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Nationality  New Zealand
Years active  1985-90

Best finish  4th in 1985
Name  Neville Crichton
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Born  4 June 1945 (age 70) (1945-06-04)
Teams  JPS Team BMW (1985) Volvo Dealer Team (1986) Holden Dealer Team (1987) Dick Johnson Racing (1987-88) Tony Longhurst Racing (1989-90)

Nevile Crichton and his Crazy US$ 35,000,000 Yacht Como (now: Lady May)


Neville Crichton, CNZM, is a New Zealand businessman who was also a competitor in Australasian motor and yacht racing.

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Neville Crichton Lunch with superyacht owner Neville Crichton Boat

Born in New Zealand in 1945, Crichton left school aged 14 and entered the automotive industry. In 1972 opened a used car dealership.

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In 1978, at the age of 29, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Crichton underwent 30 operations and eventually had his voice-box and oesophagus removed. Doctors told him it was unlikely he would ever speak again, but he became one of the first people in the world to receive an artificial voice box during experimental surgery in Indianapolis. This would lead to his nickname of "Croaky".

Neville Crichton Richlister renews homeland focus Stuffconz

In the early-1980s Crichton immigrated to Australia founding the Ateco Group that imports Alfa Romeo, Chery, Citroen, Ferrari, Foton, Great Wall Lotus, Maserati and SsangYong cars into Australia and New Zealand.

Neville Crichton Neville Crichton Speedcafe

In the 1980s, Crichton was a regular competitor in Australian touring car racing. As well as racing full-time in the Australian Touring Car Championship driving a JPS Team BMW 635CSi in 1985 and a Tony Longhurst Racing Ford Sierra RS500 in 1989, Crichton competed at the Bathurst 1000 in 1986 for the Volvo Dealer Team, 1987 and 1988 for Dick Johnson Racing and at the 1987 Spa 24 Hour for the Holden Dealer Team.

Crichton also had a distinguished yachting career, having owned ocean-racing yachts Alfa Romeo I, Alfa Romeo II and Alfa Romeo III. Crichton skipped the line honours winning yachts in the 2002 and 2009 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. He was also the founder of Alloy Yachts, which he incorporated with the same team that built his 28m sailing yacht Chanel in 1985.

In June 2012, Crichton was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting.

Complete Australian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

† Not registered for series & points

References

Neville Crichton Wikipedia


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