Autotrivia quiz – Friday August 3 – August 9, 2012

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Last week I asked which car, in 1996, was the first to wear the manufacturer’s nameplate, instead of one of its brands?  Clue: think left hand side of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

I wanted the car, not the manufacturer.  It was the General Motors EV1 which was an electric car produced and leased by the General Motors Corporation from 1996 to 1999.  It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset, and it was the first to be sold as a GM, rather than one of the GM brands.

So to this week.  Who was this?  He was almost 60 when he drove his last race, winning it.  During his sporting career he competed in more than 350 races (bike and car), won 105, had 77 class wins, and 100 fastest laps.  Who was he?

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected]