|RACE CAR DRIVER (ENGLAND)|
BORN 3 Feb 1913, Chichester, Sussex - DIED 25 Jun 1939, Spa-Francorchamps|
BIRTH NAME Seaman, Richard John Beattie
CAUSE OF DEATH racing accident
GRAVE LOCATION London: Putney Vale, Stag Lane
Dick Seaman came from a rich family. He visited Rugby School and Cambridge University. In 1934 he took his MG to the continent to become a race driver. From 1937 to 1939 he was a member of the Mercedes Benz team. This was against the wishes of his mother who didn't want him to join a nazi team.
In 1938 he won the German Grand Prix in the presence of Adolf Hitler. During the same year he married Erica Popp, the daughter of Franz Popp, the director of BMW. This was also against the wishes of his mother.
In 1939 during the Grand Prix of Belgium during rainy weather he lost control of his car and died after he crashed into a tree. At that moment he was leading the race. Before he died he admitted that it was his own fault and that he had driven too fast under the conditions. His was buried in London and Adolf Hitler sent a huge wreath. Mercedes Benz still maintains his grave at Putney Vale Cemetery.
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