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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!


Sandro Fabbri (I)
Raced a T26 Maserati in the 1933 Mille Miglia.
 
1933: DNA Bordino GP


Angelo Facchetti (I)
From Cremona in Lombardy. Known for having started in nineteen Mille Miglia, finishing twelve times.
 
1928: DNF Cremona Circuit
1931: DNF Alessandria GP / DNA Italian GP


Giorgio Faggioli (I)
From Ferrara.
 
1928: 4 Pozzo Circuit / DNA Alessandria GP / DNF Mugello Circuit / DNA Cremona Circuit /
          DNA Coppa Montenero
1929: DNA Pozzo Circuit
1930: 4 Marne GP / DNF Dauphiné Circuit


Erminio Fagioli (I)
Brother of Luigi Fagioli.
 
1928: DNA Targa Florio / DNA Mugello Circuit


driver

Luigi Fagioli (I)
* 9 Jun 1898
† 20 Jun 1952
Osimo, near Ancona
Monte Carlo
Fagioli's family had a substantial interest in a pasta-making factory in Osimo near Ancona (Marche region). This allowed him to run the typical life of a well-to-do bourgeois of bygone provincial Italy: shooting, hunting birds and boars and racing cars. He went to a high school which gave him a low-rank accountant degree. The hot tempered, cocky Fagioli was a fast driver whose aggressive style on and off the track was probably more appriciated by the spectators than by teammanagers and competitiors.
Fagioli took up racing as a hobby in 1926 with a 1.1L Salmson but the breakthrough came in 1930 when he signed on as works driver for Maserati. He won the minor Coppa Principe de Piemonte and then the Coppa Ciano and followed it up with a victory at the Coppa Castelle Romani. Next year he was 2nd at Moanco and Tunis and won the Monza GP. In 1932 he won the Rome GP and was 2nd at the Italian, Czech and Monza GPs. In 1933 Fagioli raced for Scuderia Ferrari and scored a series of fine results: 1st Coppa Acerbo, 1st Comminges GP, 2nd Marseille, 1 Italian GP, 2nd Czech GP and 2nd Spanish GP. For 1934 Fagioli signed on for Mercedes-Benz and remained there for three colorful years, often having clashes with Neubauer and Caracciola regarding team orders and equal treatment. He had 3 victories both in 1934 and 1935 but 1936 proved to be a catastrophe. The car was problematic and Fagioli suffered from rheumatism. He signed on for Auto Union for 1937. The bad feelings against Caracciola surfaced at the 1937 Tripoli GP where after the race, at least according to Neubauer, Fagioli attacked Caracciola with a wheel hammer. The rheumatism got worse and Fagioli was a non starter in several races, he used to wear a large girdle on top of his overalls. Finally he was forced to walk with a aid of a stick and retired from racing. Fagoli made a comeback in 1950 joining Fangio and Farina as on of the three "F"s in the victorious Alfa Romeo team. he took 4 second places in the World Championship races that year. In 1951 he won the French GP together with Fangio becoming the oldest F1 winner ever. All together he did 7 championship starts and collected 32 points. In 1952 he took 3rd place at the Mille Miglia in a Lancia Aurela beating the 300SL of arch rival Caracciola. During practice for the Monaco sports car race Fagioli crashed his Lancia in the tunnel braking an arm and a leg. First it seemed he would be ok but three weeks after the accident things got worse and Fagioli died at a Monaco hospital.
The nickname "Abbruzzi robber" remains a bit of mystery. The sentence has very little meaning in Italian and Fagioli had nothing to do with the Abruzzi region. Just as with Bonetto the nickname is impossible to find in contemporary Italian sources but it possibly has to do with Nuvolari being "robbed" of a victory back in 1933.  
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(With thanks to Alessandro Silva for some clarifications)
 
