David Piper (born Edgware, 2 December 1930) is a British racing driver. He began his career in the mid-1950s competing in sprints and hill-climbs, before moving on to circuit racing driving a Lotus Eleven.
He ran in only 2 Formula 1 Grand Prix competing aboard a privately owned Lotus 16, and is remembered above all as one of the best private drivers of GT cars of the sixties. He was a long time customer of Ferrari, whose cars he drove painted in the typical “English racing green” rather than Ferrari’s usual “Rosso corsa”.
In addition to successes in national competitions, among his most important results in the international eld are his six victories in the "9 Hours of Kyalami"; in 1962 and 1963 driving a Ferrari 250 GTO, in 1964 in a Ferrari 250 LM, in 1965 in a Ferrari 330 P2, in 1966 in a Ferrari 365 P2/3 and in 1969 in a Porsche 917. Also noteworthy is his victory at the 1966 Paris 1000 km, the second place at the 1964 Daytona 2000 km, the second place at the 1969 Spa 1000 km, the third place overall and his victory in the "Prototypes up to 4 liters" class at the 1965 12 Hours of Sebring, the "Gran Turismo up to 3 liters" class victory at the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring, while his best result at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the sixth place obtained in 1963 in a NART Ferrari 250 GTO paired with Masten Gregory. Hewasinjuredduringthe lmingofthe movie "The 24 Hours of Le Mans" losing part of a leg. Having recovered, he moved on to participate in racing historic vehicles, continuing to race in his Porsche 917.
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1954 Ferrari 250 Europa
- Coachbuilder: Pinin Farina
- Chassis n°: 0303/EU
- Engine n°: 0303EU