This little known Austrian entered four Grands Prix during 1976 without ever qualifying. Although Otto Stuppacher first competed in 1968, previous experience had been limited to hillclimbs and the occasional sports car event.
Formula 1 privateer
The entry list for the 1976 Austrian GP included Stuppacher’s OASC Racing Team Tyrrell 007-Ford but his fellow drivers and the governing body deemed both Stuppacher and the equally under-qualified Karl Oppitzhauser not experienced enough to race. Their cars remained idle throughout the weekend.
Oppitzhauser did not return but Stuppacher had his entry for the Italian GP accepted although he could only muster the 26th fastest time in practice and the Austrian failed to make the field. Overnight the cars of James Hunt, Jochen Mass and John Watson were demoted due to fuel irregularities and Stuppacher was belatedly awarded a place on the grid. Unfortunately he had already returned to Vienna and he was nowhere to be seen on raceday.
Stuppacher shipped his car to North America for the Canadian and United States GPs but he was hopelessly slow and failed to qualify for either race.