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A sometime pre-World War II amateur with a Riley, Geoffrey Crossley had grander plans once that conflict was over. He acquired the second Alta GP chassis to be built and entered the 1949 Belgian Grand Prix. He finished seventh (and last) at Spa-Francorchamps when five laps behind Louis Rosier’s winning Lago-Talbot.
Racing in the first World Championship Grand Prix
Crossley then entered the 1950 British GP at Silverstone for the first world championship race. He retired with transmission failure but enjoyed better fortune when returning to Belgium – qualifying 12th and finishing ninth when again five laps off the pace. He also entered a couple of non-championship events that year and was sixth in Jersey.
He soon withdrew from racing due to the high running costs. He did make a one-off comeback at Goodwood’s 1955 Easter meeting when driving his uncompetitive self-built Berkshire Special in the Richmond Trophy and Chichester Cup.
Crossley worked in the furniture business thereafter but died in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital after suffering a stroke.