Chris Amon 1943-2016
Motor racing ace Chris Amon has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 73. The sheep farmer’s son displayed great promise at an early age, to the point that he became a teenaged Grand Prix driver in 1963.
The New Zealander racked up victory in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours, sharing the honours with Bruce McLaren in a Ford GT40, before joining Ferrari the next season. He won the Daytona 24 Hours and the 1969 Tasman series drivers’ title – but a GP win proved elusive.
Amon departed the Scuderia in 1970 for the new March F1 operation. The following year he won the nonchampionship Argentinean GP with Matra, but after establishing his own F1 team in 1974, and rounding out his GP career with Ensign and then in Can-Am, he hung up his helmet in 1977.
Amon started 96 World Championship Grands Prix. He led 183 laps in seven rounds, started from pole five times and stood on the podium 11 times.
Chris Amon with his ‘daily’, a Chrysler Avenger, alongside his Matra F1 car.