Vale Chris Amon
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