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Brian McGuire

Full Name:
Brian Anthony Joseph McGuire
13th December 1945
Melbourne, Victoria
29th August 1977 (Aged 31)
Dartford, Kent (GB), following an accident at Brands Hatch
Most recent race (in database):

Brian McGuire was a successful Melbourne motor trader who used his profits to fund his sport. He first raced in Europe in 1966 before buying a Merlyn Formula Ford 1600 with which he won at Lydden Hill in 1969 – his first ever race win.

Formula 3 and F5000

He graduated to Formula 3 in 1971 as team-mate of his friend Alan Jones in the Australian International Racing Organisation. After two successful seasons, McGuire took a break from racing to concentrate on his thriving caravan business in Brentford, West London.

He returned in 1974 in Formula 5000 just as the series waned. It was replaced by the new ShellSport British Group Eight Championship in 1976 that pitched Formula 1, F2 and F5000 machinery against each other. McGuire bought an old Williams FW04-Ford and secured sponsorship from Kelly Girl mid-season. He celebrated the new association with a dominant victory at Thruxton.

Formula 1 attempt

McGuire entered the reworked and renamed car (now known as the McGuire BM1) in the 1977 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Off the pace, he was slowest but-one in pre-qualifying and was out before the meeting had really started.

Successful in business, McGuire was under no illusions that he was the sport’s next big star, he competed for fun. However, he lost his life during warm-up before a G8 race at Brands Hatch later that season. He crashed at Stirling’s Corner when a half shaft failed and the car was launched into a marshals’ post. 24 year old John Thorpe was killed and McGuire later succumbed to his head injuries in Dartford’s West Hill Hospital.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1977 F1 World Championship
Brian McGuire
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1977 ShellSport International Championship
Brian McGuire
8 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 8
1976 ShellSport Group 8 European Championship
Brian McGuire
9 (1) 1 2 1
12% win rate
8th 34
1975 ShellSport 5000 European Championship
Brian McGuire
12 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 22
1974 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Brian McGuire
9 (4) 0 1 0
0% win rate
18th 25