Bob Anderson (racing driver)

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Bob Anderson
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Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Born(1931-05-19)19 May 1931
Hendon, London, England, UK
Died14 August 1967(1967-08-14) (aged 36)
Northampton, England, UK
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19581960
First race 1958 350cc Isle of Man Junior TT
Last race 1960 350cc Nations Grand Prix
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
1303N/A135
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested3 (19581960)
TT wins0
First TT win
Last TT win
Podiums2
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19631967
TeamsDW Racing Enterprises (non-works Brabham or Lola )
Entries29 (25 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums1
Career points8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1963 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1967 British Grand Prix

Robert Hugh Fearon "Bob" Anderson (19 May 1931 – 14 August 1967) [1] [2] [3] was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and racing driver. He competed in Grand Prix motorcycle racing from 1958 to 1960 [4] and in Formula One from 1963 to the 1967 seasons. [5] He was also a two-time winner of the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing premier championship of motorcycle road racing

Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier class of motorcycle road racing events held on road circuits sanctioned by FIM. Independent motorcycle racing events have been held since the start of the twentieth century and large national events were often given the title Grand Prix, The foundation of a recognised international governing body for motorcycle sport, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in 1949 provided the opportunity to coordinate rules and regulations in order that selected events could count towards official World Championships as FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. It is the oldest established motorsport world championship.

Road racing

Road racing is a form of motorsport racing held on a paved road surfaces. The races can be held either on a closed circuit or on a street circuit utilizing temporarily closed public roads. Originally, road races were held almost entirely on public roads however, public safety concerns eventually led to most races being held on purpose built racing circuits.

The 1958 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the tenth F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of seven Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 6 June, with Isle of Man TT and ended with Nations Grand Prix in Italy on 14 September.

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After several seasons in motorcycle racing in which he finished in the top ten on several occasions, he switched to car racing in 1961, when he ran a Formula Junior Lola in a race at Snetterton. He continued to race cars and eventually became a Team Lotus Formula Junior driver, winning a race at Autodrome de Montlhéry and finishing second at Monaco.

Formula Junior

Formula Junior is an open wheel formula racing class first adopted in October 1958 by the CSI. The class was intended to provide an entry level class where drivers could use inexpensive mechanical components from ordinary automobiles. The idea to form the new class came from Count Giovanni "Johnny" Lurani who saw the need of a class for single-seater racing cars where younger drivers could take their first steps. It is often speculated that this class was founded as a reaction to Italy's lack of success in the 500cc Formula Three, and although Italian marques dominated the first year of the formula, they were soon overtaken by British constructors.

Lola Cars International Ltd. was a racing car engineering company founded in 1958 by Eric Broadley and based in Huntingdon, England. Enduring more than fifty years, it was one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of racing cars in the world. Lola Cars started by building small front-engined sports cars, and branched out into Formula Junior cars before diversifying into a wider range of sporting vehicles. Lola was acquired by Martin Birrane in 1998 after the unsuccessful MasterCard Lola attempt at Formula One.

Team Lotus was the motorsport sister company of English sports car manufacturer Lotus Cars. The team ran cars in many motorsport series, including Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, IndyCar, and sports car racing. More than ten years after its last race, Team Lotus remained one of the most successful racing teams of all time, winning seven Formula One Constructors' titles, six Drivers' Championships, and the Indianapolis 500 in the United States between 1962 and 1978. Under the direction of founder and chief designer Colin Chapman, Lotus was responsible for many innovative and experimental developments in critical motorsport, in both technical and commercial arenas.

He entered Formula One in 1963 with his own Lola Mk4 car, under the guise of DW Racing Enterprises, a small team compared to other private outfits such as Scuderia Filipinetti or Rob Walker Racing Team. DW was actually only composed of Bob and a small team of mechanics. Despite this hindrance he took the flexible little Lola to victory in the non-Championship Rome Grand Prix in that first year. In later years he ran private Brabham cars under the same banner, with his best result a third place in the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix. He was awarded the Von Trips Memorial Trophy as the most successful private entrant of 1964.

The 1963 Formula One season was the 17th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 14th FIA World Championship of Drivers, the sixth International Cup for F1 Manufacturers and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship commenced on 26 May 1963, and ended on 28 December after ten races.

