Former F1 driver Bob Evans is celebrating his 63rd birthday today!
A driver of enormous natural talent, Evans sadly fits into the group of many drivers from his era who, despite achieving success on the stepping stones to F1 glory, found himself without the machinery or the opportunity to properly showcase his skills at the top stage.
A competitors in 11 Grands Prix, Evans won the British Formula 5000 championship and found himself saddled with a woefully uncompetitive and long-in-the-tooth BRM in 1975. Despite the limited opportunity to prove himself, Evans kept his head up and plugged away at his craft, which was enough to earn him a testing opportunity and three race appearances with Lotus. The best of these was the Race of Champions, in which he lost a certain fourth place when he ran out of fuel.
Aside from a one-off outing with the RAM team later in 1976, Evans’ F1 foray sadly ground to a halt and he disappeared to the curious obscurity that is the Aurora championship, driving a Surtees TS19 in 1978.
[Original image via Sports Car Digest]