David Purley

1945 - 1985

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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 333,482 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. David Purley is the 97th most popular racing driver (down from 85th in 2019), the 1,430th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,408th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Racing Driver.

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Among racing drivers, David Purley ranks 97 out of 888Before him are Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Elio de Angelis, Patrick Tambay, Lucien Bianchi, Björn Waldegård, and Ángel Nieto. After him are Thierry Sabine, Ricardo Rodríguez, Jo Bonnier, Stig Blomqvist, Felipe Massa, and Ralf Schumacher.

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Among people born in 1945, David Purley ranks 131Before him are Mahinda Rajapaksa, George Miller, Wim Suurbier, Billy Drago, Wolfgang Schüssel, and John Garang. After him are Bruce Spence, Wilfried Van Moer, Brion James, Christine Kaufmann, Francesca Annis, and Khaleda Zia. Among people deceased in 1985, David Purley ranks 62Before him are Wellington Koo, Birabongse Bhanudej, Ricky Nelson, Karl-Adolf Hollidt, Axel Springer, and Abe Lenstra. After him are Helmuth Plessner, Nicolas Frantz, Philly Joe Jones, Eugene Ormandy, Fred Uhlman, and Matti Järvinen.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Purley ranks 1,430 out of 7,765Before him are Greg Lake (1947), Michael Scot (1175), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Princess Augusta of Great Britain (1737), Sydney Chaplin (1885), and Ælle of Sussex (500). After him are Robert Shaw (1927), Patrick Macnee (1922), Alvin Lee (1944), Albert Ketèlbey (1875), Lucinda Riley (1965), and Gordon Ramsay (1966).

Among RACING DRIVERS In United Kingdom

Among racing drivers born in United Kingdom, David Purley ranks 18Before him are Colin McRae (1968), Alfonso de Portago (1928), Peter Collins (1931), Mike Hailwood (1940), Roger Williamson (1948), and Tom Pryce (1949). After him are David Coulthard (1971), John Watson (1946), Stuart Lewis-Evans (1930), Alan Stacey (1933), Jenson Button (1980), and Chris Bristow (1937).