Robert McGregor Innes Ireland (12 June 1930 – 22 October 1993), was a Scottish military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. He was a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival team boss, \"lived without sense, without an analyst and provoked astonishment and affection from everyone.\" Ireland was born on 12 June 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish veterinary surgeon. His family returned to Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland during his youth, and he trained as an engineer with Rolls-Royce, first in Glasgow and later in London. Commissioned as a lieutenant in the King\s Own Scottish Borderers, he served with the Parachute Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone during 1953 and 1954. Ireland\s first serious year of auto racing was 1957, by which time he was running a small engineering firm in Surrey. Success in sports
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