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It is with regret that the Club has to announce the death of Life Member, Les Leston.

Born Alfred Lazarus Fingleston, Les began racing a Jaguar SS100 in 1949 then switched to Formula 3 in the 1950s, winning 16 races in 1952 in his own Les Leston Special.

Les became a Cooper works driver in 1953 winning the British F3 Championship in 1954.  It was not until 1956 that Les made his debut in the Formula One World Championship with Connaught and also continued to run his own F2 programme with Cooper.  In 1957, while continuing to race in F2, Les joined the Aston Martin sports car team, as well as racing in Grands Prix for Cooper and BRM.

After a huge accident during the Grand Prix of Caen in 1958, Les turned his attention to manufacturing racewear and accessories.  His eponymous company was for may years the favoured brand of race wear for many top drivers.

Condolences have been sent to Les’s son, Nick.  The funeral will be held on Tuesday 29 May at 1pm at:

Eastbourne Crematorium
Hide Hollow
BN23 8AE

All are welcome.  If anyone should wish to make a donation, the two charities Les always raised money for were The Springfield Boys Club and The McIndoe Burns Unit.

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