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!

      la Boissière - SEE: Boissière

Jean Labbay (F)

Adrien Léon Jean Auguste Roger Labric (F)
19 Feb 1893 - 24 May 1962
Born in Boulogne Billancourt, Île-de-France. Died in Paris,
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Alfred Clucas "Bob" Lace (GB)
4 Apr 1897 - 1978

Ladurantie ( )

Erik Lafrenz (S)
- 6 Aug 1933

Andre Laisne ( )

Lalanne ( )

Charles Robert Laly / (Lally?) (F)
7 Sep 1887 - 13 Dec 1972
Born in Paris (17e arrondissement). Died at Levallois-Perret, Levallois-Perret.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)

Catullo Lami (I)
- 13 Aug 1939
Voiturette driver, who crashed fatally with His Maserati at the 1939 Coppa Acerbo.

Maurice Lamy ( )

René Lamy ( )

Lanary ( )

Francisco "Chico" Landi (BR)
14 Jul 1907 - 7 Jun 1989
Chico Landi was born in São Paulo, Brasil on 14th July 1907. His first race was the 1934 Rio de Janeiro GP. Chico was leading when his car broke down, 8 laps from the end. However, succes was to come for the Brazilian and with an Alfa Romeo he won the Rio de Janeiro GP in 1941, 1947 and 1948. In 1947 Chico was invited to drive in Argentina and became known internationally. He was invited to drive in the 1947 Bari GP becoming the first Brazilian top racer to try his luck in Europe. He retired from the race but returned a year later, to take the victory in a field consisting of drivers like Villoresi, Varzi, Nuvolari and Farina. Between 1951 and 1956 Landi raced in 6 Formula 1Cchampionship races, both as a Ferrari privateer and for Escuderia Bandeirantes, Scuderia Milano and Maserati, gaining 1.5 championship points for a shared 4th place (with Gerino Gerini) in the 1956 Argentive GP. After retiring from racing Landi became a leading figure in administrating Brazilian motor sport.
(Info supplied by Mauro Kleber)

"Marcel Lanciano" Papineau (F)

Guido Landi (I)
? - Sep 1980
From Bolognia. His greatest successes came in motorcycle racing and included victories at the "Gran Premio della Nationi" at Monza in 1929 (MM 125cc) and 1931 (Velocette 350cc) but he also raced cars. In 1946 he emigrated to Argentina where he died at Buenos Aires in 1980.
(Info and picture supplied by Alberto Bertoni)

Quirino Landi (BR)
Brother to Francisco "Chico" Landi.

Riccardo Landolina (I)
From Castronuovo near Palermo.

Hermann Albert Lang (D)
6 Apr 1909 - 19 Oct 1987
Lang was born in Bad-Cannstatt, Stuttgart, close to the Daimler factory. Coming from a home of small means, Lang had to fight the opinions of the period that racing drivers were to be "gentlemen". Starting off as a motorcycle driver and then working as a racing mechanic, Lang had both the balance and the technical know-how to make it to the very top when he was offered a drive by Daimler-Benz. Immensely popular by his mechanic friends but less so with his team mates, Lang was considered to be a high-speed track expert, winning three times at Tripoli and also winning the fastest race of the era, the Avus 1937 extravaganza. 1939 was Lang's year and he dominated the GP season with 5 major victories. While there is controversy about the final results of the 1939 championship, no one could deny that Lang was at least the moral champion. The war interrupted Lang's career when he was at the very top. After the war success came in sports cars rather in GP racing, Lang taking the Mercedes-Benz 300SL to victory at Le Mans 1952. Lang died in Stuttgart in 1987.

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Jean Langöele (F)

Dioscoride Lanza (I)
24 Apr 1898 - ?
Born in Piossasco near Turin. Maserati 6CM 1938-39. "Dioscoride" is the correct spelling of the name (not Discoride).

Carlo Laredo de Mendoza (I)
Engineer from Torino (Turin).

Pierre Larrue (F)
Bordeaux druggist Pierre Larrue owned a Delahaye 135MS (chassis 60116) since the pre-war years. This was a touring car chassis, that he used until the early 50s.

