Our History

SPEED MERCHANTS was setup specifically to run a car in the 2007 Playstation Ginetta Junior race championship for my son Joe Shaw.

my beautiful boy

Joe Shaw 1992 – 2012

For those who don’t know, Ginetta Junior is an ideal way for youngsters to move from Karting into racing cars. It offers a controlled and economic environment in which 14 to 16 year olds can learn race-craft in proper GT Race cars on circuits up and down the UK.

Currently GINETTA as the only company in the world which offers drivers as young as 14 a genuine route into top level racing, the Ginetta Junior Championship uses the multi-disciplined Ginetta G40 and gives aspiring teenage drivers the chance to take their first step up the motor racing ladder.

A support race to the famed BTCC since 2008, the Ginetta Junior Championship has evolved into one of the most subscribed, most well attended, most televised and ultimately, most prestigious Junior car racing championship in the UK – offering unrivalled opportunities for driver and sponsor exposure, highlighting the importance of the series to young racers aged 14-17 as they embark on their sports car careers.

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The team name is inspired by the Book and Film “The SPEED MERCHANTS” of the late 60s early 70s that followed the World Sports Car championships of that era. The film featured a number of star drivers who are now legendary, in particular Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Vic Elford, Dr Helmut Marko and Brian Redman.

Our particular favourite is Brian Redman and we had the great pleasure of meeting him at Oulton Park in 2005. Born in Lancashire, he is a man who should be a UK household name like Stirling Moss et al. In fact he is very well known in the USA where he won back to back F5000 championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976 beating stars Mario Andretti, Alan Jones, Jody Scheckter, Al Unser and others along the way. Brian is a member of the Motor Racing Hall of fame in the USA.

Brian also has numerous major International endurance race victories. The one big race that eluded him was the Le Mans 24h,  coming close to victory more than once. Although Brain’s F1 career with teams such as Cooper, McLaren, Williams, BRM and Shadow, did not bring him universal fame, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest sports car racers of the 60s, 70s and into the 80s and a multiple F5000 champion. He is also the only man Enzo Ferrari ever asked twice to drive for his team!!!

Brian and Joe

Joe meeting Brian Redman at Oulton Park 2005

The Joe Shaw Memorial Trophy

Awarded annually to the winner of the “Joe Shaw memorial Trophy” Series run by UKGPL online racing forum.

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