Former Grand Prix driver Boy Hayje is today turning 63 years old. The Dutchman contested eight Grands Prix between 1976-7.
Born Johan Gerard Haijje, the Amsterdam-born racer started out in saloon cars and also won the Dutch Formula Ford championship crown.
He later competed in Formula 5000 in 1975 – achieving little in the way of results – in an ex-James Hunt March 731, before he dropped back to Formula 3 in 1976.
It was in this year that he made his Grand Prix debut at Zandvoort, a one-off appearance in a rented Penske with the support of his backers, F&S Properties.
Despite his promising debut, no more drives were in the pipeline until 1977, when he and F&S moved to RAM Racing, piloting the team’s March 761. It was a disaster for all concerned and he qualified just twice in seven outings, retiring from the South African Grand Prix and finishing outside classification at the Belgian Grand Prix.
After he failed to qualify for his home race, the Dutchman departed the team and took his backing into Formula 2, again achieving little success.
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