MASTEN GREGORY RACE DRIVER

Finally, after the death of long time friend Jo Bonnier at Le Mans in , Masten decided it was time to distance himself from competitive racing. This was easily the biggest win of Masten’s career. The best finishes Masten was able to produce before his Formula One career ended in , occurred during the season when he drove a Lotus 24 for the UDT Laystall team. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a link to reset your password. He never finished his senior year of high school and married at the age of All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Masten Gregory was a true pioneer.

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Inhe became the first Gregoey to set fastest lap in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was definitely ahead of his time as an American Grand Prix racer and it is truly a shame that he never received the credit or fame of those who followed him in the sport.

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This was easily the biggest win of Masten’s career. Masten never got a chance to get behind the steering wheel. Otherwise, it might have produced an interesting scenario of the two Americans battling it out for mastdn first Formula One win.

I just had quite a bit of natural ability, I guess. Through triumph, incident, and a large number of retirements due to mechanical issues, Gregory still made his mark as an independent: We would love to hear what you think.

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“The Kansas City Flash”: The Lives & Times of Masten Gregory

He never finished his senior year of high school and married at the age of Failed to remove flower. It was at this race that Masten became the first American to score a debut podium finish in Formula One history with his brilliant third place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix.

She was especially against the idea of her husband sponsoring their son. Soon, he bought a Mercury-powered Allard to race like his brother-in-law, Dale Duncan. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? Gregory scored a pole position and set a course record at the non-Championship race at Aintreebut his contract with Cooper was not renewed for the following year. Masten followed up this performance with an eighth place finish in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, a fourth place finish in the Pescara Grand Prix, and another fourth place finish in the season-ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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Legends Of Motorsport: Masten Gregory • Petrolicious

Close Cancel Send Request. He was so dedicated to landing a competitive Formula One ride that he actually moved his wife and children to Italy during mssten s, into a villa across from the Ferrari factory. Clear Use Selected Location. Daytona Beach, FL A privateer racer until his retirement indecades of losing close friends to racing incidents dampened his enthusiasm for the sport.

Winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Interesting to note, to yregory date the win was the last time a Ferrari has ever won Le Mans.

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This was easily the biggest win of Masten’s career. Masten never got a chance to get behind the steering wheel.

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It was at this race that Masten became the first American to score a debut podium finish in Formula One history rcae his brilliant third place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix. Masten qualified on the last row thirty-first for the race, but that starting position did not impede him. In a Le Mans review article, it was stated that Masten was turning such fast laps in the opening part of the race that at one point a jet-powered helicopter flying overhead could not keep up with Gregogy down the Mulsanne straight.

Masten’s older brother, Riddelle Gregory a racer himself too at one timeconfirmed bregory poor vision by saying, “Once we were driving down to Texas and Masten had me do the night driving through Oklahoma because he couldn’t see very well mastdn night. Born in into a home that was soon broken by divorce, then the death of his father when he was a toddler, at 19 he was already married and out, helped by a portion of the proceeds earned when his mother sold the family insurance business.

However, in a sports car race at Goodwood, Masten again performed another one of his trademarks by bailing out of his Jaguar when his steering failed.