- Full name John Miles
- Birth date June 14, 1943
- Birthplace London, Great Britain
- Current age 72 years 169 days
- Teams Team Lotus
|First race||French Grand Prix||Clermont-Ferrand||July 6, 1969||Race results|
|Last race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 6, 1970||Race results|
The son of actor Bernard Miles, he started racing for Lotus in Formula 3 and enjoyed success in various formulas before he got a chance in Formula One in 1969 in the four-wheel drive Lotus 63 when the team decided to enter a third car midway through the season. The car was unreliable - his debut lasted one lap - and he finished only once in five starts, and even then was a distant tenth - and the last finisher - at Silverstone. In 1970 he was signed to replace Graham Hill (who moved sideways into Rob Walker's team) and he helped to develop the Lotus 72.
He started with a fifth-place finish in South Africa but followed with some indifferent performances. His team-mate, Jochen Rindt, was in superb form with five wins in six races, but at Monza he was killed when his car suffered suspension failure. Lotus withdrew from the race while Miles, who was shaken by the accident, fell out with Lotus boss Colin Chapman and was sacked. He test drove for BRM in 1971, taking part in a few non-championship races, dabbled with two-litre racing and then retired. He continued to write on the sport and became one of the world's finest chassis-development engineers, as well as producing jazz records as a sideline.