Geoff Crossley Biography: Geoffrey Crossley was an English race car driver. He raced in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, the first on May 13, 1950. He did not earn any championship points. He also raced in some non-championship Formula One events.
Geoff Crossley Biography
Geoff Crossley Biography: Geoffrey Crossley was born on 11 May 1921 in Baslow, Derbyshire, England. Geoffrey Crossley was a furniture manufacturer by business but had been an active amateur racing driver since just before World War II. Following the war, he kept his interest alive by competing in a few races on the Isle of Man in a pre-war Alta, including the 1947 British Empire Trophy race.
Geoff Crossley Wiki
|Date Of Birth||11 May 1921|
|Birth Place||Baslow, Derbyshire, England|
Geoff Crossley Cause Of Death
Geoffrey Crossley died after a stroke on January 7, 2002, at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Geoff Crossley Career
In 1949, he purchased a GP2 Alta GP Grand Prix car in Surrey from the manufacturer. The custom-built car featured a sleeker exterior than its predecessors. In late 1949, Crossley set International Class F (1,100 cc to 1,500 cc) standing start speed records over 50 kilometers (125.92 mph), 50 miles (124.49 mph), and 100 kilometers (124.17 mph) at the Montlhéry circuit. Crossley also raced the Alta GP in 1949, including the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished seventh and last, six circuits behind the winner.
The following year, he competed in the debut Formula One World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix, at Silverstone Circuit. He qualified 17th, three positions clear of Joe Kelly in a similar Alta with a higher-specification engine. Crossley’s race ended on lap 43 when his transmission failed. Crossley entered the Alta in the 1950 Belgian Grand Prix, qualifying twelfth and finishing ninth. In addition to his Championship entries, Crossley also participated in some non-Championship races in the Alta. Still, he decided to retire at the end of the 1950 season due to the sport’s high costs.
In 1955 he quickly returned to motorsport after constructing the Berkshire Special, a Lea-Francis-powered special. Crossley entered the car in the 1955 Richmond Trophy race at Goodwood Circuit, but the car’s initial problems caused him to be the slowest in practice, so he withdrew from the competition. Due to work and family obligations, Crossley abandoned the development of the Berkshire Special and retired from racing for good.