Masten Gregory  United States

  • Full name Masten Gregory
  • Birth date February 29, 1932
  • Birthplace Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Date of death November 8, 1985 (53 years 252 days)
  • Place of death Monte Argentario, Porto Ercole, Italy
  • Teams Behra-Porsche, BRM, Cooper, Lola, Maserati, Team Lotus
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1957 Maserati 4 4 0 1 4 3 0 0 7 0 0 10 6
1958 Maserati 4 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1959 Cooper 6 6 0 2 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 10 9
1960 Behra-Porsche, Cooper 6 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1961 Cooper, Team Lotus 7 5 0 0 4 10 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1962 Team Lotus 7 6 0 0 3 6 0 0 6 0 0 1 18
1963 Team Lotus, Lola 5 5 0 0 1 11 0 0 8 0 0 0 -
1965 BRM 4 4 0 0 2 8 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
Total 43 38 0 3 22 2 0 1 3 0 0 21
Race Circuit Date
First race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 19, 1957 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 12, 1965 Race results
Profile

Family wealth made Masten's progress easy. If he wanted to race a car, he bought it. Having raced sports cars in the mid-1950s with growing confidence, he took the plunge and went to Formula One in 1957 with a Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati, coming third on his debut at Monaco. Finishing in the points each time out, he placed sixth overall at season's end and this was to prove his best year. Racing for Cooper in 1959 as number three to Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, Masten came second in the Portuguese Grand Prix, but then he crashed in a sports car race and was injured. Indeed, when Masten came to look for a Formula One ride for 1960, his reputation as a crasher went against him, and this led to him racing Cooper and then Lotus cars for four seasons with little success. He signed off with four races in a privately entered BRM in 1965, but it was in sports cars that he earned his glory, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1965 with Jochen Rindt. Many other wins followed before he retired from racing in 1971, before he was felled by a heart attack at the age of 53.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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June 20, 1965

The Ferrari 250LM of Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory on its way to victory

June 17, 1962

Masten Gregory in the pits

August 2, 1959

Tony Brooks, in the the Ferrari 246/F1, followed closely by the Cooper of Masten Gregory on the main straight

     

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