Richard Attwood

Born : April 4 1940

Biography Richard Attwood

Richard Attwood was born April 4 1940 in Wolverhampton, who’s better known as “Dickie” Attwood. He went to school in Harrow. After his education, Richard Attwood joins Jaguar as a trade apprentice. Tatted starts his racing career in 1960 in a Triumph TR3. In 1962 and 1963 he joined the Midlands Racing Partnership and races club-level Formula Junior events.  Just one year later, Richard Attwood sets his name in international news papers by winning the support race at the Monaco Grand Prix.

That succes is the trigger for Attwood to set one step up, and join the Formula Two Class. He wins in  Vienna and took second places in the Pau Grand Prix, the Eifelrennen and  the Albi Grand Prix.In that time, the F1 GP drivers were an integral part of Formula 2. It was very remarkable that Attwood was only beaten in Pau by the reigning world champion Jim Clark

The successes in Formula Two prove the race talent of Richard Attwood. Alfrew Owen, the proprietor of the BRM Formula 1 Team offers him a seat. In his first, non-official F1 race, the News of the World Trophy in Goodwood, Richard Attwood drives the BRM to 4th position. Only 3 Lotus factory cars of the Collin Chapman Lotus Factory team finish before Attwood.

Pitstop and driver change in the 1970 Le Mans 24H

Richard Attwood and Le Mans 24H

During his Formula Two and Formula 1 Career, Richard Attwood was an active sportscar racer too. From 1963 to 1971, Attwood competed every year, except for 1965 in the toughest endurance race of the world : the Le Mans 24 Hours. However the first attempts at the Circuit de la Sarthe were not exactly very successful. It was only in 1968 that Richard Attwood could finish the race. Together with David Paper, he drove the Ferrari 275LM to 2nd overall. 1969 was the first year Richard Attwood was member of the Porsche Factory Team. He shared a Porsche 917LH with Vic Elford. Unfortunately they did not make it to the finish.

In 1970, Attwood and Hans Herrmann shared the wheel of a Porsche 917. It was a very though race, with lots of heavy rain. The Attwood/Herrmann 917 was in the lead by 2am, and stayed in front for 14 hours to the flag. Hermann and Attwood also took second place in the 1970 Nürburgring race, this time back in a Porsche 908. Driving with Herbie Müller once more in a Porsche 917 he finished second in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans, this time for the John Wyer privateer team. That same year, Richard Attwood was one of the actors in the Steve McQueen Le Mans movie too.

At the end of the season, after also winning the 1000km Zeltweg race along with his teammate Pedro Rodríguez, Attwood retired from motorsport. In 1984 he makes a small comeback with another participation in the Le Mans 24H in an Aston Martin Nimrod.

Nowadays Richard Attwood every once and a while shows up at different historic motorsports events. In 2018 he was one of the guests at the Porsche Sound Night.

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