|Born||19 August 1916|
|Died||12 February 1987(aged 70)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First race||1952 British Grand Prix|
|Last race||1952 Italian Grand Prix|
Roger Dennistoun "Dennis" Poore (19 August 1916, Paddington, London – 12 February 1987, Kensington ) was a British entrepreneur, financier and sometime racing driver. Poore used his personal wealth to bankroll the founding, in 1950, of the motor racing journal Autosport. He himself was a keen motor sport participant, and competed in two World Championship Grands Prix in 1952. He made his debut in the British Grand Prix on 19 July 1952, where he finished fourth. He scored 3 championship points.
Poore won the British Hill Climb Championship in 1950 driving a 3.8 litre twin-Wade-blown Alfa Romeo. He finished second at Shelsley Walsh, first at Prescott, second at Bo'ness, taking the win at Rest and Be Thankful, then second at Bouley Bay and first at Val des Terres, rounding off the season with another win at Prescott.
Later in life Poore sold off the propeller business from Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC and used the funds in an attempt to stave off the collapse of the British motorcycle industry. Buying engine manufacturers Villiers first and then Associated Motor Cycles, iconic brands Norton, AJS, James, Francis-Barnett and Matchless were thereby all owned by the Manganese Bronze group. Following the collapse of Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) in 1973 the motorcycle interests of Manganese Bronze and BSA were put into Norton Villiers Triumph Ltd, and the non-motorcycle interests of BSA were bought by Manganese Bronze. With the purchase of BSA came its subsidiary Carbodies, builder of the FX4 London taxi; the classic "black cab". After disposing of the motorcycle manufacturing arms, Poore continued to head Manganese Bronze as a taxi and component manufacturer until his death in 1987.
Complete World Drivers' Championship results
|1952||Connaught Engineering||Connaught Type A||Lea-Francis Straight-4||SUI||500||BEL||FRA||GBR
|Connaught Racing Syndicate||ITA
- Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers – Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
- Motor Sport, October 1950, Page 524.
- Motor Sport, February 1951, Page 53.
- Dennis Poore's Alfa Romeo 8C 35 Photographs and information about the 8C-35 (chassis 50013) that Poore owned for many years.
|British Hill Climb Champion