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A jeweller from Jersey in the Channel Isles, Arthur Owen was a hillclimb exponent who made one unexpected appearance in the Formula 1 World Championship. Much of his previous competition experience had been on the Bouley Bay hillclimb that was near his home in St Helier.
He set speed records during the late 1950s with a Cooper sports car but circuit races were few and far between. So it was a surprise when Owen raced in the 1960 Italian Grand Prix. The British teams had withdrawn due to the use of the banking and the Monza organisers frantically searched for replacements to fill the grid. Owen arrived with his Cooper T45-Climax and qualified in 11th position (of 16 cars) before crashing on the opening lap.
With that GP anomaly over, Owen returned to the hills to win the 1962 British Championship with a Cooper T53-Climax. He also raced a Lotus 23 in the 1963 Japanese GP (a sports car race at Suzuka) and continued to compete into the mid 1960s. Owen later moved to Portugal where he died shortly after his 87th birthday.