The World Championship drivers — Where are they now?

by Richard Jenkins
The Ancien Pilotes at Dijon in 1974

Ancien Pilotes at Dijon 1974

I have endeavoured to try and provide as up-to-date and accurate information as possible for everyone featured on this site, and I am always indebted to the many contributors who help with the information on this site and sadly, space doesn't allow for me to thank everyone here. However, I would like to dedicate the ongoing work, progress and achievements on this site to those contributors who are sadly no longer with us but helped aide this project so much: David McKinney, Len Calinoff, Phil Harms, Gene Heeter, Earl Ma, Don Radbruch, Roscoe H Rann and Barry Lake.

Updates and corrections are always welcomed — please either join the debate here or feel free to contact me on with any information you might have.

This part of the site is also dedicated to the memory of Tony Marsh, as it was his post-Grand Prix life that served as the initial inspiration for "Where Are They Now" back in 1998 For more about what this part of the site is trying to achieve, please read my full introduction.

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Name Born Died Nat Grands Prix Biography
Beppe Gabbiani 02 Jan 1957

I 3
Still racing as Beppe is now a historic racer, in both circuit racing and rallies. Now also works in television and helps his son's racing career. Gabbiani had undoubted pace, and was very impressive in European Formula 3, but neither of his attempts at Formula 1 - the first arguably came too early for him - really met the promise he showed in F3 or F2, in which he was usually competitive. Beppe has also written a book about his life. After his single-seater career finished, Gabbiani went onto compete in sportscars and saloon car racing for some considerable time. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Bertrand Gachot 23 Dec 1962

F 47
Now lives in Spain and is still involved in a number of businesses, including publishing, IT and in particular, soft drinks as he markets the Hype energy drink. The 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Gachot, a Frenchman, was the son of a French diplomat who worked for the European Commission, but because of his father's postings was actually born in Luxembourg and lived in Belgium as a boy, hence initially racing under a Belgian licence, although he also qualified to race as a German due to his mother's nationality! After his single-seater career finished, Bertrand had a brief spell as a racer and team manager for Le Mans related endurance events and also raced in other GT events for a few years. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Patrick Gaillard 12 Feb 1952

F 2
Formerly a racing instructor at the AGS driving school for many years, Patrick now works as an engine and fuel technologies consultant in Saudi Arabia. A race winner in European Formula 3, Patrick also raced in Formula Renault, the Can-Am series and endurance events - racing until 1985 before retiring - as well as his spells in Formula 2 and Formula 1. Gaillard, before he took up racing relatively late compared to his rivals, worked in his father's van and truck hire company. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Divina Galica 13 Aug 1944
Bushey Heath, nr. Watford, Hertfordshire

GB 0
Now works as an independent motorsports consultant, after previously working as vice-president of the Skip Barber company, and then as director of partner relations at iracing, which is a race simulation company, which kept her directly linked to the sport. However Divina also appears at many historic events to keep touch. Arguably she is better known for her ski-ing, competing in World Championship and Olympic Games events, four of the latter in total - 1964-1972 in downhill ski-ing and slalom and then the 1992 Olympics in speed ski-ing. Now lives near Sebring in Florida. Galica was awarded a MBE for her ski-ing efforts. (Last updated 6 Jan 2015)
Nanni Galli 02 Oct 1940

