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Joe Fry


26 October 1915
29 July 1950 (34)
Ray Crawford (26 October 1915)
Jonathan Williams (26 October 1942)
Ian Ashley (26 October 1947)


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about Joe Fry

Joseph Gibson Fry (26 October 1915, Chipping Sodbury – 29 July 1950, Blandford circuit) was a British racing driver and distant member of the Fry's Chocolate family. He became the primary driver for the highly successful Shelsley Special "Freikaiserwagen", created by his cousin David Fry and Hugh Dunsterville, with help from Dick Caesar. The original car was built in Bristol in 1936 and featured an Anzani engine which was replaced in 1937 by a Blackburne engine. Joe set a number of hill records during the late 1930s including an unofficial outright record at Prescott when he climbed in 47.62 seconds in the 1,100 c.c. Freikaiserwagen, on 27 August 1938. At the outbreak of World War Two he held both the blown and unblown 1,100 c.c. records at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in 41.52 and 42.58 seconds respectively.

Fry finished second in class, for racing cars up to 1,100 c.c., in the Freikaiserwagen at the Brighton Speed Trials in 1947. He drove the car to a class victory at Brighton the following year recording a faster time. He won the class again at Brighton in 1949 reducing his time yet again.

At Blandford hillclimb on 28 May 1949: "J.G. Fry made f.t.d. in the 650 lb., twin Marshall-blown V-twin Freikaiserwagen." His winning time was 31.13 seconds.

At Bouley Bay Hill Climb, Jersey, on 21 July 1949, Fry finished first in class but overall a runner-up to Sydney Allard, at which point Fry led the British Hill Climb Championship. At the final round at Prescott he was just one point behind Sydney Allard, but he had mechanical problems and slumped to fourth overall behind Allard, Poore and Moss in the final standings.

Fry was killed at the wheel of the Freikaiserwagen at the 1950 Blandford hillclimb, less than two months after driving a Maserati 4CL in the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Raymond Mays said: "The death of Joe Fry, from injuries received while practicing for a Blandford hill-climb, was a great blow to me and to British motor sport in general."

source: Wikipedia



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season teammate
1950 Louis Chiron
Toulo de Graffenried
Prince Bira
David Murray
Brian Shawe Taylor
David Hampshire
José Froilán González
Franco Rol
Alfredo Pián
Travis Webb
Henry Banks
Felice Bonetto
Toni Branca
Nello Pagani
Reg Parnell
Franco Comotti
Paul Pietsch
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It’s not yet clear what the former Ferrari man’s job title will be. The team’s technical side is currently headed by executive director Marcin Budkowski, and chassis technical director Nick Chester.<br>Fry began his career with the team in the early days of Benetton, rising to the role of race engineer by 1992.<br>He then moved to McLaren, becoming chief engineer before joining Ferrari as ...

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