News has come from the Mayo Clinic that American racecar driver and designer Bruce Eglinton has died at the age of 77. Eglinton competed in Formula Junior—winning at Tucson in 1963 with a Lotus-Ford—as well as Formula B and Formula 5000, driving cars he designed while design chief of Red LeGrand’s LeGrand Racecars during the 1960s. After suffering severe burns in a testing accident when his throttle stuck open in 1968, Egliton battled back valiantly and returned to racing in 1971, contesting five races of the L&M Continental Championship for Formula 5000 driving a Lotus 70. To his family and friends in the sport, Vintage Racecar offers its sincerest sympathies
Bruce was a great guy … intelligent … articulate … always interested in what was going on, hell of a good race car designer and an even better driver. I visited him once a week when he was in hospital trying to recover from the horrendous burns he received at Whiteman Stadium. He was in great pain at times, but he still made me feel as though my visits meant something to him.
Stand on the gas pal!