Bruce Halford  Great Britain

  • Full name Bruce Henley Halford
  • Birth date May 18, 1931
  • Birthplace Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham, Great Britain
  • Date of death December 2, 2001 (70 years 198 days)
  • Place of death Churston Ferrers, Brixham, Great Britain
  • Teams Cooper, Maserati, Team Lotus
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1956 Maserati 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1957 Maserati 3 3 0 0 1 11 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
1959 Team Lotus 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 16 0 0 0 -
1960 Cooper 2 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 16 0 0 0 -
Total 9 8 0 0 2 8 0 0 11 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Silverstone July 14, 1956 Race results
Last race French Grand Prix Reims July 3, 1960 Race results
Profile

A trawler owner and café proprietor, Bruce Halford was one of the band of private entrants who enlivened Formula One in the 1950s. He bought a Maserati F1 car which he transported in an old coach which had many of the seats removed and a full-width door cut into the back. Between 1956 and 1958 he lived a nomadic life, using winnings to pay for parts and food, in later years claiming he spent far more time behind the wheel of the coach than he ever did driving.

By 1958 his Maserati was obsolete and he took a drive with John Fisher, another privateer running a Lotus, but his debut ended after two laps at Monaco in a multiple crash which wiped out all the Formula Two entries. Later that year he drove a BRM F1 car to third at Snetterton but this failed to earn him more drives. His final grand prix was at Reims in 1960 where he finished eighth, only the second time he had completed the course in F1.

He had established a name away from F1, competing in the Le Mans 24 Hour race between 1957 and 1961, but after that he competed less and less although he did become a regular fixture at historic meets.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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