Arnold Larsson (S)

Axel Larsson (S)

Harry "Mas-Harry" Larsson (S)
As his nickname imply Larsson was what Swedes call a "mas" (pronounced with a long "a") i.e. a man from the county of Dalarna in Sweden, or to be precise, from Hedemora.

Massimo "Mino" Lasagni (I)

Gabriel Lascaut ( )

Georg Lassen (N)

H. Lauenstein ( )

Constant Lauvaux ( )

Lauze ( )

René Louis Paul Le Bègue (F)
15 Jan 1914 - 24 Feb 1946
Born in Paris (9th arrondissement), Le Bègue's racing career started seriously in 1936, when he drove a Delahaye 135CS to 2nd at the Spa 24hrs, 4th at Comminges and 5th at Marseille. He then won the 1937 Monte Carlo Rallye and was running fourth with Cattaneo in a works Talbot-Lago at the Mille Miglia, when he crashed into a ditch to avoid a charriot. In 1937 he bought a Talbot T-150C and was 3rd at GP de la Marne, 2nd at the RAC TT, and won the Coupe de Vitesse at Monthléry and in 1938 also the 12hrs de Paris. Works Talbot-Lago driver for 1939, he took the new Monoplace Décalée, to a third at the GP de l’ACF and won the GP du Comminges. Early in 1940, Le Bègue and his wife, Dreyfus and Chinetti went to USA to race a Masearti at the Indy 500 for Lucy Schell, Le Bègue/Dreyfus finished 10th. The Le Bègue's were the only one to return to occupied France in 1941 just to get permission to take two Talbots to the 1941 Indy via Portugal. Le Bègue and Jean Trévoux were non qualifiers but later raced the cars at theLand’s End hillclimb, where Le Bègue finished third ahead of Trévoux. Then Le Bègue enrolled in the Free France Army fighting in North Africa, Sicily and Monte Cassino. At the end of the war the still young Le Bègue was voted vice-president of the the French Drivers Association (AGACI) but was then suddenly killed in his home at Versailles in 1946 by a stupid accident as he was asphyxiated by the gas fumes of a defective boiler in his bathroom.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Lebiet ( )

Ferdinando Lecchini (I)
From Florence.

Jacques Edouard Ledure (B)
26 Mar 1893 - 16 May 1948
Born at St Gilles, Brabant in Belgium 1893. Died working as track marshal for the 1948 Frontieres GP.

Jean Lefebvre (F)

      le Foll - SEE: Foll

Arthur Legat (B)
1 Nov 1898 - 23 Feb 1960
Legat is considered, together with organizer Buisseret, the most important character in Chimay history. He was a "garagiste" from Haine-Saint-Pierre who participated in virtually every GP des Frontières (to which his racing activity was almost totally restricted) from 1926 to 1959. He had started with an Amilcar CGS in 1926 and 1927 but missed the 1928 race. He returned in 1929 in another Amilcar, this time a supercharged one, replaced by a Bugatti T37A in 1930 that he raced until 1934, winning the Grand Prix in 1931 and 1932. In 1934 Legat had been able to purchase the 2.3L Bugatti T35B from the Belgian GP driver Bouriano. He took this car to the 1935 race but returned with the 1.5L T37A at Buisseret’s request in 1936, reverting to the T35B for the years 1937 to 1939. Legat had to sell the Bugatti to Belgian amateur Pierre Vingerhoets during the war but was asked to drive it again in 1946 and 1947. The car had acquired throughout the years a snow-plough radiator grille and a distinctively bizarre vertical fin on the tail.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

"Jef Legros" (Giuseppe Mucciero) (I/B)
Italian owner of a garage in Bruxelles. Raced a Bugatti in 1939. After the war he put a BMW 328 engine i his Bugatti.

