Trevor Blokdyk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Trevor Blokdyk
Born (1935-11-30)30 November 1935
Died 19 March 1995(1995-03-19) (aged 59)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality South Africa South African
Active years 1963, 1965
Teams non-works Cooper
Entries 2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1963 South African Grand Prix
Last entry 1965 South African Grand Prix

John Trevor Blokdyk (30 November 1935 in Krugersdorp, Transvaal – 19 March 1995 in Hekpoort, near Krugersdorp) was a South African motorcycle speedway rider and Formula One driver who participated in two World Championship Grands Prix, although qualifying for only one.

Blokdyk rode in speedway in Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s for Poole Pirates and Ipswich Witches.[1] In 1962 he signed for Leicester Hunters but after one match for the team announced that he was quitting speedway to concentrate on motor racing.[1]

Blokdyk competed in Formula One for the first time in the non-Championship Rand Grand Prix at Kyalami in 1961, in a Cooper, but spun out early on. He was more successful at his next race, the Natal Grand Prix at Westmead, where he finished 8th.

In late 1962, Blokdyk went to Europe to pursue a careera in Formula Junior and was soon a front-runner. In 1963 he started his only World Championship race at East London, driving a Cooper-Maserati prepared by Scuderia Lupini, and coming in 12th. He continued in Formula Junior in 1964 and then moved into Formula 3 and scored some good results, including a win at Magny-Cours and Nogaro. He returned to South Africa for the 1964 Rand Grand Prix, where he retired his Cooper-Alfa Romeo with engine problems, and he failed to qualify for the 1965 South African Grand Prix.

Later in 1965 he raced in European Formula 3, and suffered serious injuries in a crash at Albi which ended his season. On his return in 1966, he finished 6th at Rouen, and continued to race in Europe into the late 1960s, before returning to South Africa. On his retirement he became a farmer, but died following a heart attack aged just 59.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1963 Scuderia Lupini Cooper T51 Maserati Straight-4 MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA
12
NC 0
1965 Trevor Blokdyk Cooper T59 Ford Straight-4 RSA
DNQ
MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Alan (2004) Speedway in Leicester: The Hunters Era, Automedia, p. 145