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Old 16 Jun 2003, 01:20 (Ref:632485)   #1
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Driver with prostetic arm

As a favour for my son who has a girlfriend with a prostetic arm I would like to get an answer to the following question.
Who was the English sports car driver that was driving with a prosthetic arm?
Please give as much back ground and information on this individual as possible.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 02:32 (Ref:632519)   #2
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Dear Hans,

That driver was Archie Scott-Brown, who had a fantastic single-seaters and sportscars career in the early 1950s. Sadly he perished in a very unfortunate accident in Spa-Francorchamps.

Unfortunately I am not home, thus unable to check my library for additional information, but I am sure that our Ten Tenths members in the United Kingdon - where Scott-Brown is still revered - will soon add more data.

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Old 16 Jun 2003, 03:43 (Ref:632532)   #3
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Sorry but Archie Scott-Brown did not have a prostetic arm.

I do recall a Sprintcar driver in the US that raced with a prostetic arm.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 08:07 (Ref:632642)   #4
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I do recall a Sprintcar driver in the US that raced with a prostetic arm.
Allen Heath lost a hand in a crash in circa 1951, returned with a hook in its place and had a successful career for years in the sprints and midgets. Had a silver dollar glued to the peak of his helmet.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 11:46 (Ref:632848)   #5
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Archie Scott Brown was born with an underdeveloped right arm and with underdeveloped legs as a result of his mother having contracted Rubella whilst pregnant.
For reasons explained in the excellent biography "Archie and the Listers" by Robert Edwards, Archie chose not to fit a prosthetic arm (these centred on the fact that he had been born that way rather than losing an arm as a result of the accident.)

There was also the Italian GP driver who lost an arm after an encounter with a helicopter rotor and returned to race touring cars. Unfortunately I can't recall his name.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 11:47 (Ref:632849)   #6
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There was also the Italian GP driver who lost an arm after an encounter with a helicopter rotor and returned to race touring cars. Unfortunately I can't recall his name.
Alessandro Nannini, tho' his was sewn back on.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 12:53 (Ref:632913)   #7
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Thanks for the correction, Morris 1100.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 13:55 (Ref:632983)   #8
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There've been other one-armed drivers, but of course even in the 50s GP organizers were very loath to let Archie race, despite his great success in sports cars. That's really why he has only one GP to his name.

There are, however, drivers who've raced successfully with a prosthetic leg: Lotus F1 driver Alan Stacey and still-current (but now very much a veteran) sports car driver David Piper spring to mind. "Pipes" lost his leg during filming for the Steve McQueen film Le Mans, but still races energetically today, all over the world. Ironically, Stacey was - like Archie - killed at Spa: in his case in the tragic 1960 Belgian GP, when Chris Bristow was also killed and Stirling Moss had a serious shunt in practice.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 13:57 (Ref:632986)   #9
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Morris1100 the driver you are thinking of in the USA I think was one of the Bettenhausen familie.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 14:20 (Ref:633001)   #10
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Ah yes, Merle Bettenhausen, son of Tony Sr, don't think he had much success after his big crash in about his 2nd Champcar race.

Bronco Bill Schindler and Cal Niday both had 1 leg.
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Old 16 Jun 2003, 20:55 (Ref:633461)   #11
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Allen Heath lost a hand in a crash in circa 1951, returned with a hook in its place and had a successful career for years in the sprints and midgets.
The Midget Racing Hall of Fame has an article about Heath on its website: www.worthyofhonor.org/pages/heath.htm. Obviously, it deals mainly with his midget racing career. Heath was also a frequent winner on the extremely competitive California Racing Association sprint car circuit in the late '50s and early '60s. I've seen videotape of him racing. He had tremendous car control. As the Hall of Fame website points out, Heath once won a 500 mile long midget race on the Riverside road course - a remarkable feat for an able bodied driver.
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The 70s rally driver Mike Jackson had a prosthetic left arm I think.
I think that he basically steered on the right arm whilst his co-driver [Mike Jackson] changed gear and used the handbrake.

This constraint didn't stop him driving a fully equipped RS1800 and getting it into the top 10 on national rallies.

I may be wrong, but I think that another rally driver of the same era, John Midgeley may have had similar problems that eventually led to his licence being withheld.
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Tony Simon was the driver that I was thinking of, he lost his right hand (lost between the elbow and wrist) in a Sprint-car flip in 1974 he then had a prosthetic hand fitted and resumed his racing career. He retired from racing in 1987.
Merle Bettenhousen and Alan Heath also lost arms and kept racing and that is what led Tony Simon to continue racing.
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Old 18 Jun 2003, 02:45 (Ref:635116)   #14
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Also:
Mel Kenyon lost a hand in a fiery crash at Langhorne, PA

Gary Bettenhausen lost the ability to raise one arm after a Silver Crown crash at Syracuse. However, he could still grip the steering wheel. He eventually invented the arm restraints that are now required in many series.
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Slightly off-topic, but someone told me a story over the weekend about a driver who used a prosthetic arm attached to the steering wheel. He crashed, and to release himself from the car, had to detach the prosthetic arm from the rest of his arm. On getting out of the car, he said to the marshals "My arm...!" The marshals looked into the car saw the prosthetic arm dangling from the steering wheel and went white..
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