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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!


      Cabantous - SEE: Giraud-Cabantous

driver

Maurice Alexander Gordon Cadell (GB)
* 24 Nov 1913
† 7 Jul 1951
Chelsea
Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1936: DNA Eifel (Voiturette)


Cadet ( )
 
1928: 11 Marne GP
1929: DNA Burgundy GP (Voiturette)


René Cadet ( )
 
1929: 6 Lyon GP / 6 Marne GP


Federico Caflisch ( )
 
1930: 6 Coppa Acerbo / 9 Monza GP


Fritz Caflisch ( )
 
1929: 6 Rome GP / 5 Monza GP / DNS Cremona Circuit
1930: 6 Rome GP
1931: 3 Geneva GP


Cagnate ( )
 
1931: DNA Geneva GP (Voiturette)


Caille ( )
 
1928: DNF Marne GP


Caillez ( )
 
1931: 6 Saint Raphaël GP


Cairelli ( )
 
1931: DNA Coppa Acerbo


R. Caisson ( )
 
1929: 3 (heat)/ 4 Riviera Circuit (sports/GP)
1930: 6 Saint Raphaël GP


Giosue' Calamai (I)
* 11 Jun 1911
† 2002
Prato, Firenze (Florence)
Firenze (Florence)
Unlike claimed 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.
 
1935: DNA Lucca GP
1936: 5 Coppa Ciano


driver

Jean Calcianu (RO)
* 1893
† 1949
Dobrogea
?
Lived in Bucarest.
 
1937: DNS Czech GP


G. Calderoni ( )
 
1930: DNA Coppa Ciano


Calmes ( )
 
1932: DNF Antibes GP


Caluer ( )
 
1931: DNA Brignoles GP


Amerigo Calzolari ( )
 
1931: DNF Coppa Ciano


Renzo Camandona (I)
 
1934: 10 (heat) Bordino GP


Cambi ( )
 
1932: DNF Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar)


driver

Cavaliere Giuseppe Campari (I)
* 8 June 1892
† 10 Sep 1933
Graffignana, Lodi, Lombardy
Monza
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.
 
1928: 2 Targa Florio / DNF Mugello Circuit / DNF Cremona Circuit / 1 Coppa Acerbo / 3 Coppa Montenero /
          2* European GP
1929: 4 Targa Florio / 6 Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / 3 Coppa Ciano
1930: DNA Monaco GP / 4 Targa Florio / 5 Rome GP / 2 Coppa Ciano / DNA Coppa Acerbo /
          2 (rep)/DNF Monza GP
1931: 4 Targa Florio / 1* Italian GP / 2* French GP / DNF* Belgian GP / 4 Coppa Ciano / 1 Coppa Acerbo /
          4 (heat) Monza GP
1932: 10 Monaco GP / 4 Italian GP / DNS French GP / DNA German GP / 3 Coppa Ciano / DNA Coppa Acerbo /
          1 (heat) /DNS Monza GP
1933: DNF Tripoli GP / 1 French GP / DNF Marne GP / DNA Belgian GP / 3 Coppa Ciano / 8 Nice GP /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNA Comminges GP / DNA Marseille GP / DNS Italian GP / DNF Monza GP /
          DNA Czech GP


driver

Sir, Major Malcolm Campbell M.B.E.(GB)
* 11 Mar 1885
† 31 Dec 1948
Chislehurst, Kent
Reigate, Surrey
 
1931: 2 Mountain
1932: DNF AVUS GP / 1 Mountain
1933: DNF Mountain
1934: DNA Mountain


Ernesto Campeotto (I/DK)
* ~1901
† ?
?
?
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 Eurovision Song Contest.
 
1932: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)


Antônio da Silva Campos (BR)
 
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Canard ( )
 
1931: DNA Marne GP (2000cc)


Saverio Candrilli (I)
Sicilian from Palermo.
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio
1929: DNF Targa Florio


Luis Cañeto (BR)
 
1938: 3* Circuito de Gávea


driver

Alfredo Caniato (I)
* 1900?
† 1986?
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)
 
1930: 11 Alessandria GP / DNA Coppa Acerbo
1931: 9 Alessandria GP / DNF* Italian GP


Antoine Canin (F)
From Marseille.
 
1932: DNF Nimes GP / DNF (heat) Nice GP


Canotti ( )
 
1931: DNA German GP (1100cc)

      Cantacuzino - SEE: Ghica Cantacuzino

Paolo Cantoni ( )
 
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano


Paolo Cantono (I)
 
1932: 6 (heat) Rome GP (2000cc)


José Antonio Canziani (RA)
* 3 Jul 1911
† ?
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
?
 
1941: 1 Buenos Aires GP


Ovidio Capelli (I)
* 12 Mar 1901
† 31 Mar 1962
Milano (Milan)
Milano (Milan)
Took over Scuderia Ambrosiana from Lurani in 1949.
 
