Jack Fairman

Eric John George "Jack" Fairman ( born March 15, 1913 in Smallfield, Surrey; † 7 February 2002 in Rugby) was a British racing driver.


Fairman was a pilot who also operated his own tool company in addition to the racing and as always bore the reputation of an excellent Amateurs with him, even though he was a versatile racer, the ( 1947-1963 ) started on countless racing for almost 20 years. One saw Fairman in sports car racing (such as the 24 - hour race at Le Mans) as well as in Formula 2 and Formula 1 races. 1947 began his career with a self- acquired Bugatti, later he went among other things, Aston Martin, HWM, Connaught, BRM, Cooper, and Porsche.

His best Formula 1 season 1956 was the year in which he was charged with a fourth and a fifth place championship tenth. His amateur status prevented exposure to a top team, but as an opportunity to pilot and test driver, he was sought after. In 1963 he retired from active racing and focused on its operation.

In Le Mans Fairman was 1949-1962 twelve times at the start. Making its debut in 1949, he piloted together with Eric Thompson a 1500 HRG Le Mans Lightweight at the eighth place overall. This result signified the victory in the class for racing cars between 1101-1500 cc.

His second-best result in the endurance race at the Sarthe he scored with another eighth place overall in 1953, together with Tommy Wisdom on a plant - Bristol 450 Coupe.

Both in 1955 as well as 1960, he reached in Le Mans with the ninth overall two further placements in the top ten teams.

End of his life spent Fairman in the town of Rugby, where he died 88 years old in 2002.

Le Mans results

  • Formula 1 racing driver ( UK )
  • Drivers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • World Sports Car Championship racer
  • Briton
  • Born in 1913
  • Died in 2002
  • Man