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John Love, F1 driver


7 December 1924
25 April 2005 (80)
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2nd (1967 South African Grand Prix)
5th (1967 South African Grand Prix)
6 (0.6 points per race avg)
4 (40%)
1962 South African Grand Prix
1972 South African Grand Prix

about John Love

John Maxwell Lineham Love (7 December 1924 – 25 April 2005) was a racing driver from Rhodesia. He participated in 10 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 29 December 1962. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of six championship points.

Love was born in Bulawayo. He started his car racing career in a single-seat Cooper F3 with a Manx Norton 500 cc engine after racing a Triumph Grand Prix motorcycle, which Love then-allowed Jim Redman to ride when starting his race career, in recognition of Redman's assistance in preparing and maintaining Love's Cooper.

Six times South African Formula One Champion in the 1960s, he had originally shone in the European Formula Junior firmament back in 1961–62 at the wheel of a Cooper-Austin from Ken Tyrrell's team. An unfortunate accident at Albi resulted in a very badly broken arm and effectively thwarted his chances of moving into full-time Formula One, but he came close when he was nominated as Phil Hill's replacement in the works Cooper team for the 1964 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

He was a regular contestant in the South African Grand Prix from 1965 to 1972. He was leading the 1967 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in his 2.7 L Climax-engined Cooper, when a misfire prompted him to make a precautionary stop for extra fuel. He dropped back to finish second behind the works Cooper-Maserati of Pedro Rodríguez.

Love would dominate racing in southern Africa in the 1960s, winning the South African Formula One Championship six times in succession from 1964 to 1969. He would also win his home race, the Rhodesian Grand Prix, six times.

He owned the Jaguar dealership in Bulawayo and had his own stock car racing team in the 1980s. He died in 2005, aged 80, from cancer, in Bulawayo.

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1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972,

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season teammate
1962 Tony Maggs
Jackie Lewis
Bruce McLaren
Ian Burgess
Bernard Collomb
Hap Sharp
Timmy Mayer
Cooper-Climax compare 1962
1963 Bruce McLaren
Tony Maggs
Jo Bonnier
Mário de Araújo Cabral
Frank Dochnal
Cooper-Climax compare 1963
1964 Jo Bonnier
Phil Hill
Bruce McLaren
John Taylor
Edgar Barth
Cooper-Climax compare 1964
1965 Bruce McLaren
Jochen Rindt
Alex Blignaut
John Rhodes
Cooper-Climax compare 1965
1967 Tom Jones
Cooper-Climax compare 1967
1968 Jochen Rindt
Jack Brabham
Dave Charlton
Silvio Moser
Dan Gurney
Kurt Ahrens
Brabham-Repco compare 1968
1969 Graham Hill
Jo Siffert
Jochen Rindt
Mario Andretti
Richard Attwood
John Miles
Jo Bonnier
Pete Lovely
Lotus-Ford compare 1969
1970 John Miles
Graham Hill
Dave Charlton
Jochen Rindt
Alex Soler-Roig
Pete Lovely
Emerson Fittipaldi
Reine Wisell
Team Lotus compare 1970
1971 Ronnie Peterson
Henri Pescarolo
Alex Soler-Roig
Skip Barber
François Mazet
Max Jean
Nanni Galli
Mike Beuttler
Niki Lauda
Jean-Pierre Jarier
March-Ford compare 1971
1972 Tim Schenken
Andrea de Adamich
Mike Hailwood
John Surtees
Sam Posey
Surtees compare 1972


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