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / 5 Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNF Napels (Voiturette) / DNS Tripoli (Voiturette)


Umberto Capello (I)
 
1928: DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNA Alessandria GP
1931: 4 Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


driver

Renato Cappagli (I)
* 11 Sep 1904
† 6 Feb 1989
Volterra, Tuscany
Cecina
After doing his military service Cappagli 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.

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)
 
1932: DNA Coppa Ciano


driver

Otto Wilhelm Rudolf Caracciola (D/CH)
* 30 Jan 1901
† 28 Sep 1959
Remagen, Rheinland-Pfalz
Kassel, Hessen
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 in Kassel, Germany in 1959. Alice died 26 June 1976.

Click here for full biography.
 
1928: DNA San Sebastian GP
1929: 3 Monaco GP / DNA San Sebastian GP
1930: DNS Monaco GP / 7 Monza GP / DNF Czech GP
1931: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / DNF Monaco GP / 1 Eifel GP / DNF French GP / 1 German GP /
          1 AVUS GP / DNF Czech GP
1932: 2 Monaco GP / 2 AVUS GP / 1 Eifel GP / 3*/11 Italian GP / 1 Lwow GP / 3 French GP / 1 German GP /
          2 Coppa Acerbo / DNA Czech GP / 1 Monza GP
1933: DNS Monaco GP / DNA French GP
1934: DNS AVUS GP / DNS Eifel GP / DNF French GP / DNF German GP / DNS Belgian GP /
          1 Klaußenpaßrennen (hillclimb) / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 10* Swiss GP / 1* Italian GP /
          2 Spanish GP / DNF Czech GP
1935: DNF Monaco GP / 1 Tripoli GP / DNF AVUS GP / 1 Eifel GP / 1 French GP / 2 Penya Rhin GP /
          1 Belgian GP / 3 German GP / 1 Swiss GP / DNF* Italian GP / 1 Spanish GP / DNA Czech GP
          EUROPEAN CHAMPION 1935.
1936: 1 Monaco GP / 4 Tripoli GP / 1 Tunis GP / 2 Penya Rhin GP / DNF Eifel GP / DNF Hungarian GP /
          DNF/DNF*/5* German GP / DNF Swiss GP
1937: 6 Tripoli GP / DNF AVUS GP / 2 Eifel GP / DNF Vanderbilt Cup / 1 German GP / 2 Monaco GP /
          5* Coppa Acerbo / 1 Swiss GP / 1 Italian GP / 1 Czech GP / 3 Donington GP
          EUROPEAN CHAMPION 1937.
1938: 2* Pau GP / 3 Tripoli / 2 French GP / 2* German GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / 1 Coppa Acerbo /
          1 Swiss GP / 3* Italian GP
          EUROPEAN CHAMPION 1938.
1939: DNF Pau GP / 2 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 3 Eifel GP / DNF Belgian GP / DNF French GP /
          1 German GP / 2 Swiss GP


Carasso/Carrasco ( )
 
1928: DNF Saint Raphaël (1100cc) / DNF Antibes GP


Cardeilhac ( )
 
1929: DNF Comminges GP (Voiturette)


Carlin ( )
 
1931: DNA Marne GP (2000cc)


driver

Helmer Gustaf Emanuel Carlsson-Alsed (S)
* 18 Dec 1909
† 17 Jun 2005
Sunnerskog, Alseda
Jonstorp, Skåne (Scania)
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)
 
1933: DNF Swedish Summer GP
1934: 2 Freden (Ice race) / 4 Vallentuna (Ice race)
1935: 4 Lindöloppet (Ice race) / 5 Vallentuna (Ice race) / 3 Hörken (Ice race) / 5 Finnish GP
1936: 2 Hedemoraloppet (Ice race) / 2 Långforssjön (Ice race) / 2 Hörken (Ice race) /
          DNA Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / 2 Norwegian GP (Ice race)
1937: 7 Flaten (Ice race) / 4 Finnish GP


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)
 
1930: DNF Monza (1100cc)
1931: 3 Alessandria GP (1100cc)
1935: DNQ Bergamo GP / 8 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)
1936: 11 Milan (Voiturette) / 8 Modena (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Genua GP (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) / DNF (heat) San Remo (Voiturette) /
          DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF (heat) Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)
1938: 6 (heat) Varese (Voiturette)


Giacomo Carpegna (I)
From Canale d'Alba
 
1935: 5 (heat) Turin GP


Noel Arthur Horne Carr (GB)
* 29 Dec 1904
† 11 Jul 1978
Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire
Bulle, Switzerland
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1933: DNS Donington Park Trophy


Guglielmo Carraroli (I)
 
1929: DNA Alessandria GP / 14 Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / DNA Coppa Ciano
1931: 10 Coppa Ciano
1933: 3 Targa Florio / DNA Coppa Acerbo
1934: 11 Tripoli GP / DNF Targa Florio
1935: 9 Tripoli GP / DNS Marne GP
1936: DNF Tripoli GP / 5 Lucca (Voiturette)
1937: DNF Eifel GP


Carrasco ( )
 
1931: DNF Saint Raphaël GP

      Carré - SEE: "Renaldi"

driver

René Auguste Joseph Carrière (F)
* 10 Mar 1911
† 22 Mar 1982
Marseille
Marseille
René Carrière 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.
 
