Bob Gerard

Full Name:
Frederick Roberts Gerard
Born:
19th January 1914
Leicester, Leicestershire
Died:
26th January 1990 (Aged 76)
South Croxton, Leicestershire
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

"Mr Bob" was a star of the British racing scene who started his competition career by driving the family Riley Nine on the 1933 Land’s End Trial. He also raced at Donington Park and Brooklands before World War II but it was once that conflict had ended that Gerard found national fame.

Early racing career

Invariably behind the wheel of a Riley before the war, Gerard acquired three ERAs during the late 1940s and finished fourth in the 1947 Belgian Grand Prix when sharing chassis R14B with Cuth Harrison. Further success followed in the British GP with Gerard third in 1948 and second a year later. His form during 1949 was enough to win the British Racing Drivers' Club’s Gold Star.

Grand Prix privateer

Gerard’s ERA then finished sixth in the 1950 British and Monaco GPs when just outside the points in the opening rounds of the new world championship. He also won the British Empire Trophy at Douglas on the Isle of Man for the third time that year.

A Formula 2 Cooper T23-Bristol was acquired in 1953 to replace his venerable ERAs and Gerard starred in both F2 and 500cc Formula 3 for the marque at the time. He also won a non-championship Formula 1 race at Charterhall in 1955 with Stirling Moss’s Maserati 250F.

In addition to his full schedule at home, Gerard started eight world championship GPs from 1950 to 1957. He once more finished sixth in the unique rear-engine Cooper T43-Bristol on his final such appearance in the 1957 British GP.

Team management

Still a national sports car race winner with a Turner in 1960, he retired from the driving seat a year later. He then turned F2 entrant, supporting his nephew Julian Gerard among others before, in his own words, he "just gradually faded out of racing."

Immensely popular and an entertaining raconteur, he died in 1990 when 76 years old. His wife Joan was also a well-known and successful competitor and the car dealership they established in 1974 (Bob Gerard Ltd) continues to operate today.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1957 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1956 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1954 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1953 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1953 World Sportscar Championship
AFN
1 0 0 0 0
1951 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1950 F1 World Championship
Bob Gerard
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0