Top 10 F1 One Race Wonders
Fewer than 1000 drivers have ever competed in Formula 1 – and even then some have only one race to their name. Here are our favourites
This Bolognese driver’s sole outing in a Formula 1 race lasted mere seconds. Competing in the 1993 Italian Grand Prix for Jordan, he qualified in 23rd place – yet he was out of the race by the time he arrived at the first corner, after his car was struck by JJ Lehto’s Sauber. He wasn’t asked back, being replaced by Emanuele Naspetti for the following round in Portugal. Apicella, who had earlier earned the occasional good placing in Formula 3000, continued from where he’d left off racing in Japan; he claimed the national F3000 title a year later.
AutoFact: Apicella was former chief test driver for the unraced Dome F1 project.
Tiff Needell was a former Formula Ford 2000 champion, and Formula 3 regular, before making his one and only world championship F1 appearance during the 1980 Belgian Grand Prix. It followed protracted wrangling over him gaining a Super Licence with which to compete in motorsport’s top tier, and which had hitherto stopped him from participating. He retired his Ensign at Zolder, and then failed to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix. It marked the end of his F1 hopes, but Needell enjoyed a long career in sportscars and as a broadcaster.
AutoFact: Needell contested the Le Mans 24-hours on 14 occasions, with a best finish of third in 1990.
Better known for his tyre-frying escapades in saloon car racing, this works Mini ace was also an accomplished single-seater pilot. A race winner in Formula Junior, he occasionally stepped up to Formula 2 and non-championship Grands Prix driving for Bob Gerard’s equipe. The team then entered an aged Cooper-Climax T60 for Rhodes to drive in the 1965 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, in what would be prove to be his sole outing in a points-paying F1 race. The 37-year-old soldiered on for 39 laps before retiring the car with ignition problems. Rhodes largely concentrated on saloon cars thereafter.
AutoFact: Rhodes also won his class at Le Mans in 1965, as well as on the 1966 Targa Florio.
Mercedes-Benz 500 SL 1985
The Mercedes-Benz R107 was produced from 1971 through to 1989 and was the second longest single series vehicle produced by the firm, besides the G-Class. They were sold under the SL-Class and SLC-Class model names. The R107 took the chassis components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the S-Class. The SL variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster wiFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Beaconsfield, UK£ 31,950
Jaguar XK150S Roadster 1958
1958 Jaguar XK150 S Roadster Chassis number: S830674DN Presenting amongst the most original XK150S Roadster's in existence. History. Harold Sunshine graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts in 1928 and would go on to be a textile designer operating his own company Harold W Sunshine & Co. Harold ordered the car in 1958 whilst living in Paterson, NJ. In 19For Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | UK£ POA
Porsche 914-6 1970
Legends are delighted to offer this 914 / 6 war horse, prolifically campaigned throughout the 1970’s and 80’s by Clay Grady of Rennenhaus fame. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity: Production date: 28/01/1970 Selling Porsche Centre: Porsche USA Chassis: 9140430220 Engine specification. Complete, disassembled and crated. Documented and photographed. 7R 2.7 case Mechanical Fuel InjFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | UK£ 60,000
Renault Alpine A110 1964
The history of this stunning A110 can be traced back to 1977 was exported from southern France to the USA. According to its first US owner the car looked as if it was used for competition, having virtually no trim, no ignition key (just a master switch) and various other competition features that were available in period from the factory, including a lightweight body, plexiglass rear screen, fibreFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Knutsford, UK£ 99,950
Plymouth Coupe 1937
1937 Plymouth Coupe condition: excellent cylinders: 6 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 52000 paint color: custom title status: clean transmission: manual 1937 Plymouth Coupe Completely Professionally Rebuilt Original Flat Head 6 with less than 100 miles on it. All steel body. All original suspension. Extremely clean with no rust. Can be driven anywhere as a turn key claFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Lockport, IL, USA$ 23,000
Chevrolet Impala Convertible 1968
1968 Chevy Impala fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: automatic type: convertible 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible, runs well, stored last 18 years in garage, originally from Florida. Had new top, new seat covers, and new carpet and door panels installed about 10 years ago, all in nice shape, solid floors, solid frame, solid trunk. Had quarters repaired 20 years ago, mostly compleFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Creston, OH, USA$ 6,250
Plymouth Special Deluxe 1948
1948 plymouth special deluxe fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: manual 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe, 2 door Sedan. Car is mostly original with several upgrades: Carb has been rebuilt, lowered 3" in front, front disc brake conversion installed, new exhaust from manifold back, newer optima battery and may more. Car is daily driver in summer. 218 flathead 6 with 3 on the tree.For Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Upland, IN, USA$ 7,000
Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 1968
1968 cadillac fleetwood brougham condition: like new cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas paint color: grey size: full-size title status: clean transmission: automatic type: other 68 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham w/ rebuilt motor, new paint, new exhaust and breaks. Car is in mint condition and I am the third owner. Car runs excellent. Wanting $15,000 obo. Feel free to coFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Indianapolis, IN, USA$ 15,000
Nash Metropolitan 1954
1954 Nash Metropolitan condition: excellent fuel: electric paint color: red title status: clean transmission: other Award-winning 1954 Nash Metropolitan $6,500 and located in Leipsic, OH Runs on four 12 volt golf cart batteries and rear axel (and is charged in the front on the grill) Two 1954 Nash Metropolitans were purchased to create this one from the best parts of the two As yFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Leipsic, OH, USA$ 6,500
Chrysler New Yorker 1977
1977 Chrysler New Yorker condition: good cylinders: 8 cylinders fuel: gas paint color: green title status: clean transmission: manual Green on the Outside, Green on the inside! Clean 1977 Chrysler New Yorker. 440 7.2L V8, 88k Miles, newer tires, original radio still works, interior is in great condition, exterior is in pretty good shape a little rust but not too bad for a 40 year oFor Sale | 20 Jun 2018 | Fishers, IN, USA$ 5,500
Known within the racing fraternity as ‘Mad Dog’, Magee had talent and ability. The Belfast man had shown form in Formula Ford and F3 prior to making his sole world championship F1 start in the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix. He finished 14th driving a Williams FW03. He was granted the opportunity to race a RAM Racing Brabham in the following year’s French race, but failed to qualify. Magee was a frontrunner in the 1976 ShellSport Group Eight series driving a Hexagon-March, but effectively walked away from racing at the end of the following season.
