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The son of a jockey, Brian Gubby made one unsuccessful attempt to race in the Formula 1 World Championship. He bought an ex-Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 24-Climax in 1964 and chose the furthest outpost of European racing to enter his first F1 race – travelling to Sicily for the non-championship Mediterranean Grand Prix.
Unfortunately, Gubby was to be disappointed. He crashed after qualifying in a respectable eighth position and the car could not be repaired before the race. He did finish second in the Formule Libre Leinster Trophy in Ireland that year but his plans for 1965 were altogether more ambitious.
Gubby’s entry for the 1965 British GP was accepted but he was slowest of all in qualifying and failed to make the grid by 5.7 seconds. Again he entered the Mediterranean GP and did not qualify once more.
Successful in the motor trade and hotels at the time, Gubby gave up cars and turned to his father’s profession – horse racing. He became a winning licensed trainer in 1976 and established stables in Bagshot, Surrey. He scaled the operation back as he approached retirement age.