Doug Serrurier

Full Name:
Louis Douglas Serrurier
Born:
9th December 1920
Germiston, Gauteng
Died:
4th June 2006 (Aged 85)
Alberton, Gauteng
Nationality:
South African
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

LDS is a small part of the Formula 1 story – a minor South African manufacturer run by Louis Douglas Serrurier from his Johannesburg workshop. He built 13 different chassis bearing his initials with all-but-one built to Formula 1 rules.

Serrurier began racing bikes in speedway and on grass tracks but by 1956 he had switched to cars and circuit racing with a Triumph TR2. The LDS Mk1 was a copy of a Cooper T51 that he had bought from Alan Brown and the Mk2 a T53 look-a-like.

Formula 1 in South Africa

His world championship debut in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta-powered low-line Mk2 was in the 1962 South African Grand Prix. 13th on the grid among the 17 starters, Serrurier retired with a holed radiator. He returned to the race a year later and finished 11th although seven laps of the East London circuit behind at the finish.

He entered the race for a third and final time in 1965 but failed to qualify with the Mk2 now powered by a Climax engine. Later LDS’s (Mk3 to Mk5) were based on contemporary Brabhams. Serrurier continued to race for another four years and enjoyed some success in the Springbok sports car series with a Ford-powered Lola T70.

All-but retired as a driver in 1969, he later worked in Johannesburg restoring classic cars into the 1980s.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1965 F1 World Championship
Otelle Nucci
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1963 F1 World Championship
Otelle Nucci
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1962 F1 World Championship
Otelle Nucci
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1962 South African Drivers Championship
Doug Serrurier
1 0 1 1 0
1961 South African Drivers Championship
Doug Serrurier
1 0 1 1 0