One-time F1 driver Peter Ashdown is turning 76 today.

Peter AshdownEssex-born Ashdown was a leading driver in the Formula Junior series, but an accident in 1958 at Rouen-Les-Essarts broke his collarbone and significantly impacted his career.

Once recovered, he contested a single outing – the 1959 British Grand Prix at Aintree – in a Formula 2 Cooper-Climax, qualifying 23rd and finishing 12th.

Thereafter, he drove a Formula Junior Lola and sports cars, twice achieving class wins at the Nurburgring 1000km race in 1960 and 1962, retiring from all motorsport at the end of the year.

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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.