I 17
Appears mostly at Ferrari reunions nowadays and still has business interests in the textile, watch and car worlds. Also bought and restored his old Tecno Formula 1 car and will drive that and other machinery in historic events. Galli - full name Giovanni - was a race winner in sportscars and touring cars, the former of which he will be best remembered for career-wise. After retiring in 1974, Galli got involved with his family firm but returned to the sport as a sponsor for both Williams and Benetton in the 1980's. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Oscar Galvez 17 Aug 1913
Caballito, Buenos Aires
16 Dec 1989
San Isidro, Buenos Aires
RA 1
After lots of work for the Argentine motorsport industry, the Argentine GP venue was named after him and not his more internationally well known racing colleagues, for example, Reutemann, Fangio or Gonzalez, when Galvez passed away from cancer. Galvez was a five time winner of the Argentine Turismo Carretera Championship, winning in 1947 and 1948 ahead of Fangio, repeating the feat in 1953 and 1954, before taking his final title in 1961. A gifted engineer, his brother Juan also raced, but was killed in 1963. After Oscar himself suffered a serious accident one year later, he retired from racing but ran the works Ford team in the Turismo Carretera series for some years. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Fred Gamble 17 Mar 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Worked for Goodyear for a long time. Now retired and attending historic reunions. Lives in Hawaii, happily retired, but did also run a ski resort in Colorado. Founded, with Lucky Casner, Scuderia Camoradi, to race in sportscars in Europe. His Grand Prix debut came about as he knew, being based in Modena, that the Italian Grand Prix organisers were going to struggle to fill the grid after a British team boycott, so an opportunistic punt came off and Fred acquitted himself reasonably in the circumstances. (Last updated 12 Sep 2014)
Howden Ganley 24 Dec 1941

NZ 35
Ran Tiga Cars. Now lives in both America (Danville), where he spends most of his time, and England where he is a BRDC member at Silverstone. Also plays golf in his spare time. A hard trying driver, who worked as a mechanic at McLaren and as a crew chief in Can-Am for Skip Scott and Peter Revson, Howden worked at his racing dream, saving the money to race in Formula 3. He enjoyed a decent Formula 1 career thereafter as a reward for his patience and doggedness. Howden currently is the president of the F1 Grand Prix Drivers Club, the new name for the Ancien Pilotes. (Last updated 8 Dec 2015)
Frank Gardner 01 Oct 1930
Sydney, New South Wales
28 Aug 2009
Mermaid Waters, Queensland
Died after a long illness. Became a team-manager after his driving retirement but towards the end of his life spent a lot of time appearing at reunions and also did after-dinner speaking functions. Frank was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his efforts to motorsport, which included winning the 1971 European Formula 5000 title, and won the British Touring Car Championship three times - in 1967, 1968 and 1973 - whilst he was also a race winner in Formula 2 and in the Tasman Series. Frank also served in the Korean War which interrupted his fledgling career which started as a youngster in speedway events. (Last updated 9 Dec 2015)
Billy Garrett 24 Apr 1933
Princeton, Illinois
15 Feb 1999
Glendale, California
Badly injured in a Champ Car race at Milwaukee, he never fully recovered. Also in sprint cars as a racer. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Jo Gartner 24 Jan 1954
01 Jun 1986
Le Mans Circuit, France
A 8
Killed in the 1986 Le Mans. Hard trying driver, who often had to be his own chief mechanic, marketing man and team manager as well. Jo moved to sportscars to facilitate a return to Formula 1 and it was going well, with a Sebring win to his credit, before it ended so tragically. A winner in Super Vee, the European Touring Car Championship and Formula 2, Gartner gained a reputation as a popular, determined man. Jo came very close to getting a drive with Arrows for 1985, but after that fell through, he moved to endurance racing. (Last updated 9 Dec 2015)
Tony Gaze 03 Feb 1920
Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Jul 2013
Geelong, Victoria
WW2 flying hero (DFC and 2 bar holder) who was also pivotal in Goodwood's foundation and the development of Australian motorsport. Gaze was the only Australian to be awarded a DFC in WW2. It was only when his 2nd wife, Diana, died in 2012, that his health took a downturn, as before that he attended historic festivals and even the Australian GP in 2011. Awarded the OAM for services to motorsport in 2006. A week after his death, his step-grandson, James Davison, made his IRL debut, citing Gaze as his inspiration for his career. (Last updated 2 Aug 2013)
Geki 23 Oct 1937
18 Jun 1967
Caserta, nr. Naples
I 2
Killed in a Italian F3 race. Real name Giacomo Russo. A wealthy man, he was quite brilliant in Italian Formula Junior and did well in Italian F3.
Olivier Gendebien 12 Jan 1924
02 Oct 1998
Tarascon, France
B 14
Sportscar great who suffered from a long, dehabilitating illness (since the mid '80's) which claimed his life. He did still try to make as many appearances at historic events as he could, however. Of aristocratic background, Olivier was a qualifed engineer who served as a paratrooper in the Second World War before moving to the Belgian Congo where he impressed people by his off-road skills. This developed into rallying which opened up his chances in motorsport. Gendebien won the Reims 12 Hours twice, the Targa Florio three times, Le Mans four times and Sebring three times in a glittering career. One of Olivier's key driving attributes was a strong mechanical sympathy and knowledge of his cars. (Last updated 11 Dec 2015)
Marc Gene 29 Mar 1974

