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
Roy Hector Eccles (GB) |
2 Dec 1900 - 17 Jan 1938
Born at Neath, Wales in 1900. Older brother to Lindsey Eccles. Died at Staines of a brain haemorrhage at an age of 37 years.
A. Embiricos - SEE: "Maris"
Engelbert Graf Arco - SEE: Arco-Zinneberg
Robert Eonnet (F) |
30 Apr 1912 - 14 Mar 1946
Robert Eonnet was born 1912 in Paris, the son of Maurice Eonnet, broker at the Paris stock exchange, and Mlle Alice
Dervaux. Assisted his father in his affaires until WWII. Great sportsman, playing tennis and golf, was diving and
bobsleighing, plus sking for France. Also a keen amateur racer, most notably with a Bugatti T 51 in 1934
Of course this car was paid by his father, on the explicit understanding that his boy would not race it. When Robert
won the Saint-Lô hillclimb (1934?), his activities with the T51 became public, and he had to give up racing.
In 1937 Robert got a Bugatti 57S Atalante, and for this ownership a short sketch on his life appeared in the new
Laugier book on "Les 57 Sport", containing the info given here. During WWII, Robert served with the French air
force. After the war he lived in Morocco; he died in Casablanca 1946.
(Info supplied by Wolfgang Kaese)
Pasquale "Pasquino" Ermini (I)
29 Sep 1905 - 1958
Born in Leccio near Reggello near Florence, Ermini was a famous mechanic and a good driver. He had started in the 1920s as a mechanic of the Materassi team, which
had purchased the works Talbots Grand Prix. After Materassi’s fatal accident at Monza in 1928, Ermini opened (in his native
Florence) a workshop specializing in tuning high performance cars, taking part in a few local events as the driver
of some customer’s car. After the war Ermini was one of the first to resume racing and tuning racing cars. In 1947 he
set up his own team (called Tess, for Testa Emisferica Super Sport) with two Alfa Romeo-engined and two Fiat
1100-engined Specials. His two-ohc head for the Fiat 1100 engine was extremely successful, so he relinquinshed
the 2500SS Alfa Romeo engine to concentrate on this one. For 1948 he ordered new chassis from GILCO in Milan.
After a terrible crash in the Circuito di Firenze 1948, Ermini quit racing, but kept developing his 1100 engine.
This unit was mainly used in proprietary chassis, but a few complete cars were built in the Florentine works.
Drivers Siro Sbraci, Piero Scotti and Ugo Bormioli were extremely successful in the Italian 1100cc class,
mainly in open road races and hillclimbs in the years 1949 and 1950 at the wheel of Ermini-engined Specials.
Later Attlio Brandi, Luciano Pagliai and Azzurro Manzini raced a few Erminis complete cars with success until
1956: one of these had been bodied by Scaglietti. This marque disappeared after Pasquino’s death in 1958, but
no new cars had been built since 1955.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Baron Essendon - SEE: Lewis
Denis Graham Evans (GB) |
18 Jul 1910 - 6 July 1984
Born in Wimbledon, Surrey.
Died in Torrance, California, USA 1984
William Gordon "Bill" Everitt (GB) |
7 Oct 1901 - 3 Aug 1993
Born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 1901.
At one time touted as the "next Dick Seaman" Elliot strted racing in 1933 with J.2 Midget.
Victorious in a few minor races at Brooklands and Donington.
Results include a 4th at1935 Donington GP, a 3rd at 1936 Empire Trophy and a 5th in 1938 South African GP
and 4th in 1938 Grosvenor GP with a Maserati 6CM.
Died in Old Alresford, Hampshire 193.
Mc Evoy - SEE: McEvoy
Captain George Edward Thomas Eyston OBE (GB)
28 Jun 1897- 11 June 1979
Born in Witney, Oxfordshire 1897.
One of the most versatile drivers in the history of motor sports with hundreds of speed records. Eyston was born 1897 in Oxfordshire, England.
After being an artillery officer during WW1, gone trought university and establishing his own
engineering company, Eyston started racing in 1923 with a Aston Martin. He raced Bugattis and MGs
in the 1920s both in England and on the continent. Specialised in record attempts during the
1930s taking the world speed record at Bonneville with his 73 litre Thunderbolt 1937 and 1938.
Had a racing team with Penn-Hughes in 1934, racing Alfa Romeo Monza.
Continued record braking in the 1950s with MG.
Died in Lambeth, London 1979.
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