David Piper  Great Britain

  • Full name David Piper
  • Birth date December 2, 1930
  • Birthplace Edgware, Middlesex, Great Britain
  • Current age 83 years 262 days
  • Teams Team Lotus
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1959 Team Lotus 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 22 0 0 0 -
1960 Team Lotus 2 1 0 0 1 12 0 0 23 0 0 0 -
Total 3 2 0 0 1 12 0 0 22 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Aintree July 18, 1959 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 16, 1960 Race results
Profile

David Piper was a privateer who competed in three grand prix in 1959 and 1960 but only qualified for two of them. With Ferrari he enjoyed success in sports car racing - he was the team's most successful privateer - but in 1966 while filming the Steve McQueen film Le Mans he crashed his Porsche 917 and lost a leg. He later recalled: "I suddenly found myself sitting in only half a car, surrounded by smoke and dust, and I thought, `Good Lord, that's my shoe over there - and my foot is still in it'." Undaunted, he returned to the track within months and in 2005 celebrated 60 years of competitive racing.
Martin Williamson November 2009

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Latest Photos

September 16, 2011

Ex-F1 driver David Piper

April 12, 1970

David Piper at Brands Hatch in 1970

1970

Steve McQueen surveys the wreckage of David Piper's Porsche after the crash during filming of Le Mans

     

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