AutoFact: He was the inspiration for an Autosport cartoon character.
A gentleman driver in modern-day parlance, this insurance broker began racing aboard a road-going Riley before acquiring a Connaught A-type from Rob Walker. He achieved relatively little of any consequence with the car, save for victory in the non-points 1954 I Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race. Nevertheless, he ran the car in that year’s British grand prix, but spun off into retirement. His greatest contribution to motorsport was in loaning his car to Tony Brooks later that season, giving the future star his big break. The duo shared a works Aston Martin in the infamous 1955 Le Mans 24-hours, with Riseley-Prichard hanging up his helmet thereafter.
AutoFact: He later fled to Thailand to escape prosecution for some unsavoury crimes.
A highly successful driver in Formula Junior, this Essex ace had the talent to have gone further but for an accident at Rouen-Les-Essarts in 1958 that blunted his career momentum. He recovered from his injuries to race in Formula 2, and ran in the F2 category of the 1959 British Grand Prix at Aintree aboard an Alan Brown Cooper-Climax. He placed 12th overall and third in class. Thereafter, he continued to drive in Formula Junior, and shone in Lola sportscars, before hanging up his helmet in 1962. He later opened a Vauxhall dealership and helped nurture Perry McCarthy’s racing career.
AutoFact: Ashdown was principal of the Candy Apple Cars kit car firm in the 1990s.
A legend in his native Japan, this former motocross racer had established himself as a standout saloon car and GT racer prior to participating in the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix for Kojima. The record books state that he finished 11th – seven laps down on Mario Andretti, who won for Team Lotus. He was also credited with setting the fastest lap of the race, a ‘fact’ that has since trickled down into several reference works. It was now widely held that there had been a timing error and Jacques Laffite should have received the honour.
AutoFact: Hasemi went on to be multiple Japanese F2 and touring car champion.
Justifiably revered for his sportscar exploits, this Italian star won the Mille Miglia a record four times and the Targa Florio twice. He competed at grand prix level prior to the emergence of the F1 World Championship in 1950, but made only one points-paying start that year – by which time he was already the wrong side of 50 years old. He fielded his homebrewed Ferrari-Jaguar special in the Italian Grand Prix, but retired the car with engine problems. He would continue racing to 1954, before succumbing to cancer a year later.
AutoFact: Biondetti enjoyed success racing on two wheels before turning his attention to cars.
This Kiwi’s F1 tally stands at only one start, but that bellies his success as a driver and car builder. A three-time Tasman Series winner and US Formula 5000 champion, he drove a Frank Williams Iso-Ford in the British Grand Prix, only to be eliminated in an accident on the first lap. He never stepped up to that level again, but months earlier he had contested the Indy 500 for the first time and claimed Rookie of the Year honours. As a car builder, he built dozens of single-seaters, one of which Roy Lane steered to the 1975-’76 British Hillclimb Championship titles.
AutoFact: McRae later made exacting replicas of the Porsche 356.
This amiable Frenchman was winding down his career when he was presented with the chance to compete in F1. Larrousse had already parlayed success in rallying into even more glory as a sportscar driver, but he was relatively inexperienced in single-seaters despite having won a race on aggregate in F2. His outing in the 1974 Belgian Grand Prix at Nivelles aboard a Scuderia Finotto Brabham was a miserable one, and ended in retirement. He failed to qualify the same car for the French Grand Prix, and a year later he quit driving for team management.
AutoFact: As Renault’s team principal, he helped usher turbocharging into F1.
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Classic Cars for Sale
The Mercedes-Benz R107 was produced from 1971 through to 1989 and was the second longest single series vehicle produced by the firm, besides the G-Class. They were sold under the SL-Class and SLC-Class model names. The R107 took the chassis components of the mid size Mercedes-Benz W114 model and mated them to the larger engines from the S-Class. The SL variant was a 2-seat convertible/roadster wi
1958 Jaguar XK150 S Roadster Chassis number: S830674DN Presenting amongst the most original XK150S Roadster's in existence. History. Harold Sunshine graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts in 1928 and would go on to be a textile designer operating his own company Harold W Sunshine & Co. Harold ordered the car in 1958 whilst living in Paterson, NJ. In 19
Legends are delighted to offer this 914 / 6 war horse, prolifically campaigned throughout the 1970’s and 80’s by Clay Grady of Rennenhaus fame. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity: Production date: 28/01/1970 Selling Porsche Centre: Porsche USA Chassis: 9140430220 Engine specification. Complete, disassembled and crated. Documented and photographed. 7R 2.7 case Mechanical Fuel Inj
The history of this stunning A110 can be traced back to 1977 was exported from southern France to the USA. According to its first US owner the car looked as if it was used for competition, having virtually no trim, no ignition key (just a master switch) and various other competition features that were available in period from the factory, including a lightweight body, plexiglass rear screen, fibre