E 36
Ferrari test driver, who was also in the same role with Williams and deputised on a few occasions in Formula 1 for the latter. From 2007 onwards, he has been more involved with racing in endurance events and won Le Mans in 2009. Currently racing in the World Endurance Championship but is still involved with Ferrari's F1 team. Also works in TV as a commentator and summariser. Gene, whilst as a young driver, took the unusual step of gaining a degree - in economics - as well as racing, being based in Buckingham somewhat deliberately to be as close to Silverstone as possible. He was awarded his degree by the former British Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher. (Last updated 19 Dec 2014)
Elmer George 15 Jul 1928
Hockerville, Oklahoma
31 May 1976
Terre Haute, Indiana
Retired from racing in 1963 and then served as vice-president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and also helped run the family ranch. He raced sprint cars, midgets and roadsters, amongst other cars. He died after becoming involved in an argument with a horse trainer for the family, Guy Trolinger, when he was shot by Trolinger, who was later acquitted due to justifiable homicide. He married Mari Hulman, and his son is Tony George, who was later in charge of the Indianapolis track. As a racer, Elmer was the 1957 USAC Midwest Sprint car championship, which was the higlight of a strong midget and sprint career forged after starting his career just after the Second World War. (Last updated 11 Dec 2015)
Bob Gerard 19 Jan 1914
26 Jan 1990
South Croxton, Leicester
GB 8
For many years, Bob was an F1 and latterly, F2 entrant. Also a businessman, away from racing. A book about his life was released in 2014, to mark 100 years since his birth. At his local circuit at Mallory Park, Leicestershire, there was a race, and still is a challenging corner named in his honour. Made his debut as a teenager back in 1933 in sprint and speed trials which he continued for some years before racing at a higher level until World War 2. A very capable driver, he won two British Empire Trophy races before he retired from race driving in 1961. (Last updated 9 Sep 2014)
Gerino Gerini 10 Aug 1928
17 Apr 2013
I 6
Italian nobleman, who was a successful Lamborghini agent. He worked in Milan, Switzerland and Holland before returning to live in the historic family home in Firenze. Gerini raced throughout most of the 1950's and early 1960's, largely in sportscars, competing in the Mille Migila regularly and proved reasonably able at this level, winning the 1958 Mille Migila but he did also finish in the points at his Grand Prix debut in 1956. (Last updated 11 Dec 2015)
Peter Gethin 21 Feb 1940
Ewell, Surrey
05 Dec 2011
Old Henley, nr. Haslemere, Surrey
GB 30
Ran a racing driver's school at Goodwood and was involved in advising both drivers and teams. Died after a long illness, but tried his best despite his ailments to either attend events or keep links with the sport for as long as possible. Gethin will forever be remembered as the winner of the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, the closest finish in F1 history. Started his career in 1962 in a Lotus 7 and carried on racing until 1977, when he competed in Can-Am. (Last updated 21 Sep 2014)
Piercarlo Ghinzani 16 Jan 1952
Riviera d'Adda (now Medolago), Bergamo

I 76
Piercarlo has become as well known for his team management roles as he is for his driving career. He currently runs variations of his team in Italian touring cars, GT racing, Formula 3 and other Italian formulae, but did also used to run Italy's A1 GP team and an Auto GP team. Also has a car dealership in Bergamo. Ghinzani, a likeable honest fellow was not without talent, but still holds the record for most the most Grand Prix's without qualifying in the top ten. (Last updated 3 Apr 2015)
Bruno Giacomelli 10 Sep 1952
Borgo Poncarale, Brescia

