DECEMBER 22, 1997
Van Rossem goes to jail
Van Rossem used some of the money from the Moneytron scheme to fund the Onyx team in 1989. In midseason he bought the team but so upset the team management that they abandoned him at the end of that year. In March 1990 he sold the operation to another eccentric, Swiss Peter Monteverdi but it was closed down in August that year because of unpaid bills.
Van Rossem joins an unhealthy list of former F1 team bosses who have been despatched to penal establishments, notably Ligier's Cyril de Rouvre, Brabham's Joachim Luhti and Ted Ball, Didier Calmels of Larrousse and Leyton House's Akira Akagi. Another Larrousse director Klaus Walz avoided imprisonment by being gunned down by police after a nine-hour siege in a German hotel in November 1992.