Jack Lewis

Full Name:
Jack Rex C Lewis
Born:
1st November 1936 (Age 81)
Stroud, Gloucestershire
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Forever the privateer, this Welshman raced in Formula 1 for two seasons before he grew disenchanted with the sport. The son of a motorcycle dealer, Jack Lewis began racing an ex-Ivor Bueb Cooper-Norton in Formula 3 during 1958 – winning a British Championship round at the wet and windy Full Sutton airfield.

He raced in Formula 2 during 1959 and 1960 – his Cooper T45-Climax entered by the family-run H&L Motors team. Third at Aintree that first season, he enjoyed his most successful campaign to date in 1960. Lewis won that year’s Autocar British F2 Championship as well as continental races at Chimay (the GP des Frontières) and on the banking at Montlhéry.

Formula 1 privateer

That was enough to convince Lewis to acquire a Cooper T53-Climax for the 1961 F1 World Championship. He made his debut at Spa-Francorchamps and ended his season by finishing in a career-best fourth in the Italian Grand Prix on the day that Wolfgang von Trips was killed.

Lewis switched to a BRM P48/57 for 1962 when entered as Ecurie Galloise. Third at Pau, he returned the car after failing to qualify at Monaco. He continued with his trusty old Cooper but it was a season of mounting frustration. He retired a works Sunbeam Alpine from his only start at Le Mans in 1963 and quit the sport soon afterwards when newly married.

He later became a sheep farmer before running a garage in his hometown of Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1963 Speed and Endurance World Challenge
Sunbeam Talbot
1 0 0 0 0
1962 Speed World Challenge
Sunbeam Talbot
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1962 F1 World Championship
Ecurie Galloise
4 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1961 F1 World Championship
H&L Motors
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 3
1960 Autocar British F2 Championship 1st -