Syd van der Vyver

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Syd van der Vyver
Born 1920
Died 20 August 1989 (aged 68–69)
Pennington, Natal, South Africa
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality South Africa South African
Active years 1962
Teams privateer Lotus
Races 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1962 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1962 South African Grand Prix

Syd van der Vyver (1920[1] – 20 August 1989 in Pennington) was a racing driver from South Africa, who won the South African Drivers Championship in 1960 and 1961.

Career[edit]

After starting his motor sport career in speedway, van der Vyver switched to cars in the early 1950s, participating in both circuit racing and hillclimbing. He found success quickly, and by the end of the decade had established himself as one of the top drivers in the country.[1] As well as winning the national championship twice in the early 1960s, he performed well in Formula One races against the top drivers in the world in the well-attended Rand Grand Prix, Natal Grand Prix and South African Grand Prix, finishing in the top 10 in all three races in 1961.[2]

He had entered the World Championship 1962 South African Grand Prix, but had to withdraw after rolling and seriously damaging his new Lotus 24 the previous week in the 1962 Natal Grand Prix. This was his only entry to a World Championship Grand Prix. With the car repaired, he raced and won again in local events, but did not compete again in Formula One. After this car was destroyed in a fire, van der Vyver retired from the sport.[1]

Results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1962 Syd van der Vyver Lotus 24 Climax V8 NED
MON
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
RSA
DNA
NC 0

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Syd van der Vyver Lotus 18 Alfa Romeo L4 LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN SYR NAP LON SIL SOL KAN DAN MOD FLG OUL LEW VAL RAN
7
NAT
5
RSA
6
1962 Syd van der Vyver Lotus 18 Alfa Romeo L4 CAP
7
BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU AIN INT NAP MAL CLP RMS SOL KAN MED DAN OUL MEX
Lotus 24 Climax V8 RAN
Ret
NAT
Ret

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Syd Van der Vyver". Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  2. ^ John Thompson, "The Formula One Record Book", Frewin, 1974, pp 62-67.