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!

Herbert Lewis "Bert" Hadley (GB)
18 Apr 1910 - 31 Jul 1993
Born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire.
Austin works driver.
Died at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 1993.

Eric Hagfält (S)

Eddie Ramsden Hall (GB)
17 Jul 1900 - 12 May 1982
Born at Milnsbridge, Yorkshire. Owner driver, of a Bentley tuned and bodied as a race car. Died in Monte Carlo 1982.

Frank Hallam ( )

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.

Hugh Caulfield Hamilton (GB)
18 Jul 1905 - 26 Aug 1934
Born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland in 1905 and moved to England in 1922. Hamilton started off with motorcycles and reliability events. Started car racing in 1930 with a Riley. Worked as salesman for MG and also raced their cars. He was the top British driver when he in 1934 raced Grand Prix Maseratis for team Whitney Straight and private MG Magnette in Voiturette events. His career came to an sudden end however at the Swiss GP where Hamilton on the last lap slid of the road and into a tree. Hamilton died instantly.

L. Hammarstadt ( )

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)

Jac Hansen ( )

Kaj Otto "Bugatti-Kaj" Hansen (DK)
29 Mar 1902 - ?

Morian Hansen (DK)

C. Robert? Lewes "Robin" Hanson (GB)
9 Mar 1908 - 27 Sep 1991
Born at Greenwich, London 1908. Raced a Maserati 6CM as a privateer in Britain during the 1937 season. Died in Montreal, Canada 1991.

Maximilian zu Hardegg (A)
26 Nov 1906 - 28 Jun 1931

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."
Alexander Peace

Harmens ( )

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.

Ládiszlav "László" Hartmann (H)
17 Aug 1901 - 15 May 1938
Hartmann was born in 1901 in a wealthy family. His driving instructor once told him: "Sir, you're never going to learn to drive. You're wealthy enough to employ a driver, it safer and also cheaper!" However Hartmann got his licence and stared racing in minor events in the late 20s with a Hupmobile. 25th December, 1929 he brought a Bugatti from Tivadar Zichy with which he set various landspeed records in his category. After that Hartmann switched to Maserati. He raced Maserati 8CM in 1935 switching to a 6C-34 in 1937. The factory later sent him a letter in which they thanked Hartmann for achieving successes with the mark. At that time Hartmann was rated as #13 amongst the European racing drivers according to a German magazine. In the 1938 Tripoli GP, the left front wheel of Hartmann's Maserati made contact with Farina's right front wheel and they both crashed. Hartmann succumbing later with a broken spine. After a ceremony where General Badoglio held a speech over the driver Hartmann's corpse was transferred to Hungary by an Italian military plane and buried at the cemetary of Rákoskeresztúr in Budapest
(Info supplied by Geza Sury.)

G. R. Häseler/ (Haseler / Haeseler) (N)

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)

Ivor Hastings ( )

E. Hausleutner ( )

Guy d'Havrincourt ( )

      Mrs Gwenda Hawks - SEE: Mrs Gwenda Stewart

Istvan Hayczar (H)
The Hungarian Istvan Hayczar from Vienna sporadically drove Walter Wustrow's T35C.

Roland Hebeler ( )

Fritz Hedderich (D)
From Darmstadt. Cyclecar racer. Winner of the 800cc class at the 1932 Frankfurt Grasbahnrennen.

Fritz Hell ( )

"Mlle. Hellé-Nice" (Mariette Hélène Delangle) (F)
15 Dec 1900 - 1 Oct 1984
Theatre artiste, acrobat, dancer at the Casino de Paris, racing driver. Mariette Delangle was born in 1900 at Aunay-sous-Auneau, daughter to the local postman. She was a frequent starter in the mid 30's first with a Bugatti and then with a blue Alfa Romeo Monza. The diminutive Hellé-Nice was probably the top female driver of the era. A fast but safe driver she often managed to bring the car to the finish. She was mostly known for her female "extras" on the race overall and by her curious habit to keep her mouth open while racing. At Pau 1936 she crashed. In Sao Paulo 1936 a spectator trew a straw bale into the track. Hellé-Nice hit the bale in 160km/h and crashed into the grandstand resulting in several fatalities. A chocked Hellé-Nice gave up Grand Prix racing but took part in some minor racing events.