Marcel Lehoux (F/DZ)
3 Apr 1889 - 19 Jul 1936
Known as a little man with the heart of a lion, Lehoux was was born at the castle of Fougères in Vendée, France. However he lived in Algeria where he was the founder and owner of a large trade company. Lehoux started racing with a 1500 Brescia-Bugatti in Algeria 1924 at an age of 35 and won on his first try, the Casablanca GP. He drove Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and ERAs. He won the 1928 Algerian and Tunis GPs, the 1929 Algerian GP, the 1930 Dieppe GP, the 1931 Geneva and Marne GPs, the 1932 Casablanca GP and in 1933 the Pau, Dieppe and Monza GPs. In 1931 he raced together with Etancelin. Continued as Bugatti driver before becoming Scuderia Ferrari works driver in 1934. Private Maserati 1935. Works ERA Voiturette driver 1936. Killed in the Deauville GP after a collision with Farina's Alfa where his ERA caught fire and the driver burned to death.

Henrique Lehrfeld (P)
7 Jun 1897 - 16 Aug 1965
Henrique Lehrfeld was born in Lisbon. His father was an engineer of German orgin who owned a chemical factory near Lisbon, his mother had been born in Switzerland. In his career Lehrfeld drove a white and red Bugatti T35 B, except at his first two races when he raced an Opel and one race when he raced a Gardner. He took part in many Portuguese national events, from the 1929 "II Quilómetro de Arranque do Campo Grande" until his retirement after the 1937 Estoril Circuit. He took part the 1931 GP de la Baume beach race in France and also went to Brasil to race at the Gávea circuit in 1935 and 1936. Lehrfeld pulled out racing because the new Portuguese rules banned GP cars and he did not like racing sportscars. Lehrfeld died of cancer in 1962.
Not to be confused with Polish driver Henryk Liefeldt!
(Info supplied by Ricardo Grilo & Hugo Boecker)

Prinz Hermann Viktor Maximilian zu Leiningen (D)
4 Jan 1901 - 29 Mar 1971.
From Amorbach. Started racing in 1927 with a Bugatti. Raced mostly in hillclimbs. Raced Bugattis, Amilcars and Mercedes SSK 1928-29. Continued with a Bugatti 1930-31. Auto Union works driver 1934. Withdrew from racing in 1935 except for a start with the ERA works team. Did a comeback in some rallies in the early 1950s.

Andrew Mackintosh Leitch (GB/RA)
25 Nov 1906 - 4 Jul 1953
Insurance underwriter and financier. Born at Buenos Aires, Argentina 1906. Died at Buenos Aires 1953.
(Info supplied by Richard Armstrong)

The Hon. John Disney "Jock" Leith (GB)
17 Aug 1909 - 15 Dec 1968
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland 1909. Killed in a road accident near Lockerbie in Scotland on 1968

Lucién Lemasson (F)
Famous motor cycle racer in the 1920s.

Lemoine ( )

Lenart ( )

Stefan Lennart ( )

Michelangelo? Leonardi "Trifoglio (I)
From Rome.

Gioacchino Leonardi (I)
From Ancona.

Enaro Léoz-Abad (E)
One of two brothers, Genaro & Enaro, who used to race together.

Genaro Léoz-Abad (E)
From Cirauqui, Navarra. Bugatti T37 voiturette driver. One of two brothers, Genaro & Enaro, who used to race together.

Etiénne Lepicard ( )

Mario Lepori (CH)

Lescari ( )

Guglielmo Lettieri ( )

Leurquin ( )

Henry Leuzinger (CH)
From Bern.

"Pierre Levegh" (Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin) (F)
22 Dec 1905 - 11 Jun 1955
Born in Paris (9th arrondissement) "Pierre Levegh" Bouillin (not Boullion as it is often written) is mostly known for his post-war Le Mans racing. In 1952 he raced single-handedly for 23 hours only to miss a gearchange while half asleep, destroying the engine while leading the race by a huge margin. At the 1955 Le Mans his Mercedes 300SLR crashed into the grandstand creating the worst disaster in the history of motor racing with over 80 dead.

Giorgio Levi (I)
From Trieste.

