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!

      Cabantous - SEE: Giraud-Cabantous

Maurice Cadell ( )

Cadet ( )

René Cadet ( )

Federico Caflisch ( )

Fritz Caflisch ( )

Cagnate ( )

Caille ( )

Caillez ( )

Cairelli ( )

R. Caisson ( )

Giosue' Calamai (I)
11 Jun 1911 - 2002
Born at Prato, Firenze (Florence) in 1911. Unlike clamed here earlier he was NOT related to actress Clara Calamai- A good amateur driving good Alfa Romeos, he was a winner in hillclimbs in the late 1930s. Died at Firenze in 2002.

Jean Calcianu (RO)
1893 - 1949
Born at Dobrogea. Lived in Bucarest.

G. Calderoni ( )

Calmes ( )

Caluer ( )

Amerigo Calzolari ( )

Renzo Camandona (I)

Cambi ( )

Cavaliere Giuseppe Campari (I)
8 June 1892 - 10 Sep 1933
Giuseppe Campari raced for Alfa Romeo for 20 years. He was a talented and loved driver by his team mates and the spectators alike. One could hardly find a man who looked less like a racing driver than Campari. He weighted over 100 kg and his big enjoyments in life except for racing was good food and Grand Opera. He was married to the well known singer Lina Cavallero and he had sung professionally himself at the Donizetti theater at Bergamo. It was not uncommon for him to give samples of his own fine baritone voice by singing an aria to his fellow drivers. Campari had a very dark skin and was hairy all over. The fans used to call him "Il Negher".
Campari was born in Fanfulla near Milan, on 8 June 1892. He joined the ALFA company in his teens and soon became a test driver. His first competition was the 1913 Parma-Poggio di Berceto hill-climbing event. In 1914 he became the sensation of the Targa Florio, finishing fourth. His first post-war race was again the Targa Florio but this time he was unplaced. In 1920 Campari took his and Alfa Romeo's first racing victory by winning the Circuit of Mugello in a 40/60. He also won numerous hill climbs that year. He then repeated his victory at Mugello the next year and was third at Targa Florio.
It was the P2 car constructed by Vittorio Jano that really made Campari famous. He took the car to its first victory at the 1924 French GP at Lyon. Campari was on his way to victory in the 1925 French GP when he retired after learning of the death of Ascari. That year he was second at the Monza and Milan GPs. After Alfa Romeo withdrew from GP racing Campari continued to drive their cars as an independent. He won the 1927, 1928 and 1931 Coppa Acerbo and proved victorious in both the 1928 and 1929 Mille Miglia races together with Guido Ramponi. Campari became Italian champion in both 1928 and 1929.
On 1 December 1929 when Scuderia Ferrari was formed, Enzo Ferrari had already secured Campari as the first driver for the team. Campari continued racing for Ferrari and Alfa Corse. In 1931 Campari raced the new P3 cars at the Italian Grand Prix. After that Archangeli had a fatal crash during practice, the team planned to withdraw but were ordered by Mussolini to "race and win for Italy". Campari raced - and won!
1932 wasn't a good year for Campari. With Nuvolari, Caracciola and Borzacchini in the team he found himself relegated to fourth driver and at the beginning of 1933 he went over to Maserati and was victorious at the French Grand Prix. Campari decided to leave motor racing and concentrate all his efforts on opera instead. He was back in an Alfa to start his last race in front of his home crowd at the Monza GP. He lost control on the first lap and the car went over the embankment. After having survived 20 years of racing without any major injuries Campari was crushed underneath his inverted car and died instantly.

Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB)
11 mar 1885 - 31 Dec 1948

Ernesto Campeotto (I/DK)
Ernesto's ansestors had emigrated from Sweden to Italy and changed names from Larsson to Campiotto. Ernesto moved to Denmark in 1928 and worked as manager for Fiat. He took part at the 1932 Swedish Winter GP but retired after ditching his Fiat. In the early 1960s Ernesto moved back to Italy where he bought a wineyard near Turin. His son Dario, an actor and singer, would represent Denmark in the 1961 European Song Contest.

Antônio da Silva Campos (BR)

Canard ( )

Saverio Candrilli (I)
Sicilian from Palermo.

Luis Cañeto (BR)

Alfredo Caniato (I)
1900? - 1986?
From Ferrara. Together with his brother Augusto textile-makers and enthusiastic amateur racers. Together with Mario Tadini they provided financial support for the creation of Scuderia Ferrari. Alfredo was the first President of Scuderia Ferrari until replaced by Count Trossi.
(Info supplied by Simon Davis)

Antoine Canin (F)
From Marseille.

