Michael Mac­dowel 1932-2016

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

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.

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