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An artist by profession, Leslie Marr was an amateur racing driver for a few years during the 1950s. The grandson of a Durham baronet, he had served in the radar corps of the Royal Air Force during World War II.
A career in art and racing
Marr established a studio in London after the conflict and bought a Connaught A-type with which he competed in national events from 1952. He finished third in the following year’s United States Air Force Trophy against a national field at Snetterton and repeated that result in the 1954 Formule Libre Glover Trophy at Goodwood.
He made his Grand Prix debut with the car in the 1954 British GP – qualifying 22nd and finished eight laps off the pace in 13th position. Marr upgraded to a Formula 1 Connaught B-type for 1955 and won his first race with the car – a minor event on Cornwall’s Davidstow circuit. He drove in the British GP for the second time that year but crashed out of the race when his brakes failed.
Marr qualified in the midfield for the 1955 Oulton Park Gold Cup but shunted once more. He raced the car in the 1955/56 antipodean season and was placed in both the New Zealand GP (finishing fourth from the back of the grid) and Lady Wigram Trophy (third). However, he was hit in the face by a stone at Invercargill and crashed heavily in what was his last race.