Antoni Heller ( )

Svein Helling (N)

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)
    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)
(The last world record wasn't bettered until 1951.)
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.

Herbeaux (F)

Harry Herkuleyns (NL)
17 Jun 1888 - 7 Feb 1948
Dutch driver Harry Herkuleyns from Arnheim raced MGs and did most of their racing in Belgium and France. In 1934 he won the 750 class of a race at Montlhéry in a Q-Type MG. Herkuleyns later raced the ex-Hertzberger K3 Magnette as well as his familiar Midget, taking several class wins at Montlhéry and a number of placings at Chimay, notably third in the 1939 Frontières GP. Herkuleyns made a brief return to racing after the war, taking the 1100cc MG to seventh place in the 1946 Brussels sportscar race.

Edmond "Eddie" Hertzberger (NL)
17 Oct 1904 - 2 May 1993
Born in Rotterdam, Eddie Hertzberger, a wealthy industrialist (confection clothing), was one of those all-round sportsmen that appered 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 at Lugano 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. The Roy Hesketh Circuit near Pietermaritzburg was named after him.
(Info supplied by Robert Young)

Huldreich Heusser ( )

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.

Jean d'Hiercourt ( )

E. von Hillern-Flinsch (S)

Folke Hjelm (S)

Hlavic ( )

Marcel Hofer ( )

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)

Josef Horák ( )

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.

Ronald Tombs "Ron" Horton (GB)
11 Sep 1907 -Jan 1996

Marcel "Marc" Horvilleur (F)
28 Oct 1893 - 21 Aug 1978
Born in Paris. Private Maserati 6CM driver during the 1939 season. Died at Bobigny, Île-de-France in 1978.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Frantisek Hoštálek (A/CS)

Houp ( )

Albert Hovde (N)

(Francis) Richard Henry Penn, Viscount Curzon, 5th Earl Howe (GB)
1 May 1884 - 26 Jul 1964
Lord Howe did not take up racing seriously until he was 44 years old but he would then become one Britain's best known drivers. Born in Mayfair, London into a famous British naval family, Richard served in the Royal Navy during the First World War including an assignment on board the Battleship "HMS Queen Elizabeth" during the Dardanelles campaign. Howe's first major race was the 1928 Irish TT: By 1930 he had bought Caracciola's old Mercedes SSK and in 1931 he raced an Alfa Romeo, winning the Le Mans 24h race. He continued racing with a T51 Bugatti, a 1.5 litre Delage, MGs and Alfa Romeos until he bought a ERA for the 1936 season. Later he joined the ERA works team. He was out for most of the 1937 season after a heavy crash at the Campbell Trophy at Brooklands. After the war Lord Howe continued to be involved in racing as a organizer and as the president of the British Racing Driver's Club. Howe's cars were always meticously prepared and the driver stood out with his blue helmit and overalls. Highly patriotic, Howe was forced to race foreign cars as no British cars were competitive in GP racing. Died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 1964.

Jean Huart ( )

Armand Francis Hug (CH)
23 March 1912 - 12 Sep 1975
The best Swiss driver in the pre-war era. He was born in Lausanne 1915 in wealthy family. Started of with hillclimbing in a 2.3 litre Bugatti before turning to Voiturette racing with a Bugatti T51A. In 1938 he bought one of the four Maserati 4CM in excistence and with support from the factory he soon became one of the top contenders, winning at the Swiss GP and at La Baule. He was about to sign for Maserati in 1939 but was hindered by Mussolinis decition that works drives were restricted to Italian drivers. Instead he continued as privateer with his old car. He recieved the latest 4CL engine from Maserati and with it he won a Reims, but a week later at Albi he slid off during practice and overturned, recieving brain damages that permanently made him an invalid. He spent the rest of his life in Swizerland, partly paralysed. He died St. Sulpice, Vaud in 1975.

Bill Hughes ( )

Vicente Hugo (BR)

Cor-John van Hulzen (NL)
1 Nov 1905 - 15 May 1940

Tom Humber ( )

Josef/Johann? Hummel (D)
From Freiburg.

William E. "Bill" Humphreys (GB)

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.)

"Hýta" (CS)
Alias for Prinz von Lobkowicz


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