Leslie Marr

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Sir Leslie Marr
Born (1922-08-14) 14 August 1922 (age 96)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Active years 19541955
TeamsPrivateer Connaught
First entry 1954 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1955 British Grand Prix

Sir Leslie Lynn Marr, 2nd Baronet (born 14 August 1922) is a British landscape artist, painter and former racing driver.


Marr was born in Durham, England, the son of John Lynn Marr (1877–1931) and Amelia Rachel, née Thompson (1884–1971). He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He inherited his baronetcy in 1932, on the death of his grandfather, shipbuilder Sir James Marr, 1st Baronet, though he does not use the title. He studied engineering at Cambridge University, where he graduated in 1942. During World War II he served as a technician in the Royal Air Force. His interest in painting developed during his posting to Palestine. [1] [2]

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Marr participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, making his debut on 17 July 1954 at the British Grand Prix. [3] Racing in his private Connaught, he finished in 13th place, but retired from his last world championship race in 1955, after a damaged brake pipe caused him to spin off. [4] [5] Marr competed in several non-Championship races, with his best results including winning the 1955 Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race and finishing fourth in the 1956 New Zealand Grand Prix. [4]

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Landscape artist

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Leslie Marr with painting, 2019

Marr is recognised primarily as a landscape artist and painter. [6] [7] [8] After the war ended, Marr attended life classes at Heatherley's Art School in Pimlico and subsequently studied under David Bomberg at what was then known as the Borough Polytechnic (now London South Bank University). He allocated the upper floor of a bookshop he had rented as an exhibition space for Bomberg's students (who became known as the Borough Group). Following the Group's dissolution in 1950, Marr continued to paint and to travel across Britain and the continent, and it was at this time that Marr tried his hand at motor racing. [1] [9]

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Between 1983 and 1991, Marr lived and painted on Arran, and later moved to a home and studio in Norfolk. [1] Artworks by Marr are held in the public collections of the British Academy, Imperial College Collection, Laing Art Gallery Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. [10]

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Complete Formula One World Championship results


1954 Leslie Marr Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Straight-4 ARG 500 BEL FRA GBR
1955 Leslie Marr Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 ARG MON 500 BEL NED GBR
Source: [5]

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Marr
(of Sunderland)
Heir presumptive:
James Marr