Eric Brandon  Great Britain

  • Full name Eric Brandon
  • Birth date July 18, 1920
  • Birthplace East Ham, London, Great Britain
  • Date of death August 8, 1982 (62 years 21 days)
  • Place of death Haslar, Gosport, Hampshire, Great Britain
  • Teams Cooper
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1952 Cooper 4 4 0 0 4 8 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
1954 Cooper 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
Total 5 5 0 0 4 8 0 0 12 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten May 18, 1952 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 17, 1954 Race results
Profile

Eric Brandon took part in five grand prix in 1952 and 1954 without any real success, but it was away from Formula One that he made his name as a major player in the establishment of the Cooper Car Company. With childhood friend John Cooper, immediately after World War Two he built two cars. He was able to use his day job, in the family electrical firm, to source scarce parts. In 1947, driving a Cooper, he won Britain's first circuit race for 500cc cars, and in 1951 the first Formula 3 title. He formed the Ecurie Richmond team with Alan Brown, and in 1955 he funded the construction of his own Halsaylec sports cars, named after his electrical spares company. He raced regularly until 1956 when he switched his interest to hydroplane racing.

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