1936: 8* Donington GP
1938: 4 French GP
1939: DNF Pau GP / 4 Coupe de Paris / DNS Eifel GP


Ricardo Carù (RA)
 
1934: 4 Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: 1 Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: 2 Rio de Janeiro GP
1937: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Rodolfo Caruso (I)
* 2 Jul 1898
† 6 Mar 1951
Milano (Milan)
?
 
1928: DNF Mugello Circuit
1929: 17 Mugello Circuit (2000cc)


Alfredo Casali ( )
 
1931: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


Louis Casali ( )
 
1930: DNF Marne (Voiturette) / DNC French (Voiturette)


Salvatore Casano (I)
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio (1100cc)
1935: DNF Targa Florio


Umberto Casareto (I)
 
1934: 8 (heat) Bordino GP / DNF (heat) Biella GP / DNA Modena GP


Henrique Casini (BR)
* 8 Nov 1898
† 25 Jan 1981
?
?
 
1934: 13 Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1941: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Adolfo Caspani (I)
 
1937: DNF (heat) Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)


Gino Cassone ( )
 
1931: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc)


I. Castagna ( )
 
1931: DNF Targa Florio


Carlo Castelbarco (I)
* 25 Mar 1911
† 14 May 1988
Milano (Milan)
Milano (Milan)
Also see: Luigi Castelbarco
 
1933: 8 Bordino GP / 6 Italian GP / DNF (heat) Monza GP


driver

Luigi (Ludovico?) Pindemonte Rezzonico, Conte di Castelbarco (I)
* 5 Apr 1909
† 2 Feb 1994
Milano (Milan)
Milano (Milan)
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. 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.)
 
1929: DNF Tripoli GP (1100cc) / 1 Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Ciano / DNA Monza GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNF Alessandria (1100cc)
1931: DNF Tunis GP (Voiturette) / 4 Alessandria GP / DNS Italian GP / 3 (heat)/DNC Rome GP (2000cc) /
          9 Coppa Ciano / 9 (heat) Monza GP
1932: 3 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / 7 Rome GP / DNF Italian GP / 10 Coppa Ciano
1933: 10 Tripoli GP
1934: 3 AVUS (Voiturette) / 1 Eifel (Voiturette) / 6 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 5 (heat) Biella GP
1935: 7 (heat) Biella GP / 8 Eifel (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF AVUS (Voiturette) / DNA Florence GP (Voiturette) /
          DNF Milan (Voiturette) / 10 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Varese (Voiturette) / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 7 Milan (Voiturette)
1939: 10 Tripoli (Voiturette)


Gaetano Castellano di Paternò (I)
From Mestre.
 


Francisco Castelló ( )
 
1932: DNA Pascua GP


Virgílio Lopes Castilho (BR)
 
1934: 5 Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP / 7 São Paulo GP

      di Castro - SEE: Di Castro

Luigi Catalani ( )
 
1930: DNF Coppa Acerbo
1931: DNF Coppa Ciano


Cathary ( )
 
1939: DNF (heat) Angouleme


Catherineau (F)
From Tarbes.
 
1929: DNF Comminges GP (1100cc)


Catry ( )
 
1932: DNA Picardie GP


driver

Jean/Joseph/Giuseppe "Papa" Cattaneo (I/F)
* 1888
† 1964/73?
?
?
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)
 
1931: DNA French GP
1932: 1 Circuit de l'Aisne (sports 3000cc) / 2 Torvilliers Circuit (sports car) / 3 Picardie GP
1933: 12 Dieppe GP
1934: DNF Picardie (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe GP / 7 Albi GP / 4 GP de l´U.M.F.


Pietro Cattaneo (I)
From Novi Ligure, north of Genova, in the province of Alessandria.
 
1928: 5 Pozzo Circuit / 11 Alessandria GP / 10 Mugello Circuit / DNA Cremona Circuit / DNA Coppa Montenero
1929: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNF Pozzo Circuit (1100cc)


Caubet (F)
From Toulouse.
 
1929: DNA Comminges GP (1100cc)
1930: 4 Comminges (1100cc)


Cavallero ( )
 
1933: DNA Bordino GP


Giovanni Caviglia (I)
 
1928: DNC Alessandria GP


Robert Cazaux (F)
* 31 Jan 1906
† 16 Jun 1935
?
?
Fatal crash at Course de côte de Sézanne with a Bugatti T51.
 
1934 : DSQ (heat) Dieppe GP / DNA Albi GP
1935: 6 Pau GP / 1 Orleans GP


Carlo Cazzaniga (I)
 
1931: 1931: 11 Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: DNF (heat) Rome GP / DNF Targa Florio / DNA Coppa Ciano
1933: DNF Tripoli GP


driver

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.
 
