Kunimitsu Takahashi Death – Cause of Death
Kunimitsu Takahashi has passed away unexpectedly. His death has been confirmed by Historic Japanese Racing Cars, through an online post. He died after a courageous battle with cancer.
“With great sadness we announce the passing of Kunimitsu Takahashi, who died this afternoon after a battle with cancer”, Historic Japanese Racing Cars announced.
“He was 82 years old. Born on January 29th 1940, Takahashi made his grand entrance in motorcycle racing in the mid to late 50s, with his peak motorcycle racing career starting in 1960, with his first win being the 1961 250cc German Grand Prix. He soon switched to 4 wheelers under contract of Nissan. He was the main opposing force for the triplet of 906’s at the 1967 Japan Grand Prix, finishing in 2nd after a long duel with Tetsu Ikuzawa.
“From thereon out, Takahashi saw himself being one of the main drivers of the Nissan works team. He participated in all Japan Grand Prix races since 1967, and got his first win in the TS-B class in 1971, sporting the legendary Nissan Skyline GT-R. His turning techniques with said car are equally as important, and he is credited with being one of the founding fathers of drifting. In 1977, he had his first and only F1 race, the 1977 Japan Grand Prix (different from the Japanese ones), where he finished an impressive 9th overall.
“His legacy does not end there of course, he was still active in the sport up until recently – almost a full 6 decades since his debut.”
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