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Gus Hutchison

Full Name:
Augustus Hutchison
Born:
26th April 1937 (Age 83)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Motor racing was only ever a hobby for this successful entrepreneur. A chemistry graduate of the University of Georgia, Gus Hutchison moved to Dallas in 1962 and founded Chemscope with an initial investment of $750. Within five years the chemical manufacturing company was turning over in excess of $1million.

Early racing career

His early racing exploits during 1958 were with an old MG but he was driving an Elva Courier when he won his first race at Tuskeegee a year later. He competed on a shoestring budget at the time and camped at the circuits to conserve his meagre funds.

With success in business came a move into Formula Junior with a Lotus 20 and Hutchison won the 1964 South-western regional title. He started his first professional race in 1966 before acquiring a Lotus 41B for what would be his most successful season in the sport.

National Champion and Formula 1 driver

Formula A – a category that would later become Formula 5000 – was introduced in 1967 and Hutchison’s Lotus dominated by winning four out of the five qualifying rounds. He also formed Hutchison Racing Engines that year to prepare twin-cam engines for the SCCA’s professional categories.

A rule change led to Hutchison briefly leaving the sport but he returned for the final Formula A race of 1969 when he was second at Sebring. He bought an ex-Jacky Ickx Brabham BT26A-Ford with which he finished as runner-up in the 1970 standings and made a one-off Grand Prix start at Watkins Glen that autumn. He qualified the car 22nd for the United States GP but retired when his fuel tank fell off.

Another couple of seasons in F5000 followed before Hutchison stopped racing to form Solar Kinetics in 1975. The professional lighting manufacturer that harnessed solar power is now called KW/2 Prime Time Lighting and Hutchison remains its President today.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1975 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship
Chris Oates
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship
Gus Hutchison
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 4
1973 SCCA L&M F5000 Championship
Gus Hutchison
8 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 12
1972 SCCA L&M Continental F5000 Championship
Gus Hutchison
5 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 18
1970 F1 World Championship
Gus Hutchison
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1970 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
Crockey Peterson
Champlin Racing
12 1 3 2
17% win rate
2nd 91
1969 SCCA Formula A Continental Championship
Gus Hutchison
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
14th 6
1967 SCCA Formula A Grand Prix Championship
Gus Hutchison
5 0 4 4
80% win rate
1st 36