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
Helge Hallman (FIN)
9 Jul 1906 - 14 Feb 2001?
Freight manager from Kokkola (Gamlakarleby) in NW Finland. Hallman started racing in 1931 when friends convinced
him to borrow a Chrysler. Hallman won first time out and soon got interested enough to rebuild a Ford as a racing car.
Hallman's silent and reserved personality made him a calm and calculationg rather than spectacular
driver and he had some success in standard car racing in Northern countries and Estonia in the mid 1930s.
He then retired from racing but after the war he decided to make a comeback. The old Ford that had been standing in
a shed for eight years was rebuilt with a truck engine and with the old car Hallman won the 1947 Finnish GP.
He also took part in the 1948 & 1949 Finnish GPs but retired both times.
Anthony Patrick "Ginger" Hamilton (GB) |
25 Aug 1905 - 15 Sep 1972
Born 1905, Westminster, London. Died 1972 atGuildford, Surrey.
David Alan Hampshire (GB)
29 Dec 1917 - 25 Aug 1990
Company director, born in Mickleover, Derby, Derbyshire. He went to Cambridge University around 1936, his supercharged MG Midget PB being stored at his friend Arthur Hyde's garage in nearby
Great Chesterford. For a additional sum of £5 the MG was soon changed to a 1929 1.5 litre Alfa Romeo and in 1937 the Alfa was changed for a 1926 T35 Bugatti.
After having suffered one Britsih winter in the open car, Hampshire decided to turn it into race trim. He helped out in Hyde's garage in exchange for facilities and parts.
A 1933 Chevrolet saloon was purchased for £12 10s as daily transport and tow car.
He did a deal with Hyde whereby each would look after the garage at the weekend on different dates so that the other could race.
Hampshire first race was in 1938 at Brooklands in a sprint held by the Westminster School Sports Car Club which he won.
In the same year he competed at Prescott, Lewes Time Trials, Syston Park and Donington Park.
Getting serious about racing Hampshire bought an ex-Austin Dobson Maserati 6CL, raced only 5 or 6 times and then converted to 1100cc, for £365.
Reg Parnell helped look after the car.
Hampshire raced the Maserati at Donington Park and the Sydenham Trophy, Crystal Palace, retiring both times firstly with ignition and finally with a melted piston due to the excessively
high compression which had not been allowed for in the conversion. Fortunately, all the parts for converting it back to 1.5 litre came with the car and it was done. Hampshire then raced it at
Brooklands and again at Donington Park before the war broke out.
After the war Hampshire won at Gransden Lodge and was first in the Voiturette class at Shelsley Walsh with the Maserati. In 1946 he acquired the ex-Dick Seaman Delage 158L and raced it at
Grand Prix des Nations, Albi. His post war career includes a 4th position at the 1949 British GP with an ERA, a F1 win at the 1950 Nottingham Trophy, a 7th position at the 1951 Le Mans
with an Aston Martin and two F1 World Championship starts for Scuderia Ambrosiana: 1950 British GP (9th) & French GP (DNF).
He died in Newton Solney, in South Derbyshire in 1990.
(Info supplied by Jerry Hampshire)
Walter Leslie "Wal" Handley (GB)
5 Apr 1902 - 15 Nov 1941
Walter Handley was born in Aston, Birmingham 1902. He was a well-known motor cyclist
who won the Senior Manx TT in 1930. Handley’s Corner on the Manx TT circuit was named after him.
He was also involved with car racing, driving Rileys. Entered the 1934 & 1935 Mannin Beg.
He had a bad crash at hhe 1936 Empire Trophy after taking over Dixon’s third placed Riley.
He was killed, serving with the Air Transport Auxiliary, Kirkbampton, Cumberland 1941.
(Info supplied by Ken Jones)
Edmond Harker (GB)
"Edmond was a test driver for Rolls Royce in Derby England when
I joined them as an Engineering Apprentice in 1937. I remember him walking
through the Experimental Shop with a red cravate and fishing flies hooked
into his jacket. He made a racing "special" with 2 Austin 7 engines linked to
form a V8 and later used 2 MG (R ?) engines. I had the pleasure of push
starting one of them at the Donington track on one of his test outings but
cannot honestly remember any details. As a car mad 18 year old I thought he
was God".His brother was a test pilot with RR at Hucknall, Nottingham."