I 69
Now retired, after a few attempts in the Porsche Supercup on rare one-offs in the 1990's and early 2000's. Lives in Roncadelle. Giacomelli was European Formula 2 Champion in 1978, which followed winning the Shellsport British Formula 3 title two years previously. Thereafter should have followed a glittering Formula 1 career but Giacomelli's confidence was badly hit by a initially difficult spell at Alfa Romeo. Bruno also raced in Champcars and sportscars before surprisingly returning to Formula 1 for a miserable spell at the hapless Life team. (Last updated 11 Dec 2015)
Joe Giba 03 Sep 1909
Aurora, nr. Denver, Colorado
19 Oct 1986
Denver, Colorado
A well-respected, well-mannered racer, Joe raced for over 30 years, mostly in midget racing, but also raced motorcycles, starting as a youngster in the late 1920's in hillclimbing trials. Became a midget and sprint car builder after his driving retirement finally came about in the 1960's, and also built engines, as he was a proficient engineer and mechanic. Later became master machinist at Merrill Engineering. Died of lung cancer. (Last updated 12 Oct 2014)
Dick Gibson 16 Apr 1918
Bourne, Lincolnshire
17 Dec 2010
Cadiz, Spain
GB 2
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. (Last updated 20 Sep 2014)
Gimax 01 Jan 1938
Lainate, Milan

I 0
Real name Carlo Franchi. Away from the sport, he was a successful businessman, which allowed him the fund to race and to take up the sport in his thirties. Suffered a heart-attack in 2002, but has made an excellent recovery. The 1977 Class Two European Sportscar Champion, Franchi spent most of his career as a sportscar driver in Italian endurance events, but he also spent a two year spell in the Aurora British F1 series. He retired from racing in 1984. His son also raced in the sport for a while. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Richie Ginther 05 Aug 1930
Hollywood, California
20 Sep 1989
Touzac, Lot, France
USA 52
A technically superb driver, which also helped his relationship, and success, with Honda, Ginther retired from driving as he no longer enjoyed the driving enough to warrant the risks, however he later ran a few teams and worked as a mechanic for a while. Later lived for a long time in Mexico, enjoying his new life, especially with his pets., gardening, and particulary, fireworks, enjoying his privacy away from the sport. However, his love of the latter pastime saw him once get in trouble the day before a race at Daytona - Richie let a firework off that went under a police car by accident and so he had to endure a night in jail! One past-time that Ginther excelled at, was making his own jewellery, which he did for aeons. A big fan of Native American history, Richie had been ill for a while, before suffering his fatal heart-attack, whilst on holiday in France, just days after attending a BRM reunion at Donington. (Last updated 13 Jul 2014)
Yves Giraud-Cabantous 08 Oct 1904
St. Gaudens
30 Mar 1973
F 13
Ran a haulage transport business until his death. Giraud-Cabantous had a long career in the sport, starting in the mid-1920's, but was really at his peak in the late 1940's and very early 1950's, when he recorded a string of good results. Started in the sport by working as a mechanic for Salmson, before his step-father, a doctor, bought him a car to begin racing with, initially in hillclimbs. Retired in 1957 to focus on his business. (Last updated 6 Oct 2014)
Ignazio Giunti 30 Aug 1941
10 Jan 1971
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I 4
Rising talent killed in a sportscar crash. Fine sportscar driver, who won at Sebring and the Targa Florio in 1970 and seemed set for more of the same, as well as more F1 attempts, until his death in a rather needless and avoidable accident in the Buenos Aires 1000km event. Giunti started racing in 1961 in hillclimbs and club events before joining Abarth on a contract to race their sportscars. However he also raced in touring cars and won an event in Budapest in 1966. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Timo Glock 18 Mar 1982

