John Markey

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Wendy Markey (left), John Markey (center), and Pink Stamps representative David Carter (Cartwright?)(right) at Silverstone, 5 July 1970.

Photo courtesy John Markey.

John Markey was born in 1938 in Liverpool. He first competed in motorsports in 1963 driving an 850 cc Mini. In 1966 he was Technical Manager of Fiat at Wembley and raced in England, and on the continent at Nurburgring driving an Emery GT. His career continued with a Diva Valkyr, Ginetta and Lotus 23 in 1967. In 1968 he raced a Gp6 Chevron at Oulton Park, Spa, Nurburgring and Brands Hatch. During 1969 he campaigned a Formula 1 Cooper Maserati in Formula Libre until in 70 he started driving this Lotus 30/40 as Pink Stamps. Continued racing this car until 1973 at which time he was Great Britain Competition Head of BMW.

He then raced for a number of years a BMW 2.0 litre powered Chevron P5 Sports racer.

In 1986, he was employed at John Ashley motors, a BMW dealership and continues to race a Ginetta, Mazda powered in the Thundersports series. Interestingly, his engine mechanics are “Spike” Winters and Ken Brittain, the same engine builders John Willment had for the Lotus 30 originally. My wife and I (Richard Keyes) visited them in their shops in 1983. They are owners of the Engine Shop and B.B.W. Motorsport, located in Maids Moreton. They are campaigning a Colt from these shops near Silverstone. In 1989, he was working at a VW dealership as Head of Fleet Services.

Read John Markey’s comments on driving the Pink Stamps Lotus 30.

Sources:

Markey, John, Personal Interview by Richard Keyes at¬†Markey’s home in Liphook, Hampshire, England, Aug. 7, 1986. ¬†Also from his personal notebooks.

The Lotus 30/40 – The biggest, hairiest Lotus Colin Chapman ever built!