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John Rhodes (born Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on 18 August 1927 [1]) is a British former racing driver from England, who participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1965 British Grand Prix, at Silverstone on 10 July 1965, from which he retired on lap 39 with ignition problems. His Cooper-Climax T60 was provided for him by veteran racer Bob Gerard.[2]

John Rhodes
Born (1927-08-18) 18 August 1927 (age 92)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1965
Teamsnon-works Cooper
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1965 British Grand Prix
Last entry1965 British Grand Prix

In 1961 he drove a Cooper-B.M.C. Formula Junior car for the Midland Racing Partnership, winning a long race on the Phoenix Park circuit in Dublin on 22 July, and the Dunboyne Trophy on 29 July.[3] On 11 June 1962, he drove Bob Gerard's Cooper-Ford in the 2,000 Guineas F1 race at Mallory Park.[4] Rhodes soldiered on with the Cooper-B.M.C. FJ car in 1963 when the Ford engine was required to win.[5] That year he competed in a works Mini-Cooper 'S' type in saloon car racing,[6] finishing 8th with Rob Slotemaker in The Motor International Six-Hour Saloon-Car Race at Brands Hatch on 6 July.[7] In 1965 Rhodes continued with the Mini, taking fourth place, among the big bangers, in the Ilford Films Trophy at Brands Hatch on 13 March.[8] He failed to finish in the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone in Bob Gerard's Cooper-Ford on 15 May 1965.[9]

At Le Mans in 1965 John Rhodes, with Paul Hawkins, finished twelfth overall, and first in class, in a 1.3-litre Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite entered by the Donald Healey Motor Company, completing 278 laps.[10] In 1966 at the Targa Florio, Rhodes partnered with Timo Mäkinen, finished ninth overall and won the class in an M.G.B.[11]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1965 Gerard Racing Cooper T60 Climax V8 RSA MON BEL FRA GBR


  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, August 1965, Pages 662-664.
  3. ^ Motor Sport, January 1962, Page 31.
  4. ^ Motor Sport, July 1962, Page 499.
  5. ^ Motor Sport, June 1963, Page 448.
  6. ^ Motor Sport, July 1963, Page 509.
  7. ^ Motor Sport, August 1963, Page 586.
  8. ^ Motor Sport, April 1965, Page 256.
  9. ^ Motor Sport, June 1965, Page 462.
  10. ^ Motor Sport, July 1965, Page 565.
  11. ^ Motor Sport, June 1966, Pages 490, 491, 500.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrea de Adamich
European Touring Car Championship champion (Div.2)
Succeeded by
Spartaco Dini