Sharing his 67th birthday with this website’s very site author is none other than former F1 driver George Eaton!
The son of a wealthy Canadian family who’d made their fortune in merchandising, the young George took the opportunity – and the family cash – to explore one of hobbies, being motor racing.
After racing a Cobra, George moved into a McLaren M1C where he ran it for two seasons in Can-Am, peaking with third at the 1968 race at Laguna Seca.
After showing front-running pace the following year in Can-Am and Formula A, Eaton was invited to contest the final two North American Grands Prix with BRM.
It was disappointment all round, and Eaton finished just three times, with a best result being tenth at his home Grand Prix at St Jovite.
Unable to land a full-time drive for 1971, he slipped back to endurance racing and retired from competition just a year later.
[Images via BumpyStick, Cliff Reuter, F3 History, Motorsport Marketing, MyF5000]
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