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Keith Greene

Full Name:
Keith Anthony Greene
5th January 1938 (Age 82)
Leytonstone, London
Most recent race (in database):

Sid Greene was a larger-than-life character who raced despite having lost an arm in an accident while a teenager. He was a Squadron Leader during World War II before running minor Formula 1 constructor Gilby Engineering. Its Len Terry-designed cars started three world championship races during the early 1960s with his son Keith and Ian Raby the drivers.

Grand Prix career

The teenage Keith Greene began his own racing career in 1955, initially competing with Lotus and Cooper chassis. He failed to qualify a Gilby-entered Cooper T43-Climax for the 1959 British Grand Prix and his Maserati-powered T45 retired from the following year’s race on his F1 championship debut.

The ingenuity and independence of father and son did not allow them to merely buy equipment off the shelf. They built the first Gilby sports car in 1959 and a Climax-powered F1 design followed for the 1961 season. Keith Greene finished 15th in that year’s British GP with the Gilby-Climax and he was placed in minor events at the start of 1962 when powered by a BRM V8. He then retired from the German GP and failed to qualify in Italy.

Sid Greene sold Gilby Engineering that year but his son continued to race for the rest of the decade, including stepping back into Formula 3 in 1966 when entered by actor Peter Sellers. He followed his father into team management in 1967 with Alan Mann’s operation. He later worked for the likes of Brabham (1972), Rondeau (overseeing the 1980 Le Mans victory) and Richard Lloyd Racing during the mid 1980s with great success.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1962 F1 World Championship
Gilby Engineering
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1961 F1 World Championship
Gilby Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1960 F1 World Championship
Gilby Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1959 F1 World Championship
Gilby Engineering
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Team Lotus Engineering
1 0 0 0 0
1959 Autocar British F2 Championship 12th 14