1929: DNF Pozzo Circuit (1100cc)
1934: DNA Bordino GP / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette 1100cc) / 2 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette 1100cc) /
          1 Modena GP (Voiturette 1100cc)
1935: DNA Coppa Ciano (1100c) / DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Modena GP (Voiturette)


Jean Celerier ( )
 
1932: ? La Baule GP / DNA Antibes GP


Domenico-Ruggero Rosso "Count di Cerami" (I)
* 18 Mar 1907
† 9 Dec 1972
?
?
 
1928: 10 Coppa Etna
1930: 3Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio
1931: DNC Alessandria GP / 5 Rome GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / DNA Coppa Acerbo / 10 (heat) Monza GP
1932: DNF (heat) Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA German GP (Voiturette) / 1 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette)


Manuel Ceratto (I)
 
1928: DNA European GP


Alfredo Cereseto (I)
 
1928: DNF Antibes GP / DNF Alessandria GP


Gino Cesarini (I)
 
1928: 13 Coppa Etna


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)
 
1934: ? GP de l´U.M.F.
1935: 5 Orleans (Voiturette)


driver

Eugène Marius Chaboud (F)
* 12 Apr 1907
† 28 Dec 1983
Lyon
Montfermeil
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.
 
1938: 1* Le Mans 24h (sports car) / DNF French GP
1939: DNF Pau GP / 12 Coupe de Paris


Roger Chambard (F)
 
1936: DNA Frontières GP / DNA Eifel (Voiturette) / DNF Picardie (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Turin GP (Voiturette) / 12 Napels (Voiturette) / DNA Frontières (Voiturette) / DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette)


Albert "Raymond" Chambost (F)
* 5 Mar 1895
† 22 Jul 1936
Poitiers
Deauville
In the literature Chambost is known as Raymond but his real name was Albert. Voiturette Salmson 1100cc driver winning 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)
 
1932: 1 Provence Trophy (Cyclecar) / 5 Nice GP (2000cc) / 2 Antibes GP (Voiturette)
1934: DNF Albi (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette 1100cc) / DNA GP de l´U.M.F. / 5 Alger GP
1935: 6 Tunis GP / DNF Lorraine GP / DNF (heat) Marne GP / 6 Coppa Ciano / 5 Nice GP
1936: DNF Deauville GP


de Chanaz ( )
 
1931: DNF La Baule GP


Comte Gaston Irénée Marie Hervé Chandon de Briailles (F)
* 1 Sep 1900
† 1 Aug 1954
Neuilly-sur-Seine
Paris
Started racing in 1924. Winner of the 1926 Château Thierry hillclimb, Reims (flying km), and Toul (Namcy). Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)
 
1928: DNF Marne GP


Freddy Charlier ( )
 
1929: 3 Frontieres GP (1100cc)


driver

Jean Chassagne (F)
* 26 Jul 1881
† 13 Apr 1947
La Croisille sur Briance, Haute-Vienne
La Croisille sur Briance, Haute-Vienne
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.
 
1929: DNF French GP


Bernard Jean Albert Chaude (F)
* 19 Nov 1911
† 18 Aug 1988
Paris
Paris
Took part in the 1935 Le Mans 24h in a Bugatti together with Max Fourny.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1934: ? GP de l´U.M.F.
1935: DNF Dieppe GP


Ermanno Checcacci ( )
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers.
 
1929: DNS Coppa Ciano


Nicola Cherubini (I)
 
1935: DNA Cosenza GP


P. Chevallier ( )
 
1931: 4 Dieppe GP (Voiturette) / DNF Monza GP (1100cc)


Giovanni Chiampan (I)
 
1928: DNF Pozzo Circuit


driver

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.)
 
1937: 3 South African GP (handicap) / DNA JCC 200 GP
1939: 8 South African GP (Voiturette) / 3 Grosvenor (Voiturette)


Vittorio Chierici (I)
From Parma in northern Italy.
 
1929: DNF Pozzo Circuit / DNA Cremona Circuit (Voiturette)


Luigi Della Chiesa (I)
 
1934: DNF Coppa Ciano
1935: DNF Eifel (Voiturette)


driver

Luigi Chinetti (I/USA)
* 17 Jul 1901
† 17 Aug 1994
Milan
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
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.
(Info supplied by Hugh Calibani.)
 
1932: 1* Le Mans 24h (sports car)
1934: DNA Picardie GP / 1* Le Mans 24 H (sports car)
1939: 8 French GP / DNA Swiss GP


Mario Pedro Chiozza (RA)
Raced an interesting Mercury Special bimotore.
 
