This gentle, reticent son of a Welsh policeman won a Lola FF1600 car in 1970 through a competition in the Daily Express newspaper. An accomplished F3 contender, he moved into F1 with the Token F1 special during 1974, financed by shipbroker Tony Vlassopulo and Lloyds underwriter Ken Grob. The Monaco GP organisers declined his entry on the basis of Tom's inexperience, so he switched to the F3 supporting race and walked away with that instead. Promoted to F1 in 1974 following Brian Redman's withdrawal from the Shadow team, he showed considerable speed and flair from the outset. |
He won the non title Brands Hatch Race of Champions and started the British GP from pole position in 1975. His best placings were a third in the 1975 Austrian and 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix. He was killed Kyalami when he collidede with a marshal who was crossing track with a fire extinguisher. The marshal was killed but not before his extinguisher went through Pryce's visor, probably killing him instantly. The car hurtled on and ploughed into a barrier.
Yet another life had been offered up to the gods of racing.