Stephen South's F1 career was all too brief...

Celebrating his 60th birthday today is former McLaren driver Stephen South!

Born in Middlesex, South studied at Harrow County School for Boys before the racing bug bit him hard. He is best known for winning the 1978 British Formula 3 championship.

His one and only grand Prix appearance came at the 1980 United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, where he substituted for the injured Alain Prost but failed to qualify.

Sadly for Stephen, he wouldn’t grace the Formula 1 grid again, and further tragedy would strike when he had part of one leg amputated later that year when he was injured in a CanAm race.

[Image via Laberezina]

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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.