Taki Inoue Former F1 driver Taki Inoue is turning 47 today.

Inoue had a brief – but very colourful – stint in Formula 1, contesting one Grand Prix with Simtek in 1994 and a full season with Arrows in 1995. Since departing F1, he has barely been heard of since, and is very much confined to the annals of F1 history.

With little to speak of with respect to a pedigree in the lower formulae, Inoue rounded up funds from Kobe businesses to buy a drive at the cash-strapped Arrows outfit after a single appearance with Simtek the year before at a soaked Suzuka, where he crashed out after just a handful of laps.

Miles off the pace of team-mate Morbidelli, Inoue was largely invisible unless he was getting in the way of the leaders as they came to lap. Two more incidents occurred during his F1 career: one of which was having his car upended in a collision with the course car when being towed back to the pits, and then later being run over by a marshals car sent to retrieve his broken down car at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.