1941: 3 Buenos Aires GP


Chiquito ( )
 
1932: 4 Oran GP (Voiturette) / 6 Casablanca GP (Voiturette)


driver

Louis Alexandre Chiron (MC)
* 3 Aug 1899
† 22 Jun 1979
Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
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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1928: 1 Saint Raphaël / 1 Riviera Circuit / 1 Antibes GP / 4 Targa Florio / 1 Rome GP / 1 Marne GP /
          1 San Sebastian GP / 1 European GP
1929: 1 San Sebastian GP / DNA Monza GP
1930: 2 Monaco GP / 2 Targa Florio / 2*/DNF Rome GP / 1 Lyon GP / DNF Marne GP / 1 European (Belgian) GP /
          DNF French GP
1931: 1 Monaco GP / DNF* Italian GP / DNA Geneva GP / 1* French GP / DNF Marne GP / DNF* Belgian GP /
          2 German GP / DNA Dieppe GP / 2 Coppa Ciano / 2 Coppa Acerbo / 7 Monza GP / 1 Czech GP
1932: 6 Tunis GP / DNF Monaco GP / DNA Rome GP / 3* Targa Florio / DNF Nimes GP / DNS AVUS GP /
          DNA Casablanca GP / 5 Eifel GP / DNF*/6* Italian GP / 4 French GP / DNF German GP / 1 Dieppe GP /
          1 Nice GP / 3 Coppa Acerbo / 1 Czech GP / 6 Monza GP / DNF Marseille GP
1933: 4 Monaco GP / DNF AVUS GP / 4 Eifel GP / DNF French GP / DNF Belgian GP / DNF Swedish Summer GP /
          DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNA Comminges GP / 1 Marseille GP / DNF Italian GP / 1 Czech GP / 1 Spanish GP
1934: 2 Monaco GP / 2 Bordino GP / 3 Tripoli GP / 1 Casablanca GP / DNF AVUS GP / 3 Eifel GP /
          2 Penya Rhin GP / 1 French GP / 1 Marne GP / 3 German GP / DNF Dieppe GP / DNF Belgian GP /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNF Nice GP / 5 Swiss GP / 6 Italian GP / 10* Spanish GP / DNF Czech GP /
          DNF/ 2* Alger GP
1935: 5 Monaco GP / 2 Targa Florio / 5 Tripoli GP / 2 AVUS GP / 2 Biella GP / 3 Eifel GP / DNF French GP /
          1 Lorraine GP / 2 Marne GP / 3 Belgian GP / 2 Dieppe GP / DNF German GP / 4 Comminges GP /
          6* Coppa Acerbo / 2 Nice GP / DNF Swiss GP / DNFSpanish GP / 3 Czech GP
1936: DNF Monaco GP / 9 Tripoli GP / DNFTunis GP / 6 Penya Rhin GP / 6 Eifel GP / DNF Hungarian GP /
          DNF German GP
1937: 1 French GP (sports car)


driver

Thomas Pitt Cholmondeley-Tapper (NZ/GB)
* 31 Jul 1910
† 27 Jul 2001
Wellington, New Zealand
Headington, Oxfordshire
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 with Norwegian ancestry. An expert skier and amateur driver racing Voiturette Bugattis and an old GP Maserati 8CM he had bought from Earl Howe. Racing partner to Eileen Ellison. In they 1935 toured through Europe with a Bugatti T40 trailing a T37A (#37332). The T37A was raced alternating by Eileen or Thomas. With a better car Cholmondeley-Tapper could perhaps have been a top competitor. It has been claimed that he was offered a Mercedes-Benz test drive at the end of the 1936 season.
(Info supplied by Mrs. Margaret Cholmondeley-Tapper via Wolfgang Kaese and by Michael Müller)
 
1935: 8 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF Frontières GP / DNF Eifel (Voiturette) / 11 Lorraine GP /
          2 Lorraine (Voiturette) / 10 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)
1936: DNS Deauville GP / 10 German GP / 4 JCC 200 / DNF Donington GP / 4 Mountain
1937: DNA AVUS GP / DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette)


driver

Max Christen (CH)
Private Maserati driver.
 
1937: DNF Swiss GP
1938: 13 Swiss GP
1939: DNF Swiss GP


Domenico Cicerano (I)
 
1928: 7 Coppa Etna


Giorgio Ciolino (I)
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio (1100cc) / 15 Coppa Messina / 12 Coppa Etna


Giuseppe Cioni ( )
 
1931: 5 Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


Guido Ciriaci (I)
 
1928: DNA Alessandria GP / DNA Coppa Acerbo


Aaron Citron (EST)
 
1936: DNS Finnish GP


Clairac ( )
 
1928: DNF Algerian GP


driver

Thomas Graves "Tommy" Clarke D.S.C. (GB)
* 19 Aug 1911
† 14 Feb 1969
Allerton, Liverpool
Antigua
 
1936: 11* Donington GP


Pierre Clause ( )
 
1928: DNA Marne GP


Giuseppe Claves ( )
 
1928: 14 Coppa Messina / DNA Coppa Etna
1930: DNA Targa Florio


Abele Clerici ( )
 
1928: 3 Pozzo Circuit / 10 Alessandria GP
1929: DNA Monza GP (Voiturette) / DNF Cremona Circuit (1100cc)
1930: 1 Alessandria (1100cc) / 6 Monza (1100cc)


Giacomo Clerici (I)
From Genova.
 
