Eppie Wietzes

Canadian racing driver

Egbert "Eppie" Wietzes (28 May 1938 – 10 June 2020) was a Dutch-born Canadian racing driver.[1][2] He was born in Assen, Netherlands.[3]

Wietzes took part in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 August 1967. He retired on lap 69 with wet electrics and was disqualified for receiving outside assistance.[4] Wietzes also participated in the 1974 Canadian Grand Prix with a rented Brabham BT42 but again retired with a transmission problem.[5]

He was the driver of the first safety car in Formula One, in the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix, taking a Porsche 914 course car on to the track after a crash involving François Cevert and Jody Scheckter.[6]

Wietzes was inducted into Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1993.[7]


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  3. Eppie Wietzes at grandprix.com
  4. "Weather affects first Canadian Grand Prix". Motor Sport magazine archive. October 1967. p. 71. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 401. ISBN 0851127029.
  6. "Eppie Wietzes - Full Biography". Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  7. "Eppie Wietzes". Inductees. Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 24 January 2021.