Howden Ganley

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Howden Ganley
Born (1941-12-24) 24 December 1941 (age 72)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality New Zealand New Zealander
Active years 19711974
Teams BRM, Iso Marlboro, March, Maki
Races 41 (35 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 10
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1971 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1974 German Grand Prix

James Howden Ganley (born 24 December 1941 in Hamilton) is a former racing driver from New Zealand. He participated in 41 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 6 March 1971, scoring a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.

Personal and early life[edit]

When he was thirteen years old, he attended the 1955 New Zealand Grand Prix at Ardmore[1] which inspired him and provided him with an impetus to follow a career in racing.[2] Immediately after leaving school, Ganley became a reporter for the Waikato Times[3] and wrote a column for Sports Car Illustrated.[3] He moved to the United Kingdom in 1961 and pursued a career as a mechanic.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Between 1960 and 1962, Ganley competed in many events throughout New Zealand driving a Lotus Eleven.[3] Throughout this period, he was earning a living by working as a foreman for a concreting company.[3]

In 1970, Ganley finished second to Peter Gethin in the European Formula 5000 championship.[1] This caught the attention of the BRM Formula One team, who signed him to a contract for 1971.

Formula One[edit]

In 1971, Ganley started off the season promisingly with fifth place at the non-championship Race of Champions.[4] At the end of 1971, having scored two points finishes during the year, Ganley was awarded the Wolfgang von Trips Memorial Trophy for the best performance by a newcomer to Grand Prix racing.[3] At the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix he was almost declared the winner because of a timing mix up with the pace car, when the results were corrected, Ganley was classified sixth.

Sportscars[edit]

Ganley and François Cevert drove a Matra-Simca MS670 to second place in the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Tiga Race Cars[edit]

1983 Tiga SC83 Sports 2000 car

In 1974 Ganley and former Formula One driver Australian Tim Schenken founded Tiga Race Cars as a British-based race car constructor and race team.[5] The team had plans to compete in Formula One in 1978, with the Finnish driver Mikko Kozarowitzky, but the project didn't succeed due to a lack of funding.[6]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P153 BRM P142 3.0 V12 RSA
Ret
ESP
10
MON
DNQ
NED
7
FRA
10
GBR
8
GER
Ret
15th 5
BRM P160 AUT
Ret
ITA
5
CAN
DNS
USA
4
1972 Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM P142 3.0 V12 ARG
9
RSA
NC
ESP
Ret
BEL
8
FRA
DNS
13th 4
BRM P180 MON
Ret
BRM P160C GBR
GER
4
AUT
6
ITA
11
CAN
10
USA
Ret
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso Marlboro FX3B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
NC
BRA
7
RSA
10
19th 1
Iso Marlboro IR ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
11
FRA
14
GBR
9
NED
9
GER
DNS
AUT
NC
ITA
NC
CAN
6
USA
12
1974 March Engineering March 741 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
8
BRA
Ret
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
NED
FRA
NC 0
Maki Engineering Maki F101 GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bruce Jones, ed. (1998). The Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One. Carlton Books. p. 105. ISBN 1-85868-515-X. 
  2. ^ "Drivers: Howden Ganley". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Howden Ganley - BRDC Archive Biography". British Racing Drivers Club. Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Race of Champions Brands Hatch 1971". Gerald's Motor Sport Pictures. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  5. ^ "AD Team Tiga – Event Partner at Spa Franchorchamps", www.tigaracecars.com, 27th September 2013
  6. ^ "Interview with Mikko Kozarowitzky". F1 Rejects. Retrieved 2007-01-08.