Alan Stacey

Full Name:
Alan M Stacey
Born:
29th August 1933
Broomfield, Essex
Died:
19th June 1960 (Aged 26)
Spa-Francorchamps, Wallonia (B), Belgian GP
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This Essex farmer’s son overcame disability to reach Grand Prix racing in 1960. Alan Stacey had an artificial lower right leg and his cars were modified with motorcycle-style twist throttle to accommodate his disability.

Early career and Grand Prix debut

He was an apprentice with De Havilland when he began racing a Lotus Mk6 sports car in 1955. He acquired a Lotus 11 for his second season and he impressed Colin Chapman despite a heavy crash at Snetterton. An occasional works driver in 1957, he joined Team Lotus on a fulltime basis in 1958.

Stacey made his world championship debut in that year’s British GP but his Lotus 16-Climax retired. Outright success was confined to national races at Crystal Palace and Brands Hatch.

Fulltime Formula 1 driver with Lotus

The 1959 season was frustrating, despite further Formula 1 championship starts at Aintree and Sebring. His eighth place in the British GP proved to be the only finish from his seven GP starts. Signed to race in both F1 and Formula 2 in 1960, Stacey finished fourth in the International Trophy with the promising rear-engine Lotus 18-Climax. He qualified eighth for the Dutch GP and was running third when mechanical failure denied a first points finish.

Stacey had never driven at Spa-Francorchamps before the 1960 Belgian GP. Saturday practice was overshadowed by the accidents to the private Lotus 18s of Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor with both drivers seriously injured but alive. Worse was to come in the race when Chris Bristow was killed on the 20th lap and still the tragedy was not over.

Five laps later, Stacey had just taken sixth position when a bird hit him in the face while on the Masta Straight. Almost certainly knocked unconscious, his Lotus hit the bank at unabated speed and Stacey was thrown out and killed instantly.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1960 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1959 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Team Lotus Engineering
1 0 0 0 0
1958 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1958 World Sportscar Championship
Team Lotus Engineering
1 0 0 0 0