John Markey – Racing Career

John Markey (centre in photo) 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.

In 1974 John raced a factory Toyota Celica in the National Saloon Car Championship.  In the mid seventies his company Arian Racing ran Mazda RX3s in the Production Saloon Car Championship.  At the same time, John and co driver David Palmer (who was head of PR at Mazda) campaigned an RX3 in the European Touring Car Championship.

In the early 1980’s John raced a Capri in the Modified Saloon Championship.  In the mid 1980’s he again teamed up with David Palmer to do the Thundersport series in a Mazda powered Ginetta.  In more recent years, he raced with his son, Stephen, in historics driving an E-Type Jaguar.  He now runs Beaconhill Garage with owner Peter Colborne Baber, where among other things they prepare historic racing cars.