1935: DNF Bergamo GP / 7 (heat) Turin GP


Cleton (F)
 
1939: 5 Frontières GP


driver

Major Frederick Edward "Freddie" Clifford (GB)
* 15 Jul 1906
† 19 Oct 1961
Ashe, Hampshire
Oxford
 
1934: 7 (heat) Dieppe GP
1935: 9 Dieppe GP


driver

Guy Louis Jacques Cloître (DZ/F)
* 25 Aug 1905
† ?
Tiaret, Algéria
?
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1928: 2 Algerian GP / 3 Tunis GP
1929: 1 Algerian GP (1100cc) / DNF Tunis GP (1100cc)
1930: DNF Oran (1100cc)
1932: DNF Oran GP (Cyclecar)


driver

John Rhodes Cobb (GB)
* 2 Dec 1899
† 29 Sep 1952
Hackridge/Esher? Surrey
Loch Ness
Born in Surrey 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.
 
1932: 1 Empire Trophy
1933: DNA Empire Trophy
1935: 1* BRDC 500 Miles (Handicap)
1937: 1* BRDC 500 km (Handicap)


Vittorio Cobianchi ( )
 
1931: DNF Monza GP (2000cc)


Gioacchino Cocuzza (I)
 
1928: DNA Targa Florio


Cohas ( )
 
1932: ? La Baule GP

      Colegrave - SEE: Manby-Colegrave

driver

Mario Colini ( )
 
1936: DNA Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNA Lucca (Voiturette) /
          DNF Modena (Voiturette)
1937: DNF Napels (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNF Florence GP (Voiturette)


driver

Samuel Carnes "Sam" Collier (USA)
* 14 May 1912
† 23 Sep 1950
Everglades, Florida
Montour Falls, New York
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.
 
1935: 6/DNF (heat) Albi (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe (Voiturette)


Contardo Colombo (I)
From Genova.
 
1929: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc)
1931: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc)


driver

Gianfranco "Franco" Alessandro Maria Comotti (I)
* 24 Jul 1906
† 10 May 1963
Brescia
Bergamo
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.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
 
1928: DNF European GP
1929: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc)
1931: 1 Alessandria GP (1100cc) / 4 (heat) Rome GP (1100cc)
1932: 3 Rome GP (2000cc)
1933: DNA Coppa Acerbo
1934: 4 Bordino GP / 5 Casablanca GP / 1 Comminges GP / 4 (heat) Biella GP / 3* Italian GP /
          10* Spanish GP / DNF Czech GP / DNF Modena GP / 5 Napels GP
1935: 4 Tunis GP / 5 Bergamo GP / 3 Lorraine GP / DNF Comminges GP / 4 Coppa Acerbo /
          DNF Modena GP / 2 Lucca GP
1937: 1 Tourist Trophy (sports car)
1938: 3 Pau GP / DNF Cork GP / DNF Tripoli / DNA French GP / DNF German GP / DNF Coppa Ciano /
          4 Coppa Acerbo / DNF Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette)


Communier ( )
 
1928: DNF Marne GP


driver

Adrian Malcolm Conan-Doyle (GB)
* 19 Nov 1910
† 3 Jun 1970
Crowborough, East Sussex
Geneva, Switzerland
Born 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.
 
1936: DNS JCC 200 (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Frontières (Voiturette) / DNA AVUS (Voiturette) / DNA Picardie (Voiturette)


driver

Carlo Alberto "Caberto" Conelli, Conte de Prosperis (I)
* 26 Aug 1889
† 25 Aug 1974
Belgirate, Piedmont
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.
 
1928: 3 Targa Florio
1929: DNF Targa Florio / 3 French GP
1930: 3 Targa Florio
1931: DNF* French GP / 1* Belgian GP


driver

Ian Ferguson Connell (GB)
* 15 Oct 1913
† 1 Mar 2003
Singapore
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Ian 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.
(A great thanks to Ian Connell for providing information about himself.)
 
1936: DNA JCC 200 / 9* Donington GP
1937: 2 Flaten (Ice race) / 1 Freden (Ice race) / DNF (heat) Coronation Trophy (Voiturette) / (10) Campbell Trophy /
          (6) Campbell Trophy (Voiturette) / 11 Isle of Man (Voiturette) / DNF JCC 200 GP / DNA Mountain
1938: DNF Cork (Voiturette) / DNF JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / ? Siam Challenge (Voiturette) / DNF Mountain /
          8* Donington GP


Consiglio ( )
 
1931: DNA Dauphiné Circuit / DNF Comminges GP


Giorgio Conter (I)
Amateur driver and barrister from Torino (Turin).
 
