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
Ulrich Maag (CH)
- Aug 1934
Private Alfa Romeo driver who finished 6th in the German GP 1934. After the race however he was
disqualified for having removed parts from the car before the weight-in.
Died in a crash with a lorry on his way to a sports car race in Pescara 1934.
MacCarthy - SEE: "McCarthy"
MacEvoy - SEE: "McEvoy"
Sir Alastair Workman MacRobert (2nd Baronet) (GB) |
11 Jul 1912 - 1 Jun 1938
Born at Douneside, Aberdeenshire 1912.
Died in Hyde, Bedfordshire 1938 in a fatal crash when piloting an airplane.
Frederick Gordon-Lennox "Freddie March" 9th Earl of March (GB)
5 Feb 1904 - 2 Nov 1989
Later 9th Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
Ettore Mariano (I) |
Amateur driver and barrister from Cuneo.
"de Maris" (André "Andy" Embiricos) (GR) |
- 23 May 1941
Cousin to Nicholas Embiricos.
Died off the Crete Island during a naval battle.
Clément-Auguste Martin (F)
18 May 1902 - 1991
C-A Martin was the agent for Amilcar at La Garenne, Paris, France in the 1920s.
When Amilcar closed their racing department in 1929, he acquired
most of the material together with seven cars of the CO and CO déporté
models. He ran the Equipe Martin-Amilcar from 1930 to 1934, using 4
cylinder engines instead of the more complicated 6 cylinder ones. He
switched to SIMCA in 1935.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Massacurati - SEE: Mazzacurati
Matile (F) |
Car dealer and garage ovner from Nantes.
Rex Mays (USA)
10 Mar 1913 - 6 Nov 1949
Not to be confused with Raymond Mays, Rex Mays was an American Indy driver.
He started his career racing midgets in California 1931 and entered his first Indy 500 in 1934 with a Duesenberg-Miller, finishing 9th.
In 1936 he won the Goshen dirt oval race with a Adams-Sparks. He got hand of the spare Alfa Romeo Scuderia Ferrari had brought to the 1936
Vanderbilt cup and entered it in the 1937 Vanderbilt cup and in the 1937 and 1938 Indy 500 races. In 1938 he raced Adams-Sparks.
Racing a Stewens-Winfield he became Indycar Champion 1940 and 1941 finishing 2nd at Indy 500 both years.
Victories included Springfield and Syracuse dirt tracks in 1940 and Milwakee and Syracuse dirt tracks in 1941.
After the war his career continued 1946 with wins at Langhorne , Indianapolis and Milwaukee dirt tracks in a Kurtis-Winfield.
Mays was killed in a dirt track race at Del Mar, California 1949 racing a Kurtis-Offenhauser.
Dr. Mario Mazzacurati (later: Massacurati) (I/ZA)
21 Oct 1903 - 17 Apr 1985
Born in Pádova in Italy Mazzacurati took a degree in geology at the University of Bologna and thus became an
engineer and not a dentist as clamed by some source.
He was a DNF at the 1929 and 1930 Mille Miglia in a Bugatti Amadeo Bignami as co-driver. He also
retired from the 1929 Circuito di Bordino. Sometimes near 1930 he moved to South Africa for civil
engineering work including building Hout Bay Harbour and roads through country towns. Was also involved in
tin mining in Swaziland.
Sat up the "Eagle Racing Stable" in Cape Town circa 1935 and imported a number of racing cars to South Africa
- like Bugatti T35B & T35C, Alfa Romeo Monza and the Maserati 6C-34.
He bought a lot of ex-Nuvolari cars and it is rumoured that he indeed was a cousin of Nuvolari but not confirmed.
A god driver he made good results in local South African events including a victory at the the South African GP in 1936
and third places in 1937 and 1939.
Raced an semi-works supported Maserati 6CM in South Africa 1939. Used to drive under the pseudonym "Mario".
Despite being a National sporting hero as an Italian he was interned in South Africa during WW2 but
made a daring escape from the concentration camp. Died in Rome 1985.
(Info supplied by Robert Young)
Frederick McEvoy (AUS)
12 Feb 1907 - 7 Nov 1951
Among the rather sparkling characters that can be are found in the history of motor racing, Freddie McEvoy is
surely one that stands out.
Born in St Kilda, Victoria in 1907, and educated at a Jesuit college, he went to Europe and took residence at the Rivieira,
where the jet-set of the 1930s met. Apart from socialising and womanizing he was also a sports man,
and also took up motor racing. He took part at the 1935 Mille Miglia.
Then he joined the bobleight competition at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games where he,
racing for Britain, took a Bronze in the four man bobsled race and finished 4th in the two man bobsled race.
