Peter Gethin 1940 – 2011

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Peter Gethin 1940 – 2011

Postby CrazyChick » Tue 06 Dec, 2011 4:55 pm

Peter Gethin, the winner of the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, has died following a long illness.

The former BRM, McLaren and Embassy Hill Lola Formula 1 driver, who famously triumphed at the race that featured just 0.61s between the top five finishers, was 71.

The son of a professional jockey, Surrey-born Gethin first came to prominence when he was already in his late 20s, as a front-runner in British Formula 3, but he really found his feet in Formula 5000, winning the British title in 1969 and '70.

It was in '70 that he made his Formula 1 World Championship debut, the death of Bruce McLaren in a testing accident at Goodwood resulting in a call-up to take the vacant seat at the Kiwi's team.

Former McLaren driver Peter Gethin has died. Won the closest F1 race of all time: ... -1940-2011 ... 1940-2011/ ... 042949.stm
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Re: Peter Gethin 1940 – 2011

Postby Murray Walker » Tue 06 Dec, 2011 6:07 pm

I hadn't heard that. RIP :cry:
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