Peter Walker

Full Name:
Peter Douglas Conyers Walker
Born:
7th October 1912
Huby, Yorkshire
Died:
1st March 1984 (Aged 71)
Newtown, Worcestershire
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Both a farmer and fine racing driver, Peter Walker scored Jaguar’s first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951.

Early racing career

"Skidder" Walker began racing an Alta in 1935 but was soon seen sliding an ERA owned by long-time friend Peter Whitehead. They finished third in the following year’s Donington Grand Prix and Walker continued with the marque after the war. Saddled with development of the unloved E-type, he was among the select few who took part in the 1950 British GP – the first F1 world championship event.

BRM driver and Le Mans winner

A glutton for punishment? If the ERA was a development nightmare then the early BRM V16 was too. Walker finished seventh when that much-hyped marque finally made its debut in the 1951 British GP. He enjoyed more success helping to establish another charismatic British concern in the sport. A works Jaguar sports car driver from 1949 to 1954, victory in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours with Whitehead and an XK120C was his greatest triumph.

Often partnered with Stirling Moss, they could only finish second in the 1953 race after fuel feed problems handed victory to team-mates Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt. However, Walker lost that works contract when he did not arrive for a winter test before the 1955 season. He joined Aston Martin instead and won the Goodwood Nine Hours with Dennis Poore.

He made a couple of GP starts that year but an accident during the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours ended his career. He died in 1984 after inhaling fumes during a fire in his flat. Walker developed pneumonia from which he later succumbed.

Championship seasons