Richie Ginther
American racing driver
Richie Ginther
Paul Richard "Richie" Ginther was a racecar driver from the United States. During a varied career, the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix saw Ginther take Honda's first Grand Prix victory, a victory which would also prove to be Ginther's only win in Formula One. In total he participated in 54 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, and numerous non-Championship Formula One races.
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Grand Prix speeds away with win - Toowoomba Chronicle
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Real drivers who appeared in Grand Prix included Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Richie Ginther, Jochen Rindt, Lorenzo Bandini, Jim Clark and Kiwi Bruce McLaren. The last three in that list would all die behind the wheels of race cars within a few years
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AvD-Oldtimer-Grand Prix 2011: Nacht der Vogelkäfige - Motor Klassik
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Mit diesem roten Renner kam Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips beim 1000 Kilometer Rennen vor 50 Jahren gemeinsam mit Richie Ginther und Olivier Gendebien auf den dritten Platz. Einen Monat zuvor konnte die Besatzung mit diesem Auto den Gesamtsieg bei der
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Honda in der Formel 1: Der Einstieg in die Königsklasse - Auto Motor und Sport
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Richie Ginther hatte bereits genügend Formel 1-Erfahrung. Der sommersprossige Kalifornier war seit 1960 Stammgast im GP-Zirkus, zuerst mit Ferrari, dann mit BRM Die Weiterentwicklung RA272 mischte meistens im vorderen Tabellendrittel mit
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Avant Goût du Grand Prix d'Allemagne - Fan de F1
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En 1963, John Surtees (Ferrari) profita des problèmes successifs de Jim Clark et Richie Ginther pour remporter sa première victoire en carrière, avec Ferrari. Mais une nouvelle fois, la course fut marquée du sceau de la tragédie lorsqu'un ambulancier
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HISTORY: This Week in Racing History (July 17-23) - Motorsport.com
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The race is won by Richie Ginther in a Ferrari (1959). The SCCA Formula A Continental Championship race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA, is won by Tony Adamowicz driving an Eagle-Chevy (1969). Malcolme Campbell sets a Land Speed Record
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Retiring greengrocer is regarded for his Monaco pictures - www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk
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Number 8, Richie Ginther, his wheel was going over his head. That killed a marshal." Since that fateful day, Mr Hewett has been to every single Monaco grand prix – and over the course of half a century become arguably the best-known photographer on
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Memories of the British Grand Prix at Aintree - Southport Visiter
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On a rain sodden north Liverpool track, the three scarlet red Ferrari 156s took the chequered flag in the order Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill and Richie Ginther. Regular Southport Visiter correspondent in the 1950s, Stirling Moss, a winner of two
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La Scarab F1 sera au Silverstone Classic - Classic Auto
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Elle a permis à Richie Ginther de faire ses débuts en F1. Le châssis n°3, dans les mains de Julian Bronson, est l'un des trois chassis original lancé à Zandvoort en 1960. Il a ensuite été acquis par Tom Wheatcroft en 1964 et a passé plusieurs années
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24 Heures du Mans & άλλες ιστορίες (video) - E-go.gr
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Οι Ludovico Scarfiotti - Mike Parkes στον 123ο γύρο ενεπλάκησαν σε ατύχημα, οι Pedro Rodriguez - Richie Ginther εγκατέλειψαν στον 151ο από κιβώτιο ταχυτήτων και υπερθέρμανση του κινητήρα, ενώ τέλος οι Lorenzo Bandini - Jean Guichet έσπασαν το μοτέρ
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Grand Prix The Movie: A Complete History - Blu-ray.com
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Frankenheimer spent one week before the race and one week afterward with a conclave of expert drivers, including Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Bob Bon-durant, Jochen Rindt, Richie Ginther and Jo Bonnier. They acted as consultants and drove the camera cars
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1961: Moss's Monaco - VivaF1 (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Not that everything was plain sailing at Ferrari who would only risk their revised 120 degree V6 engine with third-choice driver, Richie Ginther. Team favourites, Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips would instead play safe and run the 60 degree version
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Pete Lovely's life centered around cars from early on - TheNewsTribune.com
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Pitted against bigger-name racers such as Carroll Shelby, Jim Hall and Richie Ginther, Lovely won the race in a 2-liter Ferrari Testa Rosa. “Pete's perseverance and keen race strategy earned him the historic win and permanent place in the record books
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Within a thousandth of a second - ESPN F1