Hon. Brian Edmund Lewis, Baron Essendon (GB)
7 Dec 1903 - 18 Jul 1978
Born in Edmonton, Middlesex 1903. Raced Frazer Nashes in England in the 1920s. Entered a private Maserti 8CM at the Swiss GP1935. became 2nd Baron Essendon in 1944. Died in Lausanne, Switzerland 1978.

Hans Friedrich Lewy (D)
13 Oct 1896 - 6 Nov? 1942
From Dresden. Raced private Bugattis together with Paul Pietsch and Hans Simons as the "PiLeSi Rennteam" in the early 1930s. Being a Jew, Lewy left Germany in 1935 for France. During the German occupation he was deported back to Germany and died at Auschwitz concentration camp 1942.
(Info supplied by Hugo Boecker)

Pierre Leygonie (F)

Francis Liagre ( )

      Libeccio - SEE: Eugenio Minetti

Prinz Ferdinand Andreas von und zu Liechtenstein (FL)
18 Jan 1901 - 7 Jul 1981

Henryk Liefeldt (PL)
14 Apr 1894 - 13 Sep 1937
Henryk Liefeldt was born in Warsaw in 1894. He started racing back in 1912.
Liefeldt was a mechanical engineer and after First World War he, together with Stefan Schiffner, established an engine manufacturing plant and mechanical workshop in Warsaw, producing industrial engines etc. He also became Austro-Daimler representative in Poland. Liefeldt became Polish champion in 1927 and 1928 and in 1930 he won the Lwow Grand Prix in an Austro-Daimler. In 1937 he received the Polish "Golden Cross of Merit". He died in Warsaw in 1937.
Not to be confused with Portuguese driver Henrique Lehrfeld!
(Info supplied by Piotr Jurczyk)

Einar Lindberg (S)

Sven Lindblom ( )

Bo Lindh ( )

Ivar Lindh (S)

Marcel P. Lister (GB)
1903 - 11 Sep 1932
British but resident in France. Died during practice for the Antibes Grand Prix at Garoupe in 1932.

Lo Baldo (I)

Georg Christian Prinz von Lobkowicz (Jiří Kristián kníže Lobkovicz) (CS)
22 Feb 1907 - 22 May 1932
Raced also under the pseudonym "Hýta".

Jean Lobre (F)
BNC voiturette driver from 1928 to 1931, then raced a Bugatti.

Vincenzo Lo Bue Vanni (I)
Sicilian amateur driver from Palermo, placed second in a Bugatti in the 1927 Monte Pellegrino hillclimb. Raced his 1750cc Alfa Romeo with his wife Nina co-driving in the 1929 and 1930 Giro di Sicilia. He drove this car also in the only Targa Florio he raced, in 1933.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Antonio Lodolini (I)

Dr. Mario Lombardi (I)
From Vercelli.

Willy Longueville (B)
1910? -
The son of a taylor from Charleroi, Longueville stated racing in 1928 in a touring Bugatti T38 then swithched to a T37A and a T35B. The most successful driver in the Chimay races between 1929 and 1934 where he won several times. Quit racing in 1934 due to the increasing costs.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

G. H. A. Lönnqvist ( )

Benedicto Moreira Lopes (BR)
11 Nov 1904 - 08? Aug 1989
Born in Campinas, São Paulo. Of humble origins, he started to work as a mechanic in Campinas. Car racing made him famous in Brazil. He was called the "Campineiro Volador" (The Flying Campineiro), because of his speed. He was 6th in the 1937 Rio GP and started also in the 1941 Rio event. He moved to Rio, where he owned a garage. His racing career, however, was impaired by bad luck and ill health. He died poor, ill and forgotten in Campinas.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Domingos Lopes (BR)

"Eric Lora" Augustin Cochin (F)
1906 - 13 May 1934
Naval officer stationed at Marselles-Marignane. Took part in some races and hillclibes with a 2 litre Bugatti. At the 1934 Fontainbleu hilclimb a dog stepped out in front of Lora's car. Lora braked hard, lost control and crashed into the crowd killing six spectators and injuring five more. The Bugatti ended up against a tree. Lora himeslf died soon after having reached hospital.

