Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peter Gethin Born In Ewell, England - February 21, 1940

February 21, 1940 - December 5, 2011
Peter Gethin
(Photo; en.wikipedia.org)
Born in Ewell, England.
He participated in 31 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on June 21, 1970. He won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix in the fastest average speed in Formula One history, (until the record was broken by Michael Schumacher in the same race in 2003), but this was his only podium finish. Gethin also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races, winning the 1971 World Championship Victory Race and the 1973 Race of Champions.

Gethin also raced for Team McLaren in the 1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, driving the McLaren M8D that had been driven by Dan Gurney in the first three races of the season. Peter Gethin scored Team McLaren's 19th straight Can-Am win at Road America on August 30, 1970. Gethin won the one race and finished third in the 1970 championship. 
(photo credit: Dave Hamster via photopin cc)
In 1974 Gethin won the Tasman Series, a Formula 5000 series held in Australia and New Zealand. Gethin drove a Chevron B24 Chevrolet. Gethin later ran a Formula 3000 team.

Gethin died at the age of 71 on December 5, 2011, after a long illness.

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