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!

      Gabaldi - SEE: Filippi Gabardi

Gilbert Gaborez/Gaborit (F)

Emmanuel Galba ( )

Galba ( )

Galinié (F)
From Toulouse.

le Gall ( )

Jean Gallay ( )

Luigi Galliera (I)
OM agent in Ferrara.

Egidio Gallinari (I)

G Galt ( )

Domenico Gamboni (I)
2 Jul 1893 - 1 Jan 1946
Born in the province of Ancona A1893. Lived in Rome and Monterosso. Died at Rome in 1946.

Angel Garabato (RA)

Gualtiero Garagnani (I)
Early Stanguellini customer, raced the ex-Rangoni Balilla from 1938 onvards.

Salvador García (E)
28 Nov 1902 -
Raced a private Bugatti 51.

Lt. Col. Alfred Thomas Goldie Gardner (GB)
30/31 May 1890 - 25 Aug 1958
Gardner, also called Goldie Gardner (Goldie was his mother's maiden name) was born in Woodford Green, Essex. He took part in the first world war reaching the rank of Major. Suffered bad injuries to his right hip and leg when his aeroplane was shot down in August 1917. In 1924 he begun racing with an Austin. Winner of the BRDC Gold Star in 1937 (and also 1947 & 1949). Was promoted to lieutenant colonel during the second World War. Retired from racing in in 1952. Died at Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1958.

Carlo Gasparin (I)
Fiat and later Alfa Romeo agent in Palermo. Veteran racer from before WWI up to 1930. Sometimes raced under the pseudonym "Febo".

Jean Gaupillat (F)
6 Jan 1891 - 22 Jul 1934
Gaupillat, born in Paris (arrondissement de l'Hôtel-de-Ville"), was a wealthy, independent Bugatti driver. The Frenchman started racing in 1927 only with Bugattis of various types. His first victory came at the 1929 Dieppe Grand Prix with a Bugatti T35B. In 1931 he ordered a Bugatti T51 from Molsheim and teamed up with Jean-Pierre Wimille for the European Championship. Continued driving Bugatti during the early 30s. Died in a accident at the 1934 Dieppe GP when his Bugatti hit a tree.

Robert Gauthier ( )

Jean Bertran Dufaur de Gavardie de Monclair (F)
10 May 1909 - 23 Aug 1961
Jean Dufaur de Gavardie was born at La Roche sur Yon, Pays de la Loire in 1909. Racing driver, pirplane pilot, self-taught painter. Died at Souprosse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine in 1961.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Gavillon ( )

Carlo Gazzabini (I)

"Gé" ( )

Henri Gegauf (F)

Hans (Hanns) Geier (D)
25 Feb 1902 - 1986
Born in Waldalgesheim. Mainz-Bingen. According to his id card he was 184 cm long with oval face and grey eyes. The name is spelt "Hans" with one "n" on the id but the variant "Hanns" appears in several books. He started racing with motorcycles in 1920. Later became a racing driver, first with Amilcars and later Bugattis together with August Momberger. Worked as cars salesman before becoming a Mercedes test driver in 1932. Got his chance as a Grand Prix driver when two Mercedes works drivers became ill before the 1934 German GP. Was signed as reserve driver for the rest of 1934 and for 1935. Geier crashed badly in Swiss GP 1935 and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He recovered from the accident and returned the Mercedes team, not as driver but as a timekeeper and assistant team manager until 1955.
(With thanks to Jan Manuel Boggio-Videla)

Genebrel / Genibrel / Genibral ( )

Denis Saint Geneis ( )

A Gennardi/Genuardi (I)

Telesphore Georges/George ( )

Salvatore Geraci (I)

Frederick Roberts "Bob" Gerard (GB)
19 Jan 1914 - 26 Jan 1990
British businessman born in Leicester. Started racing with a Riley in 1933. After the war he bought both the EX-Fairfield ERA R4A and the Ex-Wakefield ERA R14B. His ERA races includs three F1 World Championship events and he took part in a further five F1/F2 World Championship events with Cooper Bristols. Gerard died in South Croxton in 1990.

Louis Gustave Adolphe Gérard (F)
16 Apr 1899 - 11 May 2000
Born in Arres Gérard was the "slot machine king" of Paris driving the most beautiful and expensive cars of the 30s. He had not shown any interest in racing when his 9 year old son one day in 1937 convinced him to take a look at a Delage coupe that was for sale. Louis liked what he saw and paid for the car with several bags of 20 centimes coins. Gérard was soon afterwards contacted by Jacques de Valence that explained that the car he had bought was a proper racing car and should be used as such. So at an age of 38 Gérard found himself making his racing debut at the Le Mans 24 h race, finishing 4th . Gérard was soon a regular sports car driver and showed to be a natural talent who raced with determination and very aggressive style. Rebuilding the Delage to a sports car for 1938 his greatest moment was the victory at the Tourist Trophy that year. In 1939 he raced Delage cars for Ecurie Walter Watney and had a try at GP racing at Spa in a Delahaye. Louis retired from racing in 1951 and went on to become 101 years old. He died at St Cyr sur Mer in 2000.

