Former F1 Driver John Love Dies

John Love, winner of the 1962 British Saloon Car Championship in a Ken Tyrrell-run Mini Cooper and the driver who introduced commercial sponsorship in Grand Prix racing passed away at his home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe early on Monday morning after a lengthy illness

Former F1 Driver John Love Dies

The Zimbabwean's greatest moment was leading the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in January 1967 before having to pit for fuel after a secondary fuel pump failed just seven laps from the end. Pedro Rodriguez swept through to take his maiden win, whilst Love placed second.

The following year Love made Formula One history when he entered the South African Grand Prix in a Brabham painted in the colours of Gunston - a local tobacco brand - thus becoming the first man to start a Formula One race in commercial livery.

Love will long be remembered for his racing skills and constant determination to win on two wheels and four. Mostly he will be known for his passion for life and friendships in the motorsport fraternity both in South Africa and internationally.

Such was his dedication to the sport that he travelled down from Zimbabwe to attend a South African historic racing festival in February despite having been diagnosed with cancer and undergoing intensive chemotherapy at the time.

He turned 80 last December, and leaves wife Carol and sons and daughters Royce, Judy, Chevonne and Mark.

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