Joe Kelly

Do you want to post a tribute about your favourite retired drivers, perhaps you want to discuss the rantings of the MIT (men in tweed). They thought they were safer when they retired, perhaps not mumblers!! How about a tribute to those that are not drivers but still in the game?

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Joe Kelly

Postby Alexander Lyons » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 5:02 pm

Joe Kelly (Formula One)
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Joe Kelly
Formula One Career
Nationality Irish
Active years 1950-51
Team(s) privateer Alta
Grands Prix 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podium finishes 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First Grand Prix 1950 British Grand Prix

Last Grand Prix 1951 British Grand Prix

Joe Kelly (March 13, 1913 - November 28, 1993) was a racing driver from Ireland. He was born in Dublin and died in Neston, Cheshire, England. He participated in two grands prix, debuting on May 13, 1950. He was not classified in the results of either race, scoring no championship points, and his best grid position was 18th place.
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Postby John » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:01 pm

Hi Alex,

I am not wishing to disparage any tributes especially one for a fellow Irishman.... but could you expand a little...


Was Joe Kelly a family relation or have you some other connection.... It's just with only two GP starts... what was his other racing credentials...?
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Postby Alexander Lyons » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:07 pm

Joe deserves a tribute as he was racing in the first ever grand prix. no more no less a reason
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Postby LadySnowcat » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:08 pm

Relation to Ned?

Tif will be pleased.............
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Postby Daniel » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:15 pm

Possibly related to me...

I have Irish blood in me...

Somewhere in me left leg i think...
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Postby Alexander Lyons » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:23 pm

DRIVERS: JOE KELLY

Name: Joe Kelly

Nationality: Ireland

Date of birth: March 13, 1913 - South America

Date of death: December 1, 1993 - Chester

South American-born, this Dublin motor trader ran an Alta in the 1950 and 51 British Grands Prix at Silverstone.

He later retired from racing after suffering serious leg injuries in a 1955 accident at Oulton Park.

Kelly created quite a storm when he acquired a Ferrari, raced it once at The Curragh and then sold it to Jaguar, giving the British engineers the chaance to have a good look at the opposition!


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Postby LadySnowcat » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:26 pm

A bit of a renegade then............
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Postby John » Sat 27 Jan, 2007 9:51 pm

Alexander Lyons wrote:Joe deserves a tribute as he was racing in the first ever grand prix. no more no less a reason


Fair point..............

But with 559 individual drivers having entered at least 1 GP since 1950... the Tribute section would be very crowded... and finding the wheat amongst the chaff would be a chore (especially if we include tributes to drivers in other categories)

Just a thought...

:lol: ...As for having started in the first ever GP at Silverstone... more relevant would be...

Emmanuel de Graffenried.... Switzerland... (18. May 1914 - 22 Jan 2007)

Grand Prix entries 23
Grand Prix driven 22
Wins 0
Pole Positions 0
Fastest race laps 0
Led races 0
Points (all/championship only) 9 / 9

He was the last surviving GP racer from the original start line... with his passing F1 entered a new era.


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