John Riseley-Prichard was a minor British driver who raced for four seasons. He made one Grand Prix start but later fled abroad for fear of arrest.
Early career and Grand prix debut
He first raced in 1952 and competed in national events for two seasons with a Riley before buying a Connaught A-type from Rob Walker for 1954. He first drove the car at Davidstow in June and he immediately won a minor Formula 1 race at the Cornish circuit. Also entered in that year’s British GP by Rob Walker, he started from 21st on the grid but spun out of the race after 40 laps.
Continuing in British events that and the following season without making much of an impression, he did finish third against limited opposition at Castle Combe in 1954. He also raced in the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours although the works Aston Martin DB3S he shared with Tony Brooks retired in the ninth hour.
That was his last year in the sport for Riseley-Prichard concentrated on his career as a Lloyd’s insurance broker. However, there was a darker side to his life. He later left Britain to evade investigation regarding child pornography and settled in Thailand. He was diagnosed with AIDS and moved from Bangkok to a isolated village where he died in 1993.