Former GP winner passes away

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Former GP winner passes away

Postby Zoom4ster™ » Tue 23 Jan, 2007 9:27 am


Baron Emmanuel ‘Toulo’ de Graffenried, one of the last surviving drivers from the titanic pre-war era of grand prix racing, has died at the age of 92.

From a prominent Swiss family, de Graffenried competed in private Maseratis in the 1930s.

He enjoyed most success in the immediate post-war period, winning the 1949 British Grand Prix at Silverstone with Enrico Plate’s Maserati team.

Following the inauguration of the world championship in 1950, de Graffenried achieved a best result of fourth (at Spa in 1953) although he won several non-championship events.

He retired after the 1956 Italian GP but returned to the F1 scene in the 1970s as an ambassador for tobacco company Philip Morris.

De Graffenried’s death means that none of the drivers who started the first world championship race at Silverstone in 1950 is still alive.

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Postby John » Tue 23 Jan, 2007 10:31 am

22 starts, highest placing 4th, race when it was most dangerous, died at the ripe old age of 92. Not bad really...

Switzerland looses another former F1 racer in so short a time.
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