Canotti ( )

      Cantacuzino - SEE: Ghica Cantacuzino

Paolo Cantoni ( )

Paolo Cantono (I)

José Antonio Canziani (RA)
3 Jul 1911
From Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Ovidio Capelli (I)
12 Mar 1901- 31 Mar 1962
Born at Milano (Milan) in 1903. Took over Scuderia Ambrosiana from Lurani in 1949. Died at Milano in 1962.

Umberto Capello (I)

Renato Cappagli (I)
11 Sep 1904 - 6 Feb 1989
Cappagli was born at Volterra in Tuscany in 1904. After doing his military service he worked for several years at Lancia in Turin as a test driver. He won the "Coppa Lando Ferretti" on the Pontedera circuit with an Lancia Lambda, possiblty in 1924 and did some some motorcycle racing with an Indian Scout. In the early 1930's his homesickness brought him back to Cecina where he found work as a chauffeur to a rich local businessman who owned a Bugatti and gave Cappagli permission to lend the car for some races. After the war Cappagli worked as mechanic until the late 80's. He died at Cecina in 1989.

When my grandfather talked about "his" Bugatti his eyes were filled with joy and I can still hear him saying "those were cars" or "a great sound, impossible to hear from today's cars".
(Info supplied by Carlo Cappagli)

Otto Wilhelm Rudolf Caracciola (D/CH)
30 Jan 1901 - 28 Sep 1959
Caracciola was born at Remagen, Rheinland-Pfalz in 1901. Often believed to be an Italian, this German driver became famous overnight, when he in 1926 as a privateer, won the first German Grand Prix, raced in horrendous conditions. To the Germans he became the Regenmeister and his smooth driving and ability to shine in rainy conditions would be his mark throughout his career. In 1931, he won the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz SSKL as the first non-Italian ever. After Mercedes retired from racing, Caracciola joined Alfa Romeo for 1932 before founding Scuderia CC together with Chiron in 1933. His career was interrupted by a crash in Monaco 1933, which left him limping with leg wounds that never were properly healed. Being out of action for a year, tragedy stuck again as his wife Charlotte "Charly" was killed in a avalanche. Suffering from constant pain, Caracciola made a comeback in 1934 to force himself back to a position as head driver for Mercedes, clinching three of the five pre-war championships. The secret of Caracciola's success was that he kept his calm during the races. Another of Caracciola's triumph cards then was the uniquely good relationship between him and the Mercedes team manager Neubauer, comparable to the Clark-Chapman dominance in the 60s. By the late 30s, Caracciola had lost some of his edge. He had to work hard to beat a new generation of GP drivers and started making mistakes.
Caracciola married Alice "Baby" Hoffman-Trobeck (b. 1897) on 19 June 1937. They spent the war in exil in Lugano, Switzerland. After the war Caracciola tried to make a comeback as race driver. He had a bad crash during practice for the 1946 Indy 500 and was in a coma for several days. His career ended in a a support race for the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix when he crashed his Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and fractured his left leg.
Rudi and Alice then spent the summers in a house Alice had inherited from her parents at Kyrkovägen 3, Vittsjö, Scania, Sweden and the winters at their house called "Casa Scania" in Lugano, Switzerland. Suffering from liver failure Rudi died at Kassel, Germany in 1959. Alice died 26 June 1976.

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Carasso/Carrasco ( )

Cardeilhac ( )

Carlin ( )

Helmer Carlsson-Alsed (S)
18 Dec 1909 - 17 Jun 2005
One of the top Nordic pre war drivers, Carlsson raced in GPs and ice races in Sweden and Finland with good results and was expecially showed his abilities in local hill climbs. Son of a farmer, Helmer Carlsson was born in Sunnerskog, Alseda near Vetlanda in SE Sweden. In the late 30 he changed his name to Alsed. Technical minded, Helmer started working in his brother Bertil's workshop at an age of 15. Later Bertil represented FIAT in Sweden. After moving to Västerås in 1927, Helmer started racing in 1933 with a De Soto. DNF at the 1933 Swedish GP. Changed to Ford for 1934. The same year the "Västerås Racer Kompani" was founded, a racing team with Bertil as organizer and Helmer, theWesterblom brothers and Karl Rolander as drivers . The team raced Amilcar, Ford and Anzani. In 1935 a ex-Björnstad Bugatti T35C was added to the car park and in 1936 also Widengren's monoposto Monza. After having decided to get married Helmer retired from GP racing after the 1938 season but continued rallying and hill climbing. Raced a Fiat 508c after the war before definitely retiring in the late 40s.
(Info supplied by Bengt Alsed)