D 86
After intially coming up to Formula 1 in 2004, Timo moved into GP2 after a spell in the US Champ Car World Series, and won the GP2 title in 2007, which revitalised his career. This led to a return to Formula 1, with Toyota, where he put in some strong performances, before moving to Marussia and spent a few years there. In 2013, Glock moved to the DTM series and remains there in 2016, still with the BMW team. Now based in Switzerland, living near friend and former F1 rival Heikki Kovalainen. (Last updated 5 Dec 2015)
Helm Glockler 13 Jan 1909
Frankfurt am Main
18 Dec 1993
Frankfurt am Main
D 0
Amateur racer whose brother Walter designed and built race cars and Helm often raced for him. Glocker was the German Sports Car champion in 1952 and 1954 and later became Porsche's works sportscar driver, winning a number of races. Retired after a serious crash in 1956 at Le Mans left him with burns and a broken leg. Later ran a car - he specialised in Volkswagen cars - and motorcycle dealership in Frankfurt. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Potsy Goacher 08 Apr 1917
Anderson, Indiana
09 Feb 1986
Anderson, Indiana
Real name Paul, his brothers also dabbled in the sport. Mostly in sprint, midget and dirt cars. (Last updated 15 Jul 2012)
Francisco Godia 21 Mar 1921
28 Nov 1990
E 13
A collector of fine art, he founded a museum in Barcelona, which is still running, and it contains both works of art and Godia's racing mementoes. Godia served in the Spanish Civil War as an officer despite being a teenager before becoming a businessman. He took up racing as a hobby only in 1946 and enjoyed it enough to carry on until 1969. He won the 1956 Coupe de Salon at Montlhery and until Fernando Alonso arrived on the scene, Godia, who was never a full-time committed racer, was the most successful Spanish Grand Prix driver in terms of points. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Carel Godin de Beaufort 10 Apr 1934
02 Aug 1964
NL 28
Killed in practice for the German GP. A throwback to an earlier age, he was a top privateer who achieved results that his sometimes limited machinery shouldn't have achieved. Mechanically minded, he often solely prepared the car himself. Still fondly remembered in his home nation. (Last updated 21 Nov 2012)
Christian Goethals 04 Aug 1928
26 Feb 2003
B 1
Passed away fairly recently in Kortrijk. His last brush with motorsport was via a magazine article in late 2001 about his career. He started racing in the early 1950's and carried on until the first year of the next decade. Goethals was mainly a sportscar driver, often in a Porsche Spyder. He came 2nd in class at the 1956 Reims 12 Hours and won the Forez Six Hours at St. Etienne in 1957. In 1958 Christian attempted a year of single-seaters in his Cooper T43-Climax before - bar a F2 effort in 1960 - finishing his career back in sportscars. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Paul Goldsmith 02 Oct 1925
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Still involved in his aviation engine business, whilst he also owns two racehorse ranches. Despite now being over 90, he continues to fly his beloved planes. Main motorsport links these days tend to be confined to motorcycle meetings, which is the discipline that Paul is probably best remembered for. As well as flying, he runs Griffith-Merrillville Airport and an aircraft company, but is also the CEO of both an aviation business and a manufacturing company in Indiana. (Last updated 28 Dec 2015)
Jose Froilan Gonzalez 05 Oct 1922
La Colonia, nr. Arrecifes
15 Jun 2013
Buenos Aires
RA 26
The 'Pampas Bull' remained in good health for most of his life, but a heart attack in 2013 led to his death a few months later. He was a regular visitor to historic festivals and current Formula 1 races, with his last event being the 2002 Italian GP. He also worked in his offices in Buenos Aires until 2012 and was an adviser to young Argentine hopeful Juan Cruz Alvarez. Gonzalez was a very popular man, who of course, was the very first winner in a Ferrari of a World Championship Grand Prix event but he also won the 1954 Le Mans and took a string of wins until a serious crash in 1954 meant he wound down slightly his schedule and was never as competitive thereafter. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Oscar Gonzalez 10 Nov 1923
05 Nov 2006
A businessman, first and foremost, he died in his native Montevideo. (Last updated 1 Feb 2013)
Aldo Gordini 20 May 1921
Bologna, Italy
28 Jan 1995
F 1
Involved with the running of his father's team for a while; otherwise Aldo enjoyed a charmed playboyish life. That said he did initially work hard in his father's factory as a mechanic when many boys of the same age would've been at school. He took up racing Gordini cars just after World War Two and took a notable class win in the 1949 Coupe de Salon at Montlhery. He retired from racing in 1951 and although he got his break via his father, he did do well as a junior driver for the team in Formula 2. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Horace Gould 20 Sep 1918
Clifton, Bristol
04 Nov 1968
Southmead, Bristol
GB 14
Died of a heart related illness. Real name was Horace Twigg and he was a successful garage owner in Bristol, which allowed him to buy a ex-Bira Maserati 250F and spend a number of years attempting Grand Prix races. Despite his size, and relative lack of racing experience, he was quite adept, and finished 5th at the 1956 British Grand Prix. His starting and finishing money kept his career going until 1960, when he decided to retire to focus on his business. (Last updated 2 Aug 2014)
Jean-Marc Gounon 01 Jan 1963

