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
Iacono - SEE: Jacono-Caruso
Ippolito - SEE: D'Ippolito
John Erik Isberg (S/N)
25 Jul 1889- 9 Sep 1972
Born in Sala, Sweden in a poor family, John's father wanted him to become a painter assistant.
Isberg, however, was not interested in painting but in mechanical things and at the age of 14 he escaped from home and went
to Stockholm with 14 kronor in his pocket. There he managed to get a job in a workshop and haulage firm. Isberg
soon learned to drive and became the man who delivered cars to the customers.
A trip to Kristiania (Oslo) in 1906 to deliver a car from a German manufacturer to a cab company owner named Olstad
ended with Isberg remaining in Norway. He became driving instructor for the cab company and also married the owner's
daughter. In 1919 he started his own gas station and workshop.
After the First World War Isberg became interested in motor racing, his main racing period being 1920-1932.
He owned two Bugattis, "Blåen" & "Gråen" (the "Blue" and the "Grey"). His success as the most famous Scandinavian driver
got him in contact with Volvo and in 1927 his workshop was selected to represent Volvo in Oslo.
As racing driver Isberg prefered to be an independent refusing any kind of sponsorship.
His prizes and medals he saved, bunched together in a big cup.
Isberg was a man with nerves of ice. It is told that during the Second World War he was caught in a German checkpoint while
delivering radio equipment for the Norwegian underground movement. He then calmly asked the guard to hold the
package with the radio while he was searching for his id-card.
After the war the company, Isbergs Bilforretning A/S, expanded ending up with some 300 employees and
a turnower of 105 million kr. In 1966 Isberg was involved in a crash with a cab. The door opened and Isberg was seriously
injured when he fell out of his car landing in an ice wall. He spent several months in hospital and sold his company the
(Info supplied by Bo Söderberg)
Mme. Anne Cécile Rose-Itier (F)
31 Jul 1890/95? - 23 Mar 1980
The chauvinistic drivers of the period nicknamed her a "moving
chicane" but she was known as a distinguished, charming and very pretty woman.
By the way, note the results list below. Not many retirements to be found there!
Married to a Mr. Rose, a Scotsman, she raced also under the full name of Anne-Cécile
After flying aeroplanes, she turned to automobile racing in 1926
either because of her free and independent spirit or possibly as an escape from an
unhappy marriage with domestic violence.
For three years she limited herself to rallyes and some hillclimb, graduating to
cyclecar racing. From 1931 to 1936 she raced Bugattis T37, T37A and T51A and a
T46 sport. She won the Voiturette races at Nimes in 1932 and Peronne in 1933,
and enter some international GPs but being more successful in hill-climbs.
In 1935 she and Bugatti driver Jean Delorme
founded the USA (Union Sportive Automobile), grouping independent
drivers that did not find that the established French Drivers
Association (the AGACI) was fit for their necessities.
She raced at Le Mans 24hrs a (female) record five times, from 1935 to 1939.
In 1937 she was partnered by Huschke von Hanstein and romance blossomed between the two.
The same year she left GP racing; lost in the desert during the Rallye of Morocco, she was romantically
rescued by von Hanstein. A third in the 1938 Paris 12 hrs partnered by Germaine Rouault, and
a participation in the 1939 Monte Carlo Rallye closed her prewar activity.
During the war she did voluntary work for the War
Ministry and then she continued as president of the USA, working on an
ambitious program of popularization of the sport in France, not retiring
until the 60s.
She limited her racing mainly to the Monte Carlo Rallye that she entered until 1953.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Boris Ivanowski (RUS/F)
Ivanowski was born in Russia but lived in Paris after WW I. He was first seen racing a 748 cc Ratier cycle car 1924 in Paris.
Ivanowski was a sports car driver and made a name for himself driving Alfa Romeo, winning the 1928 Spa 24-Hour race.
He teamed up with Henri Stoffel to drive his SSK Mercedes at the European Championship races.
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