Tony Shelly

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Tony Shelly
Born (1937-02-02)2 February 1937
Died 4 October 1998(1998-10-04) (aged 61)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality New Zealand New Zealander
Active years 1962
Teams non-works Lotus
Entries 3 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1962 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1962 Italian Grand Prix

Anthony "Tony" Lionel Shelly (2 February 1937 – 4 October 1998) was a racing driver from New Zealand. He competed in Formula One in 1962, participating in 3 World Championship Grands Prix, and several non-Championship races. He scored no World Championship points. He also owned a BMW dealership called Shelly Motors in Honolulu.[1] The business had previously belonged to Shelly's father and had been sold on his death.[1] Shelly subsequently re-acquired the business and became an American citizen in 1975.[1] He divided his time between a home in Honolulu and one in New Zealand, where he died.[1]


Shelly made his motor racing debut in January 1955, entering a Morgan in the Sports Car class for the New Zealand Grand Prix. Shelly qualified but did not start the race.[2] Shelly won "the first big race he contested"[3] at Teretonga in 1958 driving a Cooper[3] and went on to become a leading driver in Australia and New Zealand before moving to race in Europe in 1962.[3] He drove mainly for John Dalton, usually in non-championship events with moderate success, a fifth in the Lombank Trophy and a third in the Lavant Cup being the highlights of his season. He also entered three Formula One World championship events, at Aintree, where he retired with a failed cylinder head gasket,[3] and at the Nürburgring and Monza, where he failed to qualify on each occasion.[3] At the end of the season he returned to New Zealand where he continued to race in 1963 and 1964 following which he retired, although he did compete occasionally thereafter.[3]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1962 John Dalton Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 NED MON BEL FRA GBR
NC 0
Autosport Team Wolfgang Seidel Lotus 24 BRM V8 ITA


  1. ^ a b c d "Hawaii auto dealer Shelly dies at 61". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 8 October 1998. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tony Shelly - Biography". F1 Rejects. Retrieved 27 April 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 352. ISBN 0851127029.