|Born||2 September 1919|
Kensington, London, England
|Died||29 August 2002 (aged 82)|
Tenterden, Kent, England
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1952 – 1955|
|Entries||15 (13 starts)|
|First entry||1952 Swiss Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1955 British Grand Prix|
Macklin's father was the automotive entrepreneur Noel Macklin, founder of both the Invicta and Railton car companies, as well as Fairmile Marine, a manufacturer of motor gun and torpedo boats during World War II. Macklin was born in Kensington, and educated at Eton College. He volunteered for service with the Royal Navy in 1939 and (in line with his father's business) was assigned to work on motor gun boats.
Macklin was married to his first wife, Shelagh Mulligan and they had two children, Patrick and Miranda.
He married his second wife, Gillian McComish and they had a son, Noel "Perry" Macklin born in 1970.
On demobilisation after the Second World War, Macklin followed his early ambition and became a racing driver, although an early attempt to enter a race on the Isle of Man was refused on grounds that he had no experience.
During his Grand Prix career, Macklin scored no championship points, principally due to his uncompetitive HWM cars. His best career result came when he won the non-Championship BRDC International Trophy, at Silverstone in 1952.
Role in the 1955 Le Mans disasterEdit
In the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans he was involved in the most catastrophic accident in racing history, which killed Pierre Levegh and 83 spectators. Macklin swerved to avoid hitting the Jaguar of Mike Hawthorn, who was braking hard in a late attempt to pit, and moved into the path of Levegh's car causing it to clip his. Although Macklin's car crashed, he was uninjured. Following a later incident in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod, in which Macklin crashed his Austin-Healey 100S avoiding an accident in which Jim Mayers and William T. Smith were killed, Macklin retired from motor sport at the urging of his then-girlfriend.
Formula One resultsEdit
|1952||HW Motors Ltd||HWM||Alta Straight-4||SUI
|1953||HW Motors Ltd||HWM||Alta Straight-4||ARG||500||NED
|1954||HW Motors Ltd||HWM||Alta Straight-4||ARG||500||BEL||FRA
|1955||Stirling Moss Ltd||Maserati 250F||Maserati Straight-6||ARG||MON
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- "Mike Hawthorn & the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Cause and the Effect". ConceptCarz.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Deadliest Crash:the Le Mans 1955 Disaster (Programme Website), BBC Four documentary, broadcast 16 May 2010.
- "Lance Macklin". Daily Telegraph. 4 September 2002. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 234. ISBN 0851127029.
| BRDC International Trophy winner