"Horace Gould"

Full Name:
Horace Harry Twigg
Born:
20th September 1921
Southmead, Bristol
Died:
4th November 1968 (Aged 47)
Southmead, Bristol
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

A portly and larger than life character, "Horace Gould" was an intrepid Formula 1 privateer during the 1950s. Born Horace Twigg, this popular Bristol garage-owner began racing a Cooper-MG sports car in 1952. He travelled to the Southern Hemisphere at the start of 1954 with a new Cooper T23-Bristol and finished fourth in the inaugural New Zealand Grand Prix (as ever a non-championship event).

Formula 1 privateer

He then competed in a number of minor British F1 races and his entry was accepted for that year’s British GP. "Gould" qualified in a respectable 20th position but was an unclassified runner after only completing half the race distance. Victory in the following month’s Joe Fry Memorial Trophy at Castle Combe followed after Bob Gerard’s suspension failed while leading.

An ex-"Bira" Maserati 250F was acquired for 1955 before a newer chassis was added later in the year. He retired from all three GPs he entered but finished third at Albi and second at Charterhall and Castle Combe. Based in Modena for much of the season, "Gould" had to rely on factory cast offs to keep his cars running.

Second at Naples in 1956 when Maserati stayed away and Ferrari imploded, he beat a sparse field in the Aintree 100 and finished a career-best fifth in the British GP when lapped four times. That season ended with a heavy crash at Caen but “Gould” returned to New Zealand in 1957 once the chassis had been repaired.

Out of luck in the GP, he qualified on pole position and finished the Championship Road Race at Southland in third position behind the Ferraris of Peter Whitehead and Reg Parnell. Back in Europe, he qualified on the second row at Naples and took the lead at the start thanks to fitting a low first gear. The works Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins both passed him on the opening lap and “Gould” finished fourth.

He began what proved to be his last season by finishing ninth 1958 Argentine GP (in a 10-car field) and fourth at Syracuse. He failed to qualify at Monaco and retired from the sport having made 14 GP starts when Maserati withdrew. A brief return at the 1960 Italian GP was thwarted when his Maserati did not run in practice and “Gould” could not start.

Two years later ill-health also prompted him to retire from business but his three sons continued to run Gould’s Garage. Horace Twigg (“Gould”) suffered a fatal heart attack in 1968 when only 47 years old.

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