Former Grand Prix driver Richard Attwood is today celebrating his 72nd birthday!
British-born Attwood was the son of a successful motor trader, with his first foray into motorsport coming at the wheel of a Triumph TR3 in 1960.
He switched to Formula Junior in 1963 and gained international attention when he won the Formula Junior support race at Monaco.
By 1965, he had made his Grand Prix debut with Reg Parnell, finishing sixth at both Italy and Mexico. No F1 drive was on the cards for the following year, but he made a single appearance in 1967 with Cooper before coming back to the sport with the BRM team in 1968 when Mike Spence was killed. First time out, he finished in second place at Monaco behind race-winner Damon Hill.
But his form wasn’t to be repeated and he was ousted from BRM’s line-up for the following year, and returned for just two more outings before going on to win the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours with Hans Herrmann.
He retired from the sport in 1971 but is a fixture at revival meetings, still performing demonstration runs at Goodwood festivals and historic meetings.
[Image via The Cahier Archive]