1935: DNF (heat) Turin GP


driver

Marcel Jules Hippolyte Contet (F)
* 13 Aug 1904
† 18 Aug 1987
Paris
Boissise-le-Roi, Île-de-France
Amilcar and Delahaye driver. Winner of the 1939 Bol d'Or in a Aston Martin.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1939: 8 Pau GP / 8 Coupe de Paris / 4 Angouleme / 5 French GP (Voiturette) / 10 (heat) Albi (Voiturette)


Pasquale Contini ( )
 
1937: DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNF Genua GP (Voiturette) / DNF Florence GP (Voiturette) /
          DNA Milan (Voiturette)


driver

Humphrey Wyndham Cook (GB)
* 16 Mar 1893
† 3 Aug 1978
Chelsea, London
Westminster, London
The quiet 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.
 
1934: DNF Mountain
1935: DNF Mannin Moar / 5 Eifel (Voiturette) / 4 Dieppe (Voiturette)
1937: 1* Albi (Voiturette)


driver

Vittorio/Victorio? Coppoli (RA)
 
1934: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: 1 Rio de Janeiro GP / DNF São Paulo GP
1937: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Luigi Corcos (I)
From Livorno.
 
1929: DNA Coppa Ciano


Renato Corinaldi (I)
* 28 Dec 1908
† 4 Oct 1967
Padova (Padua)
Milano (Milan)
Lived in Florence.
 
1928: DNA Alessandria GP / DNF Mugello Circuit
1929: DNF Mugello Circuit (1100cc)


driver

Alexander James "Alastair" Cormack (GB)
* 7 May 1907
† 4 Oct 1993
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Alexander Cormack was 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.
(Info supplied by Ken Jones)
 
1934: DNF Mountain
1935: DNS Dieppe (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Monaco (Voiturette) /
          DNF Isle of Man (Voiturette)


Marchese Giovanni "Gino" Maria Cornaggia Medici (I)
* 30 Oct 1899
† 24 Oct 1979
?
?
 
1933: 8 Monza GP
1934: 8 Coppa Ciano / 4 (heat) Biella GP / 8 Modena GP / 9 Napels GP
1935: 7 Bergamo GP / 5 (heat) Turin GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / DNA Lucca GP


driver

Herbert-Élie "Emile" Cornet (B)
* ?
† 19? Dec 1963
?
?
 
1929: DNF Frontieres GP
1930: 3 Frontieres GP / DNF European (Belgian) GP
1931: DNF Frontieres GP
1932: 2 Frontières GP (2000cc)
1933: DNA Frontières GP


Emile Cornil ( )
 
1929: 6 Frontieres GP


Muzio Giuseppe Corradi (I)
From Milan.
 
1929: 3 Camaiore Cup (Voiturette)


Irahy Corrêa (BR)
 
1934: DNS Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF São Paulo GP


driver

Irineu Meyer Corrêa da Silva (BR)
* 24 Jan 1900
† 2 Jun 1935
?
Rio de Janeiro
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.
 
1934: 1 Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


driver

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.
 
1931: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA/DNS Rome GP (1100cc) / DNS Coppa Ciano / DNA Coppa Acerbo
1932: DNA Targa Florio / DNA Nice GP (Voiturette) / DNC Coppa Ciano / 9 Coppa Acerbo
1933: DNF (heat) Bordino GP / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Coppa Ciano
1934: 7 (heat) Bordino GP / DNF Casablanca GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 9 Modena GP
1935: DNF (heat) Lucca GP
1938: DNF Napels (Voiturette) / 8 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 8 La Baule (Voiturette) / 9 Lucca (Voiturette) /
          DNF Modena (Voiturette)
1939: 11 Napels (Voiturette) / DNA French GP (Voiturette) / 5 Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) /
          5 Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette)
1940: 11 Targa Florio (Voiturette) /


driver

Franco Cortese (I)
* 9 Feb 1903
† 13 Nov 1986
Oggebbio, near Turin
Milano (Milan)
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.
 
1928: 8 Coppa Montenero
1929: DNF Tripoli GP (Voiturette) / DNF Alessandria GP / DNS Monza GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano
1931: 6 Coppa Ciano
1932: DNA Targa Florio / 2* Le Mans 24h (sports car)
1933: 7 Coppa Ciano
1934: 1* Targa Abruzzo (sports car)
1935: 1* Targa Abruzzo (sports car)
1936: DNF Tripoli GP
1937: DNF Turin GP (Voiturette) / DNF Napels (Voiturette) / 16 Tripoli GP / 2 Tripoli (Voiturette) /
          NC AVUS (Voiturette) / 4 Florence GP (Voiturette) / DNA Eifel GP / 3 Milan (Voiturette) /
          DNF German GP / 1 Targa Abruzzo (sports car) / 3 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) /
          4 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF Lucca (Voiturette) / DNA Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 1 Varese (Voiturette) / 9 German GP /
          4 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 2 Lucca (Voiturette) / 4 Milan (Voiturette) / 1 Modena (Voiturette)
1939: 2 South African GP (Voiturette) / 1 Grosvenor (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) /
          DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 3 Napels (Voiturette) / 2 Carnaro (Voiturette) /
          2 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)
1940: 5 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 2 Targa Florio (Voiturette)


"Fiorello" (Giuseppe Cortese) (I)
 
1934: 7 Targa Florio
1935: DNF Targa Florio


Corti ( )
 
1935: DNA Cosenza GP


Paolo Costantino (I)
 
1928: 12 Coppa Messina


driver

William Edward "Billy" Cotton (GB)
* 27 May 1899
† 25 Mar 1969
Westminster, London
Wembley, 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, while watching a boxing match, seven years after suffering a stroke.
 
