Little-known Japanese racing driver Masami Kuwashima is turning 60 today.
Kuwashima made a single appearance in Formula 1 at the infamous 1976 Japanese Grand Prix. Kuwashima had actually been signed to drive a RAM F1 car that weekend, but the deal had evaporated at the eleventh hour and he looked to be without a drive.
Fortunately, along came the Wolf Williams concern, and Kuwashima was duly listed as an entrant driver for the team that weekend. After running rather off-the-pace in the opening practice session, his sponsors pulled the pin and he was quickly replaced by Hans Binder for the second practice session!
Kuwashima was never to grace the F1 grid in anger, and spent the rest of his career in Japanese Formula 2 and Formula 2000.
A more detailed biography can be found on F1 Rejects, from where this image is also sourced.
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