Howden Ganley

Name: Howden Ganley

Nationality: New Zealand

Date of birth: December 24, 1941 - Hamilton

A laconic, practical Kiwi whose racing ambitions were fired by a visit to the 1955 New Zealand Grand Prix, Ganley came to Britain in 1961 where he used his considerable talents as a mechanic to bankroll his Formula 3 racing - which became really serious from 1967 onwards when he acquired a Brabham BT21. He graduated to Formula 1 with BRM in 1971, gaining a strong fifth in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, followed by a fourth at Watkins Glen and a similar placing in the following year's German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. He drove for Frank Williams in 1973, leading the Canadian Grand Prix for some distance before fading to sixth. In 1974 he drove briefly for March and the unsuccessful Japanese Maki team, retiring after crashing badly in practice at Nurburgring. Thereafter he concentrated on building up the Tiga racing car business in partnership with Australian Tim Schenken, selling out his stake in 1987 before getting involved in various other business projects outside racing. Served a spell as secretary of the British Racing Drivers' Club but now living in the USA with his wife Judy, herself a former racer.

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