Carel Godin de Beaufort

Full Name:
Jonkhee Carel Pieter Anthonie Jan Hubertus Godin de Beaufort
Born:
10th April 1934
Maarsbergen, Utrecht
Died:
2nd August 1964 (Aged 30)
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia (D), following an accident during German GP practice at the Nurburgring
Nationality:
Dutch
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Carel Godin de Beaufort was a staunch Formula 1 privateer whose old Porsche added resplendent patriotic Dutch orange on occasion. His team – Ecurie Maarsbergen – was named after the ancestral castle in which he had been born although this was normally an extension of the works team. Initially wild and unpredictable, his driving calmed as he gained experienced and de Beaufort eventually developed into a steady, points scoring F1 also ran.

Le Mans and Grand Prix debutant

Tall and broad of stature, de Beaufort began racing a Porsche Spyder in 1956 as he raced in Europe’s major races from the outset, retiring from that year's Le Mans 24 Hours but winning the 1500cc class a year later with a Porsche RS550A and Ed Hugus. F1 was next and de Beaufort entered the same Porsche in the 1957 German Grand Prix – finishing 14th and third in the Formula 2 class.

The Dutch nobleman raced in selected F1 and sports car races for the next three years and finished fifth in the 1958 Le Mans 24 Hours. He almost exclusively drove Porsches although he was ninth at the 1959 French GP with Scuderia Ugolini’s Maserati 250F and eighth in a new Cooper T51-Climax that had to be extended to fit him for the 1960 Dutch GP.

Grand Prix regular

De Beaufort then bought an ex-Stirling Moss Porsche 718 from Rob Walker and raced in all but two GPs in 1961 – the car looked after by works mechanics but officially an independent entry. He lost a considerable amount of weight during the winter and entered every round of the 1962 championship. He finished sixth in that year’s Dutch and French GPs to become the first Dutchman to score championship points.

Further sixth place finishes in Belgium and the USA followed in 1963 as de Beaufort garnered increasing respect. He also finished second in non-championship races at Syracuse and Vallelunga and third in the Austrian GP race of attrition that year – his best F1 results attained when points were not on offer.

The four-cylinder Porsche was now hopelessly outdated and de Beaufort planned only a limited schedule for 1964. Off the pace at the International Trophy, Dutch GP and Solitude, he arrived at the Nürburgring for the German GP but crashed at Bergwerk during practice. Thrown from the car, he hit a tree and suffered injuries to his head and spine from which he died two days later in hospital in Cologne.