F 9
Successful in sportscars, taking up the discipline after leaving F1 in 1994, Gounon recently scaled down his activities to the big races and has done some more historic racing. He also works as a test driver for the Blancpain Endurance series, and his son has also started racing, which Jean-Marc is mainly focusing on now, as well as running the family garage concern, which with Jean-Marc now in charge of, has expanded to four different sites, in or near Aubenas. The dealership specialises in Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Hyundai cars as well as many others. Gounon began his career in the early 1980's and took wins in French Formula 3, Formula 3000 and then after his single-seater career finished, the Sportscar World Championship. (Last updated 13 Dec 2015)
Cecil Green 30 Sep 1919
Dallas, Texas
29 Jul 1951
Winchester, Indiana
Killed in a qualifying crash at Winchester speedway. Midget legend who won numerous races and titles between 1948 and 1950. However Green started racing on two wheels, beginning with racing motorcycles in 1939. After World War Two, Green took up midget cars from 1948. In his short racing career Green was extremely impressive in every discipline he appeared in and took 4th in the 1950 Indianapolis 500 and 2nd at the Rex Mays 100 at Milwaukee in 1951. (Last updated 14 Dec 2015)
Keith Greene 05 Jan 1938
Leytonstone, London

GB 3
Team manager for many motorsport teams, in numerous series, including Brabham in F1, Spice Capris in sportscars, and Renaults in the British Touring Car Championship, until the mid '90's. Mostly retired now, but still works as a motorsport advisor. Son of the Gilby Engineering boss, Sid, Keith started racing at a young age, racing in hillclimbs aged 17. Most of his career was spent, naturally, in Gilby's, but he did well in sportscars and touring cars. Carried on racing until 1971. (Last updated 29 Aug 2014)
Bob Gregg 08 Mar 1920
Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Oct 2002
Vancouver, Washington
Son Mike also became a successful midget star like his father. Gregg died recently after a long battle with illness. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Masten Gregory 29 Feb 1932
Kansas City, Missouri
08 Nov 1985
Porto Ercole, Monte Argentario, Italy
USA 38
Kept his hand involved in many projects, but was working as a jeweller and diamond trader when he died, suddenly, of a heart-attack, at his winter home in Italy. He also worked in Amsterdam after retiring from racing after friend Jo Bonnier died at Le Mans in 1972. An intelligent man off the track, he was a hard-charging and risk-taking driver on it and he was somewhat lucky to survive a number of scrapes. Masten started racing in 1953 in SCCA events before moving over to Europe soon afterwards. His most notable win was definitely at Le Mans in 1965, but he also won the Nurburgring 1000kms in 1961 and the Karlskoga non-championship Formula 1 race in 1962. (Last updated 14 Dec 2015)
Cliff Griffith 06 Feb 1916
Nineveh, Indiana
23 Jan 1996
Rochester, Indiana
Well respected locally, Cliff also had a street named after him in Danielsville, Georgia. Griffith was based in Indianapolis for a while where he studied at technical college before joining an electrical firm. During his spare time there he started preparing racing cars which in the end encouraged him to race. Griffith raced in a number of series but became best identified with short-track dirt track racing. Griffith served in the Second World War, where he became a fighter pilot, winning two bronze stars. Griffith also was an accomplished accordian player, ran a restaurant and worked as a plant manager for the Ransburg Corporation for many years. (Last updated 15 Jan 2016)
Georges Grignard 25 Jul 1905
07 Dec 1977
Port Marly, Yvelines
F 1
Garage owner, an ex-Hotchkiss employee. Although he started racing in the 1920's, appearing in a few rallies, but his most frequent and successful period of racing was from the late '40's onwards once his garage business was properly established. After a few decent results, Grignard retired in 1955 to run his garage, but in 1959 bought up all the liquidated stock from his old team Talbot, and later supplied cars and parts. Arguably his most notable win was in 1950 in a non-championship Formula 1 race at Montlhery - the Paris Grand Prix. (Last updated 14 Dec 2015)
Bobby Grim 04 Sep 1924
Coal City, Indiana
14 Jun 1995
Indianapolis, Indiana
A former IMCA sprint-car champ, he died of cancer. Also well known as a gear specialist, who developed a turbo-charged car for Herb Porter. Bobby's gather owned a car dealership and his son learnt to drive cars at a very early age as a result. After serving in World War 2, Grim became an immensely successful sprint car driver, with over 175 wins. After racing, Grim worked as a USAC official. Grim married Frankie Lueptow's widow, and his step-daughter was married to Sheldon Kinser. (Last updated 28 Jul 2015)
Perry Grimm 19 Feb 1914
Los Angeles, California
11 Sep 1971
Los Angeles, California
Burly chap, one of the top midget drivers of the 1940's, who died of a heart attack, aged just 57. Grimm raced for decades in the discipline, initally starting in the 1930's. He was at his peak in the very late 1940's, especially when driving for Vic Edelbrock Sr., but had to give up racing after sustaining serious injuries in a couple of bad crashes. He won two Turkey Night Grand Prix's at Gilmore Speedway in 1946 and 1949 amongst other highlights. (Last updated 6 Oct 2014)
Romain Grosjean 17 Apr 1986
Geneva, Switzerland

