Lance Macklin

Lance Noel Macklin (2 September 1919 – 29 August 2002) was a British racing driver from England. He participated in 15 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 May 1952.

Lance Macklin
Born(1919-09-02)2 September 1919
Kensington, London, England
Died29 August 2002(2002-08-29) (aged 82)
Tenterden, Kent, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19521955
TeamsHWM,
privateer Maserati
Entries15 (13 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1952 Swiss Grand Prix
Last entry1955 British Grand Prix

Early lifeEdit

Macklin's father was the automotive entrepreneur Noel Macklin, founder of both the Invicta and Railton car companies, as well as Fairmile Marine, a manufacturer of motor gun and torpedo boats during World War II. Macklin was born in Kensington, and educated at Eton College. He volunteered for service with the Royal Navy in 1939 and (in line with his father's business) was assigned to work on motor gun boats.

Personal lifeEdit

Macklin was married to his first wife, Shelagh Mulligan and they had two children, Patrick and Miranda.

He married his second wife, Gillian McComish and they had a son, Noel "Perry" Macklin born in 1970.

Motoring careerEdit

On demobilisation after the Second World War, Macklin followed his early ambition and became a racing driver, although an early attempt to enter a race on the Isle of Man was refused on grounds that he had no experience.

During his Grand Prix career, Macklin scored no championship points, principally due to his uncompetitive HWM cars. His best career result came when he won the non-Championship BRDC International Trophy, at Silverstone in 1952.

Role in the 1955 Le Mans disasterEdit

In the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans he was involved in the most catastrophic accident in racing history, which killed Pierre Levegh and 83 spectators. Macklin swerved to avoid hitting the Jaguar of Mike Hawthorn, who was braking hard in a late attempt to pit, and moved into the path of Levegh's car causing it to clip his.[1][2][3] Although Macklin's car crashed, he was uninjured. Following a later incident in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod, in which Macklin crashed his Austin-Healey 100S avoiding an accident in which Jim Mayers and William T. Smith were killed, Macklin retired from motor sport at the urging of his then-girlfriend.[4]

Business careerEdit

Macklin joined Facel Vega in Paris, running the export division until the company failed in 1963, when he began working for London car dealership H.R. Owen.

Later yearsEdit

He later moved to Spain, but returned to England when he became ill. He died in Tenterden, Kent, four days before his 83rd birthday.[4]

Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1952 HW Motors Ltd HWM Alta Straight-4 SUI
Ret
500 BEL
11
FRA
9
GBR
15
GER NED
8
ITA
DNQ
NC 0
1953 HW Motors Ltd HWM Alta Straight-4 ARG 500 NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
NC 0
1954 HW Motors Ltd HWM Alta Straight-4 ARG 500 BEL FRA
Ret
GBR GER SUI ITA ESP NC 0
1955 Stirling Moss Ltd Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 ARG MON
DNQ
500 BEL NED GBR
8
ITA NC 0
Source:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spurgeon, Brad (11 June 2015). "On Auto Racing's Deadliest Day". The New York Times Company, Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Mike Hawthorn & the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Cause and the Effect". ConceptCarz.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  3. ^ Deadliest Crash:the Le Mans 1955 Disaster (Programme Website), BBC Four documentary, broadcast 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Lance Macklin". Daily Telegraph. 4 September 2002. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 234. ISBN 0851127029.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Reg Parnell
BRDC International Trophy winner
1952
Succeeded by
Mike Hawthorn