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Former speedway rider Trevor Blokdyk switched to car racing in 1961. His performances with a Cooper T52-Ford ended in a spin during the Rand Grand Prix and eighth position at Westmead – races both won by Jim Clark.
Blokdyk raced a Formula Junior Cooper-Ford in Europe during 1962 and finished sixth at Caserta before a lack of funds curtailed his season. Entered in the 1963 South African Grand Prix with an ex-John Love Cooper T51-Maserati, Blokdyk qualified and ran at the back before finishing his only world championship GP in 12th position. He entered the race again in 1965 but Blokdyk was not quick enough to qualify.
Determined to succeed in Europe, Blokdyk continued in Formula 3 in 1965 and was leading at Albi when he crashed end-over-end. Airlifted to hospital with fractures to leg and pelvis, he was in the local hospital for the rest of the year. He eventually recovered to join Ron Harris’s semi-works Lotus team for the 1966 Formula 2 season.
Another two years in Europe followed before he returned home in mid-1969 to run a farm in the Transvaal region of the West Rand. He died of a heart attack while at home aged just 59.