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Peter Whitehead's life story

21 Sep 1958

On 21st September 1958, Englishman Peter Whitehead was killed in the Tour de France Automobile, when at the wheel of a Jaguar which he shared with his half-brother Graham. Born on 12th November 1914, at Menston in Yorkshire, Whitehead was the first privateer to race a Formula 1 car built by Ferrari, the 125 F1. With this car, the Englishman won the Czechoslovakia Grand Prix in 1949 and the next year, he was victorious in the Jersey Road Race and the Ulster Trophy. From 1950 to 1954 Whitehead competed in a total of ten Formula 1 Grands Prix: seven with a Ferrari, two in a Cooper and one with an Alfa Romeo. His highest finish was a third place in the 1950 French Grand Prix, at the wheel of a Maranello car. His best result was winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in a Jaguar, paired with fellow countryman Peter Walker.