Bob Salisbury

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10 Apr 1944


09 Sep 2018
Loughborough, Leicestershire


Great Britain

F2 starts:

4 (1972-1973)

Much better known for his team and engineering work, and the company in his name has concentrated on simulator engineering and show cars. Until his ill health (Bob battled prostate cancer until he passed away), Bob was in charge of the firm. Despite his death, daughter Jessie, who used to work for Benetton, is still involved, as is Bob's step-grandson. Bob himself was a race engineer and team boss in previous years, and is perhaps best known for his Formula 3000 team which appeared for a number of years in the 1990's. Bob's wife Maggie, the former personal assistant to Bob Gerard, also raced and the aforementioned step-grandson worked for both Arden in GP2 and Marussia in Formula 1. Salisbury was a chief mechanic for Bob Gerard for aeons; joining the firm in 1960 as an apprentice mechanic to work on road cars, chiefly Renaults. Due to a race mechanic not being available, Salisbury stepped up to race mechanic duties in 1969 and stayed with the team permanently. Bob later started racing in Formula Ford and then suggested to Gerard that he test the car to save the team money. This then led to him driving more and more and as well as Formula 2, he also drove in Formula Atlantic. Bob ran his own team in Formula 2 and also worked for Paul Stewart Racing as an engineer. He then set up his own business in 1996.

Biography last updated 16 Sep 2018