This wealthy industrialist was one of two local amateurs invited to race in the first world championship race to be held in the Netherlands. The organisers of the 1952 Dutch Grand Prix paid 2,000 Guilders to HWM so that Dries van der Lof could add some local interest in the team’s third Alta-powered car.
He qualified in 14th position at Zandvoort but was much delayed by frequent pitstops to try to fix a faulty magneto. Van der Lof was still running at the finish although he had not completed enough laps to be classified.
That was the only notable race of his career for van der Lof competed more often in national races and rallies. Other than his world championship debut, van der Lof drove a special MG during 1952. Third and a class winner on the Tulip Rally, he won a 1500cc sports car race at Zandvoort.
He continued to appear at historic events throughout his life and owned an impressive collection of classic racing cars that included a Maserati 250F. That passion was funded by the successful electrical cable manufacturing company he ran in Haaksbergen.
His granddaughter Shirley van der Lof raced in German Formula 3 in 2008 and 2009.