Ian Raby

Full Name:
Ian E Raby
Born:
22nd September 1921
Woolwich, London
Died:
7th November 1967 (Aged 46)
Waterloo, London, from injuries inflicted during the Zandvoort F2 race
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Ian Raby was a Brighton-based garage owner and regular in British motor racing for 14 years. His racing career included three Grand Prix starts as a privateer during the mid 1960s.

Formula 3 and Le Mans

He cut his teeth in the flourishing 500cc Formula 3 category from his debut with a Cooper Mk4-JAP in 1953. He built a succession of specials – all nicknamed "Puddle Jumper" – before gaining some success in another Cooper in 1956.

Raby made his only start in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1957 sharing the works 1100cc Cooper T39-Climax that finished 15th overall with Jack Brabham. National sports cars, Formule Libre and Formula Junior all followed with Raby never the front runner.

Formula 1 privateer

He had loftier ambitions for 1963 and bought Keith Greene’s Formula 1 Gilby-BRM. He retired from his world championship debut at Silverstone before failing to qualify for the subsequent German and Italian GPs. The original Brabham BT3-BRM was acquired for 1964 and Raby qualified for the British GP that year and the next – finishing 11th in 1965.

Formula 2 ends in tragedy

He had made his Formula 2 debut in 1965 and raced a Brabham BT14-Cosworth in the category during 1966. He crashed at Brands Hatch but returned for the inaugural European F2 Championship in 1967 – fifth at Hockenheim was the best of his three points scores.

However, Raby crashed heavily on lap six at Zandvoort when his Brabham ploughed through a fence at the fast Rob Slotemaker Esses. He suffered critical fractures to skull, back and legs but was well enough to be transferred to London’s St Thomas’ Hospital in September. Despite appearing to make progress, Raby died three months after the accident.

Raby was the epitome of the plucky privateer – driver, entrant, sponsor, mechanic all-in-one against the mighty works teams of the time.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1967 RAC British F2 Championship
Ian Raby Racing
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 1
1967 European F2 Trophy
Ian Raby Racing
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 7
1966 Autocar British F2 Championship
Ian Raby Racing
2 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1965 F1 World Championship
Ian Raby Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1965 Autocar British F2 Championship
Ian Raby Racing
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1964 F1 World Championship
Ian Raby Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1963 F1 World Championship
Ian Raby Racing
1 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1957 World Sportscar Championship
Cooper Car Co
1 0 0 0 0