Chris Amon who was robbed of Grand Prix victories and the World Championship many believed his talents deserved in the 1960s and 70s, makes his Goodwood Festival of Speed debut in June.
It is hoped that at Goodwood Amon will drive the works Ferrari 612P in which he finished sixth in the 1969 CanAm series. It is now owned by American Robert Dusek.
Now 53, Amon’s most recent mecar drive was in New Zealand earlier this year where he demonstrated one of the McLaren M14s raced in 1970 by his late compatriot Denny Hulme.
Amon was brilliantly versatile. He raced proprietary Lola, Lotus, Cooper, Brabham, Ferrari, March, Matra, Tecno, Tyrrell, BRM and Ensign cars in a 96-race Formula One career that lasted from 1963-1976.
The 1969 Tasman champion also raced mighty Sportscars and Saloons with distinction, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966.
Frustrated at what he viewed as unfinished business, Amon even constructed his own eponymous Formula One car, which he tested at Goodwood in 1974. The ill-handling device qualified for but one race in Spain and was abandoned before the end of the year.
Powered by a Cosworth DFV engine, the chassis, which featured an innovative aerodynamic package with a full-width wing mounted above its nose, was spotted languising in a garage in Croydon, Surrey, in the late 1970s. Can anyone tell us where it might be now?