Fast womaniser⬇Peter Kenneth Gethin
Peter grew up in Ewell & was interested in motorsports early on. Gethin's father, Ken, was a jockey, but his son could not make friends with the sport. The young Gethin did a car apprenticeship and became a car salesman. In Brands Hatch, he finally visited a racing school. His career began with British club races, before he won the European F5000 Championship in 1969 & 1970 and also achieved some successes in Formula 3 & Formula 2.
Shortly after the deadly accident of Bruce McLaren Gethin came as a substitute driver to the same team & made his debut at Zandvoort. Both in this Grand Prix and in the following race Gethin could not convince; Only at the 1970 GP of Canada did he win a World Cup point. After the GP of Germany 1971 he left McLaren.
Immediately afterwards, Gethin signed a contract with B.R.M. Here he competed as a substitute for Pedro Rodríguez, who died in a Sportscar race. In his first race for his new team, the GP of Austria 1971, Gethin came only to 10th place.
In the next race, the GP of Italy, however, he succeeded in making a sensation. Gethin, who started 11th, was able to win his first & only F1 victory in a memorable race. In a dramatic slipstream match, he overtook François Cevert, Mike Hailwood & Ronnie Peterson, and won the race by a hundredths of a second ahead of Ronnie. Within 6 tenths of a second, Cevert, Hailwood, & Howden Ganley shot over the finish line. This was the narrowest finish in F1 history.
Gethin was unable to continue his performance in the course of his future career. He drove for B.R.M. in 1972/73, but he had numerous failures apart from another World Cup point (Italy 1972). After a guest appearance in 1974 in the Embassy Hill team the F1 career of Peter Gethin ended.
In the 1970s, he took part in the CanAm series, & Gethin became the manager of Beppe Gabbiani, an emerging Italian. In the mid-1980s, he led the Toleman F1 team before setting up his own team, Peter Gethin Racing, for several years in Formula 3000. Until his death, the Ex-F1 driver organized high-level racing courses at Goodwood.
Helmet photo by @mphewitt