About Tom Pryce

To this day, Tom Pryce remains the only Welshman to have won a Formula 1 race, the non-championship 1975 Race of Champions.

Humble, fast and handsome, Tom Pryce had it all. He was one of the quickest Formula One drivers of the 1970s, a decade graced with some of the sport’s greatest talents – and some of its most tragic events.

Tom, or Maldwyn as he was known to his friends, was raised in the small village of Nantglyn just outside Denbigh and he was a pupil of the former Frongoch School in the town.

After leaving school he became an apprentice tractor mechanic at North Wales Agricultural Engineers in St Asaph.

But he always had a burning ambition to be a racing driver and he moved swiftly up the ranks, winning the Formula One Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in 1975. 


He went on to start the British Grand Prix at Silverstone that year in pole position and led the field for two laps. 

As part of the Shadow team, he enhanced his burgeoning reputation as a supremely skilled driver by coming third in the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix and repeating the feat a year later in Brazil.

According to his friends and his fans, he was on his way to becoming a Formula 1 great, a Lewis Hamilton on his day, and they are convinced he would have become World Champion had he lived.

He was out of the Ronnie Peterson mould, a bit like Kimi Räikkönen – great natural skill and tremendous car control. 
— Friend and F1 journalist Alan Henry