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Even with lots of work still do be done this list have reached a state where it must be considered one of the most complete and accurate ever assembled on the subject. This has only been possible due to the tremendous help from people all over the world, each of them experts of their local drivers and events.
Short biographies of drivers with BLUE background, will come up in due time. If you have any information about any driver with GREEN background, please contact me!



      Abad - SEE: Léoz-Abad



George Edgar Abecassis (GB)
21 Mar 1913 - 18 Dec 1991
George Abecassis began his successful racing career 1935 with a 746 cc Austin at Donington and Brooklands. He took on a small filling station at Cranford to finance his racing. The elegant Englishman was the son-inlaw of David Brown, owner of Aston Martin and Lagonda. He also raced 1936 and 37 an older 1.5-liter Alta racecar at Brooklands. In 1937 he bought a wreck of the latest Alta version that Philip Jucker had had a fatal accident with at Isle of Man. Rebuilt by Geoffrey Taylor, Abecassis entered it for the 1938 season, starting of at Brooklands Easter Monday meeting. Soon he was known as the fastest Alta driver to battle against the 1.5-liter ERA and Maserati. At times Abecassis raced also a 2-liter Alta. He drove in England also at Crystal Palace and Prescott. The Alta was badly damaged at Albi 1939. During WW II Abecassis piloted RAF bombers, was shot down and became PoW. After 1945 he carried on with the 1.5-liter Alta, then ERA and 3.3-liter Bugatti T59 but also drove Maserati, Aston Martin, Cicitalia and Cooper. In 1948 George Abecassis and John Heath founded Hersham & Walton Motors (HWM) outside London, buiding racing and sportcars until 1955. After John Heath’s fatal accident at the 1956 Mille Miglia George Abecassis retired from racing to spend more time with Hersham & Walton Motors, who ended racing the following year.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)




Rubem Abrunhosa (BR)
23 Oct 1914 - 17 May 1982
Born and died in Rio de Janeiro.


Fabrizio Adragna (I)
11 May 1912 - 15 Nov 1955
Born at Trapani, Sicily in 1912. Died at Torino (Turin) in 1955.


      Agabeg - SEE: Fane

      Aimini - SEE: Aymini




Hon. Peter Rudyard Aitken (GB)
22 Mar 1912 - 4 Aug 1947
Born in Belgravia, London 1912. Son of Lord Beaverbrook. Voiturette driver who raced with his own Maserati 6CM during 1937-38. Then he bought Reggie Tongue's ERA-B in August 1938 and raced it in South Africa in 1939. Aitken died in 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden as a result of injuries sustained in a boating accident.




Harold John "Aldy" Aldington (GB)
5 Sep 1902 - 1 Apr 1976
Harold John Aldington was born in Walworth, South London, the second oldest of three brothers. His father, Henry, worked for the Post Office. Harold hated his name and insisted on being called Aldy. he took an apprenticeship in Civil Engineering before joining GN as an apprentice in the greasing shop, Aldy started competing in trials in the early 1920s competing in long distance trials such as the London to Lands End. He was also a regular competitor at Brooklands. After the war Aldington brought the BMW designer Fiedler to England where he updated the 328 design for Bristol and helped Frazer Nash develop their cars.
(Info supplied by Richard A. Salomon)




Giordano "Nando" Aldrighetti (I)
14 Nov 1905 - 12 Aug 1939
Alddigrette was born at Milano (Milan) in 1905. Made himself internationally known as a motorcycle drive, racing a 4 cyl Gilera in TT races, before turning to cars. Made his debut as Voiturette driver for Alfa Corse at Tripoli 1939 where he retired. He was also a DNF at Coppa Ciano with gearbox troubles.
During Friday practice for the 1939 Coppa Acerbo at Pescara Aldighetti had a heavy crash, the car destroyed in flames while the driver was thrown out. At first it seemed Aldrighetti had survived with only minor wounds but then it was realized that the driver in fact had received serious internal injuries. Aldigretti succumbed at soon after midnight.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)


Paul Alexandre (B)


Francesco Alfano (I)


Guido Alberto Alfieri (I)
3 June 1904 - 29 June 1944
Born at Brescia, Lombardy in 1904. Died at Varzi, Pavia, Lombardy in 1944.


