John Rhodes (racing Driver)

John Rhodes (born Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on August 18, 1927 ) 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 July 10, 1965, from which he retired on lap 39 with ignition problems. His Cooper-Climax T60 was provided for him by veteran racer Bob Gerard.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 July 22, and the Dunboyne Trophy on July 29. On June 11, 1962, he drove Bob Gerard's Cooper-Ford in the 2,000 Guineas F1 race at Mallory Park. Rhodes soldiered on with the Cooper-B.M.C. FJ car in 1963 when the Ford engine was required to win. That year he competed in a works Mini-Cooper 'S' type in saloon car racing, finishing 8th with Rob Slotemaker in The Motor International Six-Hour Saloon-Car Race at Brands Hatch on July 6. In 1965 Rhodes continued with the mini, taking fourth place, among the big bangers, in the Ilford Films Trophy at Brands Hatch on March 13. He failed to finish in the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone in Bob Gerard's Cooper-Ford on May 15, 1965.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. In 1966 at the Targa Florio, Rhodes partnered with Timo Makinen, finished ninth overall and won the class in an M.G.B.


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