My Formula 5000
Entering his 14th year of motor racing, Englishman Gethin is contesting
the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship series behind the wheel of
a Racing Team V.D.S. Lola T430. Gethin has not raced in the U.S.
Formula 5000 series since 1973, when he placed fourth in the final
points standings, but has competed in this type of racing car for the past
two years in Europe and in the Tasman series. In 1975, Gethin was
runner-up in Europe’s 16-race ShellSport F/5000 championship to V.D.S.
teammate Teddy Pilette. In 1974, he captured the Australia-New Zealand
Tasman crown and won the non-championship Race of Champions
Formula 1 event at Brands Hatch, England, topping the F/1 cars in his
Chevron F/5000. Gethin’s first U.S. racing effort, in 1969, was in the
F/5000 series, entering three races and winning at Lime Rock Park for a
10th place in the final championship standings. In 1970, as  a member of
the Team McLaren Can-Am team, he won the Road America event and
placed third in the Can-Am standings. Joining the BRM Formula 1 troupe
in the middle of 1971, he brought BRM victory at the Italian Grand Prix in
only his second drive for the team. In 1972, he again drove for BRM,
placing sixth at Monaco in his best effort and in the U.S. drove a Chevron
to victory in the Donnybrooke F/5000 race. Gethin started racing in 1962
with a production sports car, progressing through Formula 3 and
Formula 2 competition and then on to F/5000 racing in 1969, winning the
European championship that year and in 1970. Son of a famous English
jockey, Gethin was born in Ewell, Surrey, England.
Chevron B24
Chevron B37
Peter Gethin
Profile 1976
Residents, London, England
Born February 21, 1940
Douglas Shierson
Peter Gethin