1928: DNF Tripoli GP (1100cc) / 7 Pozzo Circuit / 7 Targa Florio / 6 Mugello Circuit / 5 Rome GP /
          DNF Cremona Circuit / 7 Coppa Acerbo / DNA Coppa Montenero
1929: 2 Tripoli GP (1100cc) / 10 Alessandria GP / DNF Targa Florio (1100cc) / DNF Rome GP (2000cc) /
          DNS/1 Pozzo Circuit (1100cc) / DNF Mugello Circuit (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Ciano
1930: 5 (heat) Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio / DNF Rome GP / 1 Coppa Ciano / DQU Coppa Acerbo /
          5 Monza GP
1931: 2 Tunis GP / 2 Monaco GP / 7*/DNF Alessandria GP / DNF Targa Florio / 6 Rome GP / DNF* French GP /
          DNF German GP / 3 Coppa Ciano / 5 Coppa Acerbo / 1 Monza GP / DNF/DNF* Czech GP
1932: DNF Tunis GP / 3 Monaco GP / 1 Rome GP / DNF Targa Florio / DNF AVUS GP / 2* Italian GP /
          3 Circuito di Avellino (sports car) / 5* Coppa Acerbo / 1 Circuito di Senigallia (sports car) /
          2 Czech GP / 2 Monza GP / 6 Marseille GP / 2 Circuito di Bolsena (sports car)
1933: DNF Tunis GP / DNF Monaco GP / DNF Tripoli GP / DNA AVUS GP / DNA Eifel GP / DNA French GP /
          4 Nice GP / 1 Coppa Acerbo / 1 Comminges GP / 2 Marseille GP / 1 Italian GP / 2 Czech GP / 2 Spanish GP
1934: DNS AVUS GP / DNF Eifel GP / DNF French GP / 2 German GP / DNS Belgian GP / 1 Coppa Acerbo /
          6 Swiss GP / 1* Italian GP / 1 Spanish GP / 2 Czech GP
1935: 1 Monaco GP / 3 Tripoli GP / 1 AVUS GP / 4 Eifel GP / 4 French GP / 1 Penya Rhin GP / 2* Belgian GP /
          6 German GP / 2 Swiss GP / DNF/DNF* Italian GP / 2 Spanish GP / DNA Czech GP
1936: DNF Monaco GP / 3 Tripoli GP / DNS Eifel GP / 5* German GP / DNA Coppa Ciano / DNF/4* Swiss GP
1937: 5 Tripoli GP / DNF AVUS GP / DNS Eifel GP / DNA Belgian GP / DNS German GP / 4 Coppa Acerbo /
          7* Swiss GP


driver

Patrick Greenway "Pat" Fairfield (GB)
* 26 Nov 1907
† 21 Jun 1937
Liverpool
LeMans, France
Fairfield emigrated to South Africa at age 15. His stepfather had large citrus estate at White River. Returning to England in 1933 he worked with Cyril Paul for Riley tuning specialist Freddie Dixon, and raced Rileys in 1934. He was a fast but rather erratic driver. Bought himself the first ERA sold to a private owner, a white 1100 cc car. Raced as works ERA driver mid 1936 - 1937. Died after reciving severe injuries in a multiple crash in the Le Mans 24h race 1937.
(Info supplied by Robert Young)
 
1935: 1 Nuffield Trophy (Handicap) / 1 Dieppe (Voiturette) / DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 6* Donington GP
1936: DSQ Monaco (Voiturette) / 4 Isle of Man (Voiturette) / 2 Picardie (Voiturette) / 3/DNF (heat) Albi (Voiturette) /
          DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF JCC 200 (Voiturette) / 5 Vanderbilt Cup
1937: 1 South African GP (Handicap) / 1 Rand GP (Handicap) / 1 Coronation Trophy (Voiturette) /
          7 * Campbell Trophy / DNS/4* Campbell Trophy (Voiturette) / 3 Isle of Man (Voiturette) /
          1 Nuffield Trophy (Handicap)


driver

Vincent Benoît Falchetto (F)
* 8 Jul 1885
† 4 Aug 1967
Nice
Nice
Back in 1927 Falchetto was involved in the famous "scarf incident" that caused the death of dancer Isadora Duncan. Started racing in 1928 with an Amilcar. Raced Bugattis from 1930 onwards. In 1933 he formed a racing team together with Louis Braillard. For 1934, they bought two Maserati 8CM and endered them under the name Ecurie Braillard. The team carried on with Falchetto and Brunet as drivers till the end of 1935.
Retired from racing in 1936 but returned to racing after the war.
 
