Sam Tingle

Full Name:
Sam A Tingle
Born:
24th August 1921
Chorlton, Manchester (GB)
Died:
19th December 2008 (Aged 87)
Somerset West, Western Cape (ZA)
Nationality:
Rhodesian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Born in Manchester, Sam Tingle’s family settled in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He began racing a 4.5-litre Bentley in 1947 and was a prime mover in racing in that country during the 1950s. Rhodesian Champion for the first time in 1960 with an ex-Johnny Claes Connaught A-type, he drove the car in both South African Grands Prix that year – Formule Libre events held in January and December.

South African Formula 1

He acquired Doug Serrurier’s original Formula 1 LDS-Alfa Romeo in 1961 and finished eighth in that year’s non-championship South African GP at East London. The race was granted world championship status in 1962 and Tingle was entered in Gary Hocking’s Lotus 18-Climax. However, Hocking was killed a week earlier and Tingle had to wait a year to make his championship debut.

That was in the 1963 South African GP but the driveshaft on his LDS-Alfa Romeo broke after just two laps. The European stars visited again for the 1964/65 South African season and Tingle finished a fine fourth in the Rand GP before Christmas and a distant 13th in the 1965 South African GP on New Year’s Day.

With his aging LDS chassis and underpowered Alfa Romeo engine no match for contemporary machinery, Tingle had a new LDS Mk3-Climax for 1966. Fifth in the South African GP (a non-championship race once more), he scored the first two national F1 wins of his long career to finish as runner-up behind John Love.

Final Grand Prix appearance

He crashed out of the 1967 South African GP but won the Killarney National Trophy despite a spin. Again he was beaten to the regional title by Love but the Rhodesians joined forces to race for Team Gunston in 1968. With Serrurier no longer building his LDS chassis, Tingle bought an ex-works Brabham BT24-Repco and finished eighth in the 1969 South African GP – his fifth and final world championship race and his best finish.

The 1970 South African season opened at Killarney where Tingle crashed at over 100mph when his throttle stuck open after five laps. He broke a leg and, suffering internal injuries, did not race again once recovered. Instrumental in developing the Donnybrook circuit near Harare, Tingle visited historic festivals until his death in 2008.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1969 F1 World Championship
Team Gunston
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1968 F1 World Championship
Team Gunston
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 F1 World Championship
Sam Tingle
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 South African Drivers Championship
Sam Tingle
1 1 1 1 0
1966 South African Drivers Championship
Sam Tingle
2 0 2 2 0
1965 F1 World Championship
Sam Tingle
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1963 F1 World Championship
Sam Tingle
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0