The #F1 Bar Exam: 25 September 2014

Welcome to another week of TheJudge13 F1 Bar Exam.

Last week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, team, race and track where the photo was taken. Can you also name the car (type) and where the driver finished in the race?

Teddy Pilette - BRM P207 - 1977 HocheheimThe answer(s) I was looking for were: The photo shows Belgian Theodore “Teddy” Pilette driving for Stanley – BRM during the 1977 German Grand Prix that was held at Hockenheimring. Unfortunately Teddy did not qualify his BRM P207 V12.

The 1977 German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheimring on July 31, 1977. After Niki Lauda’s near-fatal accident at the dangerous Nürburgring in 1976, the German Grand Prix was moved to Hockenheim and was held there every year except for one until 2007, and this was the second year the race was held there (the first being 1970).

Teddy made his Formula 1 debut in 1974, aged 28, for Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team. The racing was in his blood as both father, André Pilette and great grandfather Théodore Pilette were racing drivers so it made sense that he followed the family path. His racing career started as many others did, in go-karts. He won many a go-kart race before being sent to England to the talent-spotting Jim Russell Racing School. This experience created the opportunity for him to be part of the cast for John Frankenheimer’s movie Grand Prix, and later on Le Mans with Steve McQueen.

On the circuit, Pilette raced for Carlo Abarth in 1963 and 1965, and in 1967 he started racing for the Belgian VDS team. He won the European Formula 5000 Championship in 1973 with a Chevron B24, and again in 1975 with a Lola T400. He also competed in the USA in Formula 5000.

1974 was his best season in Formula 1 where he managed to finish 17th at his home Belgian Grand Prix. That said he was 4 laps down and one of the last drivers to run at the end of the race.

He also made 3 attempts at the Indy 500. He attempted to qualify for the 1977 Indianapolis 500 but failed to make the field. In 1981 he entered the CART Championship Car race at Watkins Glen but retired after only 14 laps due to gearbox failure. It would be his only Champ Car start as he failed to qualify for the 1982 Indianapolis 500 and 1983 Indianapolis 500 and was entered in the Cleveland Grand Prix later that year but the car was driven by Herm Johnson.

In 1977, Capparelli arranged for Pilette to drive with the dying BRM team in Formula One, and also in the Aurora AFX Formula One Championship the following year however the latter never happened as Pilette failed to qualify in any of the three races he took part in in 1977.

The following year, 1978, Pilette had a bit more success and won the Spa 24 Hours with a Ford Capri, in the last race on the long circuit.

In 1992 he turned team owner when he formed the Pilette Speed Tradition Formula Ford team in Europe. 1994 he became a constructor and he built his own Formula Three car, the Pilette F.3, and raced in the German Formula 3 championship with Paolo Coloni and Dirk Müller. In September 2013, he was elected Vice President of the Grand Prix Drivers Club (formerly known as Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand-Prix F1)

Well done to Mike, Cassius42, Johnny, Roberto, Chris, Pulp, Tony, Milestone11 and Bernard!

This week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, team, race and track where the photo was taken. Can you also name the car (type) and where the driver finished in the race?


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