Born : April 4 1940
Biography Richard Attwood
Richard Attwood was born April 4 1940 in Wolverhampton. He is better known as “Dickie” Attwood. Attwood went to school in Harrow. Attwood’s parents ran a car dealership. That meant he grew up amongst cars and mechanics. That triggered his interest in motorsport. After his education, he joins Jaguar as a trade apprentice. In, 1960, Richard Attwood started his racing career in a Triumph TR3. In 1962 and 1963 he joined the Midlands Racing Partnership and races club-level Formula Junior events. And 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. With only 3 the Lotus factory cars of the Collin Chapman Lotus Factory team finishing before Attwood, that is quite a success.
Richard Attwood and Porshe
Richard Attwoods first contact with Porsche was in 1967. He teamed up with William Bradley in a private Porsche 906 Carrera 6 in the Zeltweg 500KM. They finished in 2nd position, after Paul Hawkins who won the race in a Ford GT40. In 1968, the Porsche works team hires Richard Attwood for the Watkins Glen 6H. The works entries consisted of 4 four short-tailed 3-litre Porsche 908s. Richard Attwood shared a car with Hans Herrmann. This was not the best race for Porsche. At a sudden moment in the race, 3 of the 4 cars were in the pits. That forced the team director to a strategy change,. They switched drivers from one car to the other. A nice try, but to no avail because one hour later Attwood stopped with the left front wheel bearing seized. In the end, Attwood managed to bring the car to the finish in 6th position.
One year later, Porsche offered Richard Attwood a seat as a factory driver. He raced in the World Championship for Makes in a Porsche 908/02, and came second in both Brands Hatch and Watkins Glen together with Vic Elford. In the season finale in Zeltweg, he finished third with Brian Redman in the 917. Together with Hans Herrmann, he took part in the Nürburgring 1,000 km driving a Porsche 908/03 in 1970 – finishing in 2nd place.
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 Piper, 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 Porsche 917 was in the lead by 2am, and stayed in front for 14 hours to the flag. 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, Attwood retired from motorsport. His last podium finish was in 1971 together with Derek Bell in the Porsche 917 KH at the season finale of the World Sportscar Championship in Watkins Glen (3rd place). In 1984 he makes a small comeback with another participation in the Le Mans 24H in an Aston Martin Nimrod. That same year, Attwood shared the wheel of a Porsche 928 with Vic Elford at the Daytona 24H for the Brumos Racing Team too.
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.
Richard Attwood’s races in a Porsche
|20.8.1967||500 km Zeltweg||17||Porsche 906||Bradley / Attwood||Midland Racing Partnership Ltd.||2nd|
|14.7.1968||6 h Watkins Glen||2||Porsche 908||Herrmann / Ikuzawa / Siffert / *Attwood||Porsche System Engineering, Ltd.||6th|
|14.7.1968||6 h Watkins Glen||3||Porsche 908||Patrick / Attwood / Joe Buzzetta||Porsche System Engineering, Ltd.||DNF|
|2.2.1969||24 h Daytona||51||Porsche 908||Attwood / Buzzetta||Porsche System Engineering||DNF|
|2.2.1969||24 h Daytona||53||Porsche 908||Schütz / Mitter / Attwood||Porsche System Engineering||24th|
|22.3.1969||12 h Sebring||30||Porsche 908/02||Vic Elford / Attwood||Porsche System Engineering Ltd.||7th|
|13.4.1969||6 h Brands Hatch||55||Porsche 908/02||Elford / Attwood||Porsche System Engineering Ltd.||2nd|
|25.4.1969||1000 km Monza||6||Porsche 908||Elford / Attwood||Porsche System Engineering||16th|
|4.5.1969||Targa Florio||268||Porsche 908/02||Attwood / Brian Redman||Porsche System Engineering Ltd.||33rd|
|11.5.1969||1000 km Spa||10||Porsche 908||In entry list only||Porsche System Engineering||3rd|
|11.5.1969||1000 km Spa||11||Porsche 908||Herrmann / Rolf Stommelen / *Attwood||Porsche System Engineering||4th|
