Two Great Drivers are Gone

Ferrari, Chris Amon, Zandvoort

On August 3rd Chris Amon passed away from cancer at his home in New Zealand at the age of 73. Amon was perhaps the most unlucky of all F1 drivers, with his car failing on the final lap many times. Here he is at the top of his form with a Ferrari 312F1 at Zandvoort during the Dutch Grand Prix on June 21, 1969. He drove both F1 and sports cars for Ferrari in the late 1960s and with many other teams thereafter. One of his most important successes was sharing the win in a Ford GT40 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, co-driving with his countryman Bruce McLaren.

Jack Sears, Jaguar, Snetterton

Jack Sears died on August 7th in England at the age of 86. Sears was best known as a Touring Car and GT driver in the 1960s. Here he is with one of Tommy Sopwith’s Equipe Endeavor Jaguar 3.8s at Snetterton during the Lombank Trophy meeting on April 14, 1962 where he would finish second to his teammate Michael Parkes. Jack Sears was widely respected for his calm and gentlemanly personality which took away nothing from his racing abilities.

Photos by Nigel Snowdon and Colin Waldeck ©The Klemantaski Collection –

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