1928: DNF Saint Raphaël (1100cc) / 2 Riviera Circuit / 7 Antibes GP / DNA Tunis GP
1930: DNF Dauphiné (Voiturette)
1931: 2 Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA German GP (1100cc)
1932: 6 Oran GP / 1 Nimes GP / 4 Casablanca GP / DNF Picardie GP / 6 Lorraine GP / DNA French GP /
          DNF Nice GP / 4 Comminges GP / 3 La Baule GP / 1 Antibes GP / DNF Marseille GP
1933: DNF Pau GP / 5 Tunis GP / DNF Monaco GP / DNA Picardie GP / DNF Provence Trophy / DNF Nimes GP /
          DNA French GP / DNA Marne GP / 3 La Baule GP / 3 Albi GP / DNF Spanish GP
1934: 1 Picardie GP / DNF Montreux GP / DNF Penya Rhin GP / DNF Vichy GP / DNF Albi GP /
          4 Comminges GP / 1 GP de l´U.M.F. / DNF Spanish GP
1935: 4 Pau GP / DNF Tunis GP / DNF Picardie GP / DNA Marne GP / DNA Dieppe GP / DNA Comminges GP /
          DNA Swiss GP


Nils Falkenberg (S)
* 15 Aug 1914
† 20 Nov 1944
Stockholm
Stockholm
(Info supplied by Håkan Gelin)
 
1936: DNA Swedish GP


driver

Maurice Fitzgerald Laing Falkner (GB)
* 10 Mar 1911
† 2 Dec 1966
Knutsford, Cheshire 1911
Walsall, Staffordshire
Name often incorrectly spelled "Faulkner".
Died in a road accident at Walsall 1966.
 
1936: DNC* JCC 200 (Voiturette) / 11* Donington GP


driver

"AFP Fane" (Anthony Alfred Fane Peers Agabeg) (GB)
* 8 Nov 1910
† 18 Jul 1942
Sijua, Jharkhand, India
Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Born in India. His family surname was Agabeg, he changed it later to Fane. Joined RAFVR at the outbreak of the war. 1942 as an Flight Lieutenant attached to No.1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit flying a Spitfire back from a mission to photograph the U-Boat yards at Flensburg in Germany he fatally crashed near Duxford.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1932: DNF German GP (Voiturette)
1934: DNF Mountain
1937: DNA Mountain


"Fani" (Hans Holm von Wedelstaedt) (D)
 
1932: DNF AVUS (Voiturette)


driver

Dr. Giuseppe Emilio "Nino" Farina (I)
* 30 Oct 1906
† 30 Jun 1966
Torino (Turin)
Aiguebelle, Savoie, France
Son of the oldest of the brothers who founded the "Pininfarina" coachbuilding company. He became doctor of political science (some sources say engineering) and he also excelled in sports like riding, skiing, athletics, football and cycling. He started off with an old Alfa Romeo but crashed hard in his first race. He then cut short a career as cavalry officer in order to concentrate on motor racing and in 1933 he made a comeback, racing Maseratis and Alfas for Gino Rovere and Scuderia Subalpina and as a privateer before joining Scuderia Ferrari for the 1936 season. With Nuvolari as tutor Farina's career soon took on speed, his greatest achievement being a victory at the Naples GP in 1937. When Alfa Corse returned to racing in 1938 Farina became their head driver. Farina became Italian Champion in 1937, 1938 and 1939. After the war he rejoined Alfa Romeo but left the team after the 1946 season because of a disagreement over team leadership. He raced private Maseratis and works Ferraris in 1948-49 and then returned to Alfa once more to become the first Formula 1 world champion in 1950. In 1952-55 he raced Ferraris before retiring from GP racing. He made plans to race at Indy 500 in 1956 & 1957 but they came to nothing. After that Farina worked as an agent for Jaguar and Alfa Romeo and also became involved with Pininfarina. But on his way to the 1966 French GP he lost control of his Lotus-Cortina near Aiguebelle in the Savoy Alps, crashing fatally against a telegraph pole. Farina's racing style with extended arms and the head held back became a norm for the post war generation of GP drivers as the ultimate smoothness and precision, but Farina actually was a driver who crashed quite often. At his peak howewer he was a fast and stylish driver and that he is less known than some other World Champions has much to do with the fact that Farina hated any kind of publicity.
 
