Michael Macdowel 1932-2016
Michael Macdowel, one of Britain’s leading hillclimbers of the 1970s and a prominent BRDC member, died last week at the age of 83.
Macdowel started racing sportscars in the 1950s and joined the Cooper team in 1956. He also raced single-seaters and made one grand prix start in an F2 Cooper T43 at Rouen.
After national service he became competitions manager at Jaguar and was central to the competition development of the E-type. He later started hillclimbing and went on to win the British title in 1973 and ’74 in his Brabham BT36X.
He retired at end of 1979 but continued to serve the sport through work with the Motor Sports Association and BRDC.