Mike Spence at the wheel of his BRM during the 1968 International Trophy race at Silverstone. Considered by BRM team manager Tim Parnell to be one of the most technically saavy drivers of his time, Spence was tragically killed at Indy later that year testing the Lotus turbine car.
Photo: Ferret Fotographics
Following the sudden and tragic death of my father Reg, my move into team management was both swift and unexpected. I took over the Reg Parnell Racing team in 1964 and later became manager of the Owen Racing Organisation. In those roles, I had the pleasure in dealing with some remarkable drivers in Formula One motor racing. Three of these drivers, whose lives were sadly cut short, made an impression on me for very different reasons. Mike Spence, who joined…
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