Anthony Hugh Leigh "Tony" Trimmer (born in Maidenhead, Berkshire on January 24, 1943) is an English former racing driver, who is best known for winning the Shell British Formula 3 Championship and E.R. Hall Trophy in 1970. He is also well known for his victory in the 1970 Monaco F3 race.
Despite having a few British and World titles to his name, Trimmer had an unsuccessful Formula One career, making six failed attempts to qualify or pre-qualify for uncompetitive teams between 1975 and 1978. However he fared better in his non-Championship career, given that he battled his way through a rain-soaked track in a Melchester McLaren to a superb third in the 1978 BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race at Silverstone and beating out many of the bigger names in the process, most of whom were caught out by the torrential rain.
Before Formula One
Trimmer was born in Maidenhead, Kent, in 1943. Prior to Formula One, 1970 was a successful year for the Englishman, who won the Shell British Formula 3 Championship, E.R. Hall Trophy and the Monaco F3 Race, driving a Brabham BT-28.
After Hiroshi Fushida's disastrous two race attempts, the fledgeling Maki team chose to replace him with Trimmer for the next three races. Unfortunately for the Englishman, he failed to qualify for either of his three races. However, he qualified the car for the non-championship Swiss Grand Prix, and finished in 13th place, six laps behind.
In 1976, Trimmer had another go at attempting to qualify the Maki, which came at the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix, which also proved in vain, and with that, Maki left Formula One for good.
His sixth and last attempt came in 1978, where he drove a Melchester Racing McLaren, the same car in which he finished third in the BRDC International Trophy earlier in the year, but still didn't qualify.
After Formula One
Since Formula One, Trimmer continues to race in historic events. As late as 1989, Trimmer was a surprise entrant to the British F3000 championship, even being called up to shake down a Brabham BT58 the very same year.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Pts.||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1971||Gold Leaf Team Lotus||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||Non-championship only|
|Frank Williams Racing Cars||March-Ford Cosworth|
|1972||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||0||NC|
|1973||Frank Williams Racing Cars||Iso-Marlboro-Ford Cosworth||Non-championship only|
|1974: Did not compete|
|1975||Safir Engineering||Safir-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|Citizen Maki F1-Team||Maki-Ford Cosworth|
|1976||Maki Engineering||Maki-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1977||Melchester Racing||Surtees-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1978||Melchester Racing||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
- Italic donates as entrants used only in non-championship races.
Formula One Career Results
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|P||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
- Race stopped after 29/75 Laps. Half points awarded
- Race stopped after 29/54 Laps. Half points awarded