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"Monty" was an Eton-educated Gloucestershire farmer who first raced as an amateur in 1950. Armed with a Cooper-JAP, Robin Montgomerie-Charrington was not a match for the leading 500cc Formula 3 drivers of the time but he did finish third at Brands Hatch that September.
Grand Prix driver with Aston-Butterworth
Montgomerie-Charrington scored a couple of placings in German races in 1951, including fifth at the Nürburgring. When fellow F3 competitor Bill Aston built the Formula 2 Aston NB41-Butterworth, Montgomerie-Charrington became an enthusiastic supporter. He bought a chassis in 1952 and finished third at Chimay despite running out of fuel at the finish.
Emboldened, he entered the Belgian Grand Prix three weeks later with the car painted in blue and white – the national racing colours of the United States in deference to his wife’s nationality. He ran as high as seventh but retired from his only world championship appearance when the wrong fuel was used during his pitstop.
The Montgomerie-Charringtons moved to America at the end of 1952 and he did not race again. He always maintained a home in London and returned to Britain when he retired. "Monty" was seen at historic events from time-to-time before his death in 2007.