Dick Gibson

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Born:

16 Apr 1918
Bourne, Lincolnshire

Died:

17 Dec 2010
Cadiz, Spain

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

2 (1957-1960)

Died recently, and indeed, was the oldest member of the BRDC until his death. In later life he lived in both Spain and Arizona. An amateur privateer, he spent a large amount of time racing in South Africa. He started racing in club events in 1952 and was quite satisfied with that and no more until he met Tony Crook who interested Dick in, and then sold him, a Cooper Bristol. Gibson then took his racing more seriously and won the 1958 and 1959 South African F1 championships. In 1960, he was badly hurt in a crash in Cape Town. The car, Jack Brabham's ex-F2 Cooper was entered for other drivers whilst Gibson recovered, but at the Italian Grand Prix, Gibson was forced, whilst still on crutches to try and attempt to qualify. The effort, which left Dick exhausted, and the slow recovery from his injuries meant Gibson called it a day in 1961, after one last race in South Africa.

Biography last updated 20 Sep 2014