Lola Mk4

The Lola Mk4 and the derivative Mk4A were Formula One racing cars constructed by the Lola company in 1962. They were designed by Lola founder, owner and Chief Designer Eric Broadley at the request of Reg Parnell, proprietor of the Bowmaker Racing Team. The Mk4 was the first design that Lola produced for the top tier of motorsport.

Scuderia Filipinetti auto racing team

Scuderia Filipinetti was a Swiss motor racing team that competed in sports car racing and occasionally in Formula One between 1962 and 1973. It was founded by Georges Filipinetti (1907-1973) to support Swiss driver Jo Siffert, but employed many other drivers including Jim Clark, Phil Hill and Ronnie Peterson. Filipinetti initially named the team as Ecurie Nationale Suisse, but changed it after complaints from the Automobile Club de Suisse.

In 1967 he suffered an accident while testing at Silverstone, in which he slid off the track in wet conditions and hit a marshal's post. [6] Anderson suffered serious chest and neck injuries and died later in Northampton General Hospital. [7]

Silverstone Circuit motor racing circuit on the Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire border, UK

Silverstone Circuit is a motor racing circuit in England located next to the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury. The circuit straddles the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border, with the current main circuit entry on the Buckinghamshire side. The Northamptonshire towns of Towcester and Brackley and Buckinghamshire town of Buckingham are close by, and the nearest large towns are Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Northampton General Hospital Hospital in England

Northampton General Hospital is a district general hospital in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. It is managed by the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

Racing record

Motorcycle Grand Prix results

Position123456
Points864321

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

YearClassTeam12345678PointsRankWins
1958 350cc Norton IOM
8
NED BEL GER
5
SWE
2
ULS NAT
4
115th0
500cc Norton IOM
2
NED BEL
6
GER SWE ULS NAT 78th0
1959 350cc Norton FRA
4
IOM
5
GER SWE ULS NAT 59th0
500cc Norton FRA IOM
NC
GER NED BEL
6
ULS NAT 115th0
1960 125cc MZ IOM
5
NED BEL ULS NAT 29th0
250cc MZ IOM
NC
NED BEL GER ULS NAT 00
350cc Norton FRA IOM
6
NED
3
ULS
4
NAT
5
95th0
500cc Norton FRA IOM
8
NED BEL GER ULS NAT 00
Source: [4] [8]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011WDC Pts
1963 DW Racing Enterprises Lola Mk4 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 MON BEL NED FRA GBR
12
GER ITA
12
USA MEX RSA NC0
1964 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 MON
7
NED
6
BEL
DNS
FRA
12
GBR
7
GER
Ret
AUT
3
ITA
11
USA MEX 11th5
1965 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 RSA
NC
MON
9
BEL
DNS
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
DNS
ITA USA MEX NC0
1966 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FPF 2.8 L4 MON
Ret
BEL FRA
7
GBR
NC
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
6
USA MEX 17th1
1967 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FPF 2.8 L4 RSA
5
MON
DNQ
NED
9
BEL
8
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER CAN ITA USA MEX 16th2
Source: [5]

Non-Championship Formula One results

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

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314
1963 DW Racing Enterprises Lola Mk4 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 LOM
Ret
GLV PAU
Ret
IMO
3
SYR
4
AIN INT ROM
1
SOL
8
KAN
8
MED
6
AUT OUL
Ret
RAN
1964 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 DMT NWT SYR AIN INT
Ret
SOL
3
MED RAN
3
1965 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 ROC
Ret
SYR
6
SMT
DSQ
INT
NC
MED RAN
1966 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FPF 2.8 L4 RSA
DSQ
SYR
DNS
INT
7
OUL
Ret
1967 DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FPF 2.8 L4 ROC
Ret
SPR
7
INT
8
SYR OUL ESP

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References

  1. "Driver: Anderson, Bob". Autocourse Grand Prix Archive. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007.
  2. Galpin, Darren. "Bob Anderson". Darren Galpin. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  3. Paul Narramore (19 April 2006). "Bob Anderson". Find a Grave . Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. 1 2 Bob Anderson career statistics at MotoGP.com
  5. 1 2 Bob Anderson career Formula 1 results at f1pulse.com
  6. Bob Anderson profile at www.grandprix.com
  7. Autocar, 17 August 1967, Page 50: Obituary.
  8. Bob Anderson Isle of Man TT results at iomtt.com
Preceded by
Lorenzo Bandini
Formula One fatal accidents
14 August 1967
Succeeded by
Jo Schlesser