Sunday 24th January 1943
Born on this day, Tony Trimmer, a British former racing driver from England, who won the Shell British Formula 3 Championship and E.R. Hall Trophy in 1970.
Tony Trimmer also won the prestigious Monaco F3 Race in 1970 driving a Brabham BT-28 and finished runner-up to Patrick Depailler in the 1972 edition.
Trimmer entered six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix with uncompetitive teams, firstly Maki for four races in 1975 and 1976, resulting in four failures to qualify. He then entered the 1977 British Grand Prix (failed to pre-qualify) and the 1978 British Grand Prix (failed to qualify), with the Melchester Racing Team, driving a Surtees TS19 and a McLaren M23 respectively. However, also driving the Melchester McLaren, he finished a superb third in the rain-soaked 1978 BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race at Silverstone, coming home ahead of many of the greats of Formula One. That year he won the British Aurora F1 Championship.
Trimmer was also one of the few people to drive the Connew Formula One car, in its last ever race (in later Formula 5000 specification) in 1973. However the car collided with a barrier at Brands Hatch after a rear damper gave way.
Other than World Championship races, Trimmer raced in many non-championship F1 races and is perhaps one of the drivers who drove the greatest variety of Formula One cars ever. The list includes the great Lotus 72 at the 1971 Race of Champions, the March 701, a Lotus 49, Fittipaldi F-8 and the one-off Safir RJ-02 (a.k.a. Token RJ-02), accessing from the old times “tubby” Lotus 49 up to a real wing-car Fittipaldi F8.