Google News - almost 6 years
Only four other American drivers have ever won a Formula One Grand Prix (excluding the Indianapolis 500 in the years it counted towards the championship): Dan Gurney (four), Phil Hill (three), Peter Revson (two) and Richie Ginther (one)
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Fast and flashy cars at Cruise-In - Payson Roundup
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Third Overall in the 1965 Daytona 2000 KM, co-driving with Richie Ginther in a Shelby American Ford GT40. • Won seven out of 10 FIA World Championship races in America and Europe driving Shelby Cobra 289 Roadsters and Daytona Coupes, securing the 1965
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COLLECTING; 50 Years of Going Its Own Direction
NYTimes - over 7 years
AFTER 50 years in the United States, the Honda name has blended into the culture alongside Sony, Nestlé and Adidas, another foreign brand now embraced as a reliable provider of high-quality, well-conceived products. That is a noteworthy achievement for a company that made its name selling a puny plastic-clad motorcycle just as Detroit was birthing
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AUTOS ON MONDAY/Collecting; Racecar Owners Get in Touch With Their Inner Andrettis
NYTimes - almost 12 years
MANY vintage racecars spend decades hidden from the world, condemned to exist as four-wheel paperweights because of their immense value -- historical as well as monetary -- and raucous road manners. Some collectors, though, view their pedigree racecars as living histories, not static investments, and exercise them on the road and on the racetrack
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richie Ginther
    FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 58
    Ginther died of a heart attack while on vacation with his family in France on September 20, 1989.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 38
    He participated in a rally with sixty-five other competitors, including actor James Garner, in June 1969.
    More Details Hide Details The California Sports Car Club event was three hours cross country from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach. It benefited students from the Braille Institute. Ginther managed a Porsche 911S with two American drivers during the 39th 24 hours of Le Mans, in June 1971.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    While making an attempt to qualify for the 1967 Indy 500, Ginther broke a fuel line in his American Eagle Indy Car.
    More Details Hide Details Fuel, a mix of ethanol and gasoline, was sprayed down his back. This experience, along with the memory of being burned earlier, led to his sudden retirement.
    He signed for the Eagle F1 team in 1967 and raced in the Race of Champions.
    More Details Hide Details At Monaco after practice, his place on the grid was given to a F2 car weighted to bring it up to minimum F1 specifications, and Ginther left F1 in disgust. Ginther won 1 race, achieved 14 podiums, and scored a total of 107 championship points.
  • 1966
    Age 35
    He appeared in an uncredited role in the 1966 film Grand Prix as John Hogarth, a driver in the Japanese funded "Yamura" team.
    More Details Hide Details He also acted as one of the technical racing advisors for the movie.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    His speed eclipsed the previous course record of established by Dan Gurney in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details It was also the first time Honda had entered the Mexican Grand Prix. Honda reentered international competition in the 1966 Italian Grand Prix. The team was but three years old and had encountered difficulty in the preparation of a larger engine. Ginther led in Italy before his car crashed into a retaining wall and he broke his collarbone.
  • 1963
    Age 32
    In the he switched to the British-based BRM team to race alongside Graham Hill the highlight of which was a third place in the 1963 World Championship behind Hill.
    More Details Hide Details He scored more points than his British team mate over the whole season, but only a driver's six best scores were counted towards the championship. His reputation as a solid "team player" and excellent test and development driver earned him an invitation to join the works Honda F1 team for 1965 for whom he scored his one and only GP win at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. The win was also Honda's first in Formula 1. Ginther averaged over the curving track in the 65 lap Mexico City event.
  • 1962
    Age 31
    The Ferrari team ceased competition until January 1, 1962, as a mark of respect to Von Trips.
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  • 1961
    Age 30
    In August 1961 Ginther and Baghetti were teammates at the Pescara Grand Prix, a world auto manufacturers' championship event.
    More Details Hide Details Their Ferrari was leading on the 10th lap when it stopped on a straight stretch with a flat tire. Ginther averaged more than on the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in September 1961, to lead the first day of qualifying for the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. Von Trips qualified first with Ginther taking the third starting position after Ricardo Rodriguez. Ginther retired in the race. Von Trips died in a spectacular crash on the 2nd lap, which also killed eleven spectators, when his Ferrari climbed a earth embankment. It brushed a wire fence employed to restrain a portion of the crowd and struck the spectators. Some who were injured eventually succumbed to number a total of fifteen deaths.
