|First race||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||May 26, 1968||Race results|
|Last race||Swedish Grand Prix||Anderstorp||June 19, 1977||Race results|
Although Jackie Oliver raced in 50 Grand Prix between 1967 and 1977, his main claim to fame was as the founder and owner of the Arrows team.
He had a good reputation in British saloon and GT racing when he was signed to the Lotus team in 1967 where he debuted with a creditable fifth in the German GP, his only race of the season. In 1968 he was drafted in after the death of Jim Clark, and competed with little success until his third place in the final race of the season in Mexico. He moved to BRM in 1969 but had two poor seasons, suffering from repeated engine failure and finishing only four times.
In 1971 he took three drives for McLaren but chose to concentrate on endurance racing, where he was increasingly successful, winning the 24-hour Le Mans (1969) and the Daytona 24-hours (1970). In 1972 he took a one-off drive for BRM at the British GP (inevitably, the car broke down) but in 1973 he returned full time as team leader of the new Shadow set up. Again, the car proved unreliable but gradually came good. In the penultimate race in Canada, many thought Oliver won, but such was the confusion caused by rain, multiple pit stops and a pace car that we was classified as third.
He continued to race for Shadow but not in F1, mainly in Formula 5000, although he did take part in the 1977 F1 race of Champions, finishing fifth, and then took ninth in the Swedish GP, his final race. At the end of the year he left Shadow in acrimonious circumstances along with several other key players to from the Arrows team. Their main claim to fame was in establishing the longest losing streak in F1 history - 382 races, no wins - but that disguised the fact the cars were often competitive and the team helped blood some up-and-coming drivers, among them Gerhard Berger, as well as securing a few podiums and 167 points.
Oliver sold his stake in 1990, remaining as director until the purchasers, the Japanese Footwork Corporation, withdrew in 1993. Oliver resumed control but was always struggling financially, and in 1996 he again sold, this time to TWR. He remained on the board until 1999.
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