Gary Hocking

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Not to be confused with Garry Hocking. ‹See Tfd›
Gary Hocking
Nationality Rhodesian
Born (1937-09-30)30 September 1937
Caerleon, Wales
Died 21 December 1962(1962-12-21) (aged 25)
Durban, South Africa
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19581962
First race 1958 500cc Dutch TT
Last race 1962 Isle of Man 500cc Senior TT
First win 1959 250cc Swedish Grand Prix
Last win 1962 Isle of Man 500cc Senior TT
Team(s) MZ, MV Agusta
Championships 350cc – 1961
500cc – 1961
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
38 19 33 N/A 17
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1962
Teams Lotus
Races 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1962 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1962 South African Grand Prix

Gary Stuart Hocking (30 September 1937 – 21 December 1962) was a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion from Rhodesia who raced in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hocking was born in Caerleon, near Newport, Monmouthshire, in south-east Wales, but was brought up in Southern Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. As a teenager, he began racing motorcycles on grass tracks. Before long, he had moved on to road racing circuits.

Motorcycle racing[edit]

He left Rhodesia to compete in Europe in 1958 and made an immediate impact, finishing 3rd behind the works MV Agustas at the Nürburgring. He was sponsored by Manchester tuner/dealer Reg Dearden, who provided him with new 350cc & 500cc Manx Norton racers.[citation needed] He spent the winter of 58/59 with the Costain family at their home "Lindors" in Castletown on the Isle of Man, learning the Isle of Man TT course with George Costain, an established rider for the Dearden team, who had won the Senior Manx Grand Prix on a 500 Dearden-tuned Manx in 1954.[citation needed] In the 1959 Junior TT, he finished a credible 12th from 22nd on the grid, an impressive achievement for a first-timer to the circuit.[2] In 1959, he was offered a ride by the East German MZ factory and finished second in the 250cc championship. During practice for the 1959 Junior TT, his and the machines of team mates Terry Shepherd and John Hartle 350 Manx's were fitted with the top-secret works 350cc Desmodromic engine, but they ran standard engines for the actual race.[citation needed] MV Agusta offered Hocking full factory support for the 1960 season and he repaid their confidence by finishing 2nd in the 125cc, 250cc and 350cc classes.

Following the retirement from motorcycle racing by defending champion, John Surtees in 1961, Hocking became MV Agusta's top rider and went on to claim dual World Championships in the 350cc and 500cc classes, in a dominating manner against little factory mounted opposition.[1]

Auto racing[edit]

Hocking was deeply affected by the death of his friend, Tom Phillis at the 1962 Isle of Man TT.[3] After winning the Senior TT, he announced his retirement from motorcycle racing and returned to Rhodesia. He felt motorcycle racing was too dangerous and decided a career in auto racing would be safer. Ironically, later that year he was killed during practice for the 1962 Natal Grand Prix. His car, a Lotus 24, went straight on a fast curve and somersaulted after hitting a ditch. There is speculation that he blacked out on the long back straight because he made no attempt to slow down or steer into the corner as the car carried on into the bank at full speed. He was 25 years old.[4]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[1][2][edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Rank Wins
1958 500cc Norton IOM
-
NED
6
BEL
-
GER
3
SWE
4
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 6th 0
1959 125cc MZ IOM
-
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
ULS
2
7 9th 0
MV Agusta NAT
6
250cc MZ IOM
-
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
1
ULS
1
NAT
-
16 2nd 2
350cc Norton FRA
2
IOM
12
GER
2
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
12 4th 0
500cc Norton FRA
3
IOM
-
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
2
ULS
-
NAT
-
10 5th 0
1960 125cc MV Agusta IOM
2
NED
2
BEL
5
ULS
2
NAT
5
18 2nd 0
250cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
2
BEL
2
GER
1
ULS
-
NAT
-
28 2nd 2
350cc MV Agusta FRA
1
IOM
-
NED
2
ULS
-
NAT
1
22 2nd 2
1961 250cc MV Agusta ESP
1
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
8 8th 1
350cc MV Agusta GER
-
IOM
2
NED
1
DDR
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
SWE
-
32 1st 4
500cc MV Agusta GER
1
FRA
1
IOM
NC
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
ULS
1
NAT
-
SWE
1
ARG
-
48 1st 7
1962 350cc MV Agusta IOM
2
NED
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
6 8th 0
500cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
8 5th 1

References[edit]


Preceded by
John Surtees
500cc Motorcycle World Champion
1961
Succeeded by
Mike Hailwood
Preceded by
Ricardo Rodríguez
Formula One fatal accidents
21 December 1962
Succeeded by
Carel Godin de Beaufort