    In 1961 Ginther was in the #3 Ferrari driver, behind #1 Wolfgang Von Trips and #2 Hill.
    More Details Hide Details Giancarlo Baghetti occasionally piloted a fourth car. The team manager was Romulo Tavoni. On May 14, 1961, Ginther finished 2nd to Stirling Moss at the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, only 3.6 seconds behind, a few hundred feet. He was driving a new rear-engine Ferrari, a 120-degree V-6 which had a lower center of gravity. Ginther had qualified first, just ahead of Hill, with an average speed of, and a qualifying time of 1:39.3. He eclipsed the previous course record of 1:39.6.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    In the September 1960 Italian Grand Prix in Monza he placed second to Phil Hill.
    More Details Hide Details Ginther led from the start until the 25th lap when Hill passed him and led until the finish. Following the season the Ferrari team gave up 1000 cc in engine size. The 2500 cc engine, permitted the previous year, was replaced by a 1.5 liter rear engine model, with 110 less horsepower. However, the newer engine was superior in both profiling and handling. The conservative Enzo Ferrari was the last major Formula 1 race car manufacturer to make the transition to cars with engines in the rear.
    Ginther made his F1 debut at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix driving for Ferrari who he stayed with through.
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    Throughout this period he continued to mix his race driving with a steady job at von Neumann's dealership, and by late 1959 the strain was beginning to show.
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    He triumphed by a wide margin at Pomona at the opening sports car race of 1959, in a John von Neumann 4.1-liter Ferrari, and in June 1959 won in a 3-liter Ferrari TR in the first Hourglass road races in San Diego, California.
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  • 1958
    Age 27
    In early 1958 he piloted a 2-liter Ferrari to victory at the County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California, averaging, and won in a 3-liter GT in a 5 lap qualifying preliminary for the SCCA Pacific Coast Championship.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of the year Ginther had captured the Pacific Coast Sports Car Championship outright.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    Ginther first raced for Chinetti in 1957 and with him made his first appearances in international level events, first in the 12 Hours of Sebring and then driving a 2-liter Ferrari 500 TR in the Le Mans race.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 1957, Ginther signed to drive the Aston Martin of Joe Lubin and over the next three years would continue to compete in many sports car racing events in both Aston and Ferrari machinery, with great success. That June he won a 15 lap GT race at the new Lime Rock Park, and won the opening race of the national championship in his Ferrari.
  • 1956
    Age 25
    When von Neumann started dealing in Ferrari cars in 1956 Ginther also got the chance to drive these.
    More Details Hide Details In between working in von Neumann's Ferrari dealership — including trips to the Ferrari factory in Italy to sort customer problems — Richie Ginther began to build an impressive racing reputation on the West Coast. This and his choice of Ferrari mounts brought him to the attention of the East Coast Ferrari franchise-holder, three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans-winner Luigi Chinetti. Aside from importing Ferrari road cars, Chinetti also operated a successful race team, soon to metamorphose into Ferrari's official motorsport presence in North America: NART.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    Both Ginther and Hill were unharmed and returned in 1954 to take second place, beaten only by the works Ferrari of Umberto Maglioli.
    More Details Hide Details 1954 was also the year that Richie Ginther returned to race driving himself, mostly in a self-prepared Austin-Healey. His results were impressive enough that the following year VW and Porsche dealer John von Neumann hired him to drive a Porsche in domestic competitions.
  • 1951
    Age 20
    Ginther made his own race debut at Pebble Beach in 1951, driving a Ford-engined MG T-type sports car.
    More Details Hide Details However, Ginther's own career was put on hold shortly after when he was drafted for two years national service during the Korean War. During this time he received training and experience working in aircraft and engine mechanics, skills which he would later put to good use during his driving career. On emergence from the military Phil Hill requested that Ginther join him, principally as a riding mechanic, in driving a privately entered 4.1-liter Ferrari in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana. The pair ran high in the rankings until Hill lost control, crashed, and wrote off the car.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 17
    After finishing school, in 1948 Richie Ginther followed in his father's footsteps and went to work for Douglas Aircraft, initially in the tool and die shop.
    More Details Hide Details In his spare time he helped Phill Hill to repair, maintain and race his collection of old cars and hot rods, as Hill's race career began to gather pace.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on August 5, 1930.
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