Cavaliere Giovanni Alloatti (I)
? - 9 Jun 1934
Little is known about this driver from Torino who, after his victory in the 1926 Alessandria GP, was judged as a "driver of good class and an excellent prospect". It seems though that his prospects were to be limited mostly to the Alessandria race, which he entered almost every year until 1934. His other main victory was the 1929 Circuito del Pozzo, in Verona. It is somehow distressing to see that Alloatti, having for once extended his range of activity to far away Sicily, left the road falling from a bridge during the first lap of the 1934 Targa Florio. Alloatti died after 20 days of painful agony in a Palermo hospital.
Certainly he was no longer in his prime when he died. He was entered in the 1934 Mille Miglia as Cavaliere Giovanni Alloatti, a honorific title awarded for a distinguished working life.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)


Einar Alm (FIN)
Finnish driver from Helsinki who was famous for his monsterous "tail Ford" with a zeppelin style tail end.


José de Almeida Araujo (P)

      Alsed - SEE: Carlsson

Joao Baptista Amaral Junior. / "Bauru" (BR)
From Sao Paulo.


Alfredo Amato (I)


Oscar Andersen (N)


Gunnar Andersson (FIN)


Helmer Andersson (S)


Angelo/Angélo (F)
Possibly from Nice. Name is probablty a pseudonym.




Luis Angli (E)
Raced at the 1933 Penya Rhin GP in a team with de Morawitz and Stahel in a 1.5L s/c Bugatti hired from de Morawitz. The objective was to win the 1.5 s/c & 2L u/s class, which instead went to the French specialist Dourel.




Robert Edward "Bob" Ansell (GB)
18 Nov 1917 - 13 Jan 2004
Born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Bob Ansell was from the Ansell beer family, the Birmingham brewers, a substantial family business. He grew at Upper Billesley House, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, and was the nephew of the chairman of Ansell’s. Bob started work as a stock-taker, then as a pubs supervisor, becoming a director in the family firm after the war. He had bought ERA R9B from Scribbans' in 1938. During the war he purchased Tongue’s Maserati 4CL as well. His cousin Geoffrey drove the ERA during 1947 and purchased it in 1948. Bob and Geoffrey were rich and very enthusiastic and raced as a hobby. The ERA and the Maserati were prepared for them - and sometimes driven by - George Bainbridge. Cosmetically the cars looked great - in blue livery with red upholstery - unlike their record for mechanical reliability. Raced also GP Maseratis after the war. Nonetheless racing cost the Ansells dear in financial terms. Both Bob and Geoffrey retired from racing at the end of 1949. Bob Ansell in Coln St. Aldwyns, Gloucestershire 2004.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)


Guido "Giglio" Antinori (I)


"Antonio" ( )




Ronald John Walter Appleton (GB)
23 Apr 1910 - 6 Oct 1994
John Appleton was born in Forest Hill, London 1910. He ran a stationery supplies company, named 'ESA' supplying schools with books, desks, chairs, etc Very well liked as a person, a trained structural engineer, was born in Forest Hill, London, and lived in Bird-in-the-Hand Lane, Bickley, Kent. The Appleton-Riley Special was originally Henken Widengren’s 1931 Maserati 8C-1100 sports car and was bought by Appleton in 1933. A final shearing of the blower drive in 1948 led Appleton to dispose of the car that it is still in existence today. Appleton died in Bickley, Kent 1994.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

