S5252 Brabham BT11 3rd GP Austrian 1964 – Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson was a British racing driver. He actually was called Robert Hugh Fearon Anderson. But everyone just called him “Bob”. Like many of his contemporaries in the late fifties and early sixties, Anderson contested the first part of his career on two wheels. He was (like most others) not only fearless, he was also quite successful. Twice he won the North West 200, one of the world’s most popular and fastest road races in Northern Ireland. Like John Surtees or later Mike Hailwood, Anderson switched from two to four wheels in 1961. After only one year he was a factory driver for Lotus in the Formula Junior (today Formula 3) where he became third in the prestigious F3-race at Monaco. After all the move to Formula 1 was not that easy as expected. Anderson decided to try it as a privateer and in 1963 he took part in a Formula One World Championship with a Lola Mk4. The highlight was the victory at the Grand Prix of Rome; a race that didn’t count for the world championship. The number of employees in his team, DW Racing Enterprises, could be counted on the fingers of one hand. For cost reasons Anderson usually traveled with only one mechanic and his French wife Marie-Edmée to the races. Also in 1964 when he used a bright green Brabham BT11 (see pictures of the 1:43 modelcar made by Spark)). With this car he surprised everybody at the Grand Prix of Austria on the airfield course in Zeltweg. Behind winner Lorenzo Bandini and runner-up Richie Ginther the man from London became sensational third. The fact that he benefited from the bad luck of the big stars who suffered from different technical problems didn’t affect the success. Anderson was on the podium as a privateer and was duly celebrated. Incidentally he was three laps behind winner Bandini. But this was also due to the race distance (105 laps) and the short track (3.2 km). For his achievements in 1964 Anderson received the Wolfgang Berghe von Trips award as the best private driver. But the man from London couldn’t repeat this result in the following years. In August 1967 during a test at Silverstone on his Brabham BT11 he crashed into a marshal’s post. Anderson suffered serious chest and neck injuries and died later in the hospital. He was only 36 years old.