1934: DNA Bordino GP / 6 (heat) Vichy GP / 6 Coppa Ciano / 3 Biella GP (1 Voiturette) / 1 Czech GP (Voiturette) /
          4 Napels GP
1935: DNF Monaco GP / 5 Tunis GP / DNF Tripoli GP / 2 Bergamo GP / 5 (heat) AVUS GP / 3 Biella GP /
          DNA Eifel GP / 4 Turin GP / 5 Dieppe GP / 8* Dieppe (Voiturette) / DNA Comminges GP / DNF Nice GP /
          8 Swiss GP / DNS Italian GP / DNF Modena GP / DNA Czech GP / DNF Donington GP
1936: DNA Pau GP / DNF/5* Monaco GP / DNA Tripoli GP / DNA Tunis GP / 3 Penya Rhin GP / 4 Eifel GP /
          3 Milan GP / DNF Deauville GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNF Swiss GP / DNF Italian GP / 3 Modena GP /
          DNF Vanderbilt Cup
1937: 2 Turin GP / 1 Napels GP / 9 Tripoli GP / DNA AVUS GP / DNF Eifel GP / 2 Milan GP / 5* Vanderbilt Cup /
          DNF German GP / 6 Monaco GP / DNF* Coppa Acerbo / DNF Swiss GP / DNF/7* Italian GP
1938: DNA? Pau GP / DNA Cork GP / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF German GP / 2 Coppa Ciano / 2 Coppa Acerbo /
          5 Swiss GP / 2 Italian GP
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / 1 Antwerp GP (sports car) / DNF Belgian GP / 1 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) /
          3 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 1 Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1940: 1 Tripoli (Voiturette)

1950: FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPION


Fashion ( )
 
1929: DNF Antibes GP (1100cc)


Fassi ( )
 
1931: DNF Casablanca GP


Courteas de Faucamberge ( )
 
1930: DNA Comminges GP

      Faulkner - SEE: Falkner

Louis Faure ( )
 
1930: DNF Comminges (Voiturette)


driver

Maurice Faure ( )
 
1932: DNF Comminges (Voiturette)


Rupert Edward Lee " Buddy" Featherstonhaugh (GB)
* 10 Oct 1909
† 12 Jul 1976
Paris, France
Westminster, London
Well known jazz musician. Raced Whitney Straight's old 2.5 litre Maserati during the 1934 season. Took over the car for the 1935 season and entered it as a privateer.
 
1934: DNA Mannin Moar / DNA Marne GP / 1 Albi GP / DNF Comminges GP
1935: 11 Dieppe GP / DNA Comminges GP / DNF Donington GP / 5 Mountain
1936: 6* Isle of Man (Voiturette) / DNA Albi (Voiturette)
1938: DNA Cork GP


driver

Dr. Pierre Félix (F)
* 12 Feb 1896
† ?
Le-Pré-Saint-Gervais, Île-de-France
?
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1931: 10* French GP / 6* Belgian GP
1932: 2 Circuit de l'Aisne (1100cc) / DNF Casablanca GP / 4 Picardie GP / 8* French GP /
          DNF German GP (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe GP / DNF Comminges GP / 11 Monza GP /
          DNF Marseille GP / 1/3 GP de l´U.M.F. (1500/1100cc)
1933: DNF Pau GP / DNF Picardie GP / DNF French GP / DNF Marne GP / 7 Nice GP / DNF Comminges GP /
          8 Marseille GP / DNF Albi GP
1935: DNA Dieppe (Voiturette)


driver

René Ferrand/Ferrant (F)
René Ferrant drove Bugatti and Peugeot in some grand prix races from 1930 to 1932. In 1931 he teamed up with Victor Rigal at the 10-hour French Grand Prix
 
1930: DNA Saint Raphaël (1100cc) / 6 Picardie GP / 9 French GP / 4 San Sebastian GP
1931: 5 Casablanca GP / 9* French GP / 10 Marne GP / DNA Dieppe GP / 4 Dauphiné Circuit / DNA Comminges GP
1932: DNA Nimes GP / 7 Lorraine GP


Antonio Ferrando ( )
 
1931: DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


Ferrara (I)
Probably Giovanni Ferrara (see below)
 
1928: DNF Coppa Messina


driver

Albino Ferrara (I)
* 1909
† 25 May 1937
Caltanissetta, Sicily
Velletri, Rome
Sicilian motorcycle racer. He died 1937 in a road accident at Velletri. He was driving the Sport Balilla, which he had just raced in the Targa Florio and was going back to his home at that time in Milano.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva.)
 