Aldo Gerardi (I)

Enrico Gessner (I)

Pietro Ghersi (I)
1899 - 1 Aug 1972
Pietro Ghersi from Genoa was one of the foremost Italian motorcycle racers during the 20s and the early 30s. He organised with Luigi Arcangeli and his brother Mario, also a distinguished biker, the first Italian expedition to the Isle of Man TT. He alternated between car and motorcycle racing after 1927, when he started with an OM followed by a series of Alfa Romeo and Maserati sports cars. He became a Scuderia Ferrari driver in 1934, then raced his own Maserati 8CM during 1935-36. A reduced season in 1937 was compensated by a busy 1938/39 with Scuderia Torino Alfa Romeo GP cars and Maserati voiturettes. Ghersi was very active in national car races with rare forays to France, Germany, Bern and Monaco, whereas he was a true international competitor in motorcycles, finishing second once in the TT. His victories are limited to Italian sports car road races and hillclimbs. Amongst the latter he is twice the winner of his home race, the Pontedecimo-Giovi.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Paolo Ghezzani (I)
Racing driver from Livorno.

Prince Gheorghe Iorgu Ghica Cantacuzino (RO)
Ghica Cantacuzino was a Romanian Prince. Died at San Diego, California in 1988.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Aldobrando Gianetti (I)
Racing driver from Livorno.

Giannini ? (I)

Agostino Giardina ("Zeffiro") (I)
Also raced under the pseudonym "Zeffiro"

Gibe ( )

A. Gilbert ( )

Giuseppe Gilera (I)
21 Dec 1887 - 21 Nov 1971
Gilera was the owner of a big Fiat dealership in via Lambro and then in Via Sirtori in Milan and an extremely successful driver in the small engine-capacity sports car classes. He has the same name as the founder of the Gilera motorcycle company in 1909 but is not the same person.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Beatrice/Beatrix Else Frieda Margarethe "Margot" Gilka-Bötzow (Grafin von Einsiedel) (D)
2 Sep 1908- 199?
Born as Beatrice von Einsiedel in Berlin 1908 and also raced as Countess von Einsiedel in the 1920s Bugatti T37 driver. Lived in Dresden.

Domingo "Domingo" Giorgi (I)
Racing driver from Chiavari near Genoa

"Max Giorgini" (Giovanni Peragallo) (I)
Lived in Naples, Rome, Genua.

Segiono Giorgini ( )
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers.

      Giovanni - SEE: de Giovanni

Yves Aristide Marius Giraud-Cabantous (F)
8 Oct 1903 - 31 Mar 1973
Born in Paris. Formula 1 driver in the early 1950s scoring 5 World championship points.

Armand Girod (F)
1900 - 1964
Paris garage proprietor, who bought the two old 8 cyl Salmson cars and raced them in Voiturette races 1933-35. Won the 1100 class of the GP de France 1934. For the 1935 season he bought Etancelin's Maserati 8CM.

Robert Girod (F)
5 Jun 1899 - 13 Jan 1985
Born at Anglure, Marne 1899. Died at Frignicourt, Marne in 1985.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Emilio Giussani (I)
5 Jun 1910 - ?
Italian driver who raced Maseratis and Alfa Romeos during 1932-34 seasons and also took part in the 1938 Circuito Varese.
(Info supplied by Francesco Giussani)

Angelo Giusti (I)
From Catania. Among the fastest of several Sicilian Bugatti amateur drivers. Once he finished third (driving a SPA) and twice second overall and first in class in a 1.5L Bugatti in the difficult Coppa Etna, in 1925, 1926, 1928, respectively. Raced sporadically into the 1930s.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Francois Givaudan ( )

Godard ( )

Robert Goemans (B)

      Goldie Gardner - SEE: Gardner

Emilio Gola (I)
An amateur racing driver from Cuneo, who won the important Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena hillclimb in 1927. He alternated racing 6C Alfa Romeos and a Bugatti T35B #4867, formerly of U. Pugno, before quitting after the 1931 season.

Pierre Goldschmidt ( )

Fritz Gollin (D)

Ângelo Gonçalves (BR)

Charles Lindsay Goodacre (GB)
23 Jul 1909 - 7 Aug 1989
Born at West Kirby Cheshire 1909, Died at Westminster, London in 1989.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Amedeo (Amédée) Giovanni Maria Gordini (I/F)
23 Jun 1899 - 25 May 1979
Gordini was another Italian that became a French car contructor. Born in Bazzano/Bologna? he moved to France and started a Fiat garage and tuning shop in Suresnes. He changed his name from Amedeo to Amédée. In mid 30s the became engine tuner for racing variants of Fiats built on licence by recently formed Simca company. The cars were quite succeful in the minor sports classes. After the war the Simca-Gordini cooperation continued culminating in the Formula 1 team in the 1950s. In 1957 Gordini closed the team and became instead involved with Renault tuning sporty variants of their cars. Died in Paris 1979.

