Sunday 18th April 1999
Robert Drake (70), a Los Angeles based automobile restorer who then went on to build a reputation as a stunt driver and performing car preparation work for the movie industry, died. He also used to race Aston Martin, Cooper sports car and, more famously, a Type 61 Birdcage Maserati as a privateer. He gained some prestige by finishing 2nd in the 1960 Riverside Grand Prix driving an Olí Yaller Mk.II. Bob Drake died in 1990 at 70 years of age in California.