Sergio Carnevalli (I)
From Varese. Formerly Luigi Castelbarco's mechanic, Carnevalli raced Castelbarco's vintage Bugatti T39A in voiturette races in the mid-thirties, after having raced Rally, Austin and Amilcars in the 20's, probably as a joint venture with Castelbarco. Later he put a Maserati engine in the Bugatti chassis and raced it under the "MB" name. He started a business of manufacturing spares for production cars and fishing reels which got a sound national reputation. His shop built a few Fiat and Alfa Romeo specials during 1946-1956.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Giacomo Carpegna (I)
From Canale d'Alba

Noel A. Carr (GB)
29 Dec 1904 - 11 Jul 1978

Guglielmo Carraroli (I)

Carrasco ( )

      Carré - SEE: "Renaldi"

René Auguste Joseph Carrière (F)
10 Mar 1911 - 22 Mar 1982
French driver born in Marseille. Started off as rally driver with some good results including 6th in the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally in a Matford (Ford V8 built in France by Emile Mathis). In 1934 he was 12th and 1935 7th at Le Mans 24 h with a Riley. In 1936 he started driving for the works Delahaye team of Lucy O´Reilly-Schell. He drove two years for the team, with some 3rd and 4th places in sportscar events but without the big success in major events. So at the end of 1937 the support of Lucy O´Reilly-Schell stopped, and Carrière instead became works Talbot Darracq driver in 1938-39. The results were disappointing, and so he finished his career. Died in Marseille 1982.

Ricardo Carù (RA)

Rodolfo Caruso (I)
2 Jul 1898-6 Mar 1951
From Milano.

Alfredo Casali ( )

Louis Casali ( )

Salvatore Casano (I)

Umberto Casareto (I)

Henrique Casini (BR)
8 Nov 1898 - 25 Jan 1981

Adolfo Caspani (I)

Gino Cassone ( )

I. Castagna ( )

Carlo Castelbarco (I)
25 Mar 1911 - 14 May 1988
Born at Muilano in 1911 and died in Milano in 1988.
Also see: Luigi Castelbarco

Luigi (Ludovico?) Pindemonte Rezzonico, Conte di Castelbarco (I)
5 Apr 1909 - 2 Feb 1994
While there is much confusion on the subject, everything seems now to indicate that there were two racing drivers named Count Castelbarco, Carlo, who raced in the early 30s and was involved in the infamous crash at the 1933 Monza GP, and Luigi. Both were born in Milan. Luigi and raced Maserati Voiturettes in the mid and late 30s, teaming up with Count Lurani in of loose way, to rationalize logistics and sponsorships. They bought also two small vans, something never seen before for independent drivers in Italy. Luigi had a single-seater while Lurani had a two-seater Maserati. The partnership dissolved for 1935 as Castelbarco wanted to develop his Maserati with independent front suspension and could not afford a definite schedule for the season. Died in Milan 1994. Both Carlo and Luigi Castelbarco had a father called Emanuele Castelbarco. Hence, it could be assumed that they were brothers.
A great thanks to Alessandro Silva for pointing out and cleaning up the problem with two Caselbarcos.

Gaetano Castellano di Paternò (I)
From Mestre.

Francisco Castelló ( )

Virgílio Lopes Castilho (BR)

      di Castro - SEE: Di Castro

Luigi Catalani ( )

Cathary ( )

Catherineau (F)
From Tarbes.

Catry ( )

Jean/Joseph/Giuseppe "Papa" Cattaneo (I/F)
Italian born engineer with French nationality. He effectively owned since the late twenties and in partnership with someone called Duval a very reputed garage in Saint-Cloud, a rich Paris suburb. He was specialized in luxury cars, before the war: Bugatti (he was the agent), Hispano-Suiza, Alfa-Romeo, Bentley and Stutz and after the war Ferrari. He had a personnal relationship whith Enzo Ferrari since the Alfa days and close friend of Luigi Chinetti. He maintained the Ferraris for people like Prince Bertil of Sweden, Prince Ali Khan, Roberto Rossellini, Porfirio Rubirosa etc. He also tuned racing Ferraris for top French drivers and the garage whas the operating base of Chinetti's NART when racing in Europe. Gordini spent a few years as employee when he arrived in France (in fact was forced to stay for debt)
"Papa" Cattaneo actively raced before the war. He was co-driver for Edouard Brisson in a Stutz at Le Mans 1931 and 1932 and with Nicholas of Romania in a Dusenberg in 1933 but apart from that he mostly raced Bugatti. Cattaneo's Bugatti T51 was given to him by Ettore himself as a gift when he came to Molsheim to take delivery of Esder's Royale. Bugatti took Cattaneo to the racing department and offered him one of the factory cars with a Targa Florio pedigree. Talk about souvenir!!
Cattaneo stopped racing when he had a awful crash at the Nancy hillclimb in Château-Thierry in 1935 with his T51 when a fence broke and five childeren and an adult where killed.
"Papa" Cattaneo died in the 1960s and his garage was bought by Pozzi, the French Ferrari importer.

