Tony Shelly

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Tony Shelly
Born(1937-02-02)2 February 1937
Died4 October 1998(1998-10-04) (aged 61)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealander
Active years1962
Teamsnon-works Lotus
Entries3 (1 start)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1962 British Grand Prix
Last entry1962 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 was entered to 1962 Le Mans in June by Colin Chapman to co-drive with Les Leston with a Lotus 23, but the race organizer, ACO, denied the entry in the famous Lotus Le Mans debacle. 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. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 352. ISBN 0851127029.