1935: 11 Targa Florio (1st Targa Florio Voiturette 1100cc) / 4 Coppa Ciano (1100c)
1937: DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) /


Giovanni Ferrara (I)
 
1928: DNF Coppa Etna


A. Ferrari (I)
 
1930: DNA Coppa Ciano


Dante Ferrari (I)
 
1935: DNF Targa Florio


Enzo Anselmo Giuseppe Maria Ferrari (I)
* 20 Feb 1898
† 14 Aug 1988
?
?
 
1928: DNA Alessandria GP / 3 Mugello Circuit
1929: DNF Alessandria GP / 5 Pozzo Circuit / 8 Mugello Circuit (2000cc)
1930: DNA Monaco GP / 3 Alessandria GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo


Gerolamo Ferrari (I)
From Camogli, near Genova (Genoa). Wrote off the ex-Biondetti BM-Special (Bugatti chassis, 2.5L Maserati engine) at Alessandria in 1934.
 
1929: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc)
1931: DNF* Italian GP / DNF (heat) Rome GP (1100cc) / 2 Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / 2 Coppa Acerbo (1100c)
1932: DNS? Rome GP
1933: DNF Tripoli GP
1934: DNF (heat) Bordino GP


Pietro Ferraro (I)
From Venezia.
 
1935: DNA Cosenza GP

      Ferreira - SEE: Ribeiro Ferreira

Graf Maria Josef Ernst "Ernõ" Festetics von Tolna (H)
* 15 Oct 1915
† ?
Budapest
?
Private Maserati driver during 1937 season.
 
1937: 8 Turin GP / DNF Napels GP / DNA Frontières GP / DNF Eifel GP / DNF Milan GP / 10 German GP /
          8 Czech GP / DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)
1938: DNA German GP


André Février (F)
 
1935: DNF Tunis GP / DNF Frontières GP / 7 Lorraine GP


driver

George Field (GB)
Born in Southport,Lancashire?
 
1936: 8* Donington GP


driver

John Frederic "Jack" Field (GB)
* 27 Aug 1904
† 31 May 1996
Wyke, Bradford Yorkshire
Shrivenham, Berkshire
Started racing in 1928.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1932: DNA Empire Trophy (2000cc)


Georges Filipinetti (CH)
* 13 Aug 1901
† 3 May 1973
Carouge near Genève (Geneva)
Genève (Geneva)
 
1937: DNF Turin GP (Voiturette) / DNF Napels (Voiturette)


Alberto Filippi Gabardi (I)
* ?
† 24 May 1941
Reggio Emilia
16 km off the coast of Sicily
Purchased Belmondo's 1934/35 ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Monza in 1936 but apparently never raced it. He was one of 1300 soldiers who died when Italian troop ship SS Conte Rosso on its way to Tripoli was torpedoed by British submarine HMS Upholder off the coast of Sicily.
(He is not to be confused with Alessandro Gaboardi, an Alfa Romeo mechanic, who took part in 1947 Italian GP)
 
1937: 6 Turin GP (Voiturette)


Luigi Filippone (I)
From Napoli (Naples).
 
1935: DNA Cosenza GP

      "Fiorello" - SEE: Giuseppe Cortese

Federico Fisauli (I)
* 8 Feb 1906
† 25 Jan 1990
Catania, Sicily
?
 
1928: DNF Coppa Messina / 4 Coppa Etna / DNF Mugello Circuit / DNA Rome GP / DNF Cremona Circuit /
          DNS European GP
1929: DNF Tripoli GP / DNA Targa Florio / DNF Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Coppa Ciano



Flamant ( )
 
1931: DNA Dieppe GP (Voiturette)


Fleccia ( )
 
1931: 11 Casablanca GP


Heinrich Fleischanderl (A)
Probably related to Robert Fleischanderl if not same person.
 
1937: 10 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)


Robert Fleischanderl (A)
Austrian driver From Waidhofen ad Ybbs. Probably related to Heinrich Fleischanderl if not same person.
 
