The South African racer, who contested 11 World Championship Grands Prix between 1967 and 1975, has died in Johannesburg aged 76. Born in Yorkshire, Charlton was best known for winning the South African Fl title six times from 1970 to 1975. His best GP result, 12th at Kyalami in 1970, came in a Scuderia Scribante Lotus 49C. The next year he raced a works Brabham BT33 in the South African GP, while his final World Championship outing was in a McLaren M23 in 1975. He contested four GPs in Europe, racing for Team Lotus at Silverstone in 1971.
The New Zealander died in hospital a few days after being injured when his Lola T332 crashed at speed in testing at Teretonga, after contact with another car. Born in Northern Ireland, Redmond, 65, spent most of his life in New Zealand and was one of the founding figures of the country’s Tasman Revival Formula 5000 series. His death has rocked the close-knit Historic Formula 5000 community, of which he was a popular member. He was due to come to the UK this summer for a number of races. He leaves a wife and two young children.
The man responsible for saving Castle Combe and turning it into one of Britain’s most popular tracks died recently at the age of 77 after a stroke. A major influence in British motor sport through four decades, Strawford played a leading role in the BRSCC, the Motorsport Safety Fund and the Association of Motor Racing Circuit Owners and oversaw the creation of the Castle Combe Racing Club. Against major problems he re-established the track in the 1970s and eventually took over ownership, turning it into a thriving venue.