Vale Chris Amon

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Mail -

PPlease be ad­vised of the pass­ing of New Zealand rac­ing hero Chris Amon, who died on Au­gust 2, 2016. As a Kiwi mo­tor­sport fan I would be hon­oured if you could give him a men­tion in your world class pub­li­ca­tion.

Chris died in Ro­torua Hos­pi­tal aged 73, renowned as the best For­mula 1 driver never to win a cham­pi­onship grand prix.

He died less than two months after the 50th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory for he and Bruce McLaren at Le Mans, when the fa­mous Kiwi duo won the iconic 24 Hour race in a Ford GT40.

Signed by Fer­rari he won the Daytona 24 Hour race, the 1000km Monza race, the NZ Grand Prix twice and the Tas­man Se­ries in 1969.

He later drove for March and Ma­tra in For­mula 1 and for BMW in the Euro­pean Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship.

He re­tired from For­mula 1 in 1976 and from all rac­ing in 1977. He was awarded an MBE for ser­vice to mo­tor­sport in 1993 and in­ducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Ac­cord­ing to the Wan­ganui Chron­i­cle his fam­ily said: “Chris bat­tled can­cer in re­cent years but re­tained not only a close in­ter­est in For­mula 1 and his very wide range of favourite top­ics, but his won­der­ful sense of hu­mour, com­plete with in­fec­tious chuckle.” Mike Palmer Wan­ganui, NZ

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