Masten Gregory

Born:
29th February 1932
Kansas City, Missouri
Died:
8th November 1985 (Aged 53)
Porto Ercole, Tuscany (I)
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

A quiet and thoughtful man who spoke with a deep American voice, Masten Gregory raced with a devil-may-care style that resulted in numerous accidents. Blessed by independent means thanks to his father’s insurance company, Gregory began to race as soon as he had inherited.

He won SCCA races during 1953 with a Jaguar C-type before buying the 1954 Buenos Aires 1000Kms-winning Ferrari 375MM and heading to Europe. He won at Aintree and in the Bahamas during a season of promise.

Sports cars and Formula 1

His highest profile victory to date came in the 1957 Buenos Aires 1000Kms when driving a Ferrari 290MM owned by rich American Temple Buell. He also graduated to Formula 1 that year and impressed in four Grand Prix starts driving Scuderia Centro Sud’s Maserati 250F. Third on his debut in Monaco, he was fourth in the Pescara and Italian GPs to clinch sixth in the world championship.

Gregory drove a third works Cooper-Climax during 1959 and his T51 was third in Holland and led in Germany before retiring. Second in Portugal was the best result of his GP career although Gregory missed the final two races after injuring his shoulder during the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood.

Formula 1 independent

He then led in the early stages of the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours but struggled in F1 with Centro Sud’s tardy Cooper T51-Maserati. Gregory joined the ambitious Camoradi International for 1961 and was once more disappointed by its F1 Cooper T53-Climax. That year’s highlight was victory in the Nürburgring 1000Kms when sharing a Maserati T61 with team owner Lucky Casner.

With Camoradi in a state of collapse, Gregory switched to the UDT Laystall Racing Team by the end of the year and remained with the team in 1962 as Innes Ireland’s team-mate. His Lotus 19-Climax won the sports car Canadian GP at Mosport Park and victory in a non-championship F1 race at Karlskoga followed with the team’s Lotus 24-BRM.

Victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours

Gregory’s only Indianapolis 500 start was in 1965 when his BRP-Ford was sponsored by stepfather George Bryant. He climbed from 31st on the grid to run fifth before retiring after losing oil pressure. The biggest victory of his career came three weeks later at Le Mans when he shared a North American Racing Team Ferrari 275LM with young Austrian Jochen Rindt. Ed Hugus is alleged to have also driven a stint during the night when the bespectacled Gregory had difficulty seeing in the rain and Rindt was nowhere to be found.

Gregory retired from the sport after Jo Bonnier was killed in the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours and he later worked as a diamond trader in Amsterdam. Just 53 years old, he died in his sleep in 1985 when he suffered a heart attack at his holiday home in Italy.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1972 World Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
1 0 0 0 0
1971 International Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
1 0 0 0 0
1970 International Championship of Makes
Autodelta
2 0 1 0 4
1969 International Championship of Makes
Richard Brostrom
Ecurie Filipinetti
2 0 0 0 3
1968 International Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
1 0 0 0 0
1966 International Championship of Makes
Essex Wire
North American Racing Team
2 0 1 0 6
1965 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Centro Sud
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1965 International Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
1 0 1 1 9
1965 USAC National Championship
George R Bryant
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1964 International Championship of Makes
Ford Motor Company
1 0 0 0 0
1963 F1 World Championship
Tim Parnell
Reg Parnell Racing
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1963 Speed and Endurance World Challenge
North American Racing Team
1 0 0 0 4
1962 F1 World Championship
UDT-Laystall Racing Team
6 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 1
1962 Speed World Challenge
UDT-Laystall Racing Team
1 0 0 0 0
1961 F1 World Championship
UDT-Laystall Racing Team
Camoradi International
5 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1961 World Sportscar Championship
Porsche
Lucky Casner
2 0 1 1 10
1960 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Centro Sud
Camoradi International
4 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 World Sportscar Championship
Camoradi USA Racing Team
Lucky Casner
2 0 0 0 2
1959 F1 World Championship
Cooper Car Co
6 0 2 0
0% win rate
8th 10
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Ecurie Ecosse
1 0 0 0 0
1958 F1 World Championship
Temple Buell
Horace Gould
Scuderia Centro Sud
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1958 World Sportscar Championship
Ecurie Ecosse
2 0 0 0 0
1957 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Centro Sud
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
6th 10
1957 World Sportscar Championship
Duncan Hamilton
Scuderia Ferrari
George Tilp
3 0 1 1 12
1955 World Sportscar Championship
Mike Sparken
1 0 0 0 0