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A shy Welshman, but a redoubtable racer

Welshman Tom Pryce was tragically killed on this day in 1977, the victim of a freak set of circumstances which marred the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami that year. Pryce was 27 and on the verge of a promising career. In 1975, he won the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch with Shadow. A shy soul off the track, Pryce was a fierce charger with a flamboyant style behind the wheel of a race car.

Tom is seen here battling the elements and his Shadow at Zandvoort in 1975.

(Photo by Bernard Cahier)