Guy Ligier

Saturday 23rd August 1930

Born on this day, Guy Ligier, French driver. He was a very late starter, not taking up motor racing until he was in his 30s after a successful period playing rugby. He had some top-six finishes in Formula Two in 1964 before moving into Formula One in 1966. He suffered a broken kneecap mid-season, but returned in 1967, when he replaced his Cooper-Maserati with a Brabham, and he scored his only point at the Nurburgring. Guy went back to Formula Two in 1968, but after the death of his close friend Jo Schlesser he retired, only to return the following year. He started building sports cars in 1970, and that led to a Formula One team being set up in 1976. Ligiers were competitive for brief periods, but they generally failed to make the most of their resources. Guy sold most of his shareholding in the team in 1992-93 and the rest in subsequent years.

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