Not to be confused with a driver named Guido Cattaneo, Italian top class motorboat racer from the Isotta Fraschini Cattaneo family. Drove a Talbot in the 1937 Mille Miglia.
(Info supplied by Jean Cavaud / Alessandro Silva / Stephen Dean)

Pietro Cattaneo (I)
From Novi Ligure, north of Genova, in the province of Alessandria.

Caubet (F)
From Toulouse.

Cavallero ( )

Giovanni Caviglia (I)

Robert Cazaux (F)
31 Jan 1906 -16 Jun 1935
Fatal crash at Course de côte de Sézanne with a Bugatti T51.

Carlo Cazzaniga (I)

Raffaele "Lello" Cecchini (I)
Italian printer and MG driver, who was a surprise Italian Voiturette Champion of 1934. Because of Cecchine the rules were changed so that only drivers in Italian cars could get points in the National championship.

Jean Celerier ( )

Domenico-Ruggero Rosso "Count di Cerami" (I)
18 Mar 1907 - 9 Dec 1972

Manuel Ceratto (I)

Alfredo Cereseto (I)

Gino Cesarini (I)

Roger Césure (F)
17 Sep 1905 - ca 1963
From Paris. He had been a pre-war independent Bugatti driver and became one of the many builders of SIMCA 8 Spl. He was assistant treasurer of AGACI in 1946/47.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Eugène Marius Chaboud (F)
12 Apr 1907 - 28 Dec 1983
Born 1907 in Lyon, Chaboud started racing in 1936 with his friend Jean Trémoulet driving Delahayes. They were the winners of the 1938 Le Mans 24h race. Chaboud also started at the French GP 1938 with the infamous SEFAC. After the war he continued recing Delahayes and Talbots for Ecurie France in 1947, winning at Marseilles and Perpignan. In 1948 he created Ecurie Leutitia, still racing Delahayes. He took part in the 1950 Belgian GP in a Lago-Talbot and then took over Étancelin's Talbot -Lago at the French GP finishing 5th to score a single World Championship point for a shared result. he also took part in the 1951 French Grand Prix. Chaboud retired in 1952 after a crash at Le Mans. He died at Montfermeil in 1983.

Roger Chambard (F)

Albert "Raymond" Chambost (F)
5 Mar 1895 - 22 Jul 1936
Born in Poitiers in 1895. In the litterature he is known as Raymond but his real mane was Albert. Voiturette Salmson 1100cc driver vinning at Nimes in 1932 and 1933. Raced an old Maserati 8CM in GP races 1935-36. Crashed with fatal results at the Deauville GP 1936.
(Info supplied by Jimmy Piget)

de Chanaz ( )

Comte Gaston Irénée Marie Hervé Chandon de Briailles (F)
1 Sep 1900 - 1 Aug 1954
Born at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1900. Started racing in 1924. Wunner of the 1926 Château Thierry hillclimb, Reims (flying km), and Toul (Namcy). Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. Died in Paris 1954.
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)

Freddy Charlier ( )

Jean Chassagne (F)
26 Jul 1881 - 13 Apr 1947
Born at La Croisille sur Briance, Haute-Vienne 1897. Pioneer submariner, aviator and French racecar driver. Finished third in the 1913 French Grand Prix in a Sunbeam. Took part in the 1914, 1919-1921 Indy 500. Took part in the 1925-30 Le mans 24h races finishing 2nd in the 1925. Winner of the 1922 Tourist Trophy. Died at La Croisille sur Briance 1947.

Bernard Jean Albert Chaude (F)
19 Nov 1911 - 18 Aug 1988
Born in Paris 1911. Took part in the 1935 Le Mans 24h in a Bugatti together with Max Fourny. Died in Paris in 1988.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Ermanno Checcacci ( )
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers.

Nicola Cherubini (I)

P. Chevallier ( )

Giovanni Chiampan (I)

Francis "Steve" Chiappini (ZA)
1908 - 1976
Chiappini was a consistent performer in South African sand races, trails and hill climbs. While visiting England in 1937 he became good friend with Pat Fairfield and Cyril Paul and also got to know Piero Taruffi. During the 1937-38 South African international race series Taruffi would drive Chiappini around the Pollsmoor Cape Town and East London circuits in a Lancia, recommending cut-off points and racing lines.
While in England Chiappini also bought an Maserati, probably Tipo 26 Sport #2516 Registation ELM 510. The engine had been enlaged by Dickie Oates to over 2.8 litre and Oates had raced the car at Brooklands in 1936 before selling it as an "ex-Eyston/Cumming" car. Before delivery the chassis was shorten by some 150mm to match the length of a a Maserati 8C. The four seater body was replaced by modern sleeky single-seater body designed by Bertelli. Chiappini raced the car in England and later in South Africa. After a major engine failure the straight-8 cylinder was replaced by a Chevrolet engine while the original engine was sold to to a gentlemen who planned to repair it for use in a motor boat.
Chiappini then drove Maserati Tipo 26 #2516 to finish third in the South African Grand Prix at East London and also competed with it in Cape Trials and hill-climbs, winning several Cape Town and national events. In a letter to Ken Stewart in 1964 Chiappini wrote: "The Big Mas was a very difficult car to handle, the road-holding was really tricky. It was a car which went magnificently".
After the war Chiappini was actively involved in motor racing administration, apart from running a garage in Cape Town.