1937: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)


Richard William Cumberland Le Fleming (GB)
* 21 Jul 1901
† 19 Jan 1985
Rydal, Westmorland, Cumbria
Marylebone, London
Owned an Alfa Romeo "Monza".
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1937: DNF* Campbell Trophy


Flipo ( )
 
1932: 1 Circuit de l'Aisne (sports car) / 7 Frontières GP


Fred Floege ( )
 
1928: ? (heat) Grand Prix Bugatti


"Foc" (P. Matussière) (F)
 
1928: 5 (heat) Grand Prix Bugatti
1929: 1 Burgundy GP (Voiturette) / 2 Lyon GP (Voiturette) / DNF Tunis GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNA Lyon (Voiturette)


le Foll ( )
 
1929: 3 Dieppe GP (Voiturette)


Fontaine ( )
 
1929: 4 Marne GP (1100cc)


Eugenio Fontana (I)
* 20 May 1908
† 23 Jun 1991.
Lucca
?
Amateur driver, he raced fast sports cars until the 1950s, mainly in races held in his native Tuscany. He owned an important manufacture of olive oil and derived products.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva.)
 
1930: 5 Coppa Ciano
1931: DSQ Coppa Ciano
1932: DNF Coppa Ciano
1933: 8 Coppa Ciano
1935: DNF Lucca GP


Bruno Fontanini (I)
* 22 May 1901
† 17 Dec 1958
Udine, northeastern Italy
Verona
Fontanini won three early editions of the classic Bolzano-Mendola hillclimb, in 1930, 1932 and 1933, driving different Alfa Romeos.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva.)
 
1930: 7 Coppa Acerbo


driver

Luis Goncalves Fontès (BR/GB)
* 26 Dec 1912
† 12 Oct 1940
Hampstead, London
Llysworney, Glamorgan
Luis Fontès' father was a Brazilian shipping tycoon and and his mother British. In 1933 he inherited his father's considerable fortune. A Jekyll - Hyde type of character with such an appearence that many people could not imagine him as a race driver. Behind the wheel the heavely bespectacled youngster turned into an incredibly competitive driver. His after race parties also became infamous (as when he was balancing on the window ledge four stories up with a girl on his shouders!). He hired an ex-Lewis Alfa Romeo Monza for the 1935 International Trophy as his MG had an engine failure and sensationally went on to win the race. Later he bought the Alfa and entered it in a few events. His greatest moment was his 1935 Le Mans victory in a Lagonda with Hawker test pilot John Hindmarsh. But then was involved in a fatal road accident under the influence of alcohol and was tried, convicted and sent to jail for three years for manslaughter. At the war Fontes joined the RAF, flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary, and flying a Wellington bomber he was killed in an airplane crash in Llysworney, Glamorgan 1940.
 
1935: 1 JCC International Trophy (Handicap) / 3 Mannin Moar / 1 Le Mans 24 H (sports car) / 1 Limerick race /
          DNA Donington GP


driver

John Ludovic Ford (GB)
* 20 Dec 1906
† 20 jan 1957
Edinburgh, Scotland
Southfield, Falmouth, Jamaica
Scottish driver. In 1933 he drove with Maurice Baumer an MG C type (CO291) at Le Mans. This was the first MG ever to finish at Le Mans, finishing 6th overall and winning its class.
 
1934: DNF (heat) Dieppe GP


driver

Eric Forrest-Greene (RA/GB)
* 9 Oct 1903
† 25 Jan 1954
Rosario, Argentina
Argentina
Forest-Green was born in Argentina in a British family. He went to school in England where he raced a Bentley. Later he returned to Argentine where he became the importer of Rolls Royce, Bentley and Jowett and raced sporadically until the war winning the 1928 Rafaela 500 miles race. His Buenos Aires garage housed the cars of the British drivers that came to Argentina for the early post WWII Temporadas. He used to entertain the foreign drivers that invariantly acknowledged his and his wife Dora's hospitality. In 1952 he acted as go-between BRM and Fangio, being able to make Gonzalez part of the package. Cooper team manager for the 1953 Argentinian GP, he wanted to resume racing and was able to drive an Aston-Martin in the 1954 Buenos Aires 1000 kms sports car race. Sadly his car burst in flames after leaving the road early in the race; nobody helped him to extinguish the fire from his clothes and he did not survive the burns and died 24 hours later.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
 
1941: 6 Buenos Aires GP


driver

Giulio Foresti (I)
* 21 Aug 1888
† 5 Mar 1965
Bergamo
Milano
 
1928: 10 Targa Florio / 8 Rome GP / 8 European GP
1929: DNC Targa Florio / 4 Rome GP (2000cc) / 5 (heat) Monza GP


Theodor Fork (D)
Listed as from Berlin. Contrary to what has been speculated earlier it has now been proved that Theodor Fork was NOT a pseudonym of German parlament member, SS-Gruppenführer Philipp Bouhler, Hitler's chief of chancellery of NSDAP.
 
