Jo Siffert, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jo Siffert

Swiss racecar and motorcycle driver (1936-1971)

Date of Birth: 07-Jul-1936

Place of Birth: Fribourg, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland

Date of Death: 24-Oct-1971

Profession: racing driver, motorcycle racer, racing automobile driver

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Jo Siffert

  • Joseph Siffert (7 July 1936 – 24 October 1971) was a Swiss racing driver. Affectionately known as "Seppi" to his family and friends, Siffert was born in Fribourg, Switzerland, the son of a dairy owner.
  • He initially made his name in racing on two wheels, winning the Swiss 350 cc motorcycle championship in 1959, before switching to four wheels with a Formula Junior Stanguellini.
  • Siffert graduated to Formula One as a privateer in 1962, with a four-cylinder Lotus-Climax.
  • He later moved to Swiss team Scuderia Filipinetti, and in 1964 joined Rob Walker's private British Rob Walker Racing Team.
  • Early successes included victories in the non-Championship 1964 and 1965 Mediterranean Grands Prix, both times beating Jim Clark by a very narrow margin.
  • He won two races in Formula One for the Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM.
  • He died at the 1971 World Championship Victory Race, having his car roll over after a crash caused by a mechanical failure and being caught under the burning vehicle.
  • Siffert was married twice and to his second wife Simone during the height of his career in the late 1960s and at the time of his death.
  • They had two children together, Véronique and Philippe.

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