|Date of Birth||7/12/1924|
|Date of Death||25/4/2005|
|Début||III Lombank Trophy 1962|
|Previous Teams||Cooper Car Co.|
|Total Entries||0 (0 Starts)|
|Wins||0 (0 in Class)|
John Maxwell Lineham Love was a British Touring Car Championship champion and class winner, whom raced in the series from 1962 until 1964. Love (born in the Republic of Rhodesia in 1924) was the second driver to win the BTCC using a Mini Cooper, and would go on to drive in the Formula One World Championship.
Love's racing career began when he entered a series of Formula 3 races in Southern Africa. From this he began to enter a Triumph bike in motorcycle racing, before allowing Jim Redman to use the bike when Redman began his motorsport career. Love came to Europe in 1961, entering the Formula Junior championship, before stepping up to Formula One, and the BSCC in 1962.
Love was signed by the Cooper Car Co. to race in both the BSCC and in a number of Formula One races during 1962. The move was immediately successful (in the BSCC atleast) as Love won his class on his debut at Snetterton. A retirement at the second round was followed by six successive class victories, including some epic battles with the Class B Sunbeams and herd of Jaguars that populated Class D. As a result, Love became the second driver in two years to win the championship in their debut season (after John Whitmore).
In 1963 and 1964, Love's interest in the BSCC fell away, as he pursued his chance to drive in Formula One. Three more appearances would yield only one finish, a seventh place, across the two years, with Love not returning to the championship after 1964.
A table containing John Love's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate John Love's best finish at that meeting.
|John Love's BTCC Record|
|1962||Cooper Car Co.||1st||52||Morris Mini Cooper||bgcolor="#E52525" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|A||1||R||1||1||1||1||1||1||-||-||-|
|1963||bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC||N||7||N|