Les Leston, racing driver, dies at 91

07 July 2012

We are sad to report that Les Leston, ex racing driver, died on May 13th at 91 years of age. His obituary appears in the Daily Telegraph of July 7, 2012 and on the BRDC and Octane websites.

Les, born Alfred Lazarus Fingleston, briefly drove for Aston Martin in 1957, at Le Mans and in the Nurburgring 1000kms. He shared the driving of DBR1/1 with Roy Salvadori and, although they did not finish at Le Mans, they came 6th in Germany and won the team prize.

Les was a keen jazz musician, owned and ran a well-known motor accessories shop in London in the 1960s and was also noted for his contribution to motor racing safety, through his testing and introduction of flameproof overalls, at a time when he had survived a bad accident at Caen in 1958 and several other drivers had been badly burned as a result of not having the benefit of such safety clothing.

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