2 Jul 2017