Skip Barber

03. Jul 2024 
by Ziv Knoll

Skip Barber at the wheel of his March 711-Ford at the 1971 Canadian Grand Prix held at Mosport Park (picture above). The American qualified in 24th amongst 27 entries, and retired after 13 laps in the race, with oil pressure problems. The race was won from pole position by Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell-Ford). American Mark Donohue finished third on his F1 debut in a Penske-entered McLaren-Ford.

Skip Barber (born 16 November 1936) is an American former race car driver who is known for previously owning and founding the Skip Barber Racing Schools.

In the mid-1960s, he won three SCCA national championships in a row. Later, Barber also won consecutive Formula Ford National Championships (1969 and 1970). At the start of the 1971 season, he purchased a March 711, which he planned to take back to the United States and race in the U.S. Formula 5000 series.

Before he did so, he took part in the Monaco, Dutch, United States (picture-below: qualified 27th and finished 18th) and Canadian Grand Prix in a privately funded March. After that, he raced GT cars and started coaching young drivers via his racing school.

Source: CMHS

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