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 Bob Anderson

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Bob Anderson

  • Birth 19 May 1931
  • Death 14 Aug 1967
  • Burial Hendon, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 13997166

Motorcycle racer and Motor racing driver. Robert Hugh Fearon 'Bob' Anderson was born in Hendon, North London, and began his racing career on motorcycles in 1953, turning professional in 1956, he won his first pro-ride at the North West 200 on a Norton, which were to become his principal bikes. Between 1958 and 1960 he raced in the Isle of Man TT Races rarely finishing below 8th place, and tthree times finishing in the runners-up position - 1956 Senior TT just 3.5secs behind the winner (John Buchan on a Norton), 1958 Senior TT (2nd behind John Surtees on an MV) and 1959 350cc Formula One (2nd behind Alistair King on an AJS). He finished his career on bikes with a double win on a Norton at Nurburgring. In 1961 he switched to four wheels learning his craft in Formula Junior in a Lotus 20. Colin Chapman spotted his talent and recruited him in 1962 for Team Lotus, before buying an ex-Bowmaker Lola to have a crack at Formula 1 in 1963. He competed on a shoe-string budget in many non-championship events with a 3rd place at Imola, a 4th at Syracuse and a win at thr Rome GP. For 1964 he competed in the World Championship full-time with a privately-entered Brabham BT11 with a highest finish of 3rd place at Zeltweg. By 1965 the writing was on the wall for privateers and two 9th places and a written off car was all he could show for his valiant efforts. 1966 was little better, a 6th in the Italian GP being his best result. In 1967 he was considering retirement but a 5th in the South African GP and a win in Rhodesia convinced him to continue with out-dated machinery. However whilst practising at a wet Silverstone circuit, he aquaplaned into a marshals post and received severe throat and chest injuries from which he later died in hospital.


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  • Created by: Paul Narramore
  • Added: 19 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13997166
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bob Anderson (19 May 1931–14 Aug 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13997166, citing St Mary Churchyard, Hendon, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Paul Narramore (contributor 46601741) .