1934: 5 AVUS (Voiturette) / DNS Eifel (Voiturette)


John Enok August Forsberg (S)
* 3 Jul 1894
† 16 Oct 1957
Lögdeå
Lögdeå
Lived in Lögdeå, between Umeå and Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden. Haulage contractor.
(Info supplied by Håkan Gelin)
 
1933: 6 Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / DNF Swedish Summer GP
1937: 5 Flaten (Ice race)


Fort ( )
 
1929: 3 Picardie GP


Luigi Forte (I)
 
1928: DNA Rome GP


Raffaello Fortuna (I)
Bugatti driver from Lucca, with some sporadic entries.
 
1931: DNA Coppa Ciano


driver

Thomas Scrymsoure Steuart "Tim" Fothringham (GB)
* 5 Apr 1907
† 9 Sep 1979
Edinburgh Scotland
Edinburgh Scotland
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
 
1932: DNA Empire Trophy (2000cc)
1933: DNF Mannin Moar


driver

Pierre Marcel Foucret (F)
* 25 Nov 1904
† 22 Dec 1975.
Paris
Paris
 
1932: DNF Marseille GP


Guillaume Fournier ( )
 
1928: ? (heat) Grand Prix Bugatti


driver

Max Fourny (F)
* 4 Aug 1904
† 9 Mar 1991
Amiens
Paris
After quitting racing Max Fourny became a gallerist and an art publisher, specialized in the naive art. There is an exhibition center called after him in Montmartre.
(Info supplied by Jimmy Piget.)
 
1928: DNF Marne GP
1930: 1 Picardie (Voiturette) / DNF Marne (Voiturette) / 1 Dieppe (2000cc) / 7 (heat) Monza GP /
          DNF French GP / 5 San Sebastian GP
1931: DNA Tunis GP / DNF French GP / DNF Marne GP (2000cc) / DNF Dieppe GP / DNA Comminges GP
1932: DNF Picardie GP / DNF French GP / DNF Dieppe GP / 8 La Baule GP / 5 Antibes GP / DNA Marseille GP
1934: ? GP de l´U.M.F.
1936: 2 Frontières GP


Max France ( )
 
1936: DNF (heat) Picardie (Voiturette)


driver

Emil Frankl (A)
* ?
† 3 Jun 1934
?
Adenau
Emil was the younger brother of Oskar Frankl, an engineer who during the sixties managed a Peugeot dealership in Vienna, Oscar had raced motorcycles in the mid twenties before he started racing touring cars in 1928 with a 750 cc BMW Dixi. He was not seen racing after Emil's death.
The younger brother, Emil, first appeared at the 1927 Semmering with a touring Bugatti. He was then seen again in 1929 and early 1930 with an old former works Steyr 5.0-liter racer, which he entered at mountain climbs. During 1931 he acquired a 1.5-liter Bugatti T37A and the following year he raced a 2.3-liter T35B. He entered the T35B at the Brooklands 500-Mile Race but retired.
The 1934 Eifelrennen was his first race that year and also his last. After presumed contact with another car immediately after the start the Bugatti left the road at more than 100 mph. The unfortunate driver was ejected through the air and landed on the concrete with a cracked skull. Emil succumbed to his injures after he was brought to the Adenau hospital.
After his death the Bugatti T35B was acquired by Adolf Brudes in Breslau.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt.)
 
1930: DNA Monaco GP / DNA Rome GP
1931: DNF Marne GP (Voiturette) / DNF La Baule GP / DNA Czech GP
1933: DNF Spanish GP
1934: DNF Eifel GP


Oskar Frankl (A)
Older brother of Emil Frankl.
 
1930: DNF Czech (Voiturette)
1931: 4 Czech GP (Voiturette)


Henri Frètet (F)
Frètet was a French sports car driver with Delage and Delahaye. He was a Delage mechanic in the Twenties and acted as Divo's riding mechanic in the 1924 GP de l'ACF in a Delage. In the thirties Fretet became "chief tester" for Delage. In 1931 Fretet teamed up with Robert Sénéchal in his own Delage for the European Championship.
 