The same year he bought a Maserati 6CM and raced it in several events. When celebrity life returned to normal after the
war, McEvoy was also back. He died in 1951 at a cruise off the Moroccan coast, when the yacht he was on went down in a
McEvoy's life is told in Andreas Zielcke's book about Porfirio Rubirosa titled "Der letzte Playboy" ("The last Playboy")
(Info supplied by Wolfgang Kaese)
Mendes - SEE: Soares Mendes
Otto Merz (D)
12 Jun 1889- 18 May 1933
Merz was one of the most colorful drivers that ever appeared in motor racing. Big and incredible strong he could amuse his fellow drivers by driving in
six-inch nails in a table with one stroke from his fist. At the 1929 Ulster TT he ripped off parts from his damaged Merceds with his bare hands.
Otto Merz was born in Canstatt. Apprenticed to Daimler, then chauffeur/riding mechanic for Willy Poege, the Saxonian industrialist and Pre-Kaiser-War racing driver,
then chauffeur of Austrian motor sport sponsor and brewer Theodor Dreher. At Sarajevo as chauffeur of Count Boos-Waldeck he became an eye witness
of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination which touched off the First World War. It was Merz who carried the dying Archduke into a
a nearby house.Returning to Mercedes Otto Merz was outright winner of the 1924.
Klausenpass Hill Climb and the 1927 German Grand Prix at Nürburgring (sports cars). Had a fatal accident during practice for the 1933 AVUS Race in Berlin.
(Info supplied by Stan Peschel)
1923: 1* Romanian touring race
1924: 2 Zbraslav-Jíloviště (hillclimb), 1 Solitude Climb (hillclimb), 1 Klausen Altdorf (hillclimb)
5 (Class victory) Svab (hillclimb)
1925: 1 Solitude-Race, 5 Klausen (hillclimb)
1926: 1 Hohnstein (hillclimb), 1 Süddeutsche tourenfahrt, ? European GP, 2 Klausen Altdorf (hillclimb),
1927: 1 German GP, 1 Klausen (hillclimb), 1 Solitude-Race
1928: 2 German GP
1929: ? Internationelle Alpenfahrt, ? ADAC Langstreckenfahrt, 13 Ulster TT
1931: DNF French GP /
5 German GP
1933: DNS AVUS GP
Maurice Mestivier (F)
Mestivier had started working at Amilcar as a mechanic in 1921.
His brother Marius, who died at Le Mans in 1925, was chief tester
there. Mestivier was a genious tuner and soon became chief mechanic.
Mestivier acquired an Amilcar CS in 1931, a Pégase in 1936 and the unique
Amilcar MCO 1100 in 1933. When Amilcar closed theirracing shop he was attached to the
sales department until 1939. In the 1950s he founded Autobleue, a successful outfit
specialized in tuning Renaults and in building special parts for them. Maurice Mestivier was
very active on various governing boards of the sport and a race
organizer himself. He was the president of the AGACI (the French Drivers
Association) from 1937 to 1969. The first post-war meeting at the Bois
de Boulogne in 1945 was mainly due to his efforts.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
William B. "Buller" Meyer (ZA)|
Buller Meyer was one of three brothers from East London that competed regularly in South African races during the 1930s.
Born in East London Meyer was a skilled mechanic/engineer who had a reputation for preparing his cars in an immaculate manner.
He won his first big race the 1935 Cape-Rand-Cape trial in a Graham.
He owned the Frontier Garage in East London which was used by visiting foreign Grand Prix drivers when
in South Africa. On advice of Earl Howe he bought a ex- Freddie Dixon Riley Ulster 1089 cc from Thompson
and Taylor which won the 1935 and 1936 TT's and with it was 2nd in the 1937 South African GP.
He then acquired the ex-Dobbs offset single seater Riley 1486 and used it to win the 1938 South African Grand Prix.
After the war he became a successful pineapple farmer in the Kidd’s Beach district.
(Info supplied by Robert Young & "Hieronymus")
Baron Alfred von Michel-Raulino ( ) |
Boško Milenković (YU) |
2 Nov 1909 - 1955
Nicknamed Bata, Boško Milenković was born in Vienna, his father being a rich merchant in Vienna; his mother
being of French/German origin. During the war the family moved to Belgrad, Yugoslavia. When the father died in 1921, Bosko inherited
some wealth including three houses. He studied at the high school, spoke perfectly German, French, Italian,
English, and chose to live on his wealth. He played violin and became a friend of motorcycle racer Voja Ivanicevic,
who played piano. Inspired by Ivanicevic, Bosko started racing with a 300cc NSU.
He bought his first car in 1927 and his car park later included a Cord, a V25 Wanderer and 540K Mercedes.
