David Purley

1945 - 1985

David Purley

David Charles Purley, GM (26 January 1945 – 2 July 1985) was a British racing driver born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in 1973. Purley is best known for his actions at the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix, where he abandoned his own race and attempted to save the life of fellow driver Roger Williamson, whose car was upside down and on fire following a serious accident. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Purley has received more than 216,767 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 80th most popular racing driver.

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Among racing drivers, David Purley ranks 80 out of 782Before him are Luigi Musso, Onofre Marimón, Colin McRae, Jean Behra, Maurice Trintignant, and Carlos Sainz. After him are Ángel Nieto, José Froilán González, Jean Alesi, Carlos Pace, Guy Edwards, and Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior.

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Among people born in 1945, David Purley ranks 93Before him are Luis Ocaña, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Graça Machel, Go Nagai, Anatoly Fomenko, and Gunther von Hagens. After him are Daniel Olbrychski, Jeremy Rifkin, Jeffrey C. Hall, Robert Sarah, Alain Juppé, and Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. Among people deceased in 1985, David Purley ranks 53Before him are Emílio Garrastazu Médici, Ruth Gordon, Herbert Bayer, David Byron, Ernst Öpik, and Denis de Rougemont. After him are Nicolas Frantz, Cus D'Amato, Helmuth Plessner, Wellington Koo, Theodore Sturgeon, and Philly Joe Jones.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Purley ranks 1,236 out of 5,347Before him are Owen Tudor (1400), William Wilberforce (1759), John Newton (1725), Thomas Gresham (1519), George Atwood (1745), and Bear Grylls (1974). After him are Unity Mitford (1914), Mark Strong (1963), Alma Reville (1899), Ginger Baker (1939), Joan of Kent (1328), and John Nettles (1943).

Among RACING DRIVERS In United Kingdom

Among racing drivers born in United Kingdom, David Purley ranks 15Before him are Damon Hill (1960), Mike Hailwood (1940), Tom Pryce (1949), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Roger Williamson (1948), and Colin McRae (1968). After him are Guy Edwards (1942), Peter Collins (1931), Alan Stacey (1933), Stuart Lewis-Evans (1930), Piers Courage (1942), and Alfonso de Portago (1928).

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