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August 31, 2006 – The oldest licensed race car driver dies at 94

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Cyril Terence Delaney, better known as Tom, raced the same Lea-Francis car from 1930 until just a few months before his death on this day in 2006. At the time of his passing, 94-year-old Delaney held the record for oldest licensed racing driver in the world. Like his father before him, Delaney, of Britain, loved to race automobiles from a young age. He proved to be quite good at it from the get-go. At age 19, in 1930, he began his professional racing career, taking home two trophies that year. With gold under his belt, he never looked back. Even after his passing, his kids and grand kids continue to take his old car to the track for the occasional pounding. For more on racing driver Tom Delaney, check out this article from our friends at

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