The #F1 Bar Exam: 23rd October 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?

de Beaufort-1961-germanyThe answer(s) I was looking for were: The driver in the photo is Dutchman Carel Godin de Beaufort where he raced for Ecurie Maarsbergen (Dutch team) during the 1961 German Grand Prix that was held Nürburgring. It was held over 15 laps of the giant 14.2 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit for a race distance of almost 213 miles. The race also celebrated the 100th race since the establishment of the World Championship in 1950.

De Beaufort took his Porsche 718 – Flat-4 to a 17th place in qualifying and finished the race in 14th, one lap behind race winner Sir Stirling Moss in a Lotus-Climax.

(Deep breath) Jonkheer Karel Pieter Antoni Jan Hubertus (Carel) Godin de Beaufort, a Dutch nobleman and racing driver was born on 10 April 1934. De Beaufort took part in Formula One between 1957 and 1964 and competed in 31 World Championship Grands Prix, becoming the first Dutchman ever to score points in the Formula One World Championship, and numerous non-Championship Formula One races.

In early years he was considered something of a mobile chicane, and a danger to other drivers on the track however in later years he managed to master the loud peddle better and matured into a competent and popular competitor.

Always a Porsche devotee (he only drove two World Championship races in other cars) he was a familiar sight at both Championship and non-Championship races in his orange Porsche 718, bought from the Rob Walker Racing Team. Although the 718 was outclassed even in its first year with him, he persisted with it as it was the only design into which he could fit his burly frame.

The size of the car, and a streak of self-deprecating humour in de Beaufort himself, earned it the nickname “Fatty Porsche“. With stereotypical aristocratic eccentricity he often drove without shoes, and at his final race in Germany was even seen taking practice laps wearing a Beatles wig, rather than his helmet.

De Beaufort died after an accident at the Nürburgring during practice for the 1964 German Grand Prix when his car suddenly left the track at the infamous Bergwerk corner. He was thrown out of the car and suffered massive injuries to his head, chest and legs.

Initially he was taken to a local hospital, but was later transferred to a major neurological hospital in Cologne. He died from his injuries three days after the accident.

Well done to Johnny, Vik, Milestone11, Cassius42, Mike, Chris and Tony!

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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