Carel Godin de Beaufort

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Carel Godin de Beaufort
Ecurie Maarsbergen.jpg
Carel Godin de Beaufort's Ecurie Maarsbergen badge.
Born (1934-04-10)10 April 1934
Maarsbergen, Netherlands
Died 2 August 1964(1964-08-02) (aged 30)
Cologne, Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Active years 19571964
Teams Ecurie Maarsbergen (privateer Porsche and Cooper)
Scuderia Ugolini (privateer Maserati)
Races 31 (28 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 4
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1957 German Grand Prix
Last race 1964 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19561960, 19621963
Teams Wolfgang Seidel
Ed Hugus
privateer
Porsche System Engineering
Best finish 5th (1958)
Class wins 1 (1957)

Jonkheer Karel Pieter Antoni Jan Hubertus (Carel) Godin de Beaufort (10 April 1934, Maarsbergen – 2 August 1964, Cologne, Germany) was a Dutch nobleman and motor racing driver from the Netherlands. He competed in Formula One between 1957 and 1964.

Career[edit]

He participated in 31 World Championship Grands Prix, becoming the first Dutchman ever to score points in the Formula One World Championship, and numerous non-Championship Formula One races. He was one of the last truly amateur drivers in F1, and ran his own cars – painted the vibrant Dutch racing colour: orange – under the Ecurie Maarsbergen banner, the team taking its name from de Beaufort's country estate. In early years he was considered something of a mobile chicane, and a danger to other drivers on the track. However, in later years he matured into a competent and popular competitor.

Always a Porsche devotee (he only drove two World Championship races in anything else) he was a familiar sight at both Championship and non-Championship races in his orange Porsche 718, bought from the Rob Walker Racing Team. Although the 718 was outclassed even in its first year with him, he persisted with it as it was the only design into which he could fit his burly frame. The size of the car, and a streak of self-deprecating humour in de Beaufort himself, earned it the nickname "Fatty Porsche". With stereotypical aristocratic eccentricity he often drove without shoes,[1] and at his final race in Germany was even seen taking practice laps wearing a Beatles wig, rather than his helmet.[2]

Death[edit]

He died after an accident at the Nürburgring, during practice for the 1964 German Grand Prix. Driving the Porsche 718, the car suddenly veered off the track at the infamous Bergwerk corner. He was thrown out of the car and suffered massive injuries to his head, chest and legs. Initially de Beaufort was taken to a local hospital, but was later transferred to a major neurological hospital in Cologne. He died from his injuries three days after the accident.

Carel Godin de Beaufort's Porsche 718 single-seater, in Dutch racing orange.


Formula One results[edit]

World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1957 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 550RS Porsche Flat-4 ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER
14
PES ITA NC 0
1958 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche Flat-4 ARG MON NED
11
500 BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
POR ITA MOR NC 0
1959 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche Flat-4 MON 500 NED
10
GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0
Scuderia Ugolini Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 FRA
9
1960 Ecurie Maarsbergen Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED
8
BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA NC 0
1961 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 MON NED
14
BEL
11
FRA
Ret
GBR
16
GER
14
ITA
7
USA NC 0
1962 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 NED
6
MON
DNQ
BEL
7
FRA
6
GBR
14
GER
13
ITA
10
USA
Ret
RSA
11
16th 2
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 MON BEL
6
NED
9
FRA GBR
10
GER
Ret
ITA
DNQ
USA
6
MEX
10
RSA
10
14th 2
1964 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 MON NED
Ret
BEL FRA GBR GER
DNS
AUT ITA USA MEX NC 0

Formula 2 entry.

Non-Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN SYR NAP LON SIL SOL
Ret
KAN DAN
Ret
MOD
DNQ
FLG
6
OUL LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU AIN INT NAP MAL
9
CLP RMS
7
SOL
5
KAN
6
MED DAN
7
OUL
7
MEX
7
RAN NAT
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 LOM GLV PAU
4
IMO
6
SYR
2
AIN INT
9
ROM
2
SOL
7
KAN
7
MED
DNS
AUT
3
OUL
10
RAN
1964 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 DMT NWT SYR
WD
AIN INT
13
SOL
8
MED RAN

References[edit]

Preceded by
Gary Hocking
Formula One fatal accidents
3 August 1964
Succeeded by
John Taylor