Philip Fotheringham-Parker was a wealthy associate of Duncan Hamilton who raced as an amateur – including the British Grand Prix on three occasions.
Pre-war racing career
He initially worked as a building contractor but had altogether more adventurous pastimes. A qualified pilot by 22 years old, he began competing at Brooklands in 1931 and his blue Bugatti won the Mountain Handicap that August. But he almost lost his life at the Surrey venue a year later.
He lost control of an Alvis in the wet August Senior Mountain Handicap and crashed over the Member’s banking. The car was impaled against the railings below but he was "practically unhurt, although considerably shaken" according to Bill Boddy.
Racing return after World War II
He sold the Alvis in 1933 and all-but disappeared from the sport for over a decade to concentrate on business affairs. Fotheringham-Parker returned as David Hampshire’s co-driver in the 1948 British Grand Prix and their ERA A-type finished seventh.
Fotheringham-Parker drove Hamilton’s Maserati 6CM in selected races during 1949 and they shared it to finish 11th in the British GP. He was second in the Formule Libre Wakefield Trophy at The Curragh in Ireland when beaten by Anthony Powys-Lybbe’s Alfa Romeo.
After a couple of minor 1951 outings with an ERA B-type, Fotheringham-Parker wheeled out an old Maserati 4CL for his one world championship appearance in that year’s British GP. 16th on the grid, the Englishman ran at the back before a fractured oil pipe ended his day. He did taste "GP" success a week later albeit at the most amateur of levels. The Scottish GP at Winfield was a non-championship affair that attracted just 10 cars which Fotheringham-Parker beat.
His only Le Mans appearance was in 1953 but he was an early causality when sharing Sydney Allard’s Cadillac-powered J2R. He competed on the 1954 Monte Carlo Rally before quitting the sport that year.