Former Grand Prix racer Àlex Soler-Roig is clocking up a special milestone today by celebrating his 80th birthday!
While this wealthy Spaniard certainly had the funds to compete in a sequence of Grands Prix over a three-year period, this wasn’t supported by enough doses of speed or skill…
The Barcelona-born driver claimed his first-ever motorsport win in a hill climb event in 1960, continuing to race occasionally in Porsches on his home soil for several years.
He switched to the European Formula 2 championship in 1967, embarking on a professional tilt at motorsport. His one year in a Lotus didn’t really light anyone’s fire, and he switched to sports car and GT racing in 1968, winning the Jarama 6 Hours as Jochen Rindt’s co-driver.
He joined the STP March team in 1971, but quit after just five races (having retired from the four where he made the grid), unhappy with the quality of the engines at his disposal.
After a semi-successful stint in the European Touring Car Championship, Soler-Roig returned for one last crack at F1. But the BRM P160 at his disposal was summarily useless, and he walked away after just two events, returning to touring cars.
[Images via GP Forum and It’s a Wheel Thing]