Masami Kuwashima

One-time Grand Prix driver Masami Kuwashima is turning 61 years old today!

Kuwashima’s sole F1 outing came at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix for Walter Wolf Racing, where he lasted a single off-the-pace practice session before he was replaced by Hans Binder.

Masami-san had actually been signed to race for the RAM March team that weekend, but the deal fell through at the eleventh hour before Wold came knocking with its short-lived rescue deal.

He would never grace the F1 cockpit again, spending the rest of his motorsport career in the domestic Formula 2 and Formula 3000 scene.

[Image via F1 Nostalgia]

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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.