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Jonkheer Karel Pieter Antoni Jan Hubertus (Carel) Godin de Beaufort (10 April 1934 – 2 August 1964) was a Dutch nobleman and motorsport driver from the Netherlands. He competed in Formula One between 1957 and 1964.

Carel Godin de Beaufort
N. 13 at 1962 Dutch Grand Prix (2) (cropped).jpg
Carel Godin de Beaufort in 1962
Born(1934-04-10)10 April 1934
Maarsbergen, Netherlands
Died2 August 1964(1964-08-02) (aged 30)
Cologne, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityNetherlands Dutch
Active years19571964
TeamsEcurie Maarsbergen (privateer Porsche and Cooper)
Scuderia Ugolini (privateer Maserati)
Entries31 (28 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1957 German Grand Prix
Last entry1964 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years19561960, 19621963
TeamsWolfgang Seidel
Ed Hugus
privateer
Porsche System Engineering
Best finish5th (1958)
Class wins1 (1957)

Contents

CareerEdit

Godin de Beaufort participated in 31 World Championship Grands Prix, becoming the first Dutchman ever to score points in the Formula One World Championship, and numerous non-Championship Formula One races. He was one of the last truly amateur drivers in F1, and ran his own cars – painted the vibrant Dutch racing colour: orange – under the Ecurie Maarsbergen banner, the team taking its name from de Beaufort's country estate. In early years he was considered something of a mobile chicane, and a danger to other drivers on the track. However, in later years he matured into a competent and popular competitor.

Always a Porsche devotee (he only drove two World Championship races in anything else) he was a familiar sight at both Championship and non-Championship races in his orange Porsche 718, bought from the Rob Walker Racing Team. Although the 718 was outclassed even in its first year with him, he persisted with it as it was the only design into which he could fit his burly frame. The size of the car, and a streak of self-deprecating humour in de Beaufort himself, earned it the nickname "Fatty Porsche". With stereotypical aristocratic eccentricity he often drove without shoes,[1] and at his final race in Germany was even seen taking practice laps wearing a Beatles wig, rather than his helmet.[2]

DeathEdit

Godin de Beaufort was driving the Porsche 718 in practice for the 1964 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring when the car suddenly veered off the track at the infamous Bergwerk corner. He was thrown out and suffered massive injuries to his head, chest and legs. Initially De Beaufort was taken to a hospital in Koblenz, but on the following day he was transferred to a major neurological centre in Cologne where he died in the evening.[2]

 
Godin de Beaufort at the 1961 Dutch Grand Prix.

Racing recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1956   Wolfgang Seidel   Mathieu Hezemans Porsche 550A/4 RS S 1.6 48 DNF DNF
1957   E. Hugus   Ed Hugus Porsche 550A RS S 1.5 286 8th 1st
1958   Baron Carel Godin de Beaufort   Herbert Linge Porsche 550 RS S 1.5 288 5th 2nd
1959   Baron Carel Godin de Beaufort   Christian Heins Porsche 718 RSK S 1.5 186 DNF DNF
1960   Baron Carel Godin de Beaufort   Richard Stoop Porsche 718 RS 60 S 1.6 180 DNF DNF
1962   Porsche System Engineering   Ben Pon Porsche 356B Abarth GT 1.6 35 DNF DNF
1963   Porsche System Engineering   Gerhard Koch Porsche 356B 2000GS GT GT 2.0 94 DNF DNF
Source:[3]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Pts
1957 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER
141
PES ITA NC 0
1958 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ARG MON NED
11
500 BEL FRA GBR NC 0
Porsche RS550 GER
Ret1
POR ITA MOR
1959 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 MON 500 NED
10
NC 0
Scuderia Ugolini Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 FRA
9
GBR GER POR ITA USA
1960 Ecurie Maarsbergen Cooper T51 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 ARG MON 500 NED
8
BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA NC 0
1961 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 MON NED
14
BEL
11
FRA
Ret
GBR
16
GER
14
ITA
7
USA NC 0
1962 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 NED
6
MON
DNQ
BEL
7
FRA
6
GBR
14
GER
13
ITA
10
USA
Ret
RSA
11
16th 2
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 MON BEL
6
NED
9
FRA GBR
10
GER
Ret
ITA
DNQ
USA
6
MEX
10
RSA
10
14th 2
1964 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 MON NED
Ret
BEL FRA GBR GER
DNS
AUT ITA USA MEX NC 0
Source:[4]
Notes

Complete Formula One Non-Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN SYR NAP LON SIL SOL
Ret
KAN DAN
Ret
MOD
DNQ
FLG
6
OUL LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU AIN INT NAP MAL
9
CLP RMS
7
SOL
5
KAN
6
MED DAN
7
OUL
7
MEX
7
RAN NAT
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 LOM GLV PAU
4
IMO
6
SYR
2
AIN INT
9
ROM
2
SOL
7
KAN
7
MED
DNS
AUT
3
OUL
10
RAN
1964 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 DMT NWT SYR AIN INT
13
SOL
8
MED RAN
Source:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Archived December 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "8W - Who? - Carel Godin de Beaufort". 8w.forix.com. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ "All Results of Carel Godin de Beaufort". RacingSportCars. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 49. ISBN 0851127029.
  5. ^ "Carel Godin de Beaufort – Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
Preceded by
Gary Hocking
Formula One fatal accidents
1 August 1964 (date of accident)
2 August 1964 (date of death)
Succeeded by
John Taylor