Arthur Waite (racing driver)
Adelaide, South Australia
|Australian Grand Prix|
|Teams||Austin Motor Company|
|Best finish||1st in 1928 Australian Grand Prix|
|1928||Australian Grand Prix|
Born in Adelaide, Arthur Waite served at Gallipoli and was later hospitalised where he met his later wife, Irene Austin, who was the daughter of Herbert Austin. After World War I Captain Waite joined his father-in-law's firm, the Austin Motor Company. While in the employ of Austin, Waite was sent back to Australia, where in Melbourne he established Austin Distributors. Prior to leaving for Australia he had established the firms motor racing efforts, winning races himself at Brooklands and Monza.
While in Australia he sent for his Austin 7 racing car in order to compete in the race that later became known as the 1928 Australian Grand Prix. A different car was sent however, but despite it being a relatively standard sports model it was a supercharged for racing version of the Austin 7. Despite this, Waite won the Grand Prix (held at Phillip Island).
|Winner of the Australian Grand Prix