David Hampshire Biography: David Alan Hampshire was an English racing driver. He was born in Derbyshire’s Mickleover and died in South Derbyshire’s Newton Solney.
David Hampshire Biography
David Hampshire Biography: David Hampshire was born on December 29, 1917, in Mickleover, Derbyshire, England. He debuted in the 1939 Nuffield Trophy at Donington Park with Bira, Villoresi, Tony Rolt, Raymond Mays, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Brooke, and Reg Parnell. However, the Maserati 6CL he was driving, which had previously been owned by Arthur Dobson and re-engineered into a 1,100 cc (67 cu in) car, barely managed a few circuits before stopping with a melted piston. The car was later rebuilt to 1,500 cc (92 cu in) capacity. He raced the 6CL again at the Brooklands Whit Monday meeting in 1939 and the Sydenham Trophy at Crystal Palace on May 20 (which was televised by the BBC). It made its final appearance at Donington Park on August 12, 1939, just before the World War II outbreak.
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|Date Of Birth||December 29, 1917|
|Birth Place||Mickleover, Derbyshire, England|
|Died||25 August 1990|
David Hampshire Career
After the Second World War, there were simply no circuits in England, so Gransden Lodge and Shelsley Walsh were used for sprints. Later in 1946, he finished ninth in the Albi Grand Prix & the Grand Prix des Nations in his Delage 158L (1927 GP car).
In 1947, he initially raced Reg Parnell’s “The Challenger” in the British Empire Trophy and Parnell’s ERA E-type (GP1) at Lausanne, resulting in retirement. In 1948 he finished second in the 1948 British Empire Trophy at Douglas, Isle of Man, in his Delage 158L and seventh in the Zandvoort Grand Prix in the Netherlands. He also participated in the Jersey Road Race that year.
In 1949, he finished fourth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Goodwood Trophy, driving a newly-acquired (but 10-year-old) ERA R12b. There were top-ten finishes at the Jersey Road Race and the British Empire Trophy, an eleventh-place finish at the International Trophy Meeting, but retirements at the Albi and Lausanne Grands Prix.
During the 1950 Formula One season, he participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix and other Formula One races. The magneto in his Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT failed during the non-championship Jersey Road Race, stopping him from taking his first Formula One victory. Nonetheless, he recorded the best lap of the race, which Ferrari driver Peter Whitehead won. Later in the season, he won the 1950 Nottingham Trophy at Gamston in a Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT to claim his first Formula One victory. Together with his partner Reg Parnell, he competed in the 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans in a works Aston Martin DB2 and finished third in class and seventh overall.