1937: 3 Dublin (Voiturette) / 5 Mountain
1938: 4 Campbell Trophy / ? JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / 7* Donington GP
1939: 2 Brooklands Road Championship / ? Campbell Trophy


Couiteas ( )
 
1929: 2 Comminges GP


Courbin ( )
 
1932: DNF Comminges GP (Voiturette)
1934: DNA Albi (Voiturette)


Laurens/André? Cousiné (F)
 
1930: DNA Comminges (1100cc)
1931: 12 Comminges GP
1932: 2 Provence Trophy (Voiturette) / 5 Nimes GP / DNF Comminges GP
1933: 6 Albi GP


Enrico Cracchi (I)
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers. Probably Pietro Cracchi.
 
1928: 5 Tripoli GP
1929: DNF Tripoli GP (Voiturette) / 4 Mugello Circuit (Voiturette)


Pietro Cracchi (I)
From Bolognia.
 
1928: DNF Alessandria GP
1929: 6 Pozzo Circuit


Pio Crestini (I)
 
1935: DNF Coppa Ciano


driver

Petre G. Cristea (RO)
* 31 Jan 1909
† 6 Jul 1995
Bucharest
Bucharest
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)
 
1936: DNA Hungarian GP
1939: 2 Finnish GP / DNF Frontières GP


G. Crowther ( )
 
1932: DNF Empire Trophy (Voiturette)


driver

Letterio Mario Cucinotta Piccolo (I)
* 27 Mar 1902
† 9 Oct 1987
Messina (Sicily)
Messina (Sicily)
Letterio Cucinotta's parents died when he was young, he was adopted 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.
 
1928: 2 Coppa Messina / 8 Coppa Etna / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 5 Coppa Montenero / DNF European GP
1929: 7 Tripoli GP
1931: DNF Targa Florio
1933: 12 Tripoli GP / 6 Targa Florio / DNA Coppa Acerbo
1934: DNF (heat) / DNF* Napels GP
1935: 8 Coppa Ciano
1938: DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)


Angus Humphrey Cuddon-Fletcher (GB)
* 3 Jul 1909
† 13 Jun 1974
Dunans, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
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.
(Info supplied by Susan Cuddon-Fletcher / Adam Ferrington)
 
1938: ? (1 1100cc) JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / DNF Donington GP


Curcurru (I)
 
1928: 10 Tunis GP


Pierre Curral ( )
 
1928: DNS Grand Prix Bugatti


Pablo Curtis ( )
 
1936: DNA Albi (Voiturette) / DNA Donington GP


driver

"Leon Cushman" (Leonard Cushman Adcock) (GB)
* 24 Dec 1890
† 7 Jan 1946.
Brighton, East Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1931: DNF Mountain


Mario Cussini ( )
 
1933: 14 Tripoli GP


Giovanni Cutelli (I)
 
1929: DNA Coppa Ciano


Emile Cuvelier (B)
After the war briefly president of the club "CMA Beaumont-Chimay".
 
1931: DNF Frontieres GP


driver

Count Stanisław (Stanislas) Czaykowski (PL/F)
* 10 Jun 1899
† 10 Sep 1933
The Hague, the Netherlands
Monza
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)
 
1929: 1 Comminges GP (Voiturette)
1930: 1 Saint Raphaël (Voiturette) / DNF Oran (Voiturette) / 1 Lyon (Voiturette) / DNA Marne (Voiturette) /
          2 Comminges (Voiturette) / 4 French GP
1931: 6 Tunis GP / 9 Monaco GP / 1 Casablanca GP / 5 (heat)/DNF Geneva GP (2000cc) / 3 Marne GP /
          2 Dieppe GP / DNF Dauphiné Circuit / 2 Comminges GP / 3 Monza GP (2000cc) / 3 Brignoles GP
1932: 5 Tunis GP / DNF Monaco GP / 1 Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Oran GP / 1 Provence Trophy (2000cc) /
          3 Nimes GP / 3 Casablanca GP / 2 Lorraine GP (2000cc) / 3 Lorraine GP / 1 Dieppe GP (2000cc) /
          DNF/2 (GP heat/2000cc) Nice GP / 1 Comminges GP (2000cc)
1933: DNF Pau GP / DNF Tunis GP / 2 AVUS GP / DNF French GP / DNA Penya Rhin GP / 1 Empire Trophy /
          3 Dieppe GP / 5 La Baule GP / DNF Comminges GP / DNF Albi GP / DNS Italian GP / DNF Monza GP


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