John Love (racing driver)
7 December 1924|
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
|Died||25 April 2005
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1962–1965, 1967–1972|
|Teams||Cooper, privateer (Cooper, Brabham, Lotus, March, Surtees)|
|Races||10 (9 starts)|
|First race||1962 South African Grand Prix|
|Last race||1972 South African Grand Prix|
John Maxwell Lineham Love (7 December 1924 – 25 April 2005) was a racing driver from Rhodesia. He participated in 10 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 29 December 1962. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of six championship points.
Love was born in Bulawayo. He started his car racing career in a single-seat Cooper F3 with a Manx Norton 500 cc engine after racing a Triumph Grand Prix motorcycle, which Love then-allowed Jim Redman to ride when starting his race career, in recognition of Redman's assistance in preparing and maintaining Love's Cooper.
Six times South African Formula One Champion in the 1960s, he had originally shone in the European Formula Junior firmament back in 1961–62 at the wheel of a Cooper-Austin from Ken Tyrrell's team. An unfortunate accident at Albi resulted in a very badly broken arm and effectively thwarted his chances of moving into full-time Formula One, but he came close when he was nominated as Phil Hill's replacement in the works Cooper team for the 1964 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Nevertheless, he became a regular contestant in the South African Grand Prix and was leading the 1967 event at Kyalami in his 2.7 L Climax-engined Cooper when a misfire prompted him to make a precautionary stop for extra fuel and he dropped back to finish second behind the works Cooper-Maserati of Pedro Rodríguez.
Love would dominate racing in southern Africa in the 1960s, winning the South African Formula One Championship six times in succession from 1964 to 1969. He would also win his home race, the Rhodesian Grand Prix, six times.
Love owned the Jaguar dealership in Bulawayo and had his own stock car racing team in the 1980s.
He died, aged 80, of cancer in 2005.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|British Touring Car Champion
|South African Formula One Champion
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