Michael de'Udy - Life as a 60's Sports Car Racing Driver
Born in England on 27th April 1941, Michael's early years were spent in Bermuda, later attending school in England. Michael has lived in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Australia, New Jersey, Chicago and currently lives in New York. He was educated at Worth Priory in Sussex, Fort Augustus Abbey in Inverness-shire and Millfield School in Somerset. After Michael graduated from the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School in the 60s, his motor racing career began. He retired from motor racing at the age of 30 (a difficult decision to make at the time).
Michael has written 3 books reminiscing about his life as a racing driver in the 60's. Not many people know that Michael gave one of his cars away to Steve McQueen to use in the final crash scene in the film Le Mans. Among his many achievements, Michael held the South African landspeed record (191 mph) for over 20 years and was an acomplished pilot.
Cars: Lola T70, Porsche 904 GTS and the 906, Ford Mustang Boss, Ferrari 250 GTO.
Tracks: Kyalami, Killarney, Roy Hesketh, Silverstone, Crystal Palace, Brands Hatch, Lourenco Marques, Kumalo, Zeltweg, Vila Real, Rheims, Bulawayo, Nurburgring, Mugello, Castle Combe, Mallory Park, Sebring.
Co-Drivers: Frank Gardner, Peter De Klerk, Hugh Dibley, Paul Hawkins, David Piper, Mike Hailwood, Colin Davis.
South African Land Speed Record 1968, Lola T70 - 191.8 mph
A selection of photos from Michael's photo album capturing life as a motor racing driver in the 1960's.
Michael revisits Goodwood race track in the year 2000 and talks about his life and his racing exploits in the 60s.
Some interesting stories during my motor racing career.