F 82
(2009- )
GP2 ace who made the move up to Formula 1 with Renault, but it was a disaster initially. He went into GT's, GP2, Auto GP (where he won the title in 2010) and test-driving for Pirelli tyres. In 2011, he returned to GP2 full-time, winning the title and this has put his career back on track as Renault, now Lotus, have him back in a race seat in 2012. Despite a few high-profile crashes, he stayed there in 2013 and was vastly improved. Remained with the team until 2016, when he switched to the new Haas team. Romain's grandfather, Fernand, was an Olympic alpine skiier, who competed in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympic games. (Last updated 29 Nov 2015)
Olivier Grouillard 02 Sep 1958
Fenouillet, Toulouse

F 41
Another F1-cum-sportscar driver, racing in the FIA GT Championship after his single seater spells in Formula 1 and CART ended, finishing in the early 2000's. Now retired, and works as a carriage builder near Toulouse, after taking some time out from racing to achieve a diploma in business management. He also, somewhat ironically considering his career in F1, works for a collision repair company, Fix Auto, a worldwide collision and insurance concern. Grouillard was not without ability though as he won the 1984 French Formula 3 title and won races in Formula 3000 and the FIA GT series. (Last updated 14 Dec 2015)
Brian Gubby 17 Apr 1934
Epsom, Surrey

GB 0
Ran a garage dealership in the Camberley area, and also ran a hotel and construction business - he lives in nearby Bagshot. Although Brian was a capable driver in Formula Libre and Formula Junior, and for a while enjoyed racing, Gubby is really better known for his career in horse racing. The son of a jockey, Gubby was a racehorse trainer for nearly 50 years. Gabitat, which won ten races and the Duke of York Stakes in 1984 brought him his most notable success, but Brian still enjoyed wins most years, including in 2014 (Kinglami in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Windsor in October for example), and even in his eighties, he was still heavily involved with most aspects of his stables. In January 2016, Gubby finally retired from his horse racing trainer duties. (Last updated 16 Jan 2016)
Andre Guelfi 06 May 1919
Mazagan, Morocco (now El-Jadida)

