Tony Marsh (racing driver)

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Tony Marsh
Born (1931-07-20)20 July 1931
Died 7 May 2009(2009-05-07) (aged 77)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19571958, 1961
Teams privateer Cooper and Lotus
Races 5 (4 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1957 German Grand Prix
Last race 1961 German Grand Prix

Anthony Ernest "Tony" Marsh (20 July 1931 – 7 May 2009) was a British racing driver from England. His Formula One career was short and unsuccessful, but he enjoyed great success in hillclimbing, winning the British Hill Climb Championship on a record six occasions.

Having begun his hillclimbing career in 1953 with a Cooper-JAP that had previously been driven by Peter Collins,[1] he won three successive championships in the car from 1955 to 1957. In the 1960s, he drove an ex-Formula One BRM for a time before constructing his own Marsh car. Inspired by Peter Westbury's Ferguson P99, Marsh devised an unusual drivetrain which utilised four-wheel-drive while accelerating but rear-wheel-drive while cornering.[1]

"Once again Tony Marsh established himself in 1965 as "King of the Hills" by scoring Best Time of the Day at eight of the nine first championship climbs he entered, and setting new course records at Shelsley Walsh, Bouley Bay and Longleat.[2]

After winning another hat-trick of championships between 1965 and 1967, Marsh sold his car and left motorsport to concentrate on his engineering and farming interests, but in 1986 he returned at the wheel of the March-based Rovercraft. In 1993, his co-driver Simon Law was killed in the car during the Brighton Speed Trials, a tragedy which affected Marsh considerably.[1] He returned with the ex-David Render Toleman TG191 Cosworth DFL, taking the Gurston Top Six title that year, aged 62.[3] He continued to compete in hillclimbs well into his seventies, driving on until 2008.[4]

Marsh competed in circuit racing in his earlier years, driving in four Grands Prix, the last being the 1961 German Grand Prix in which he drove the Lotus 18 he also campaigned in hillclimbs.[1] He also drove in the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours, sharing a Lotus Elite with John Wagstaff.[1]

In 2007 Parley Books published his autobiography: Tony Marsh: The great all-rounder: In and out of motorsport.[5]

Marsh was born in Stourbridge; he died aged 77 in May 2009 after having been admitted to hospital with breathing complications.[6]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1957 Ridgeway Managements Cooper T43 F2 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER
15
PES ITA NC 0
1958 Tony Marsh Cooper T45 F2 Climax Straight-4 ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
8
POR ITA MOR NC 0
1961 Tony Marsh Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 MON NED BEL
DNS
FRA GBR
Ret
GER
15
ITA USA NC 0

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary (14 May 2009). Autosport, 88.
  2. ^ Racing Car Show 1966, Official Catalogue and Guide, Page 11.
  3. ^ Motoring News, November 24, 1993, Page 28.
  4. ^ "Tony Marsh". Top 12 Runoff. Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Amazon.co.uk listing
  6. ^ "Notice of Death - Tony Marsh". British Racing Drivers' Club. Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Wharton
British Hill Climb Champion
1955-1957
Succeeded by
David Boshier-Jones
Preceded by
Peter Westbury
British Hill Climb Champion
1965-1967
Succeeded by
Peter Lawson