Giorgio Lorenzini (I)

Ernesto Lorenzoni (I)
From Brà near Cuneo.

Georges Loridant ( )

Henri? / Honoré Lormand ( )

Lorthiois ( )

Vladimir Loucký ( )

Louet ( )

Roger Auguste Loyer (F)
5 Aug 1907 - 24 Mar 1988
Parisian (8ème) Roger Loyer was one of the greatest French motorcyclists of the 1930s and 1940s. This excellent driver’s career is a typical example of the many ones severely disrupted by the war. Loyer came from a family of modest financial means His father was a taxi-driver so he grew up in contact with motor cars. He was an adventurous but strong-willed, self-thought, independent man, in possession of an inventive mind which allowed him to patent several devices connected with automobiles. He started as a chauffeur and mechanic, beginning to motorcycle racing in 1928. His career in car racing started in 1938. In 1939 he bought the ex-Berg Maserati 6CM, driving also a Watney’s Delage at Le Mans. After the war after several one-off drives, he set up a team with "Robert" racing two Cisitalias D46 in 1947/1948. Loyer also continued racing motorcycles and later joined the Gordini team by which he was employed mainly in sports car racing. He scored a couple of victories for Amédée, but his career practically ended with the end of the Gordini team, although he was seen at odd races until 1960. Died at Boulogne Billancourt, Île-de-France in 1988.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Roberto Antonio Lozzano/Lozano (RA)

Raffaelo Luchini ( )

Luigi Luciani

A. Ludig ( )

Carl F Lühr (N)
16 Jan 1901 - 6 Mar 1991

Otto Lukáš ( )

Aristide Lumachi ( )

Giovanni Lumachi ( )

J. Lumachi ( )

Einar Lundborg (S)

Dario Lunghi (I)
From Siena.

Comte di Calvenzano, Don Giovanni "Johnny" Lurani - Cernuschi (I)
19 Dec 1905 - 17 Jan 1995
Born in Cernusco Lombardone, near Milan. A very interesting all-round character on the international racing scene between 1925 and 1965, Count Lurani held a degree in engineering from the Milan Polytechnic and was an amateur driver, record breaker on his own built cars, a respected writer and journalist, magazine editor, team manager, race organizer and high official in national and international bodies of the motorsports (motorcycle also). Started racing on a Salmson in 1926, switching to a Derby for 1927. He then successfully raced Alfa-Romeo 1500 sportscars from 1928 to 1932, mainly in hill-climbs. He switched to Maserati in 1933, purchasing the very first 1.5L Maserati 4C sport. In 1934 he raced Voiturettes for Scuderia Subalpina and was practically unbeatable in hillclimb 1.5L class in 1934/35. Off to the Ethiopian war, he sold his Maserati - eventually raced by Marazza - and upon return he founded Scuderia Ambrosiana entering Maseratis in Voiturette racing. Lurani was a Mille Miglia specialist winning his class in 1933 (works MG), 1948 (Healey Sedan) and 1952 (Porsche). Class winner at Le Mans in 1951. After the war, he was instrumental in the rebirth of racing in Italy and internationally, acting as a sort of Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Italian government body of the sport and becoming a member of FIA. He proposed the GT logo and regulations and organised the first GT race in 1949. He also was the main "promotor" for Formula Junior, persuadeing FIA to make it a internationalclass in 1959. In 1947/48, he managed Scuderia Ambrosiana in Formula A with Ascari and Villoresi as drivers, also helped British drivers to get around restrictions on imports, racing their cars under the Scuderia banner. He designed his own record-breaking cars, the Nibbio I to V powered by motorcycle Guzzi engines, that broke many short distance records for the 350 and 500 cc classes between 1935 and 1960. He became publisher of the illustrious Auto Italiana magazine contributing all his life with articles. He was also active in historical racing. Died at Milan in 1995.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Giuseppe Lusiardi (I)

      Lybbe - SEE: Powys-Lybbe


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