Nuckey was born June 1929 in Wood Green, London and lived near South Mimms, to the north of
London. He ran the family engineering firm in Enfield, Nuckey, Scott & Co.
He started racing in Formula 3 with a Norton engined
Cooper during in 1952 and continued
through to 1954. Rod was one of the most travelled drivers, racing regularly
in Finland, France Germany and Sweden. He won at at
Skarpnäck in Sweden, in both 52 and 53. He competed under the banner of
Ecurie Puckey with Norman Pugh
For 1953, he purchased a Cooper-Bristol for the Formula 2
season. He won the Coronation Trophy at Snetterton and at Tampere in
Finland. Finished third in the Syracuse GP and fourth in the London Trophy
at Crystal Palace. He continued to campaign the car in 1954 in Formula Libre
events as well as driving the Ecurie
Richmond Cooper Mk VIII.
In 1954 he won the Libre race in Helsinki and came second at Snetterton,
literally loosing his shirt in the process. It caught in the wind and he
crossed the line naked for the waist up. Though he was second he was
actually three laps down on Peter Collins. After
marrying sometime in 1955 he stopped racing and later moved to Australia in
the early '60s then to the Philippines where he re-married.. Rodney Nuckey died in June 2000.
Skarpnäck, September 1953. Rodney gets some unwelcome
attention from an Effyh. Incredibly, he went on to win.
Rod Nuckey's Formula 3 results, in various Coopers,
July 1952, 1st,
September 1952, 1st,
October 1952, 3rd,
12th October 1952, 3rd in Heat and 4th in Senior Race Final.
Brands Hatch, 7th
April 1953, 3rd in the Easter 25, 1st in the Easter Handicap, 1st in Heat 1
for the Easter Open,
Avus, 12th July
June 1953, 2nd,
July 1953, 1st,
September 1953, 1st,
September 1953, 5th,
Brands Hatch, 4th
October 1953, 2nd in Heat and 4th in the Open Challenge Final,
October 1953, 1st.
Goodwood, 19th April 1954, 6th in the Earl of March
Helsinki, 9th May 1954, 2nd,
Vaxjo, 16th May 1954, 1st in Heat and 1st in Final,
Aintree, 29th May 1954, 4th,
Bressuire, 27th June 1954, 1st,
Montauban, 4th July 1954, 2nd,
Falkenberg, 11th July 1954, 1st,
Davidstow, 2nd August 1954, 1st,
Chieti, 29th August 1954, 2nd.
In the Cooper Bristol
Our thanks to Mervyn Scott for the wedding photo.