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
Antonio (Antonino) "Nino" D’Agata (I) |
Sicilian driver from Catania, he never raced in Italy north of Reggio
Calabria, on the opposite shore of the Messina Straight from Sicily.
There he placed third driving an OM in the 1930 race. Inevitably a
specialist of the Targa Florio and of the Giro di Sicilia, he drove OMs,
Maseratis and Alfa Romeos, whereas, after WWII, he drove a Fiat 1100 in
1948 and a Lancia Aprilia touring car in the 1949 and 1950 editions.
D'Agata is nonetheless found racing in the famous 1938 Christmas race at
l'Asmara (Eritrea) where he placed second in a 2.6L Alfa Romeo, a feat
not recorded by Alfa Monza guru Simon Moore.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
d'Ajetti - SEE: Ajetti
"Daniell" (Daniel Porthault) (F)
Raced in France with his own Delahaye 135 sportscar.
d'Arnoux - SEE: Arnoux
da Silva Ramos - SEE: Ramos
d'Avanzo - SEE: Avanzo
de Avellar - SEE: Avellar
de Bejarry - SEE: Bejarry
de Belleroche - SEE: Belleroche
de Berck - SEE: Berck
de Bernardis - SEE: Bernardis
de Bondeli - SEE: Bondeli
de Burnay - SEE: Burnay
de Chanaz - SEE: Chanaz
de Faucamberge - SEE: Faucamberge
de Fumel - SEE: Fumel
de Gourmont - SEE: Gourmont
de Graffenried - SEE: Graffenried
de Grassin - SEE: Grassin
de Joncy - SEE: Joncy
Delangle - SEE: "Hellé-Nice"
de la Riva - SEE: Oliveras de la Riva
de la Rochette - SEE: Marcel de la Rochette
de las Casas - SEE: "Raph"
del Drago - SEE: Drago
d'Elern - SEE: Elern
de l'Espée - SEE: Espée
della Chiesa - SEE: Chiesa
Alberto Dell'Orto ( ) |
André Delmot (F) |
From Nice. Brother to Louis Delmot. Nameo often spelled as "Delmo" in contemporary papers.
Lorenzo Delpino (I) |
4 Sep 1899 - ?
Born in Genoa where he worked as an important FIAT concessionary.
del Re - SEE: Re
"de Maris" - SEE: "Maris"
de Marotte - SEE: Marotte
de Martis - SEE: Martis
de Maureix - SEE: Maureix
de Meslon - SEE: Meslon
de Montbressieux - SEE: "Raph"
de Oliveira - SEE: Oliveira
de Paolo - SEE: Paolo
de Peignon - SEE: Peignon
de Praez - SEE: Praez
de Rham - SEE: Rham
de Rothschild - SEE: "Philippe"
de Rovin - SEE: Rovin
de Saugé - SEE: Saugé
de Souza - SEE: Souza
de Sterlich - SEE: Sterlich
de Stigliano - SEE: Stigliano
de Sztriha - SEE: Sztriha
de Teffé - SEE: Teffé
de Texidor - SEE: Texidor
de Villapadierna - SEE: Villapadierna
de Vizcaya - SEE: Vizcaya
di Villamarina - SEE: Villamarina
Karel "Tunal" Divišek (CS)
6 Aug 1902 - 24 Oct 1956
Born at Brno in 1902.
Universal sportsman, athlete (running, boxing), pilot and racing driver. He was a pioneer of diving (probably the first Czech diver) and speleology research. He was owner of a driving school in Brno where he used
Z cars (Zbrojovka Brno, an arms factory with car production 1925 - 1936) and gradually started participate in car races with Z specials, but sometimes also with a Bugatti. He alos bought a small aeroplane
taking part in air races.
After WWII his driving school was nationalized and he worked instead as custodian in the cave system of Punkva river (north of Brno), which he had helped to discover. Died at Brno in 1956.
(Info supplied by Jiri Mewald)
Prince Dimitri Aleksandrovich Djordjadze (GEO) |
26 oct 1898 - 26 Och 1985
Georgian nobleman, hotel executive and race car driver. Winner of the 1931 Spa 24h sports car race.
Died in Nice 1985.
Hector George Edmund Dobbs (GB)
13 May 1905 - 3 May 1968
Royal Navy officer. Dobbs was originally a racing motor cyclist of some note. He won the Amateur TT race on the Isle of Man in 1925. After leaving the Royal Navy, Dobbs developed his Riley racers at
premises - Hedge End Motors. He started racing his Riley powered cars in 1933 at Brooklands. His first major international race was the 1935 Donington GP and in the following year he entered his Riley
in the Junior Car Club 250 mile International Trophy race at Brooklands where he finished 3rd behind Bira and Mays in their ERAs. He also finished in 4th place behind 3 ERAs in the 1936 Nuffield Trophy
race at Donington Park. He took a Riley sportscar to Montlhery for the 1936 Grand Prix de l'ACF but was unplaced. In 1937 he was invited to drive with "Bira" in Prince Chula's 3.5 litre Delahaye in the
Donington Park International 12-hour sportscar race - his last race and his biggest win. He died in Southampton 1968.