If anyone has further/more accurate information, please contact Charles Chiappini who is trying to gather more info on his father.

Vittorio Chierici (I)
From Parma in northern Italy.

Luigi Della Chiesa (I)

Luigi Chinetti (I/USA)
17 Jul 1901 - 17 Aug 1994
Born in Milan, Chinetti started to work as a mechanic for Alfa Romeo in 1917. With the rise of fascism in Italy, Chinetti moved to France, where he became Alfa Romeo salesman in Paris and sports car driver, He won the Le Mans both in 1932 and 1934. Chinetti had also a eye for new driving talents and helped Moll to find his way to the Ferrari team. He became involved with the Schell's, ending up as team manager for Ecurie Bleue. Chinetti went with Dreyfus to USA for the 1940 Indy 500 and remained in USA during the war, working under Italian Alfred Momo. /
      In 1946 Chinetti went back to Italy and with his French and American connections became salesman for the first Ferrari cars in 1948. In 1949 he won at Le Mans 24 h race for the third time and Spa 24 h race for the second time, making Ferrari famous as sports cars builders. After Chinetti ended his career as driver in the 50s he formed the North American Racing team. The team won Le Mans in 1965 amd was also involved in F1 representing Ferrari in a few races. Chinetti's hunt for driving talents continued, and he helped among others Phil Hill, Ginther, Gurney and Pedro & Ricardo Rodriguez with their careers. he died at Greenwich, Connecticut 1994.
(Info supplied by Hugh Calibani.)

Mario Pedro Chiozza (RA)
Raced an interesting Mercury Special bimotore.

Chiquito ( )

Louis Alexandre Chiron (MC)
3 Aug 1899 - 22 Jun 1979
Chiron was known for his elegant, clean driving style. To the fans he was known as Le Vieux Renard (The Old Fox). It is remarkable that one of the greatest drivers ever would come from the little principality of Monaco. That fact would also forever change the history of Grand Prix racing as Chiron together with Anthony Noghès gave the GP calendar its most glamorous event, the Monaco GP. Chiron's career, spanning over a colossal 35 years, included a multitude of victories comparable only to the great Nuvolari. Chiron was known as a "ladies' man" with faultless appearance including light blue racing suit and polka dot neckerchief. He had learnt to drive in the Army during WWI. Became personal driver to Marshal Foch after the war. Started racing in 1923. with great success. Racing Bugattis 1926-32 Chiron became famous as the top Bugatti driver of the era. He then turned to Alfa Romeo and continued to show good results. Organised the first Monaco GP together with Anthony Noghès 1929. Founded Scuderia CC together with Caracciola 1933. Works driver for Scuderia Ferrari 1933 - 1935, culminating in the famous victory at the 1934 French GP. From then on however his career took a deep dive. He had the bad fortune to join Mercedes at the wrong moment and after a serious crash Chiron retired from GP racing to concentrate on sportscars. Retired 1938. After the war Chiron made a comeback, racing for Talbot in 1946-49 and Maserati in 1950-51, his last victory being at the 1949 French GP, when he brought the Talbot-Lago to a surprise win against the faster opposition. Retired again 1956 and thereafter Chiron concentrated his efforts to organize and arrange the Monaco GP as "Commissaire General".
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Thomas Pitt Cholmondeley-Tapper (NZ/GB)
31 Jul 1910 - 27 Jul 2001
Thomas Tapper was known as "George". He raced under the name Cholmondeley-Tapper but probably did not formally change his name to that until having stopped racing. He was from New Zealand (born in Wellington) with Norwegian ancestry. An expert skier and amateur driver racing Voiturette Bugattis and an old GP Maserati 8CM he had bought from Earl Howe. With a better car Cholmondeley-Tapper could perhaps have been a top competitor. He was offered a Mercedes-Benz test drive at the end of the 1936 season. Died in Headington, Oxfordshire 2001
(Info supplied by Mrs. Margaret Cholmondeley-Tapper via Wolfgang Kaese)

Max Christen (CH)
Private Maserati driver.

