John Love  Zimbabwe

  • Full name John Maxwell Lineham Love
  • Birth date December 7, 1924
  • Birthplace Bulawayo (Rhodesia), Zimbabwe
  • Date of death April 25, 2005 (80 years 139 days)
  • Place of death Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Teams Brabham, Cooper, March, Surtees, Team Lotus
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1962 Cooper 1 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
1963 Cooper 1 1 0 0 1 9 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1964 Cooper 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
1965 Cooper 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
1967 Cooper 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 0 0 6 11
1968 Brabham 1 1 0 0 1 9 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
1969 Team Lotus 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 10 0 0 0 -
1970 Team Lotus 1 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 22 0 0 0 -
1971 March 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 21 0 0 0 -
1972 Surtees 1 1 0 0 1 16 0 0 26 0 0 0 -
Total 10 9 0 1 6 2 0 0 5 0 0 6
Race Circuit Date
First race South African Grand Prix Prince George December 29, 1962 Race results
Last race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 4, 1972 Race results
Profile

John Love partnered Tony Maggs in Ken Tyrrells' Formula Junior team in 1961 and then won the 1962 British Touring Car Championship in a works Mini Cooper. An abortive attempt to race Formula One in Europe in 1964 led to his return to South Africa where he not only won the first of his six South African Formula One titles at the end of that year but also raced regularly in the country's World Championship Grand Prix.

His results were relatively patchy as he kept finding himself in outmoded equipment, but in 1967 he came close to causing one of the greatest upsets of all time when only a precautionary late pit stop for fuel lost him the race, dropping him to second place. Thereafter he shone in the South African Springbok sports car series.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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January 2, 1967

John Love came second in South Africa in 1967

July 23, 1961

John Love at the Solitude non-championship grand prix in 1961

     

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