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#1 cedricselzer

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 17:33

Tony Maggs passed away today

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#2 Doug Nye

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 17:42

Ah. The man in the yellow crash helmet has bowed out. Yet more sad news.

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#3 d j fox

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 17:45

A good steady driver; I saw him in lots of races in the early 60's--Formula Junior with Ken Tyrrell, and then the works Cooper in F1 in 62 and 63, then Centro Sud BRMs, and most memorably seeing him give the Lola GT (Mk6) it's competition debut at the 1963 Silverstone International Trophy race meeting.

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#4 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 18:14

Sadly, the news came through about a month or so ago that Maggs was VERY ill (with the same kind of condition Peter Arundell has - how is Arundell, by the way?) & so I have been expecting this for some while now.

A fine driver and easily one of the most under-rated Grand Prix drivers of the 1960's. Perhaps not a consistent potential winner, but a very solid (as noted above) driver. But again, it would be harsh to simply limit him to Grand Prix, as he had excellent results & years of success elsewhere.


#5 Barry Boor

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 18:31

Very sad news; Tony was very high on my list of favourites when I was a teenager.

Probably second only to DSG.



#6 RStock

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 18:50

Sad news indeed .

I only know of him from reading about him , but he seemed a solid driver . I've seen where he retired after an unfortunate accident in SA , an F2 race I think it was . Did he ever race again after that ?

#7 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 20:47

Very sad , another of my very top favorites from my teen years gone. RIP.

#8 Simon Thomas

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 21:19

So impressed in 1962 that he had driven in the French GP the week before he drove for Ken Tyrrell at Dunboyne. The yellow helmet seemed so modern and cool. Having said that Peter Procter won and Paddy Hopkirk drove well in the old Lotus 18.
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#9 fines

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 21:33

:cry: RIP, Tony.

#10 David McKinney

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 22:00

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Before his 1963 New Zealand campaign as No.2 Bowmaker Lola driver - two second places and a third

#11 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 23:11

Having an introduction to F1 thru the pages of Road & Track magazine in 1962, I recall well reading of Tony's work.

Very sad to learn of this. :|

R.I.P.

#12 Haine Kane

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:00

RIP

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#13 Hieronymus

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:04

I am sorry to receive this news, although Tony was in very poor health the last couple of months.

Apart from Jody Scheckter, he is the only South African who scored points in World Championship F1 races.

Will keep you updated on funeral arrangements, whenever I receive details in this regard.

#14 Tim Murray

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:50

Apart from Jody Scheckter, he is the only South African who scored points in World Championship F1 races.

Was Neville Lederle not South African?

RIP Tony, and sincere condolences to his family and friends. Like others here I was a bit of a fan of his when he raced in F1.


#15 David Force

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 11:07

Very sad news; Tony was very high on my list of favourites when I was a teenager.

Probably second only to DSG.


Agree on both counts, Barry.

Another link with the lovely days of the 1.5 litre formula has gone.


#16 Hieronymus

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 11:07

Tony's memorial service will be on Monday morning in Hermanus.

#17 Roger39

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 14:03

Tony Maggs, Jackie Pretorius and Sam Tingle all within 6 months. :( RIP guys.

Edited by Roger39, 05 June 2009 - 14:03.


#18 Hieronymus

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 14:25

Obituary on Motorsport SA's website:

http://www.motorspor...iew.asp?ID=3948

#19 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 19:54

Thanks for that link !

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#20 Kingsleyrob

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 20:23

Obituary on Motorsport SA's website:

http://www.motorspor...iew.asp?ID=3948

Not just an obituary - a great insight into 1960s top line motor racing.

Very interesting, thanks for the link Hieronymous. Another link to the 1960s lost, RIP to another hero of the old Spa, Nurburgring and Rheims.

Rob :wave:




#21 RStock

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 21:11

Obituary on Motorsport SA's website:

http://www.motorspor...iew.asp?ID=3948


That is a great read . Thanks for posting it Hieronymus .

#22 Barry Boor

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 21:30

And don't forget Rouen!

Tony was second to Dan in 1962 - my favourite Grand Prix result up to that point......

#23 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 21:04

Originally posted by REDARMYSOJA
That is a great read . Thanks for posting it Hieronymus.


Second that... a tremendously interesting read!

As David McKinney has already posted, he came here for the '63 International races in a Lola and raced in the shadow of John Surtees.

Just out of curiosity, is this accounted for in the 'Ultimate price' thread?

Thereafter he returned to South Africa permanently, taking in one final GP race with Reg Parnell in a Lotus 25 in his home GP in 1965. He gave up the sport after a bad accident when a steering knuckle broke in the Willment Brabham BT10-Lotus at the Natal Winter Trophy held at Roy Hesketh in June 1965 in which a young spectator standing in a prohibited area lost his life.