Domenico Cicerano (I)

Giorgio Ciolino (I)

Giuseppe Cioni ( )

Guido Ciriaci (I)

Aaron Citron (EST)

Clairac ( )

Thomas Graves "Tommy" Clarke D.S.C. (GB)
19 Aug 1911 - 14 Feb 1969

    1936: 11* Donington GP
    Born in Allerton, Liverpool 1911. Died 1969 in Antigua.

Pierre Clause ( )

Giuseppe Claves ( )

Abele Clerici ( )

Giacomo Clerici (I)
From Genova.

Cleton (F)

Major Frederick Edward "Freddie" Clifford (GB)
15 Jul 1906 - 19 Oct 1961
Born in Ashe, Hampshire 1906.
Died in Oxford 1961.

Guy Louis Jacques Cloître (DZ/F)
25 Aug 1905 - ?
Born at Tiaret, Algéria.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

John Rhodes Cobb (GB)
2 Dec 1899 - 29 Sep 1952
Born at Hackridge/Esher? Surrey 1899 Cobb lived in his youth near the Brooklands Track getting fashinated in fast and powerful cars. Educated at Eton and Trinity Cobb made his money as a fur broker. He won his first race in 1925 in an old 10 litre Fiat. Next year he raced Parry Thomas' "Babs" in 1926. Cobbs was interested in speed records and in 1928 he bought a 10½ litre Delage racing it until 1933 bettering the Brooklands speed records on three occations. While Cobb raced all kinds of cars including riley, Alfa Romeo and Talbot his most famous car was the big Napier Railton built for him by Thomson & Taylor. In 1935 he sat the all time Brooklands record of 151.97 mph (24.51 km/h). In 1938 Cobb went for the land speed record, taking it at Bonneville with the 26.9 litre Railton Mobil Special. He bettered the record in 1939 and again in 1947 becoming the first man to exceed 400 mph. His next and last project was to challenge the water speed record. Cobb lost his life at Loch Ness in 1952 when his jet engined "Crusader" disintegrated.

Vittorio Cobianchi ( )

Gioacchino Cocuzza (I)

Cohas ( )

      Colegrave - SEE: Manby-Colegrave

Mario Colini ( )

Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier (USA)
14 May 1912 - 23 Sep 1950
Born at Everglades, Florida in 1912. Graduated from Yale Univerity in 1935. Advertising entrepreneur and auto racer who his fortune in streetcar advertising. Took part in the 1950 Le Mans 24h race. Died at Montour Falls, New York, after a crash while leading the 1950 Watkins Glen Grand Prix in a Ferrari 166.

Contardo Colombo (I)
From Genova.

Gianfranco "Franco" Alessandro Maria Comotti (I)
24 Jul 1906 - 10 May 1963
Comotti was born in Brescia, but lived in Bergamo. He was basically an amateur driver - in attitude if not effectively - and also worked in the oil business for all his life. He was neither particularly fast nor consistent, but he was apparently a very good tester. At an age of 22 he appeared at the 1928 European GP at Monza, in one of Scuderia Materassi’s Talbots. Then he disappeared from the ceane until 1931 when he won the cyclecar race at the Circuito di Alessandria in a Salmson. He then brought an Alfa Romeo Monza sports car to Scuderia Ferrari in Modena for servicing, becoming an official driver for the team in 1932. Meanwhile he married Anna Maria Peduzzi, a tall and handsome lady driver, one of the best Italian ever, whose career lasted even longer than her husband’s. Comotti stayed with Ferrari until the end of 1935, winning at the 1934 Comminges GP.
Comotti was a cosmopolitan, sincerely anti-fascist man and moved to Paris in 1936. Tony Lago signed him in 1937 as test driver for cars destined to clients and as a reserve driver for the racing team. He took a victory that year at the RAC TT. However he had to leave Lago and joined the Schells’ Ecurie Bleue racing a Delahaye. Sacked by the team in favour of "Raph", he reappeared in the 1940 Mille Miglia in a Watney’s Delage.
During the war he was infiltrated as an informer in the German occupied part of Italy. He was discovered and sentenced to death, but was saved by the interceding of an Italian "collaborator". After the war he returned to France and became be tester of the new Lago-Talbot T26C. A businessman of Italian origin, named Peinetti, bought chassis 110004 for Comotti, with which he raced in 1948, but the following year when Peinetti moved to Argentina taking the car with him. 1950 saw Comotti as tester and driver of the never ready Milan Maseratis. At the twilight of his career he drove sporadically the old Ferraris F2 for Scuderia Marzotto. His last appointment in the oil business was as BP representative for North Africa and the Mediterranean. He died at Bergamo in 1963.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Communier ( )

Adrian Malcolm Conan-Doyle (GB)
19 Nov 1910 - 3 Jun 1970
Born in Crowborough as the youngest son of famous author Arthur Conan Doyle. Big-game hunter, explorer, and also tried some racing. Handled his fathers literary estate and also wrote some own additional Sherlock Holmes stories in the 1950s. Died in Geneva in 1970.

