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Mike Spence

Mike Spence. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Mike Spence. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

30 Dec 1936
Purley, Surrey

Died:

07 May 1968
Indianapolis Speedway, Indiana, USA

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

36 (1963-1968)

F2 starts:

1 (1967)

Indy 500s:

0 (1968)

Killed in a testing crash at Indianapolis. Overcame polio as a child, before becoming a tank commander during national service. He was also a proficient cricketer and enjoyed playing rugby, but started racing by rallying his motorsport-mad father's car. He excelled in Formula Junior, which led to his Grand Prix contract with Lotus, with whom he spent most of his top-line career, but he was actually with BRM at the time of his death, returning to Lotus as a one-off for the Indy 500. A very capable driver, he won the 1965 Race of Champions, the non-championship 1966 South African Grand Prix and the BOAC 500 1967 sportscar race at Brands Hatch. He also was involved in a garage dealership and car production business in Maidenhead. A new book on his life and career will come out in 2022.

Biography last updated 20 Oct 2020