(1) Jo Bonnier
Teams: Maserati; Scuderia Centro sud; Jokim Bonnier Racing Team; BRM; Porsche; Rob Walker Racing Team; Lotus; Brabham; Anglo-Swiss Racing/Ecurie Bonnier; Honda.
Jokim “Jo” Bonnier was Sweden’s Debutante racing driver to enter the rarefied Air of Formula 1 making his Debutante Grands Prix for the Werks’ Maserati team in the 1956 Italian Grand Prix. Next He drove for the Scuderia Centro Sud team before forming his own racing team. Then spending time with BRM and Porsche where Jo had his best success, claiming two wins total.
Bonnier was the only swede’ to race both front and rear engine F1 machinery. And became the first Swedish Driver to win a Formula 1 race when triumphing in the front engine BRM P25 at the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix.
Jo also won the 1960 German Grand Prix on the famed Nurburgring’s shorter Susschleife circuit, appropriately behind the wheel of a Porsche 718. Although it was a Formula 2 race in preparations for the forthcoming 1961 Formula 1 regulation changes to F2 machinery, and was the only German Grand Prix held on the shorter circuit.
Bonnier’s last Full season in Formula 1 was in 1968 before making sporadic “One Offs” for Lotus, Brabham and Honda, with his last F1 race being the 1971 United States Grand Prix.
Like almost All Formula 1 Drivers of this era, Jokim also competed in Sports Car and Can Am racing, winning the legendous’ Targa Florio twice, (1960, 1963) along with the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring. He also finished Runner-up in the 1964 24 Heurs du Mans with Graham Hill in a Ferrari, with his final major Sports Car victory being the ’66 1000km Nurburgring race with Phil Hill in Jim Hall’s Chapparal. Sadly Jo was Killed during the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans when striking a Privateer Ferrari at High Speed exiting the Mulsanne Straight.