Carlo Alberto "Caberto" Conelli, Conte de Prosperis (I)
26 Aug 1889 - 25 Aug 1974
Born in Belgirate, Piedmont. Won 1920 at Aosta-Gran San Bernardo. He raced many different cars, and was second at the 1927 Targa Florio. In 1931 he drove for Bugatti and teamed up with "Williams" for the championship. His brother Francesco, who was not as fast, raced sporadically and won in 1922 at Parma-Berceto. Died at Belgirate, Piedmont 1974.

Ian Ferguson Connell (GB)
15 Oct 1913 - 1 Mar 2003
Born in Singapore, Connell was another Cambridge student contemporary with Seaman and Straight. Member of the University Auto Club. Together with Peter Monkhouse Connell started the Monaco Motor and Engineering Co. Ltd. at Watford in 1935 for car sales and maintenance. He started racing in an Austin, his first start being the 1934 Mountain race at Brooklands. He took the same year a class victory with a Singer. After having raced Vale Special and Alfa Romeo "Monza" Connell bought Dr. Benjafield's ERA (R6B) and raced it during the 1937 and 1938 seasons, including the 1938 Donington GP, before selling the ERA and turning to sports car racing with a Darracq. In 1939 he was 8th at the Le Mans 24h race in Rob Walker's Delahaye. During the war Connell served as officer in charge of a workshop at the British 7th Armoured Div. (the famous Desert Rats). After the war Connell continued racing for some years while working for several companies as a Chartered Secretary before ending up as Chief Accountant of Decca Radio and Television. Died in Chippenham, Wiltshire 2003.
(A great thanks to Ian Connell for providing information about himself.)

Consiglio ( )

Giorgio Conter (I)
Amateur driver and barrister from Torino (Turin).

Marcel Jules Hippolyte Contet (F)
13 Aug 1904 - 18 Aug 1987
Born i Paris 1904. Amilcar and Delahaye driver. Winner of the 1939 Bol d'or in a Aston Martin. Died at Boissise-le-Roi, Île-de-France 1987.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Pasquale Contini ( )

Humphrey Wyndham Cook (GB)
16 Mar 1893 - 3 Aug 1978
Born in Chelsea, London 1893. The quite but entusiastic Cook started racing in 1914. Raced Vauxhalls in the early 1920's and Bugattis in the late 20's, mostly at Brooklands. Raced Aston Martin in 1931. Donated £75000 to set up the ERA concern and later raced some races with the ERA. Retired from racing 1937. Died in Westminster, London.

Vittorio/Victorio? Coppoli (RA)

Luigi Corcos (I)
From Livorno.

Renato Corinaldi (I)
Firenze, Padova 28 Dec 1908 - 4 Oct 1967
Born at Padua in 1908. Lived in Florence. Died at Milan in 1967.

Alexander James "Alastair" Cormack (GB)
7 May 1907 - 4 Oct 1993
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of the family which owned the Cormack Shipping Line, a company that traded mainly with the Baltic ports. Cormack’s motor racing career started in 1933 on Kirkcaldy sands, in 1934 he entered the Kausen hillclimb in his 1100cc supercharged Alta, finishing third in the 1100cc class. In 1935 he raced on many circuits including Dieppe and became a factory Alta driver in 1936, a highlight of the season being the Prince Ranier Cup at Monaco After the war Cormack became involved in the commercial aviation industry and the garage trade, he was President of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, and gifted the Commer chassis for the famous Ecurie Ecosse transporter. Died 1993 in Edinburgh.
(Info supplied by Ken Jones)

Marchese Giovanni "Gino" Maria Cornaggia Medici (I)
30 Oct 1899 - 24 Oct 1979

Herbert-Élie "Emile" Cornet (B)
? - 19? Dec 1963

Emile Cornil ( )

Muzio Giuseppe Corradi (I)
From Milan.

Irahy Corrêa (BR)

Irineu Meyer Corrêa da Silva (BR)
24 Jan 1900 - 2 Jun 1935
Winner of the 1934 Rio GP Corrêa had a fatal crash at the 1935 Rio GP at Gávea at an age of 35. Correa's car fell down the canal at Visconde de Albuquerque street on the first lap of the race.

Secondo Corsi (I)
Started in Coppa Acerbo 1934 with Maserati's 16 cyl V5. The monster car was too much for the driver and he had a bad crash with several ribs broken.

