Today we celebrate the birthday of one-time F1 starter, Sweden’s Conny Andersson!
Born on this day 72 years ago in the town of Alingas, Conny’s first forays into motorsport came late in life, when he made his racing debut at the age of 29.
In 1970, he’d progressed to Formula 3, but he remained in the category for seven years, as a lack of finance primarily inhibited his ability to move into the higher championships.
Finally, Conny’s dream would be fulfilled. He just scraped onto the grid with the 26th-fastest effort, but retired when his Cosworth engine in the back of the TS19 chassis cried enough.
With few other prospects available to him and unwilling to drop back to Formula 3 in 1977, Andersson took up the chance to drive for the BRM team, which was now in a period of terminal decline.
Sadly, the team’s P207 challenger proved to be an absolute dog of a car – we voted it one of the sport’s ten crappiest-ever cars – and Conny disappeared from the scene after four failed attempts to qualify.
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