His first car race was a hillclimb at Avalskim 1932, where he finished third in his class driving a LaSalle.
In 1935 he bought a Bugatti T51 and won with it the Sljeme road race in 1937 and the Dorcol race in 1938.
Bosko run off the road with the Bugatti when racing in fall 1938 in Kluz, Romania, but he was able to rebuild the destroyed transmision
and he took part with the car in the 1939 Belgrad GP.
Milenković lost his fortune during the April 1941 bombings of Belgrad. He took his own life in 1955.
(Source: "Prve Beogradske Mezdunarodne Automobilske i Motociklisticke Trke, 3.IX.1939" by Nebojsa Dordevic,
Belgrade 1999. Translation from the Serb by Mira Krizman. Info supplied by Aldo Zana)
William Arthur Frank "Billy" Mills (SA)
3 Jan 1898 - 16 Sep 1937
"Billy Mills was born in South Afric in 1898a. His father was a transport rider, and then a farmer in the Umlaas Road area.
Mills was among the tough motorsport pioneers in South Africa, racing a series of ‘cutdown’
modified American saloons and then an imported Aston Martin Ulster in the early South
African Grand Prix. The Ulster, one of just 21 built, was bought from the works on 7 July 1936 at a
cost of £1,100. However, he was arguably better known for his long-distance, record-breaking efforts back in the 1920s, notably the
‘runs’ from Durban to Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg to Durban using Chryslers and De Sotos.
Mills was also among the early South African aviation pioneers, owning a Leopard Moth based at Oribi airfield.
He competed in two South African GPs both at East London, in 1936 in his converted Plymouth twoseater,
finishing sixth and in 1937 in the Ulster retiring on lap one.
He placed thirteenth in the 3rd Kimberley 100 held on the Paardeberg Road Circuit on 5 October 1936, and sixth in the 1st Coronation 100 held on
Maritzburg’s Alexandra Park Circuit on 31 May 1937.
Mills did not finish the 1st Bloemfontein Blue Riband held on the Brandkop Speedway on 2 August
1937, and finished sixth and seventh in the two heats making up Silver Springbok Trophy on the Lord Howe Circuit on 21 August 1937.
Mills died suddenly in Pietermaritzburg September 1937, aged just 39 years and nine months, from heart failure brought on by influenza and pneumonia.
(Info supplied by Greg Mills)
Ferdinando "Nando" Minoia (I) |
2 Jun 1884 - 28 Jun 1940
Born in Milano in 1884, was generally known as Fernando; but his friends called him Nando. His first major race was the 1907
Targa Florio. Over the years he had driven Isotta Fraschini, Storero, Fiat, De Dietrich, Benz, O.M., Steyr, Bugatti and
Alfa Romeo cars. Minoia won the 1927 Mille Miglia in an O.M. sports car. The Italian was very experienced and still fast despite his age.
He was past his prime in 1931 but he gave nothing to the young. For 1931, he was contracted to drive for Scuderia Ferrari and SA Alfa Romeo.
Without winning a race Minoia became the first European Champion.
Guy Moll (DZ)
28 May 1910 - 15 Aug 1934
Consider one of the greatest natural talents ever Moll, was the son of a Spanish mother and a French father who had emigrated to Algeria.
In 1932 Guy had just finished his studies, he took part in a small local race driving a Lorraine-Dietrich. Marcel Lehoux
witnessed that drive and immeditely noticed the talent of the young driver and decided to help him in his future career.
Lehoux entered Moll in the 1932 Grand Prix of Oran, to drive a Bugatti T35C. Moll immediately took the lead, only to retire with a mechanical
problem. He also reired at Casablanca, but then finished 3rd in Marseilles.
Having wealty parents Moll as able to buy a Alfa Romeo Monza for 1933 but he started off the season with an old Bugatti finishing second to
Lehoux at a snowy Pau. He then took his new Monza to 3rd place at Nimes GP and 5th at the Grand Prix de l'ACF. he retired from the Le Mans 24h
race and was disqualified at Reims after leading with 2 laps to go. He then finished 3rd in the Nice, Comminges and Marseilles GPs and ended
up the season with a 2nd place at the Monza GP and then went on to sign for Scuderia Ferrari for 1934.
Debuting for the team he sensationally won the Monaco GP. He then went on to dominate the early part of the season scoring a series of podium
positions including a victory at Avus. But at the high speed Montesilvano straight at Pescara during the Coppa Acerbo Moll's car was hit by the
scirocco-wind, Moll lost control ran into a ditch and the Alfa overturned and continued in a series of spins. The 24-year-old Ferrari star died
shortly after the crash.
