Rob Walker - 1917 to 2002

Rob Walker, eponymous privateer F1 team owner, has died of pneumonia at the age of 84. A member of the walker whisky family, Walker ran his own privateer F1 team between 1958 and 1968, having given up racing himself. He had raced at Le Mans in...

Rob Walker, eponymous privateer F1 team owner, has died of pneumonia at the age of 84. A member of the walker whisky family, Walker ran his own privateer F1 team between 1958 and 1968, having given up racing himself.

He had raced at Le Mans in 1939, memorably saying in later years "Things were different in those days, I mean at one time when I was getting a bit tired I stopped to have a glass of champagne. I took over after four hours when it was just getting dusk, and I was wearing a dark pin-stripe suit. When dawn came I thought, well I don't want to be seen in a dark suit in the morning, so I stopped and changed into a sports jacket."

Running Cooper and Lotus chassis, he ran Stirling Moss, who scored the first victory for a rear-engined car in Argentina in 1958 (Cooper-Climax), and famously won in Monaco in 1969 in a Walker Lotus. Jo Siffert also drove fro Walker, winning the 1968 British GP at Brands Hatch in a Walker entered Lotus 49. His team won nine Grands Prix in total.

Walker's team continued into the 1970s, running the works Surtees team. However, he soon pulled out of F1.

He will be sorely missed.

- Darren Galpin

Motorsport.com extends our condolences to Mr. Rob Walker's family and friends.

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Series AUTOMOTIVE , F1 , LEMANS , GENERAL
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