John Barber

John Barber

22/7/1929

Barber, a Billingsgate fish merchant, went racing with a Cooper-JAP before purchasing a Formula 2 Cooper-Bristol Mk1 for the 1952 season. He won a minor Libre race at Snetterton, but crashed the car badly at season's end.

He ventured to South America at the start of 1953 with a Cooper-Bristol T23 (CB-1-53) and drove steadily in the Argentine Grand Prix but could only manage eighth behind the dominant Ferrari 500s, Maseratis and Gordinis. He then finished 12th in the Buenos Aires Libre race.

He returned to the UK and briefly raced the flying saucer-shaped Golding-Cooper, which was built on the frame of his damaged Mk1. It was racing this car in the British Empire Trophy at the Isle of Man that he was innocently involved in the aftermath of a fatal accident which befell James Neilson. Barber soon dispensed with the car and was not seen in action again until a brief return to racing in 1955 with a Jaguar C-Type at national level.

His Golding-Cooper was rebuilt as a single-seater around 1970 and became a regular sight in historic competitions.

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