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Rodney Nuckey’s three years in the sport were mainly spent on Britain’s club racing circuit. However, he also raced in the world championship and he won a Formula 1 race in the far reaches of Europe.
His debut was in a 500cc Formula 3 Cooper-Norton during 1952 and he won minor Swedish races at Falkenberg and Skarpnäck that year. He bought a Cooper T23-Bristol Formula 2 car for 1953 and entered lesser Formula 1 races in Scandinavia at the start of the year – winning against limited opposition in Finland.
Nuckey finished third at Syracuse against the continentals and in a national event at Snetterton. With F2 rules deciding that year’s world champion, he made his Grand Prix debut at the Nürburgring. He qualified in the midfield and was still running at the finish – two laps down in 11th position.
He survived rolling his Cooper while practising for his final race of the year at Snetterton and continued with the car in 1954. Part of Ecurie Richmond for the British GP, he gave the car to Eric Brandon for the race. That was his final year in racing and Nuckey later immigrated to Australia where he worked as a builder.
He had settled in the Philippines by the time he suffered a stroke and later died.