Former Grand Prix driver Dieter Quester – a man who is better known for his exploits in touring cars – is today celebrating his 73rd birthday.
Born in Vienna, Quester started out racing in speedboats and on motorbikes before he ventured into four-wheeled competition in 1965.
The bulk of his very long racing career was spent in association with BMW, and it was with them that he ventured into their unsuccessful Formula 2 jaunt. With the 1969 German Grand Prix entry list being a little short in numbers, organisers threw open the doors to the Formula 2 entrants, and Quester qualified 21st before his entry was withdrawn.
In 1974 he finally raised the funds to rent a Surtees for his home Grand Prix at the Osterreichring, finishing ninth overall, three laps adrift.
He would never grace the Formula 1 grid again, and his move to sports cars and tin-top racers saw him win the 1977 G2 title. He remained part of BMW’s touring car program well into the 1990s, competing with considerable success in the Austrian, German and European championships.
[Images via F1 Rejects]