DENNY HULME, 1936-1992

Classic Cars (UK) - - Brabham BT24 -

De­nis Clive Hulme was born on 18th June 1936 in Motueka, New Zealand. He came sec­ond at Le Mans in 1966 and won the For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship for Brabham in 1967, fin­ish­ing third in 1968 and in 1972.

Af­ter leav­ing the Brabham Rac­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Hulme drove for Bruce Mclaren in For­mula 1, the In­di­anapo­lis 500 and im­por­tantly Canam – the Cana­dian-amer­i­can race se­ries. His ex­cep­tional tal­ents as a Canam driver to­gether with Bruce Mclaren in the thun­der­ous Mclaren Group 7 sports rac­ers were to be­come le­gendary – known as ‘The Bruce and Denny Show’.

Hulme won the Can-am Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship twice and was run­ner-up four times. Af­ter re­tir­ing from F1 at the end of the 1974 sea­son, Hulme con­tin­ued to com­pete in Aus­tralian Tour­ing Cars.

Be­cause of his ap­pear­ance and some­time gruff man­ner, Hulme was of­ten re­ferred to as ‘The Bear’ but was gen­er­ally well liked and ex­tremely pop­u­lar with com­peti­tors and fans. His ser­vices to mo­tor sport were recog­nised when he was awarded the OBE. Denny Hulme died sud­denly of a heart at­tack on 4 Oc­to­ber 1992 while at the wheel of a BMW M3 that he was rac­ing in the Bathurst 1000 in Aus­tralia.

Denny Hulme at Monte Carlo in 1967

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