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
Piacenza

I 3
(1978-1981)
Still racing, now a historic racer, in both circuit racing and rallies. Now also works in TV and helps his son's racing career. Gabbiani had undoubted pace, and was very impressive in European F3, but neither of his attempts at F1 - the first arguably came too early for him - really met the promise he showed in F3 or F2, in which he was usually competitive. (Last updated 13 May 2014)
Bertrand Gachot 23 Dec 1962
Luxembourg

F 47
(1989-1995)
Now lives in Spain and is still involved in a number of businesses, including publishing, IT and in particular, soft drinks. (Last updated 18 Dec 2010)
Patrick Gaillard 12 Feb 1952
Paris

F 2
(1979)
Formerly a teacher at the AGS driving school, but now works as an engine and fuel tech consultant in Saudi Arabia. (Last updated 2 Feb 2014)
Divina Galica 13 Aug 1944
Bushey Heath, nr. Watford, Hertfordshire

GB 0
(1976-1978)
Was vice-president of the Skip Barber company, but is now director of partner relations at iracing, which is a race simulation company, which keeps her linked to the sport. Also appears at many historic events. Arguably she is better known for her ski-ing, competing in World Championship and Olympic Games events, including the 1992 Olympics. (Last updated 2 Oct 2013)
Nanni Galli 02 Oct 1940
Bologna

I 17
(1970-1973)
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 F1 car and will drive that and other machinery in historic events. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Oscar Galvez 17 Aug 1913
Caballito, Buenos Aires
16 Dec 1989
San Isidro, Buenos Aires
RA 1
(1953)
After lots of work for the Argentine motorsport industry, the Argentine GP venue was named after him and not Fangio or Gonzalez, when Galvez passed away from cancer. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Fred Gamble 17 Mar 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

USA 1
(1960)
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
Hamilton

NZ 35
(1971-1974)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Frank Gardner 01 Oct 1930
Sydney, New South Wales
28 Aug 2009
Mermaid Waters, Queensland
AUS 8
(1964-1968)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Billy Garrett 24 Apr 1933
Princeton, Illinois
15 Feb 1999
Glendale, California
USA 2
(1956-1958)
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
Vienna
01 Jun 1986
Le Mans Circuit, France
A 8
(1984)
Killed in the 1986 Le Mans. Hard trying driver, who often had to be his own chief mechanic. Moved to sportscars to facilitate a return to F1 and it was going well, with a Sebring win to his credit, before it ended so tragically. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Tony Gaze 03 Feb 1920
Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Jul 2013
Geelong, Victoria
AUS 3
(1952)
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
Milan
18 Jun 1967
Caserta, nr. Naples
I 2
(1964-1966)
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
Brussels
02 Oct 1998
Tarascon, France
B 14
(1958-1961)
Sportscar great who suffered from a long, dehabilitating illness (since the mid '80's) which claimed his life recently. He did still try to make as many appearances at historic events as he could, however. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Marc Gene 29 Mar 1974
Sabadell

E 36
(1999-2004)
Former Ferrari test driver, who was also in the same role with Williams and deputised on a few occasions in F1. From 2007 onwards, he has been more involved with racing in endurance events and won Le Mans in 2009. Also works in TV. (Last updated 20 Dec 2012)
Elmer George 15 Jul 1928
Hockerville, Oklahoma
31 May 1976
Terre Haute, Indiana
USA 1
(1957)
Retired from racing in 1963. 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. His son is Tony George, who is now in charge of the Indianapolis track.
Bob Gerard 19 Jan 1914
Leicester
26 Jan 1990
South Croxton, Leicester
GB 8
(1950-1957)
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
Rome
17 Apr 2013
Cremona
I 6
(1956-1958)
Italian nobleman, who was a Lamborghini agent. He worked in Milan, Switzerland and Holland before returning to live in the historic family home in Firenze. (Last updated 31 Oct 2013)
Peter Gethin 21 Feb 1940
Ewell, Surrey
05 Dec 2011
Old Henley, nr. Haslemere, Surrey
GB 30
(1970-1974)
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
(1981-1989)
Now runs an Formula Accleration 1 team, plus a few F3 teams and teams in other Italian formulae, but also used to run Italy's A1 GP team and an Auto GP team. Also has a car dealership in Bergamo. (Last updated 8 Apr 2014)
Bruno Giacomelli 10 Sep 1952
Borgo Poncarale, Brescia

I 69
(1977-1990)
Now retired, after a few attempts in the Porsche Supercup on rare one-offs in the 90's and early 00's. Lives in Roncadelle. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Joe Giba 03 Sep 1909
Aurora, nr. Denver, Colorado
19 Oct 1986
Denver, Colorado
USA 0
(1958)
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
(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. (Last updated 20 Sep 2014)
Gimax 01 Jan 1938
Lainate, Milan

I 0
(1978)
Real name Carlo Franchi. Away from the sport, he was a successful businessman. Suffered a heart-attack in 2002, but has made an excellent recovery. (Last updated 31 Oct 2013)
Richie Ginther 05 Aug 1930
Hollywood, California
20 Sep 1989
Touzac, Lot, France
USA 52
(1960-1967)
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
Paris
F 13
(1950-1953)
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
Rome
10 Jan 1971
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I 4
(1970)
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.
Timo Glock 18 Mar 1982
Lindenfels

