Skip, actually, John Barber came relatively late in motorsports. He began his career in the U.S. Formula Ford Championship, where he took part in the years 1969 to 1970. In 1970, he won the championship scarce. In Europe, he was completely unknown when he came in 1971 with an inset of Gene Mason Racing March 711 in the Formula 1. For the first time we saw him at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Zandvoort. He started from the 24th starting position and could not be classified. Two more launches in 1971 followed. He took part, also unsuccessful, at the races in Canada and the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.
The only countable success this year was a sixth place in a not for the World Cup scoring race at Hockenheim, Jochen Rindt Trophy. In 1972 he tried his luck twice. Back in Canada, and at his home Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He also reached rank 16 with his best result in a World Championship race.
After his resignation, he opened a racing school in the U.S., which is considered one of the best in the world today. His links to the Swedish carmaker Saab also enabled the establishment of an own racing series - the Barber Dodge Pro Series.