Wilds Mike Wilds  

Full Name: William Michael ‘Mike’ Wilds
Nationality: British
Born: 7 January 1946, London (GBR)

First GP: 1974 United States Grand Prix
Last GP: 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix

Entries: 8 Grands Prix: 3 Non-starts: 5
Wins: 0 Best Finish: DNF Best Grid: 22nd
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 3

1974 Formula 1, Dempster Racing March 731, 1 entry, 1 DNQ
  Formula 1, Ensign Ford V8 N174, 4 entries, 3 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1975 Formula 1, Stanley BRM V12 P201, 2 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1976 Formula 1, Team P R Reilly Shadow Ford V8 DN3, 1 entry, 1 DNQ

Mike Wilds was a regular on the Formula 3 and Formula 5000 scene, whose opportunity in F1 was all too brief to demonstrate his skills.

A former Firestone Tyres employee, Mike spent seven years in club racing before graduating to Formula 3 in 1972. Backed by Dempster Developments, he was soon winning races before opting to move into F5000 in 1974.

Mid-year. he was given the chance to try and qualify (sadly failing) a March 731 at Brands Hatch for the British GP, before he was picked up by Ensign for the closing rounds of the season, finally making the grid for the season-ending US GP only to lost precious laps having to pit to repair a fuel pump.

Invited to lead the BRM team in 1975, he last but two races before getting the chop, and he suffered more when he split with his long-time sponsor and having to rejoin F5000 once again, racing an ex-works Shadow in 1976.

Mike returned to the club racing scene once more in the late 1970s, although he would later suffering a leg-breaking crash in 1994 demonstrating Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari 312T at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Wilds now runs his own business teaching prospective racing drivers and helicopter pilots.

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