Hans Hugo Hartmann (D)
8 Feb 1916 - Feb 1991
Born in Dortmund. His fathers was head of the salesmen in the Mercedes-Benz branch.
Hartmann was noticed in 1935, driving off-road races with a Mercedes-Benz.
He was works Mercedes-Benz reserve driver 1939.
Rudolf Hasse (D)
30 May 1906 - 12 Aug 1942
Hasse was born 1906 in Mittweida, Saxony.
At 1.87 meters, this unpretentious and humble grand prix driver was the tallest of all the German drivers
during the 30s.
In 1926, he started racing Wanderer motor cycles. After three years he changed
over to four wheels where he became a successful long distance driver. He had over thirty wins and gold medals. In
1932 he changed to Adler sports cars and was able to sit behind the wheel in a 5000 km long distance race
without being relieved. He was also captain at the local fire brigade.
Hasse was a great talent who never drove fastest laps but instead could
be relied upon bringing the car home. Hasse always drove with a white cap and since he was a bespectacled driver,
he was unable to wear the small racing goggles. Instead he wore large goggles with a black rubber frame to accommodate
his glasses within.
For 1936 he was signed as junior driver for Auto Union and went on to race for the team as regular until the war.
Especially in 1937 he had several good results including his only GP victory at the 1937 Belgian GP. He was also lucky
to escape a spectacular crash at the Monaco tunnel that same year with only a bleeding cut under his chin, a contusion
of the shoulder and a broken foot, but he had to spend a six-week pause in plaster.
Totally Hasse took part in 12 Grandes Épreuves plus an additional eight major GPs.
At the start of WW2 he volunteered and since he was not accepted right away, he joined the Truppenbetreuung
army welfare. In 1940 he was drafted and due to his technical knowledge, he became involved with the service of the
front vehicles. He was well liked and brave but in August 1942 he died of a malicious sickness
in a military hospital at the Russian front at an age of 36.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Mrs Gwenda Hawks - SEE: Mrs Gwenda Stewart
Istvan Hayczar (H) |
The Hungarian Istvan Hayczar from Vienna sporadically drove Walter Wustrow's T35C.
Antoni Heller ( ) |
Ernst Jakob Henne (D)
22 Feb 1904 - 23 May 2005
Champion motor cycle rider, who made 76 speed records including 7 total world records with a BMW.
Early orphaned, Henne started working as a car and motor bike mechanic in 1919. He started racing motor cycles
in 1923 finishing third in his first race. He made his international debut at Monza in 1925, finishing 6th in
the 350cc class. For the next year he signed on as works BMW driver, winning his first race at the "Karlsruher
Wildparkrennen" and he became German champion the same year after winning at the Eifelrennen.
He took part in the winning team in the 1933, 1934 & 1935 six day races.
His world speed records for BMW were as follows:
1929 - 215.182 km/h (750cc)
(The last world record wasn't bettered until 1951.)
1930 - 221.528 km/h (750cc)
1932 - 244.399 km/h (750cc)
1034 - 246.069 km/h (750cc)
1935 - 256.046 km/h (750cc)
1936 - 272.006 km/h (500cc)
1937 - 279.503 km/h (500cc)
Henne was Mercedes-Benz' reserve driver for the 1934 season. He had a heavy crash at Nürburgring during pre season testing.
At Pescara he became a close eyewitness to Moll's fatal crash. In October Henne had a try at the car speed record at
Gyon but the Mercedes car lost its canopy at high speed. After the disappointing GP season Henne turned to sports
cars instead, taking the new BMW 328 to victory at the 1936 Eifelrennen and winning at Chimay and Bucharest the next year.
Henne retired from racing in 1938. After the war he started a Mercedes garage in Munich and developed it to become
one of the largest Mercedes dealers in Germany. Henne lived on in retirement in the Canary Islands, a considerable part
of his fortune put into a charity fund. Died on Gran Canaria 2005.
Edmond "Eddie" Hertzberger (NL)
17 Oct 1904 - 2 May 1993
Eddie Hertzberger, a wealthy industrialist (confection clothing), was one of those all-round sportsmen seen in the Golden Era.