D 86
(2004-2012)
Moved to GP2, winning the title in 2007 and this led to a return to Formula 1, with Toyota. Moved to Marussia and spent a few years there, but in 2013 moved to the DTM series and remains there in 2014. (Last updated 1 Dec 2013)
Helm Glockler 13 Jan 1909
Frankfurt am Main
18 Dec 1993
Frankfurt am Main
D 0
(1953)
Amateur racer whose brother 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 crash in 1956. Later ran a car and motorcycle dealership in Frankfurt. (Last updated 5 Oct 2013)
Potsy Goacher 08 Apr 1917
Anderson, Indiana
09 Feb 1986
Anderson, Indiana
USA 0
(1953-1954)
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
Barcelona
28 Nov 1990
Barcelona
E 13
(1951-1958)
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. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Carel Godin de Beaufort 10 Apr 1934
Maarsbergen
02 Aug 1964
Cologne
NL 28
(1957-1964)
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
Heule
26 Feb 2003
Kortrijk
B 1
(1958)
Passed away recently in Kortrijk. His last brush with motorsport was via a magazine article in late 2001. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Paul Goldsmith 02 Oct 1925
Parkersburg, West Virginia

USA 3
(1958-1960)
Still involved in his aviation engine business, whilst he also owns two racehorse ranches. Despite nearing 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 23 Oct 2014)
Jose Froilan Gonzalez 05 Oct 1922
La Colonia, nr. Arrecifes
15 Jun 2013
Buenos Aires
RA 26
(1950-1960)
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 F1 races, including most recently, 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. (Last updated 15 Jun 2013)
Oscar Gonzalez 10 Nov 1923
Montevideo
05 Nov 2006
Montevideo
ROU 1
(1956)
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
Paris
F 1
(1951)
Involved with the running of his father's team for a while; otherwise enjoyed a charmed playboyish life.
Horace Gould 20 Sep 1918
Clifton, Bristol
04 Nov 1968
Southmead, Bristol
GB 14
(1954-1958)
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
Aubenas

F 9
(1993-1994)
Successful in sportscars, taking up the discipline after leaving F1 in 1994, Gounon is still in endurance, although recently he has 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. (Last updated 30 Mar 2014)
Cecil Green 30 Sep 1919
Dallas, Texas
29 Jul 1951
Winchester, Indiana
USA 2
(1950-1951)
Killed in a qualifying crash at Winchester speedway. Midget legend who won numerous races and titles between 1948 and 1950. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Keith Greene 05 Jan 1938
Leytonstone, London

GB 3
(1959-1962)
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
USA 0
(1950)
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
(1957-1965)
Kept his hand involved in many projects, but was working as a jeweller when he died, at his winter home in Italy. (Last updated 15 Apr 2014)
Cliff Griffith 06 Feb 1916
Nineveh, Indiana
23 Jan 1996
Rochester, Indiana
USA 3
(1950-1956)
Well respected locally in Rochester, where he had a street named after him.
Georges Grignard 25 Jul 1905
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
07 Dec 1977
Port Marly, Yvelines
F 1
(1951)
Garage owner, an ex-Hotchkiss employee. Although he started racing in the 1920's, his most frequent and successful period of racing was from the late '40's onwards. 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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Bobby Grim 04 Sep 1924
Coal City, Indiana
14 Jun 1995
Indianapolis, Indiana
USA 2
(1959-1960)
A former IMCA sprint-car champ, he died of cancer. Also well known as a gear specialist. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Perry Grimm 19 Feb 1914
Los Angeles, California
11 Sep 1971
Los Angeles, California
USA 0
(1952)
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 60
(2009- )
GP2 ace who made the move up to Formula 1 with Renault, but it was a disaster. Since been in 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. Remains with the team in 2014. (Last updated 14 Oct 2014)
Olivier Grouillard 02 Sep 1958
Fenouillet, Toulouse

F 41
(1989-1992)
Another F1-cum-sportscar driver. 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. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Brian Gubby 17 Apr 1934
Epsom, Surrey

GB 0
(1965)
Ran a garage dealership in the Camberley area. Also trains race horses, with a few winners each year. Now lives in Bagshot. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Andre Guelfi 06 May 1919
Mazagan, Morocco (now El-Jadida)

F 1
(1958)
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 Samaranch. Now lives in retirement in Malta after a long spell in Switzerland. (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Miguel-Angel Guerra 31 Aug 1953
Buenos Aires

RA 1
(1981)
Long time touring car driver. Now one of the people in charge of a new Argentine touring car series, the Top Race V6 series and works in motorsport administration. Now retired from racing. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Roberto Guerrero 16 Nov 1958
Medellin

CO 21
(1982-1983)
Now a US citizen, he raced in CART, the IRL and NASCAR for years. Now works as a spotter and coach and also does off-road races. (Last updated 1 Feb 2013)
Mauricio Gugelmin 20 Apr 1963
Joinville

BR 74
(1988-1992)
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. (Last updated 11 Feb 2011)
Dan Gurney 13 Apr 1931
Port Jefferson, New York

USA 86
(1959-1970)
Still involved 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 will be involved in a sportscar project in 2012. Lives in California and is still involved in historic events and in 2008, was the Grand Marshal at the Daytona endurance event. (Last updated 11 Nov 2012)
Esteban Gutierrez 05 Aug 1991
Monterrey

MEX 35
(2013- )
Highly promising driver promoted by Sauber to a race seat in 2013, and retained again in 2014. Hasn't, however, put the results together yet and shown much consistency. Won the 2008 Formula BMW series, the GP3 series in 2010 and didn't do badly in GP2 either. (Last updated 14 Oct 2014)

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