Occasional F1 racer Brian Redman is celebrating his 73rd birthday today!
A very successful sports car racer, Redman was long-associated with the Chevron marque. He won the 1970 Targa Florio in a Porsche 908 and the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, in 1975 with a BMW Coupe and in 1978 with a Porsche 935. Redman dominated the North American Formula 5000 championship in the 1970s, and won the SCCA/USAC title three years on the trot (1974-6) driving Lolas.
Redman participated in 15 Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1968 and 1974, driving for a host of teams that included Cooper, Rob Walker Lotus, Frank Williams Racing, Surtees, McLaren, BRM and Shadow (pictured above, at the 1973 United States GP).
In his second F1 outing, he finished on the podium at the 1968 Spanish GP in a Cooper BRM, behind Graham Hill and Denny Hulme. He achieved further points-scoring results in 1972 with a pair of fifth places at the Monaco and German GPs, driving for McLaren.
Several teams recognised Redman’s talent, and he was offered (and usually turned down) a host of Formula 1 drives, including a factory seat with Ferrari!
Figuring he gained more enjoyment in the sports car scene than F1, he wound down his F1 involvement after his appearance at the 1974 Monaco GP, in which he retired his Shadow courtesy of a multi-car pile-up on the opening lap.
Having been inducted into the American Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002, Redman remains active in motorsport to this day and made an appearance at the 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 2009.
[Image via AUTOSPORT]