(Info supplied by Anthony J Taylor)
Kaye Ernest "Kaye Don" Donsky (GB)
10 Apr 1891 - 29 Aug 1981
Born in Dublin, Ireland.
Don started as a motorcycle driver in 1912. Afther having spent WWI at the Royal Flyng Corps, flying i.a. RE8's as artillery observer,
he returned to motor cycle racing in 1919 but turned to car racing in 1921, taking several international records at brooklands with an A.C.
Won the President's Gold Cup in 1923. In 1925-26 he was victorious whit a Wolseley Viper at Brooklands.
Won the Founder's Cup and the Gold Star in 1927 with a 2 litre Sunbeam. Next year he wan the Gold Star anew with a 4 litre Sunbeam "Tiger"
and was also the winner of the 1928 Tourist Trophy and President's Gold Cup with a Lea-Francis.
In 1928 he had three ex-works Sunbeams to his disposal known als "Cub", "Tiger" and "Tigress".
and sat many class records on Brooklands with the cars durjng 1928 to 1930.
1931 he had a new Bugatti 4.9L know as Tiger 2.
After Sir Henry Segrave's death Don took over the motorboat "Miss England II" breaking two water speed records.
Disappeared from racing as he served a 4? month jail sentence 1934 after crashing on the Isle of Man while testing his M.G. on a public road before the race, killing his passenger Francis Tayler.
Was back once more to race in Donington 1936.
Died in Chobham Surrey 1981. Buried at Jericho, Oxford.
(Info supplied by Rudiger de Jonghe)
dos Santos - SEE: Santos
"Dribus" - SEE: André Boillot
Anicet Ducouret (F) |
17 Apr 1897
Born at Bussiére-Dunoise in central France.
George Edward Duller (GB) |
26 Jan 1891 - 6 Aug 1962
Born in Plaistow, London. Well known jockey. One of the "Bentley Boys", 2nd at JCC 200 miles Race 1924, and winner of the 1927 Montlhery 24h.
Raced from 1930 to 1934 with Derby & Duesenberg at Brooklands. (Not to be confused with his younger brother
R.L. "Jack" Duller).
Died in Epsom, Surrey 1962.
(Info supplied by Rudiger de Jonghe and John Edwardes)
R. L. "Jack" Duller (GB) |
14 Feb 1904 - 11 Feb 1978
Younger brother to George Duller. Partner in the London firm of Strete & Duller who serviced Alfa-Romeo cars before WW2.
(Info supplied by Rudiger de Jonghe and John Edwardes)
Jack Lawson Dunfee (GB)
Older brother to Clive Dunfee, who had a fatal accident at the Brooklands 500 mile race in 1932 with a Bentley.
du Pouget - SEE: Pouget
John DuPuy (USA) |
22 Mar 1914 - 1993/94?
John DuPuy was an rich American, born in New York in 1914, who did same races before the war.
His father had been President of the Pennsylvania Rubber Co, his grandfather President of Crucible Steel of Pittsburgh.
After the war John rarely drove a car (i.e. lost license). He gave same other drivers the chance to use his
Maseratis, among them was baron de Graffenried. In the 1950s he lived with his wife in Lausanne Palace in Switzerland.
US Public Records Index had him listed in Reno, Nevada.
(Info supplied by Romain Heckemanns & Richard Armstrong)
"Leon Duray" (George Stewart) (USA)
30 Apr 1894 - 12 MAy 1956
Born as George Stewart in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984 , he later legally changed his name to Leon Duray in tribute to French Grand Prix river Arthur Duray.
Piero Ettore Dusio (I)
13 Oct 1899 - 7 Nov 1975
Started as a fabric salesman at the age of 20.
At 27 he was owner of the biggest oilcloth manufacturing factory in Italy.
Dusio was a vital and likable man for whom success had come
easily. Shrewd and firm, it had not been difficult for him to stay at
the top of commerce and industry, once he had made it there. Commerce
above all, as his subsequent history will show. Dusio’s great love was
motor cars. He had been a good amateur driver in the thirties with a
third at the Mille Miglia and a victory at the international Stelvio
hill-climb in 1938. Grand Prix driver racing an Maserati 8CM.
In 1938 he had founded a highly competitive -
racing team called "Scuderia Torino" with Maserati Maserati 6CM voiturettes. Dusio
liked to have his cars modified to his particular specifications.
Dusio’s cars acquired in this way independent Tecnauto front-suspension
and SIATA radiators. Dusio, though, wanted to see his ideas realised
from scratch and had started to work on a Fiat 1100 special in 1939. He
had made even more money in real-estate dealings at the beginning of the
war and some of it was invested in Cisitalia, founded 1943.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
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