      Araujo - SEE: Almeida Araujo



Robert Michael Wemyss Arbuthnot (GB)
9 Mar 1914 - 28 Aug 1946
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland into a banking family. Went to Eton & Trinity College, Cambridge. Together with R.V. Wallington Arbuthnot owned the "High Speed Motors" garage in Watford. They owned several racing cars including the ex - Hans Rüesch Alfa Romeo 8C-35. he was a non starter at Le Mans in 1939. After the war he went to USa to take part in the 1946 Indy but his Langoda was damaged en-route to the track and he had to be a non starter. Arbuthnot died in a crash at Whatford Bypass Bushey, Hertfordshire (or Purley Bypass?) when a Buick coming in the opposite direction burst a tyre and slided into Arbuthnot's Peugeot.


Maria Engelbert, Graf von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (D)
13 May 1909 - 1 May 1972
Born in München.


Filippo Ardizzone (I)
Born in Voghera, Pavia, Lombardy.


Adam von Aretin (D)
22 Aug 1907
Took part in German rally events


Gianni Arezzi (I)




Carlos O. Arzani (RA)
27 Nov 1909 - 30 Jan 1952
Argentinian driver, born in Ciudad de Buenos Aires, who raced private Alfa Romeos, mostly in South America. In 1937 he bought a Alfa Romeo 8C 35 (#50.014) and raced it at Napels before taking the car back to Argentine. where he raced it with great success. Suffering from illness he escaped the summer heat for the freshness up in the Andes. There he died in a quite mountain village near Rio Ceballos in 1952.
(Info supplied by Cristián Bertschi & Wolfgang Kaese)


Alberto Ascari (I)
13 Jul 1918 - 26 May 1955




Arthur Francis Ashby (GB)
21 Aug 1903 - 1978.
Born in Rotherhithe, London. Engine race tuner. Was for example the responsible for "new" engines in a couple of Alfa Romeo P3s imported into Britain. Died in Australia 1978.


Gösta Askergren (S)




Gennaro Auricchio (I)
6 Jun 1906 - 16 Feb 1969
Born at Napoli (Naples) in 1906. Died at Palerno, Sicily in 1969.


      Avanzo - SEE: D'Avanzo


John Lubbock, 3rd Baron Avebury (GB)
13 May 1915 - 21 Jun 1971
English peer. He was the son of the Honourable Harold Fox Pitt Lubbock and a grandson of John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury-




Dr. Geraldo Alfonso de Avellar (BR)
1912 - 2002




Giulio Aymini (I)
3 Aug 1891 - 29 Nov 1967
A wealthy amateur from the province of Torino, hailed from a branch of an old Southern French family which returned in Piemonte from Argentina mid-1850. Aymini was active from the 1920s until the the early post-WWII years at the wheel of a variety of cars, Fiat, Diatto, Bugatti, Delage, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Cisitalia. He also raced for Scuederia Subalpina in 1934/35. His major successes came in hill-climbs, with overall victories at the Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena (probably the longest hill-climb in history) in 1925 and at the Susa-Moncenisio in 1926, both driving a Tipo 20 sport Diatto, and in 1932/33 driving the Nardi-Monaco "Chichibio", a 1L JAP-engined fwd special designed by Augusto Monaco, taking, among others, a class win at the Klausen in 1932. Aymini also scored several class victories at the wheel of the new Fiat 508 Balilla Sport spider in 1934. Aymini was an engineer by trade and partenered Monaco in the design of the staggering engine for the Grand Prix car project known as the Trossi-Monaco. His good connections allowed the pair to build the prototype engine at the Fiat Lingotto plant, but soon Senator Agnelli withdrew his support. Then driver Carlo Felice Trossi agreed to finance the project, which was completed in the Trossi's workshop near Biella. Aymini was named test driver and drove the car - which was going to become one of the most well known failures in motorsport history - for its maiden run at Monza in July 1935.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)


Gianbattista Azzi (I)
From Alessandria, raced in the immediate pre-war and post-war years.


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