Franco Cortese (I)
9 Feb 1903 - 13 Nov 1986
Born at Oggebbio, near Turin. Started racing in 1926 with an Itala. Raced Alfa Romeo and Bugattis in sports and GP racing. Raced for Scuderia Ferrari in 1930. Turned to Voiturette racing as a Maserati 6CM privateer in 1937. Works Voiturette Maserati 1938-39 racing Maserati 6CM and 4CL with several good results. After the war Cortese continued to race in local events. In 1947 he was the first driver ever to win a race with a Ferrari. After having raced Ferraris for several years he moved to Frazer-Nash and gave the car a surprise victory at the 1951 Targa Florio. He won the Italian 2L sports car Championship in 1956 driving a Ferrari 500 TR. He became an Italian agent for some car component manufacturers.
Cortese finished in more Mille Miglia than any other driver: 14 between 1927 and 1956. Died in Milan in 1986.

"Fiorello" (Giuseppe Cortese) (I)

Corti ( )

Paolo Costantino (I)

William Edward "Billy" Cotton (GB)
6/27? May 1899 - 25 Mar 1969
Born in Westminster, London, Billy Cotton is more famous as band leader than as a racing driver. He hosted a hugely popular BBC radio and TV show "The Billy Cotton Band Show" for much of the fifties/sixties. His son, who is known as "Bill" was at one time the controller of BBC 1 TV channel.
Cotton bought and raced the ex Seaman ERA-B in 1937. He died in 1969 in Wembley, England, while watching a boxing match, seven years after suffering a stroke.

Couiteas ( )

Courbin ( )

Laurens/André? Cousiné (F)

Enrico Cracchi (I)
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers. Probably Pietro Cracchi.

Pietro Cracchi (I)
From Bolognia.

Pio Crestini (I)

Petre G. Cristea (RO)
31 Jan 1909 - 6 Jul 1995
Considered to be Romania's best ever racing driver. Started racing in 1930. Winner of the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally together with motorcycle champion Zamfirescu in a specially rebuilt Ford V8. Entered mostly sports car races and hill climbs with a BMW 328. Won a sports car event at Nürburgring in 1939 against pretty respectable opposition. In January 1969, Petre Cristea (following the footsteps of Paul Pietsch) founded the "Autoturism" magazine. Owned by the Romanian Auto Club (ACR), today it is the most popular auto magazine in Romania. Cristea also wrote some technical books, including a volume about driving racing cars: Cum devii campion (How to become a champion).
(Info supplied by Mihai Dumitru)

G. Crowther ( )

Letterio Mario Cucinotta Piccolo (I)
27 Mar 1902 - 9 Oct 1987
Letterio Cucinotta was fro Messina (Sicily). His parents died when he was young, he was adopeted by his stepfather Antonio Piccolo. He started racing with a Bugatti T37 and a Maserati 26B. In 1930 his friend Giuseppe Vittoria managed to get Maserati to transport Cusinotta's Maserati to Indy 500 together with Borzacchinis works car. Cucinotta finished 12th. After the was Cusinotta continued racing until 1964. He died at Messina in 1987.

Angus Humphrey Cuddon-Fletcher (GB)
3 Jul 1909 - 1973/74?
Born in Dunans, Argyll, Cuddon-Fletcher was a designer engineer. Among other things he worked on a rotary engine, which he sadly failed to patent. He took part in racing before the Second World War, racing MGs at Donington, Crystal Palace & Brooklands. There was at some stage a kind of partnership with Reg Parnell. He emigrated to the United States in December 1965 and remained in the field of (Marine) engineering. Died in in Wisconsin in the 1970s.
(Info supplied by Susan Cuddon-Fletcher)

Curcurru (I)

Pierre Curral ( )

Pablo Curtis ( )

"Leon Cushman" (Leonard Cushman Adcock) (GB)
24 Dec 1890 - 7 Jan 1946.
Born at Brighton, East Sussex in 1890. Died at Brighton in 1946.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Mario Cussini ( )

Giovanni Cutelli (I)

Emile Cuvelier (B)
After the war briefly president of the club "CMA Beaumont-Chimay".

Count Stanisław (Stanislas) Czaykowski (PL/F)
10 Jun 1899 - 10 Sep 1933
Czaykowski was the wealthy Polish count, born in The Hague, the Netherlands, At World War I he served as volunteer in French Army. After war he had a businesses in Great Britain becoming a man of wealth. Czaykowski bought some Bugattis and started racing at 1929 Comminges GP with a Bugatti T37A. In June 1930 he bought a T35C. In 1931 in Casablanca he won his first race and then set a speed record at AVUS (213.842 km/h), driving Bugatti T54. In April 1931 he bought T51. He won the 1932 Provence Trophy and the 1933 Empire Trophy. Also started at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1932 and 1933. Czaykowski crashed fatally at the infamous 1933 Monza GP.
(Info supplied by Piotr Jurczyk)


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