David Fry

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05 Apr 1918
Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire


23 Jun 1967
Bristol, Somerset


Great Britain


Fry (1959)

Cousin of Joe and member of the chocolate making firm. Also the man behind the Freikaiserwagen, David was involved in hillclimbs as a teenager as far back as the 1930's. David was a tall chap who helped his cousin Joe into the sport, realising both that his size wouldn't then lead to the best results, but also as Joe was quicker. David developed his car with Dick Caesar (hence the name, albeit then made Germanic) in the mid-1930's, before designing a new car for the 500cc races so common round that time. David's brother Jeremy also raced, especially in hillclimbs, and both of them were involved with Joe's motorsport efforts. Fry lived in Frenchay and lived in the same home as his ancestor Joseph Storrs Fry, the founder of the chocolate firm. Fry's father, Cecil, was the last of the Fry's to head the firm. David and Jeremy also ran their engineering company Frenchay Products, founded in 1949 to manufacture aircraft components. David remained involved with that business until his death. Although Joe's death in 1950 was a huge blow to David, he later produced the Formula 2 car that was entered for the 1959 British Grand Prix. David died of a heart-attack, aged only 49. Jeremy lived on until 2005, having moved to India.

Biography last updated 9 May 2017