Brian Redman to star at Race Retro's Formula 5000 celebration

The 50th anniversary of Formula 5000 will be marked at Race Retro with a guest appearance from racing legend Brian Redman

Brian Redman to star at Race Retro's Formula 5000 celebration

The Florida-based Lancastrian, now 80, raced in Formula 1 and the World Sportscar Championship, but was also an acknowledged master of the F5000 single-seater category and won the USA F5000 titles three times in a row in the mid-1970s.

Redman started racing a supercharged Morris Minor Traveller at the temporary Rufforth circuit near York in 1959. He competed in single-seaters before his career really took off with a hugely successful season in Charles Bridges' lightweight Jaguar E-type during 1965.

He then competed at the very highest level and during six seasons he raced for six F1 teams, taking a career best of third in Spain in 1968 driving a Cooper T86.

But Redman is best known for his sportscar success, racing for Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin. He won the 1970 Targa Florio, the Sebring 12 Hours twice and the Spa 1000kms four times.

Despite a brief retirement over safety concerns in 1971, he soon returned to racing and starred in F5000 at the height of the category's popularity.

He raced Sid Taylor's McLaren in the European Championship from 1971 before joining Haas-Hall Racing to win the North American title in 1974, '75 and '76 with the team's Lolas.

Redman's sportscar success continued into the 1980s and he made his 14th and final start at Le Mans in 1989 with the Ecurie Ecosse Aston Martin squad.

He later ran Redman-Bright Engineering in Formula 3000 during 1997 and '98 and now promotes historic events from his home in Florida. His autobiography 'Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks' was publishing in 2016.

Race Retro takes places at Stoneleigh Park on February 23-25.

shares
comments
Historic rallying shaken by deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear

Previous article

Historic rallying shaken by deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear

Next article

2018 Silverstone Classic to host dedicated 'Tin Top Sunday'

2018 Silverstone Classic to host dedicated 'Tin Top Sunday'
Load comments
The mixed return of a historic racing stalwart Plus

The mixed return of a historic racing stalwart

Last weekend's Silverstone Classic may not have benefited from the best British summer weather, but there was some great racing – and a baffling result

Historics
Aug 5, 2021
The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future Plus

The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future

OPINION: Last weekend's Silverstone Classic was another reminder of the joys of dusting off racers from days gone by. But while it might not be obvious, the historic racing world has the potential to play its part in our futures – on and off track

Historics
Aug 3, 2021
Eight reasons to watch the Silverstone Classic Plus

Eight reasons to watch the Silverstone Classic

The Classic was one of the many major events lost to the pandemic in 2020, but it’s now set to be back in style this weekend as it celebrates the 20th edition of retro-themed fun

Historics
Jul 29, 2021
How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance Plus

How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance

Against all odds, the series for V12-powered Superleague Formula cars adorning the liveries of football clubs earned a place in the hearts of many. Even 10 years on from its last race, on this day in 2011, it is fondly remembered by those who were part of it

Historics
Jul 17, 2021
The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century Plus

The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century

The unique McKee-Chevrolet Mahrya achieved very limited success in period. But over half a century after it was shuttered, it has completed a 17-year restoration and is once again turning heads on the track

Historics
Jul 16, 2021
The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed Plus

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed

With attention to detail the first concern, Prodrive’s new Legends department has completed its first restoration project on Petter Solberg's 2004 Rally Japan winner – and is busily gearing up for more

Historics
May 13, 2021
The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace Plus

The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace

Two championships and two class titles in four seasons mark historics ace Benn Tilley as a special talent. Here’s how the Lincolnshire racer progressed from Junior Saloons to become Autosport’s top club driver of 2020

Historics
Apr 5, 2021
How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact Plus

How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact

As the son of club racing legend Gerry, Gregor Marshall has racing in his blood. Although his ambitions are modest, his determination to get his Vauxhall Firenza on the grid at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek tells of a driver who relishes a challenge

Historics
Mar 4, 2021