Keegan Rupert Keegan, 1978 Monaco Grand Prix Keegan

Full Name: Rupert Keegan Arnold
Nationality: British
Born: 26 February 1955, Westcliff-on-Sea (GBR)

First GP: 1977 Spanish Grand Prix
Last GP: 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix

Entries: 37 Grands Prix: 25 Non-starts: 12
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 7th Best Grid: 13th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 13

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1976 British Formula 3 (BP Championship), March Toyota, 1st overall
1977 Formula 1, Penthouse Rizla Hesketh Ford V8 308E, 12 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1978 Formula 1, Surtees Ford V8 TS19/TS20, 13 entries, 5 DNQ, 2 DNS, 6 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1979 Aurora F1 Series, Arrows Cosworth V8 A1, 13 races, 6 wins, 6 podiums,  1st overall
1980 Formula 1, RAM Williams Ford V8 FW07, 7 entries, 3 DNQ, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1982 Formula 1, March Ford V8 821, 5 entries, 2 DNQ, 3 races, 0 points, Not Classified

Rupert Keegan


His results in F1 may not be much to write home about, but Rupert Keegan remains the only driver in the sport to have driven for teams sponsored by pornographic magazines, contraceptives and cigarettes!

While Essex-born Keegan certainly possessed some racing talent, it is perhaps doubtful – given his record of 25 starts and no points’ finishes in a career spanning 1977-82 – that he had enough talent to warrant a true place in Formula 1.

Certainly both Rupert and his doting father Mike believed otherwise, for he won his very first car race in a Ford Escort Mexico, before moving into Formula Ford, where he proved quick but wild.

A strong finish to his 1974 championship season was a launchpad into Formula 3 in 1975, but his season was spent regularly crashing the ex-Brian Henton March chassis.

By 1976, he’d matured into a more consistent performer, and he won nine rounds of the BP championship to claim the title, earning him a spot with the Hesketh Grand Prix team, which was enjoying backing from Penthouse magazines and Rizla cigarette papers.

Despite the shortcomings of the car, he qualified for every race, although rarely saw the flag as he found himself getting caught up in a sequence of accidents.

From Surtees he joined the Durex-sponsored Surtees team for the 1978 season. The team was in its death throes by this stage, and Rupert struggled to get the uncompetitive car on the grid.

Unable to stay in the main game in 1979, he treaded water in the less-competitive Aurora F1 series, claiming five round wins and the championship.

But he was unable to mirror that form when he returned again to Formula 1 in 1980, despite having the championship-winning Williams FW07 (admittedly run by the RAM outfit) at his disposal. He returned briefly to F1 for one last shot with the March team in 1982, but that again proved a false dawn.

He quit the F1 scene, spending the next few years competing in endurance racing and IndyCars, before pursuing a career in business.

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