BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Henry Clifford Allison
Nationality British
Born 8 February 1932, Brough
Died 7 April 2005, Brough – 73 years
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1957 Le Mans 24 Hours (S750) Lotus Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 14th
1958 Glover Trophy
Aintree 200 Miles
International Trophy
Team Lotus 1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


4th
8th
6th
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Wins Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
18 16 2 5th / 21 0 1 0 11 6
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1958 Monaco Grand Prix 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1958 Team Lotus
Team Lotus
Scuderia Centro Sud
Lotus 12
Lotus 16
Maserati 250F
Climax 2.0 4cyl
Climax 2.0 4cyl
Maserati 2.5 6cyl
7
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
18th
1959 Ferrari Dino 156
Dino 246
Ferrari 1.5 V6
Ferrari 2.4 V6
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
17th
1960 Ferrari Dino 246 Ferrari 2.4 V6 1 0 0 1 0 6 12th
1961 BRP Lotus 18 Climax 1.5 4cyl 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1959 Sebring 12 Hours Ferrari 1 0 0 1 1 2nd
1960 Buenos Aires 1000Km
International Trophy
Ferrari 1
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0

1st
8th
1961 Lombank Trophy
Grand Prix de Bruxelles
London Trophy
BRP 1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0


2nd
5th
8th


Biography

Henry Clifford Allison was the son of a garage owner. He entered motorsport in 1952 with a little Formula 3 Cooper, and steadily improved in the championship, peaking with fourth overall in 1955, the same year he started racing works Lotus Eleven sports cars for Colin Chapman.

In 1958, he was tasked with leading Team Lotus’ move into Formula 1. He started with a pair of sixth places at Monaco and Zanvdoort before he claimed an excellent fourth place at Spa-Francorchamps. It was a strange race: while Allison managed to limp over the line with broken suspension sustained on the final lap, all three of the runners ahead of him were battling their own maladies – had the race gone on another lap, none would have seen the chequered flag!

Team Lotus introduced its new 16 chassis at the German Grand Prix, and Allison was in contention for the win until a holed radiator saw him drop to fifth.

His efforts were certainly not in vain, and it was at Mike Hawthorn’s recommendation that he was offered a works seat with Ferrari the following year – sadly, he would never get to be Hawthorn’s team-mate: the Englishman was killed just a few months after winning the World Championship.

Allison performed solidly for Ferrari in 1959, and in 1960 he started excellently with a win in the 1000Km sports car race at Argentina, along with second place in the country’s Grand Prix.

His season would be cut short at the next Grand Prix at Monaco. An accident in practice saw him thrown from the car and he was in a coma for sixteen days, having also suffered a badly broken arm. When he emerged from unconsciousness, he spoke fluent French – curiously, he’d never been able to speak a single word of it before!

He was out for the rest of the year, but he landed himself a drive with the UDT-Laystall team to drive one of their Lotus 18 challengers. He showed he’d lost none of his competitiveness at a host of non-championship races at the start of the year, and placed seventh at the Monaco Grand Prix on his championship return.

But his racing career came to a permanent end at Spa-Francorchamps. Needing to out-pace team-mate Henry Taylor in order to secure the car for the race, Allison crashed at Blanchimont and rolled his car in a field. He sustained broken knees and a fractured pelvis in the mess. After one crash too many, Allison opted to retire.

While it marked the end of his competitive racing career, he eventually returned to the sport via occasional paddock visits and the odd drive at historic events. He took over the running of his father’s garage business and also drove the local village’s school bus. He passed away in 2005, aged 73.

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