In the twenties he did some boxing, he did a lot of sailing and skiing throughout his life, but motor racing was his real
love. He could afford himself some very fancy cars, like the MG Magnette K3, a Bentley 4,5 litre and a Aston Martin. As a jew
he restricted his racing to England, France, Italy and Belgium, (racing in the Netherlands was virtually non-existant)
At Monthléry he managed to break some speed records in his K3. He also started in the Mille Miglia and at Le Mans.
He quit racing in 1938 after getting married, although he made a surprise appearance at Zandvoort in 1953.
In WWII he escaped the Netherlands through Belgium and France to Switzerland, where he stayed for more than a year. Later he went through Vichy France again, to reach Spain. In Madrid he became a member of the intelligence service of the Dutch government, which was based in London during WWII. His wife, Lore Hertzberger, wrote a book about their hazardous journeys, which is (I think) still available in German and was recently reprinted in Dutch.
After WWII he rebuild his factory and lived both in the Netherlands and New York. Later he moved to Switzerland,
where he died in 1993.
Roy Oliver Hesketh (ZA) |
1914/15? - 19 Sep 1944
Prominent South African racing personality from Pietermaritzburg, Natal,
who was a successful motorcycle racer in 1930's.
Won the Durban - Johannesburg intercity race in 1935 and was 2nd in 1936.
Competed in MGs in the South African races in the late 30s.
He was killed during WW2 in an aircraft accident while acting as a flying instructor.
TheRoy Hesketh Circuit near Pietermaritzburg was named after him.
(Info supplied by Robert Young)
Karl Rudolf Heydel (D)
22 Nov 1912 - 4 Feb 1936
Rudolf Heydel was born in Leipzig 1912. This promising young testdriver was selected as junior driver for Auto Union team for the 1936 season after
an error-free performance at the Nürburgring tests in November 1935 .
However, at the pre-season tests at Monza Heydel crashed the Auto Union which started to burn. Heydel's death was instant as his head was crushed.
Frantisek Holesak (A/CS) |
Stanisław Hołuj (PL)
5 Apr 1899 - 29 Jun 1940
Stanisław was born in Myslenice in 1899, son of Jan and Maria Hołuj. At an age of 15 he joined "First Cadre Company" that later formed the core of the "Polish Legions"
that after the war became the backbone of the Polish Army. After having served 12 Infantry Regiment he returned home in 1922 to assist his father, who was the owner of the power plant,
and also worked in Cracow radio station. Becoming interested in motor sport he started of motorcycling with a Harley Davidson, eventually becoming Silesian speedway champion.
Turning to cars he took part in rallies, hillclimbs and races. Buying a Bugatti T37A he entered it in the 1931 and 1932 Lwow Grand Prix.
He married Anna Konder and had two children, Jan and Maria.
On 23 June 1940 Hołuj was arrested by the Germans for participating in the underground organization and was sent to Montelupich Prison. Six days later taken to Krzeslawice and was executed.
(Info supplied by Piotr Jurczyk)
St. John Ratcliffe Stewart "Jock" Horsfall (GB) |
31 Jul 1910 - 20 Aug 1949
Born 1910 in Depwade, Suffolk/Norfolk, England. Fatally crashed with an ERA at the 1949 International Trophy at Silverstone.
Arthur Brookes Hyde (GB) |
4 Sep 1915 - 26 Mar 2005
Born in Highbury, London 1915. Ran a garage business in Great Chesterford some 11 miles from Cambridge.
Raced as an independent in the years 1937 to 1939. He owned a Riley 9 and the 8CM-3000 Maserati.
He had modest success but, according to his son, a great deal of fun. With the Riley he won a Mountain Handicap at
Brooklands. Entered the Donington GP in 1937, soon after purchasing the Maserati, but felt that the discrepancy between
his speeds and those of the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Unions was likely to be dangerous so he did not start. As George Monkhouse said:
"Very sporting but quite unneccessary."
In 1938 he went to the German GP where he crashed badly after 14 laps.
He was lucky to survive but continued to race in 1939. He was third in the 1939 British Empire Trophy at Donington, won by Tony Rolt,
He did not resume racing after the war and sold the cars.
It is believed that the Maserati was bought by Cholmondley Tapper.
A. B. Hyde moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he died in 2005.
(Info supplied by Edward Hyde.)
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