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Joe Fry, F1 driver


26 October 1915
29 July 1950 (34)
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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."

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1950 David Hampshire
Brian Shawe Taylor
Prince Bira
David Murray
Toulo de Graffenried
Louis Chiron
José Froilán González
Franco Rol
Alfredo Pián
Travis Webb
Henry Banks
Felice Bonetto
Nello Pagani
Toni Branca
Reg Parnell
Franco Comotti
Paul Pietsch
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Williams owner Dorilton Capital is investing to restore the Grove team to its former glory, with long-time Mercedes man James Vowles brought in to oversee the revamp as its new team principal for 2023.After identifying the squad's key weaknesses, Vowles brought in former Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari stalwart Fry from Alpine to become the team's CTO.Fry joined after feeling there was no desire at ...

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Fry worked at the team in its Benetton days from 1987 to 1993, before embarking on a career that encompassed two spells at McLaren, and one at Ferrari.He returned to the Enstone camp in 2020, but after contributing to the last three cars he decided to leave earlier this year.By a coincidence of timing, his move to Williams became public on the same day that the sudden departures of team principal ...

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Mercedes and McLaren both blanked out areas of their cars in launch images, while AlphaTauri released renders of its 2021 car with a completely different nose and suspension design.
Red Bull went a step further by holding back on publishing any pictures of ...

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"I think Daniel's outstanding," explained Fry, who is Alpine's chassis technical director. "He's clearly very quick and very sensible. But I think also, when you actually look at ...

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Fry joined Renault earlier this month from McLaren, where he was praised by the outfit's bosses as having played an instrumental role in getting the Woking-based team back to competitive form.
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"I think the ...

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He left McLaren during the 2019 season but remained under contract with the ...

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