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David Hampshire was a successful businessman who raced as an amateur from 1938 to 1955. He bought a 1926 Bugatti T35B and first competed in a speed trial at Brooklands in 1938 when he set the fastest time of the day. He served in North Africa and Burma with the British Army during World War II but was racing again as soon as suitable British venues had been identified after the conflict.
Post-war racing career
His Maserati 6CL was fourth in the 1946 Ulster Trophy before he switched to pre-war ERAs from 1947. He finished second in the following year’s British Empire Trophy and seventh in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with ERA R1A. Hampshire and band leader Billy Cotton were then fourth in the 1949 GP sharing the ex-"Bira" ERA R12B that was better known as "Hanuman".
A Maserati 4CLT/48 was acquired for 1950 and the Scuderia Ambrosiana-entered car was ninth in the inaugural world championship GP at Silverstone. He retired from the French GP and featured in non-championship races – leading from pole position before an unscheduled pitstop in Jersey and winning at Gamston.
Seventh in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours with Reg Parnell and a works Aston Martin DB2, Hampshire continued to race in national Formula 1 events that year. However, business interests took precedence at the end of the season and Hampshire seldom raced again.