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August "Bubi" Momberger (D)
26 Jun 1905 - 22 Dec 1969
Begun racing in hillclimbs in the early 1920s. Raced with Mercedes 1923. NSU 1924-25. Steyr 1926.
Bugatti 1927-28 Mercedes-Benz SSK 1929. Made comeback as Auto Union reserve driver in 1934 with some good results
but never came to terms with team manager Walb. Retired after 1934 season.
Peter Richard Monkhouse (GB)
29 Jul 1912 - 23 Apr 1950
Born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire 1912.
Obviously NOT cousin to George Monkhouse, the racing photographer and book writer (that some sources claim).
Together with Ian Connell Monkhouse started the Monaco Motor and Engineering Co. Ltd. at
Watford in 1935. Was co-driver to Connell in the 1938 Donington GP.
Died 1950 in Padua after an accident at the Mille Miglia in which he was the passenger.
de Montbressieux - SEE: "Raph"
D. Jorge Cardoso Pereira da Silva de Melo e Faro, Conde de Monte Real
31 Aug 1916 - 8 Sep 1992
Jorge Melo e Faro was a Portuguese nobleman and private Bugatti driver, born in Lisbon 1916.
Lou Moore (USA)
12 Sep 1904 - 26 Mar 1956
American Indycar racer. Raced a car at Tripoli 1934.
Edgar de Morawitz (A) |
26 Apr 1892 - 2 Sep 1945
Coming from a rich and recently ennobled Austrian family, Edgar von Morawitz was publisher of "Prager Tagblatt".
He participated in a number of Central European Hill Climbs during the twenties, and won the 1925 Solitude race
meeting outright in a 1,5 litre Bugatti. In 1927 he moved to Spain, bought the Terramar Race Track in Catalonia,
then lost all his Bugattis in the Spanish Civil War.
(Info supplied by Martin Pfundner)
Mucciero - SEE: "Legros"
Hermann Paul Müller (D)
21 Nov 1909 - 30 Dec 1975
Born 1909 in Bielefeld, Müller started racing motorcycles in 1929
with a 500 cc Imperia, then changed to JAP for dirt track. In 1931 he joined the Victoria
factory team where he became German Champion in the 600cc sidecar class in 1932. After
Victoria stopped racing at the end of 1933, H.P. Müller raced as a privateer
with his 350 cc Victoria with JAP engine during 1934 and early 1935 until Auto Union gave
him a new 500 cc factory DKW. With this machine he became German Champion in the 500 cc
class in 1936. The same year, he also won the Gold Medal in the six-day trial and in 1937
he was asked to join the Auto Union Grand Prix team as reserve driver. During these years,
H.P. Müller the motorcycle racer changed to Hermann Müller, the grand prix driver, a name
change, enforced by the top of the German Motor Sport Authority during the thirties.
His first start was at the Eifel GP 1937 and he became works driver in 1938.
His best results were third places at the 1937
Coppa Acerbo and sharing the drive with Rosemeyer at the Masaryk Circuit. He was wounded in French GP crash 1938.
In 1939, Müller came second to Lang in the Kahlenberg Mountain Climb where he beat Stuck in both runs.
At the Grossglockner Mountain Climb, Müller again won the first heat by one second but in the second heat, he lost too much time in the fog, finishing third. He
won the French Grand Prix and came second at the German Grand Prix.
In the four races of the 1939 European Championship Müller
outscored Lang and would under normal circumstances have been the 1939 European Champion, the equivalent of today’s
World Champion. But after the conclusion of the series, the A.I.A.C.R. could not meet and
the German ONS changed the existing rules to the favor of Lang and declared him
the champion instead.
Müller was a Leutnant at the Luftwaffe, active in the aero engine factory
in Litzmannstadt. He was not flying. At the end of the war in 1945, he went back to Auto
Union in Chemnitz, East Germany, where he had to do prisoner work, which was better than being
deported to Siberia. He then worked as a woodcutter, sent his family (wife Mariele and two baby
boys) to Bielefeld in West Germany, where he arrived separately in December that year. In
1946, when he raced bikes again, he changed his name back to H.P. Müller. His wife was a great supporter
at the races, managing his pits. He became West-German Champion on a 250 cc DKW in 1947 and 1948. In 1950 and 1951 he became
German Champion in the 125 cc class driving a factory DKW. The following year he drove
the Italian Mondial and the Schnell-Horex in 1953. He joined the factory NSU team in 1954 and won with them the World
Championship in the 250 cc class in 1955 at age 45. In 1956 he set
world records with a NSU record bike at the Bonneville saltflats of Utah. Thereafter
he worked for Auto Union and at DAF in Holland and eventually returned to the Auto Union Press Department
in Ingolstadt where he died after a long illness in 1975.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Franciszek Mycielski ( ) |
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