Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:15
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 00:04
Originally posted by LotusElise
This might be an odd question, but was he originally from Australia?
Nah, a Yorkshireman. His dad was also from Yorkshire, he was a cloth merchant.
His death certificate lists his death as being down to pneumonia & an infection in his left femur. His job is listed as being a retired farmer. Doesn't say much if he fell on hard times, but he was still close to his family by the looks of it.
I know historic racing cars list this:
Sadly he ended his days an alcoholic derelict on the streets and in the shelters of the East End of London
but he had been based in Worcestershire for some years, so it would be unusual for him to be based in London, and nothing was made of any alcoholic related illness in his death.
Is there any proof to their claim? If not, I think it ought to be removed as it would seem to besmirch his name.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 08:18
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Posted 04 November 2008 - 14:17
I believe he actually died in some sort of shed or wooden outbuilding in North Weald, Essex if I recall the newspaper report at the time.
The comments about his alcoholism are I think correct, and from memory he suffered nasty head injuries in his '56 Le Mans Aston shunt and was apparently never quite the same again, although he did do one more race for I think Rob Walker in 1957 at Syracuse. However I am running on memory as ever and not relying on the web for any info so any mistakes here are mine.
There was an article in Classic & Sportscars many years ago on PDCW, somebody will know the relevant issue no doubt.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 16:26
My question earlier must relate to a different Peter Walker. He is (was) distantly associated with my family through marriage, ie a cousin or aunt-in-law to my cousin was married to him. All I know is that he was Australian, a professional racing driver, and that he committed suicide quite a long time ago. Does anyone know who he might have been?
Posted 04 November 2008 - 16:55
There was one called Dave Walker, but he's still with us, I believe
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