      Gordon-Lennox - SEE: "Earl of March"

Walter Görtz (S)
Car dealer from Örebro.

Carl Götze ( )

Viscomtes de Gourmant/Gourmont ( )

Franz Gouvion (B)
Gouvion was representing Lancia in Belgium. Under the Team Lancia name he entered a Maserati for the Belgian GP 1937 but destroyd the engine during practice.

Goux ( )

Gouzou ( )

Baron Emmanuel Leo Ludwig "Toulo" de Graffenried (CH)
18 May 1914 - 22 Jan 2007
Born as von Graffenried. Started off as a Voiturette Maserati driver in 1937-39. After the war he formed Team Autosport with Christian Kautz, racing Maseratis until Kautz died in 1948. De Graffenried's greatest achivement was the victory of the 1949 British GP. In 1951 he raced for Alfa Romeo and in 1952 for Entrico Platé. In 1953 -1956 he raced his private Maseratis before retiring. However de Graffenried continued to be closely involved with F1 racing as a non driver. Cofounder in 1962 of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1, President from 1980 through 2002 and Honoray President from 2002. Died at Lonay, Lausanne 2007

Guglielmo Gramolelli (I)
8 Sep 1897- 20 Jul 1980.
Born at Ariano Polesine (Rovigo), south of Venice in 1897. 8/9/1897-Genoa, 20/7/1980. A licensed racing driver from Genova (Genoa). In 1933 he raced an Alfa Romeo Monza #2211089 owned by Luigi Ferrara of Genova, registration GE 14724. Died at Genova in 1980. (Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

de Grassin ( )

      Greene - SEE: Forrest Greene

Georges Paul Auguste Grignard (F)
25 Jul 1905 - 7 Dec 1977
Born in Villenueve-Saint-Georges, Grignard was a Hotchkiss emplyee who competed in rallying in the late 1920s including Monte Carlo 1928 and 1929. He borrowd money to buy himself a used Amilcar and raced it in the Bol d'Or. He took part in the 1938 Paris 12h race in a Delahaye and also took part in the 1939 Coupe de Paris. In the 1930s he also built up a garage business. After the war he raced Delahayes in 1947-1948 and then a Talbot-Lago finishing 3rd in Pau 1949 and 6th in Rouen 1953. He also took part in the 1951 Spanish GP at Petralbes, his only F1 World Championship start. In 1959 he bought up all the liquideted stock of Talbots becoming a supplier to collectors. Died at Port Marly 1977.

Dino Grilli ( )
Licensed racing driver from Lucca.

Enzo? "Grimaldi" (I)
Holder of an Italian racing license with Paris address for several years, never did race in Italy. In the list of Italian licensed racing drivers as "Grimaldi"!

Olle Grönkvist (S)

Walter Grosch (CH)

      Grover-Williams - SEE: "Williams"

Aldo Gualtieri (I)
From Florence.

Hans Gübelin (CH)
From Zürich

Guegauff ( )

Francis Guerin (F)

Jacques Guerin ( )

Guerrini (?)
Not found in Italian lists of licensed racing drivers. Probably an Italian expatriate or a Belgian with Italian roots? Took part in some Spa 24h races.

Gian-Battista Giovanni Guidotti, Cavaliere Giovanbattista (I)
30 Jan 1902 - 2 Jul 1994
Born at Bellagio Lombardy. Was the riding mechanic of race winner Tazio Nuvolari at 1930 Mille Miglia. Employed by Alfa Romeo 1926-1963. Alfa Romeo's head test driver. Started in races now and then since 1930. Alfa Romeo team manager after the war. Died in Milano (Milan) in 1984.

Guichard ( )

Alain Guilbaut (F)

Sir Ronald Vernon Gunter, 3rd Baronet (GB)
8 Mar 1904 - 27 Jan 1980
Born in Battle, East Sussex. became 3rd Baronet on 20 Aug 1917. Died in Chichester, West Sussex 1980.

W. A. "Tjabben" Gustafsson (S)
Raced both boats and cars. Was to race a Miller special at the 1934 Vallentuna ice race. The engine had been brought to Sweden in 1928 by Swedish boat racing pioneer Gideon Forslund and was initially installed in a racing boat. The engine was later sold to a consortium that put it into a car built by "Börjessons bilverkstad" for the Rämen races. The car had an accident during Saturday practice for Vallentuna and Gustafsson became a non-starter.

Vladimir Gut (S)

"Toto" Guyard (F)
Local Angouleme driver "Toto" Guyard raced an Amilcar in his home GP in 1939. He was nicknamed ­ with just a bit of exaggeration - "the Wimille of Charentes"

Stafan Gyulai (? Count Marosnémethi és Nádaskai Gyulay István Lajos Albert ?) (H/I?)
30 Apr 1905? - 13 Apr 1988?
One source says a Hungerian-Austrian nobleman. Born i Wien 1905, died in Wien 1988. Another says he was an Italian nobleman living in Treviso, via Cavour 39, racing with an Italian license in 1931/32.


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