Tommy Spychiger

Born : September 29 1934
Deceased : April 25 1965

Biography Tommy Spychiger

The Swiss Tommy Spychiger started racing in 1950 with a Osca 1100 S. Later he participated 2 years  in Formel Junior championships with a Cooper T52. However, his passion for the sportscar racing was stronger so he returned.

As a factory racer for Abarth, Tommy Spychiger took part in different hill climbs and track races. In 1960 Tommy Spychiger debuted in the Le Mans 24H. This entry was not successful however. Tommy Spychiger quit the race with mechanical failures, exactly as one year later when he did another attempt in the Le Mans 24H endurance race.

Tommy Spychiger took part in most of the important European races as the Paris 1000KM, the Nürburgring 1000km or the Francorchamps 1000km. He became a team member of the Porsche works team in 1962 to compete in the Targa Florio, in a Porsche 718 RSK.

That same year, Tommy Spychiger had a severe crash at the Gaisbergrennen, and broke his 2 elbows. Just a few minutes before Tommy Spychiger crashed, the German racer Walter Häderle wass less lucky as he did not survive a crash.

As a team member of the Scuderia Filipinnet, Tommy Spychiger competed in the 1965 Sportier Worldchampionship races. After he took the wheel of the Ferrari 365 P2 rom his fellow Swiss team memher Herbert Müller in the Monza 1000km, he crashed severely in the Parabolica. The car made a few turns and flew over the earth wall next to the track in the forest. The car exploded and Tonny Spychiger unfortunately did not survive the crash.