Robin Widdows

Full Name:
Robin Michael Widdows
Born:
27th May 1942 (Age 76)
Cowley, London
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This English public school boy was a one-time Grand Prix driver who also represented Great Britain in the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics in both the two- and four-man bobsleigh.

Early racing career

The son of a Battle of Britain fighter pilot, Robin Widdows was persuaded to start racing by Eddie Portman who bought him an MG Midget in 1964. He switched to a Barwell Motors-prepared Lotus 23-BRM for the following season and won his class in the 1965 Autosport Championship.

That success prompted Widdows to leave his job in property and turn professional just as he lost Portman’s backing. A Brabham BT18-Ford was acquired for Formula 3 in 1966 and he won a minor race at Castle Combe.

The Witney Racing Syndicate was formed by his parents and some friends to fund his 1967 graduation to Formula 2 with a Brabham BT23-Cosworth. He won the non-championship race at Hockenheim and switched to Chequered Flag’s McLaren M4A-Cosworth for 1968. That campaign included a fine second to Jackie Stewart at Pau and third in the Monza Lotteria.

Grand Prix appearance for Cooper

He also made his only GP start that year when he drove a works Cooper T86B-BRM in the 1968 British GP at Brands Hatch. Widdows qualified 18th and ran in the lower midfield before the ignition failed. His season was ended by an accident while testing JW Automotive Mirage-BRM at Snetterton that aggravated a previous bobsleigh injury.

For 1969, Widdows contested another season of F2, initially with a works Merlyn 12 before joining Bob Gerard Racing. Driving a Brabham BT23C-Cosworth, Widdows won the Monza Lotteria (a non-championship race that year) and finished second at Reims a week later. He also started the Le Mans 24 Hours for the only time when a delayed seventh in the works Matra-Simca MS630/650 he shared with Nanni Galli.

He finished fourth at Thruxton and Montjuich Park at the start of 1970 with Alistair Walker’s F2 Brabham BT30-Cosworth before making the sudden decision to retire in June. He was later the representative for Moët et Chandon champagne in Formula 1.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1970 European F2 Trophy
Alistair Walker Racing
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
6th 9
1969 European F2 Trophy
Bob Gerard
Merlyn Racing
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 3
1969 International Championship of Makes
Equipe Matra Elf
1 0 0 0 0
1969 Guards F5000 Championship
Sid Taylor Racing
Sid Taylor
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
32nd 150
1968 F1 World Championship
Cooper Car Co
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1968 European F2 Trophy
The Chequered Flag
McLaren Racing Team
6 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 2
1967 RAC British F2 Championship
Witley Racing Syndicate
4 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 European F2 Trophy
Witley Racing Syndicate
8 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
9th 8