Anthony Middleton Dron
29 August 1946
|Died||16 November 2021 (aged 75)|
|Occupation||Racing driver, writer|
Dron was best known for racing Touring Cars in the 1970s (Triumph Dolomites for the works BL/Broadspeed team) and for competing in Porsches at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early-to-mid-1980s, including a class win at Le Mans in 1982 in a Porsche 934, and driving a Group C (Kremer CK-5) in 1983. He was a full-time professional race driver from 1974 to 1979, for teams that included British Leyland, Unipart and Alfa UK, but his career as a racer first began in May 1968 and continued for a full 43 years.
Dron achieved a remarkable range of victories, winning events in 24 makes and 41 models of car. (These are actual wins, not all the makes and models in which he competed.) The total number of wins is not known, but is well into the hundreds.
Race wins have been recorded in:
- Alfa Romeo: 1600GT Junior, TZ1
- Allard: JR
- Aston Martin: DB4
- Austin: Metro
- Austin-Healey: 3000, 100/4
- Bentley: 3-litre
- BMW: Counties 3 Series, M3
- Caterham: Seven (two types)
- Chevrolet: Camaro
- Datsun: 240Z
- Ferrari: 330LMB, 246S
- Fiat: 128 1300GT Coupé
- Ford: Escort Mexico, Falcon, Zephyr Mk II, fwd RS2000
- Jaguar: Mk 1, Mk 2, D-type
- Lister: Jaguar "Knobbly"
- Lotus: Mk 9
- Lola: Mk6GT
- Mazda: 323
- MG: Maestro, MGB
- Morgan: Plus 8
- Porsche: 924, 924GTR, 911RSL, 928S2, 928S4, 930, 934, "935", 911 Carrera 2
- Renault: 5
- Triumph: TR4, Dolomite Sprint
- TVR: Tuscan
In recent years, he has also been seen racing (and winning in) an enormous variety of historic cars, including the Le Mans-winning 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 and the 1960 Ferrari 246S Dino. In the Ferrari, Dron won the Sussex Trophy at the Goodwood Revival for three consecutive years. Having competed numerous times in the modern Nürburgring 24 Hours, he was known to be a highly experienced competitor on the old Nordschleife, where historic racing victories include an outright win in the 1996 Eifel Klassik in a 1963 Ferrari 330LMB, from pole position in a field of 180 cars.
Dron retired from race driving in 2011, although he still worked as a motoring journalist and test driver for Octane magazine.
Dron wrote a regular column in Octane. He was the author of several books, including Porsche: Engineering for Excellence (2008) and Alan Mann – A Life of Chance (2012, with Alan Mann).
- "Tony Dron". Motorsport Database. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
- "Drivers". BTCC. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Tony Dron 1946-2021". Guild of Motoring Writers. 17 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
- Pye, Marcus (20 November 2021). "Tony Dron obituary: Touring car racer and journalist dies aged 75". Autosport. Retrieved 20 November 2021.