John von Neumann

Sports car racing pioneer John von Neumann passed away Christmas night, 2003, in Los Angeles. The Pete Vanlaw photo below shows John (in blue shirt) and his then wife Eleanor (in Porsche Speedster kiddie car) in the pits at the Santa Barbara races in 1958.

Author and historian Michael T. Lynch remembers John von Neumann:

"John von Neumann, one of the two people most responsible for Ferrari and Porsche's early success in North America, died in Los Angeles on Christmas evening, 2003.  He was involved in both  the commercial and sporting aspects of Ferrari and Porsche in Southern California and raced Ferraris in Europe, the US, Mexico, Argentina and Nassau. Drivers for whom he acted as entrant included Ferrari team drivers Phil Hill and Richie Ginther. He also employed Ken Miles as a driver in his Porsches." 

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