I guess the death left a nasty taste in his mouth to overcome as well as the injuries. Yet he rose above all that and did what he did later in life. 71... way too young.

Edited by Ray Bell, 06 June 2009 - 21:06.


#24 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 22:35

. 71... way too young.



72, Ray, as he was born in February 1937. But the same sentiment applies.

#25 Haine Kane

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:26

Hello Friends,

I want to complete my file, do you know where Tony MAGGS passed away ?

Thanks

#26 barrykm

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:31

Obituary on Motorsport SA's website:

http://www.motorspor...iew.asp?ID=3948


A great read, thanks. One is left with the impression that there was more to come from Tony's racing career, had he wanted to do so.

I was at Hesketh in '65 when Tony had his last accident and for a while had kept one or two pieces of red coloured fibreglass from the Brabham (which was in Willment colours) I had picked up afterwards (as a young lad) but disposed of them after thinking about the gravity of the incident. :(

Does anyone have any recent pictures of Tony to post?

Edited by barrykm, 07 June 2009 - 16:59.


#27 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 13:55

Hello Friends,

I want to complete my file, do you know where Tony MAGGS passed away ?

Thanks



Well, the last I heard in May, he was living out the last days of his live at his costal home in Hermanus. Considering that's where the memorial is for him.. I presume it was there.

#28 Hieronymus

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 14:22

Well, the last I heard in May, he was living out the last days of his live at his costal home in Hermanus. Considering that's where the memorial is for him.. I presume it was there.



Tony moved away from Hermanus some two-three years ago and lived near Teslaarsdal in the Hemel-en-Aarde Vallei region.

#29 David M. Kane

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 17:53

We'll miss you.

#30 Hieronymus

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 18:31

Does anyone have any recent pictures of Tony to post?


I received this photo from Tony's good friend Andrew Embelton a few years ago. Photo was taken at Killarney, Cape Town circa 2004.

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#31 Gabrci

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:22

Here is another recent photo of him:

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#32 barrykm

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:16

Thanks for the pics chaps.

#33 Pedro 917

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 15:47

Here's a rare color picture of Tony Maggs in the Cooper (Nürburgring 1962) :

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#34 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:26

I believe this is Tony Maggs in the Aston Martin he shared with Bruce McLaren at the 1962 Nurburging 1000 km, where they finished 4th:

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Photo by Ted Langton Adams, copyright Eric Faulks.

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#35 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:05

Sad news, sad news.

...

Just out of curiosity, is this accounted for in the 'Ultimate price' thread?

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Thereafter he returned to South Africa permanently, taking in one final GP race with Reg Parnell in a Lotus 25 in his home GP in 1965. He gave up the sport after a bad accident when a steering knuckle broke in the Willment Brabham BT10-Lotus at the Natal Winter Trophy held at Roy Hesketh in June 1965 in which a young spectator standing in a prohibited area lost his life.


I guess the death left a nasty taste in his mouth to overcome as well as the injuries. Yet he rose above all that and did what he did later in life. 71... way too young.



Ray, the Roy Hesketh's accident is here:
http://www.motorspor...hp?db=ct&n=6682

#36 ex Rhodie racer

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 17:04

Just seen this thread and didn´t know about Tony´s passing until now. RIP
Just as a footnote, I was at the meeting at Roy Hesketh the day Tony had his accident. In fact, I witnessed the accident from just outside the prohibited area where that youngster was watching. Sad day.

#37 Alan Cox

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 18:56

Obituary on Motorsport SA's website:

http://www.motorspor...iew.asp?ID=3948

Very sorry to hear the sad news of Tony's passing. The obituary provided in Hieronymous' link is one of the fullest and most fascinating obituaries I think I have read. Thanks for the link.

#38 Hieronymus

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 19:08

Hello Friends,

I want to complete my file, do you know where Tony MAGGS passed away ?

Thanks


Officially registered as CALEDON.


#39 Hieronymus

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 19:50

Sad news, sad news.




Ray, the Roy Hesketh's accident is here:
http://www.motorspor...hp?db=ct&n=6682


Nanni

Please note a spelling error in the item linked to the above. The area is called SOUTPANSBERG.


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#40 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 13:18

Nanni

Please note a spelling error in the item linked to the above. The area is called SOUTPANSBERG.


Thank you, record updated (on-line in a few hours).

#41 Haine Kane

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 19:59

Officially registered as CALEDON.


Many Thanks :up:

#42 John Ellacott

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:45

Australian Grand Prix 1963 Warwick Farm. Lola Climax

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