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Richie Ginther

Richie Ginther, Kyalami, 1962. Copyright Andrew Embleton, 2011. Used with permission.

Richie Ginther, Kyalami, 1962. Copyright Andrew Embleton, 2011. Used with permission.

Richie Ginther. Copyright Cleo Davidson. Used with Permission, 2014.

Richie Ginther. Copyright Cleo Davidson. Used with Permission, 2014.

Born:

05 Aug 1930
Hollywood, California

Died:

20 Sep 1989
Touzac, Lot, France

Nationality:

United States

Grands Prix:

52 (1960-1967)

Indy 500s:

0 (1967)

A technically superb driver, which also helped his relationship, and success, with Honda, Ginther retired from driving as he no longer enjoyed the driving enough to warrant the risks, however he later ran a few teams and worked as a mechanic for a while. Later lived for a long time in Mexico, enjoying his new life, especially with his pets., gardening, and particulary, fireworks, enjoying his privacy away from the sport. However, his love of the latter pastime saw him once get in trouble the day before a race at Daytona - Richie let a firework off that went under a police car by accident and so he had to endure a night in jail! One past-time that Ginther excelled at, was making his own jewellery, which he did for aeons. A big fan of Native American history, Richie had been ill for a while, before suffering his fatal heart-attack, whilst on holiday in France, just days after attending a BRM reunion at Donington.

Biography last updated 13 Jul 2014