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Colin Davis

Full Name:
Colin Charles Houghton Davis
Born:
29th July 1933
Marylebone, London
Died:
19th December 2012 (Aged 79)
Oranjezicht, Western Cape (ZA)
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of Sammy Davis – that famed pre-war Bentley driver and journalist – Colin Davis inherited a passion for the car. He also followed his father into the media by working in advertising sales as he started to race a 500cc Formula 3 Cooper-Norton in 1954.

Initially, he competed under Sammy’s watchful eye but later moved to Italy to further his own racing career. A winner in Italian national sports car races for the likes of OSCA and Scuderia Centro Sud, Davis drove in two 1959 Grands Prix with the latter’s Cooper T51-Maserati. He retired in France and finished 11th in Italy.

Davis was also a pacesetter in that year’s Formula Junior races – his Taraschi winning at Pau, Albi and Naples. Success in the category continued with the Monza Lotteria among his victories on Italian soil. 1960 International FJ Champion for OSCA, Davis signed to drive for the marque in Formula 1 but the project was stillborn.

He drove for a succession of privateer Italian teams in the World Sportscar Championship before joining Porsche in 1964. His highest profile victory was the 1964 Targa Florio when sharing a 904GTS with nobleman Antonio Pucci. He finished second a year later and fourth in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours before retiring from the sport during the following season.