Motor Racing: Innes Ireland, flamboyant driver, dies

Saturday 23 October 1993 23:02 BST

Innes Ireland, who drove in 50 grands prix, has died at the age of 63. A former paratroop officer and apprentice engineer with Rolls-Royce, he started racing in an old three-litre Bentley when he was 22. Ireland, a flamboyant character who was always impeccably dressed, won the Brookland Memorial Trophy in 1957 and was invited to join the Lotus team by the company's founder, Colin Chapman. In 1961 the Scot, who was regularly successful in sports and touring cars, scored his only grand prix victory, in America. He retired in 1967.

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