Al Pease, who started two Formula 1 world championship grands prix in Eagle machinery in the late 1960s, died on Sunday at the age of 92.
British-born, he moved to North America after the Second World War and settled in Canada, entering what was now his home grand prix from 1967-’69 driving an Eagle-Climax T1G (LEFT) on all three occasions.
Driving uncompetitive machinery, he qualified 15th and 17th for the 1967 and ’69 races, but was unable to start in ’68 because of engine problems. He was running at the finish in 1967, but not classified as he was, infamously, 43 laps down, although this was primarily the result of recurring battery problems.
By 1969, the Eagle was even more uncompetitive and he was black-flagged after incurring the ire of too many front-running drivers while being lapped.
While his outings in grand prix racing were characterized by a lack of pace and earned him an unfair reputation, in Canadian national motorsport Pease showed his worth. There, he was a serial race and title-winner, enjoying success in categories such as the Canadian Road Racing Championship.
After starting out racing sports cars in the 1950s, Pease diversified into open-wheelers and was still competing in historic events in the late 1980s. He will be remembered as a significant figure in Canadian motorsport.