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Al Pease

Full Name:
Victor "Al" Pease
Born:
15th October 1921
Darlington, County Durham (GB)
Died:
4th May 2014 (Aged 92)
Sevierville, Tennessee (USA)
Nationality:
Canadian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Al Pease was an amateur racing driver who kept winning national events for 30 years. That success was in stark contrast to his meagre Formula 1 record. In his small way, Pease was instrumental in the commercialisation of the sport for he campaigned successfully for Canada’s motor racing authorities to allow sponsors names to be displayed on the side of racing cars.

Background and early racing career

British by birth, Pease spent much of his youth in India and he served in World War II. He later settled in Toronto where he worked as an illustrator. Also a highly successful club racer during the 1950s and 1960s, he started the Sebring 12 Hours in 1964 and 1965 before driving a Lotus 47 backed by Castrol Canada.

Formula 1 privateer

Pease bought the original F1 Eagle (chassis 101) complete with four-cylinder Climax engine and entered the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park. He qualified on the last row and spun during the early, wet laps. His electrics died but rather than retire, he ran back to the pits, collected and installed a new battery. Pease was still circulating at the finish having barely completed half distance.

The race was at St Jovite a year later where Pease did not start due to engine problems. He was disqualified after 22 laps of the 1969 Canadian GP (at Mosport once more) for being too slow and wayward – an embarrassing first for the world championship. The car was later sold to Tom Wheatcroft and it is now on display at the Donington Grand Prix Collection, restored to Dan Gurney’s famous colour scheme.

Subsequent Formula 5000 appearances

Castrol withdrew its support and Pease drove John Manyon’s Formula A Lola T140 in that year’s Canadian Road Racing Championship. Third on his debut at Mosport, he was battling Horst Kroll for second position at Harewood Acres when they touched and Pease crashed heavily.

He raced in North American Formula 5000 and national events before eventually retiring from the sport in 1988. He lived in Tennessee and retired from the graphic design company he ran for quarter of a century, Pease still indulged his passion for tinkering with old cars until his death.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1969 F1 World Championship
John Maryon
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
John Maryon
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1968 F1 World Championship
Castrol Oils
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1968 SCCA Formula A Grand Prix Championship
Castrol Oils
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 F1 World Championship
Castrol Oils
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 SCCA Formula A Grand Prix Championship
Castrol Oils
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0