|1.6.1969||1000 km Nürburgring||4||Porsche 908/02||In entry list only||Porsche System Engineering Ltd.||2nd|
|1.6.1969||1000 km Nürburgring||6||Porsche 908/02||Lins / Attwood||Porsche Konstruktionen, Salzburg||4th|
|15.6.1969||24 h Le Mans||12||Porsche 917||Elford / Attwood||Porsche System Engineering||DNF|
|15.6.1969||24 h Le Mans||23||Porsche 908||In entry list only||Porsche System Engineering||DNF|
|12.7.1969||6 h Watkins Glen||4||Porsche 908/02||Elford / Attwood||A. G. Dean Racing Ltd.||2nd|
|10.8.1969||1000 km Zeltweg||4||Porsche 908/02||Jo Siffert / Attwood||Porsche Salzburg||T-car|
|10.8.1969||1000 km Zeltweg||29||Porsche 917||Siffert / Kurt Ahrens, Jr. / *Attwood||Karl Freiherr v. Wendt||1st|
|10.8.1969||1000 km Zeltweg||30||Porsche 917||Attwood / Redman||David Piper Racing Ltd.||3rd|
|8.11.1969||9 h Kyalami||9||Porsche 917||David Piper / Attwood||Perfect Circle Team David Piper||1st|
|21.3.1970||12 h Sebring||45||Porsche 908/02||Attwood / Gerard Larousse / Koch||International Martini Racing Team||DNF|
|21.3.1970||12 h Sebring||46||Porsche 908/02||Koch / Larousse / Attwood||International Martini Racing Team||7th|
|12.4.1970||1000 km Brands Hatch||12||Porsche 917||Attwood / Herrmann||Porsche Konstruktionen KG. Salzburg||3rd|
|12.4.1970||1000 km Brands Hatch||14||Porsche 917||In entry list only||David Piper||DNS|
|12.4.1970||1000 km Brands Hatch||55||Porsche 908/02||In entry list only||International Martini Racing Team||DNS|
|25.4.1970||1000 km Monza||9||Porsche 917||Herrmann / Attwood||Porsche Konstrukzion Salzburg||DNF|
|3.5.1970||Targa Florio||36||Porsche 908/03||Bjorn Waldegard / Attwood||J. W. Automotive Engineering||5th|
|17.5.1970||1000 km Spa||6||Porsche 908/02||In entry list only||Martini International Racing Team||9th|
|17.5.1970||1000 km Spa||29||Porsche 917||Attwood / Herrmann||Porsche Salzburg||6th|
|31.5.1970||1000 km Nürburgring||15||Porsche 908/03||Herrmann / Attwood||Porsche Konstruktionen Salzburg||2nd|
|31.5.1970||1000 km Nürburgring||53||Porsche 917||Herrmann / Attwood||Porsche Konstruktionen Salzburg||DNA|
|14.6.1970||24 h Le Mans||3||Porsche 917||In entry list only||Martini International Racing Team||2nd|
|14.6.1970||24 h Le Mans||18||Porsche 917||In entry list only||Team A.A.W.||DNF|
|14.6.1970||24 h Le Mans||23||Porsche 917||Attwood / Hans Herrmann||Porsche Konstruktionen K.G.||1st|
|14.6.1970||24 h Le Mans||24||Porsche 917||Herrmann / Attwood||Porsche Konstruktionen K.G.||DNS|
|11.7.1970||6 h Watkins Glen||32||Porsche 917||Attwood / Ahrens, Jr.||Porsche Audi Division||6th|
|12.7.1970||Can-Am Watkins Glen||32||Porsche 917||Richard Attwood||Porsche Audi Division||3rd|
|11.10.1970||1000 km Zeltweg||21||Porsche 917||Elford / Attwood||Porsche KG Salzburg||4th|
|11.10.1970||1000 km Zeltweg||T||Porsche 917||Elford / Attwood / Ahrens, Jr. / Helmut Marko||Porsche KG Salzburg||T-car|
|7.11.1970||9 h Kyalami||1||Porsche 917||Love / Attwood||Team Gunston||DNF|
|18.4.1971||Le Mans Test||18||Porsche 917||In entry list only||J. W. Automotive Engineering||3rd|
|13.6.1971||24 h Le Mans||19||Porsche 917||Attwood / Müller||J. W. Automotive Engineering||2nd|
|27.6.1971||1000 km Zeltweg||16||Porsche 917||Pedro Rodriguez / Attwood||J. W. Automotive||1st|
|27.6.1971||1000 km Zeltweg||T||Porsche 917||Derek Bell / Attwood / Rodriguez||J. W. Automotive||T-car|
|24.7.1971||6 h Watkins Glen||2||Porsche 917||Bell / Attwood||J. W. Automotive Engineering||3rd|
|24.7.1971||6 h Watkins Glen||T||Porsche 917||Siffert / Gijs van Lennep / Bell / Attwood||J. W. Automotive Engineering||T-car|
|25.7.1971||Can-Am Watkins Glen||91||Porsche 917||Richard Attwood||JW Automotive||13th|
|6.11.1971||9 h Kyalami||3||Porsche 917||Attwood / Charlton||Lucky Strike Racing/David R. Piper||DNF|
|5.2.1984||24 h Daytona||92||Porsche 928||Attwood / Elford / Meister / Hagestad||Brumos Racing||15th|
Race results courtesy Racing Sports Cars