F 1
Worked for Elf Aquitaine and was involved in a scandal which involved politicians Dumas, Kohl and Mitterand. This earned Guelfi a 3 year suspended jail sentence and cost him a 1 million Euro fine. After other controversial dealings, he is now retired. He wrote a book on his life in the late 90's, called Original, which as well as the above, recalled his army and real estate days, his money laundering and his friendship with IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch. Now lives in retirement in Madliena, Malta after a long spell in Switzerland. Guelfi became a debt collector at the age of just sixteen before establishing a fishing company. He pioneered ways of freezing sardines but his business was badly hit by an earthquake in Agadir, Morocco, where he lived, in 1960. Guelfi then moved to France after marrying the niece of French President Georges Pompidou and got involved with Elf. He was a long-time liasion with Russia and he was seen as influential towards Moscow getting the 1980 Olympic Games. (Last updated 16 Jan 2016)
Miguel-Angel Guerra 31 Aug 1953
Buenos Aires

RA 1
Long time touring car driver. Guerra, was, for some years in charge of the Top Race V6 series, a touring car series in Argentina. He left this role in 2014 and for now, still works in motorsport administration. Now retired from a very successful racing career, which saw him win multiple Formula 2 and Formula 4 titles in Argentina between 1974 and 1977. However when he moved to Europe in 1978 for a joint crack at Formula 2 and Formula 3, his career faltered. After initially returning to Argentina to race in single-seaters again, he competed in touring cars in 1987, and then stayed in that category for 15 years, winning the TC2000 title in 1989. (Last updated 20 Nov 2014)
Roberto Guerrero 16 Nov 1958

CO 21
Now a US citizen, living in San Juan Capistrano, Roberto raced in CART, the IRL and NASCAR for years. He also appeared in off-road events for some while. Now works as a driver coach, a TV broadcaster and a driver training facilitator. One of the drivers he has mentored is fellow Colombian and Indy 500 starter, Sebastian Saavedra. Guerrero enjoyed a long career, but was extremely fortunate to survive and fully recover from a serious head injury sustained in a crash in 1987, which left him in a coma for three weeks. (Last updated 17 May 2015)
Mauricio Gugelmin 20 Apr 1963

BR 74
Defected from F1 to CART, where he raced until 2001. He then announced his retirement from driving, perhaps influenced by the death of his son from cerebral palsy earlier in that year. However, after a deserved rest, he raced in selected events in the then new Megane series in Brazil, before permanently retiring. Now works as an exporter of nautical electrical parts and also runs a reforestation business in Brazil. Lives in Miami, Florida. Gugelmin was the 1981 Brazilian Formula Fiat Champion, the 1984 European FF2000 title winner and the 1985 British Formula 3 championship winner, but he only ever then won once in Formula 3000 and once in CART thereafter despite being more than able ability-wise. (Last updated 14 Dec 2015)
Dan Gurney 13 Apr 1931
Port Jefferson, New York

USA 86
Still very much taking part in his AAR projects. He entered USAC in the '70's, IMSA until the 90's and in 1996, he had a go at CART. Now in his eighties, age is catching up a little, but he is still very active and still very much involved in the industry, and was involved in a new sportscar project in 2012 and most significantly, in 2015, Gurney's All American Racers outfit designed and built the innovative landing gear to allow an orbital spacecraft to return to Earth the way it leaves it, a monumental technological breakthrough. Lives in California and is still a frequent visitor to historic events and in 2008, was the Grand Marshal at the Daytona endurance event. Son Alex also raced. Gurney also served in the Korean War in the US Army. An immensely popular man, who is a gentle, patient, encouraging and positive fellow, Gurney was one of the very best racers of his generation despite never winning a F1 Championship or the Indy 500. However he won 4 F1 Grand Prix's, numerous Indycar, Can-Am, British Touring Car and NASCAR races as well as winning the Sebring 12 Hours, the Nurburgring 1000km's and the Le Mans 24 Hour races. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Esteban Gutierrez 05 Aug 1991

MEX 38
(2013- )
Highly promising driver promoted by Sauber to a race seat in 2013, and was retained again in 2014. Hasn't, however, put the results together yet and shown much consistency and so he lost his drive at the end of 2014. Esteban then became Ferrari's F1 test and reserve driver and did well in his performances in testing, earning him a return to Formula 1 with the new Haas team in 2016. Won the 2008 Formula BMW series, the GP3 series in 2010 and didn't do badly in GP2 either. (Last updated 31 Oct 2015)

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