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Ivor Bueb

Ivor Bueb
Born (1923-06-06)6 June 1923
Died 1 August 1959(1959-08-01) (aged 36)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality 23x15px British
Active years 19571959
Teams Connaught, Gilby, non-works Lotus and British Racing Partnership
Races 6 (5 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1957 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race 1959 British Grand Prix

Ivor Léon John Bueb (6 June 1923, East Ham, London – 1 August 1959, Clermont-Ferrand, France) was a sports car racing and Formula One driver from England.

Bueb started racing seriously in a Formula 3 500cc Cooper in 1953, graduating to the Cooper works team in 1955 when he finished second in the British championship. He made occasional starts in Grands Prix in 1957 with a Connaught and a Maserati run by Gilby Engineering. The following year he raced Bernie Ecclestone's Connaught at Monaco, and drove a Formula Two Lotus at the German Grand Prix. In 1959 he had two outings for BRP, firstly a non-qualification at Monaco, then another Formula Two entry at the British Grand Prix. He participated in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix in all, but scored no championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.

With the death of Archie Scott Brown at Spa in May 1958, Brian Lister hired Bueb to fill the now-vacant Lister-Jaguar driver's seat. Bueb did an admirable job, scoring several first places at tracks such as Crystal Palace and Goodwood during the 1958 and 1959 sports car campaigns.

Bueb is perhaps best known for sharing the winning works Jaguar D-type with Mike Hawthorn in the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans; a success he repeated with Ron Flockhart in the ex-works Ecurie Ecosse car in 1957.

He suffered serious injuries in 1959 when he crashed his BRP Cooper-Borgward Formula Two car at the Charade Circuit near Clermont-Ferrand, France. He crashed at Gravenoire, a multiple apex-section at the very far end of the circuit, and was thrown out of his Cooper. He died six days later at a hospital near the circuit.

It was Ivor Bueb's death, in conjunction with Archie Scott Brown's demise, that finally led Brian Lister to shut down his very successful sports car racing effort.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1957 Connaught Engineering Connaught
Type B
Alta Straight-4 ARG MON
500 FRA NC 0
Gilby Engineering Ltd. Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 GBR
1958 BC Ecclestone Connaught
Type B
Alta Straight-4 ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR
NC 0
Ecurie Demi Litre Lotus 12 Climax Straight-4 GER
11 *
1959 British Racing Partnership Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 MON
500 NED FRA NC 0
Borgward Straight-4 GBR
13 *

* Formula 2 entry.

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Preceded by
José Froilán González
Maurice Trintignant
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1955 with:
Mike Hawthorn
Succeeded by
Ron Flockhart
Ninian Sanderson
Preceded by
Ron Flockhart
Ninian Sanderson
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1957 with:
Ron Flockhart
Succeeded by
Olivier Gendebien
Phil Hill
Preceded by
Stuart Lewis-Evans
Formula One fatal accidents
1 August 1959
Succeeded by
Harry Schell