1931: DNC* Italian GP / 5* French GP


August Frings ( )
 
1931: DNF Eifel GP / DNS German GP (1100cc)


Herbert Friedenthal ( )
 
1931: DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)
1932: ? Eifel GP (Cyclecar)


Ruggero Frilli (I)
 
1928: DNA Mugello Circuit


Edgardo Mario "Edgar" Fronteras (I/GB/USA)
* 20 Feb 1899
† 23 Aug 1960
Napoli (Naples)
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Edgar Fronteras was a very colorful character. He had been wounded and decorated as a Captain during WWI. Fronteras appeared in British as a self-styled friend of the Maserati brothers and claiming to have raced in Italy before moving to England, something of which there is no evidence. He started a brokerage firm for Italian imports, from Maserati cars to Isotta-Fraschini engines. Several British Vosper and Thornycroft motor torpedo boats built at that time were supplied with two or three Isotta Fraschini ASSO engines. At that time Fronteras was also the managing director of the Caproni Agency with offices in Piccadilly. His masterpiece was the set up for two visits of the acquisition committee of the R.A.F. to the Caproni factory near Milan at the beginning and at the end of 1939 with resulted in an order of 100 Caproni light reconnaissance bombers to R.A.F.. The order was later enlarged and then ceased when Italy entered the war. In the 1950s Fronteras was in USA as the importer of Italian sports cars such as OSCA. He raced at Sebring and in the SCCA races of that period.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva / Adam Ferrington.)
 
1932: DNA Monza GP


driver

Dudley Froy (GB/USA)
* 14 Sep 1904
† 4 Sep 1986
Chelsea, London
Tuscon, Pima, Arizona, USA
Worked as mechanic for Kaye Don.
 
1931: 1 German GP (1100cc)
1932: DNA Empire Trophy / 4 Mountain
1935: 7 (heat) AVUS GP / DNF Eifel GP / DNF Lorraine GP / 8 Albi (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (1100c) /
          DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)


B. Frye ( )
 
1932: DNA Eifel GP


Malachia Fumagalli (I)
From Milano, active in 1937/38.
 
1937: DNA Florence GP (Voiturette)


de Fumel ( )
 
1932: DNF Comminges (Voiturette)


driver

Joseph (later: Giuseppe) Furmanik (I)
* 1903
† 1958
Switzerland
?
Joseph Furmanik was of Polish descent and was born in Switzerland. His father was a works manager in a carpentry. His mother died 1910. Living in Colombier-Fontaine in France near the Swiss border, on 1st August, 1914, 11 year old Joseph played "war" with his schoolmates. One team shouted "Vive la France!" and the other "Vive l’Allemagne !" Later at home he hear someone shout "Vive la France!". Beliving it is his mates he answers "Vive l’Allemagne!" In the next second French soldiers entered the house and arrested Joseph and his father, sending them to prison. Later they were interned to Corsica. Joseph was released in 1916 and sent to Vienna. After the war he managed by chance to find his father and they emigrated to Italy, Joseph changing his name to Giuseppe.
In Naples he married a wealthy Italian girl. He trained as an engineer and was co-designer of a parachute called the Salvator. In the early 1930s he had been an occasional racing driver, although he was better known for his speed record-setting activities using various Maseratis, his exploits presumably financed from patent royalties on his parachute designs. Acquainted with Il Duce since the mid-1920s and already the recipient of three gold medals for his efforts, in 1937 Furmanik succeeded Count Vicenzo Florio as president of the RACI's Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana, so he now represented the RACI at AIACR meetings as their delegate on the CSI: although the RACI still nominally controlled the Italian racing calendar via the CSAI the real power now lay with Furmanik, who had a foot in both camps.
Alongside Count Bonacossa, who ran motorcycle racing in Italy, he was therefore pretty much the Italian equivalent of Adolf Hühnlein.
The CSAI was re-formed (and reformed) in 1945 under Count Brivio and a number of other pre-war drivers who were - to a greater or lesser extent - untainted by association with the Fascisti. Furmanik was - understandably - not involved.
In early 1945 Corriere dello Sport reported that Furmanik had donated a "substantial" amount of money to Corriere dello Sport's fund to reconstruct and rehabilitate Italian sport.
(Info supplied by Richard Armstrong.)
 
1932: 3 Rome GP (Cyclecar)
1933: DNF (heat) Bordino GP


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