Former Grand Prix racer Dave Charlton has died, aged 76

Former Grand Prix driver Dave Charlton has passed away, aged 76.

British-born, Charlton’s family moved to South Africa when he was young. Charlton would ultimately rival John Love as one of the most successful domestic Formula 1 racers in the southern African scene, courtesy of buying a series of competitive ex-works Grand Prix cars in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dave CharltonHe made his Grand Prix debut at the 1967 South African Grand Prix in a Brabham Climax BT11, using his local knowledge to qualify an impressive eighth-fastest at Kyalami.

He would appear on the grid at his home race for the next three years before taking his cars to the occasional overseas outings in Europe in the early 1970s. Sadly these ventures proved unsuccessful and he would continue to compete at his Grand Prix until 1975 without the success that his talent deserved.

He retired from single-seater racing in the late 1970 and took up touring car competition.

The team passes on its condolences to Charlton’s family.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.