Guy Edwards

Full Name:
Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards, QGM
Born:
30th December 1942 (Age 76)
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Motor racing’s "Mr Sponsorship" started 11 Grands Prix and was a race winner in both single-seaters and sports cars. But it was his eye for a deal that set him apart from his contemporaries. Guy Edwards was also one of those who helped save Niki Lauda’s life at the 1976 German GP – an act of heroism that was rewarded with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

Background and early racing career

The son of a World War II RAF Squadron Leader, Edwards graduated from Durham University before taking a course at Brands Hatch’s Motor Racing Stables Racing School. That led to his competition debut in 1965 with a Ford Anglia. Minis, Formula 3 and 2000cc sports cars followed but it was 1972 and in European Formula 5000 that Edwards starred.

Formula 1 frustration

A race winner with a Barclays Bank-sponsored works Lola T330-Chevrolet during 1973, he graduated to Formula 1 a year later with Graham Hill Racing. His Embassy Lola T370-Ford was eighth in Monaco and seventh in Sweden but he broke his wrist in an F5000 race at Mallory Park.

Now backed by Penthouse and Rizla, Edwards returned to F1 for a limited schedule with Hesketh in 1976 but did not figure except for his life saving intervention in Germany. The final act of a disappointing GP career was failing to pre-qualify the hopeless Stanley-BRM P207 for the 1977 British GP.

Subsequent career

That failure did not deter Edwards and he used his entrepreneurial skills to forge a successful career at a lower level. He was a high-profile star and race winner in the Aurora AFX British F1 series for five years, driving the likes of RAM Racing’s Fittipaldi F5A-Ford and a Charles Clowes Arrows A1-Ford during that time.

He also raced in sports cars and won twice during 1981 with the Lola T600-Ford he shared with Emilio de Villota. He moved to John Fitzpatrick’s privateer Porsche team in 1983 after attracting Skoal Bandit to the sport. He enjoyed the best finishes of his nine starts at Le Mans with Fitzpatrick when fifth in 1983 and fourth two years later when driving a Porsche 956 on both occasions.

Edwards retired from racing at the end of 1985 but returned in the 1988 British Touring Car Championship when he arranged for Kaliber low-alcohol beer to sponsor Andy Rouse Engineering. It was his final act as a driver but his sponsorship acquisition is the stuff of legend. Team Lotus Commercial Director from 1992 to 1994 was less successful and he later employed his business acumen away from the sport.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1985 World Endurance Championship
John Fitzpatrick Racing
2 0 0 0 0
1984 World Endurance Championship
John Fitzpatrick Racing
5 0 2 0 40th 12
1983 World Endurance Championship
John Fitzpatrick Racing
2 0 0 0 38th 8
1982 World Endurance Championship
Lola Cars
6 0 0 0 80th 4
1981 World Endurance Championship
Grid Motor Racing
Lola Cars
7 0 2 2 21st 53
1980 World Championship of Makes
JLP Racing
Porsche Kremer Racing
2 1 0 0 2
1980 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
Charles Clowes Racing
12 0 6 2
17% win rate
3rd 51
1979 World Championship of Makes 1 0 0 0 0
1979 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
RAM Racing
15 5 4 1
7% win rate
5th 40
1978 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
Team March
Mopar F1
11 (1) 2 4 2
19% win rate
4th 78
1977 F1 World Championship
Rotary Watches Stanley BRM
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1977 European F2 Championship
Ardmore Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1977 World Championship of Sportscars
Guy Edwards
2 (1) 0 0 0 10
1977 ShellSport International Championship
RAM Racing
14 3 7 3
22% win rate
2nd 129
1976 F1 World Championship
Hesketh Racing
4 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1976 World Championship of Sportscars 3 0 0 0 0
1976 ShellSport Group 8 European Championship
Team PR Reilly
RAM Racing
3 2 1 1
34% win rate
9th 30
1975 World Championship of Makes 0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1975 ShellSport 5000 European Championship
Guy Edwards
16 0 7 0
0% win rate
3rd 122
1974 F1 World Championship
Embassy Racing with Graham Hill
7 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Embassy Racing with John Butterworth
9 0 2 1
12% win rate
15th 37
1973 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
John Butterworth
12 (2) 0 3 2
17% win rate
5th 102
1972 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
John Butterworth
6 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 2
1971 International Championship of Makes
Camel Filters Team Huron
1 0 0 0 0
1971 Rothmans F5000 Championship
JT Butterworth
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0