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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.
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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.


Maurice Mablot (F/TN)
From the french colony of Tunis.


      MacCarthy - SEE: "McCarthy"


Machat ( )




Gerhard Macher (D)
1905 - 9 Jul 1946
A workshop manager for DKW in Berlin and semi-works driver for DKW.


      MacEvoy - SEE: "McEvoy"




Percival William "Percy" Maclure (GB)
13 Nov 1907 - 15 Dec 1944
Born in Skipton, Yorkshire 1911. Worked with his bother Edgar Maclure for Riley. Died at Hatton, Warwickshire 1944.


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.




Costantino Magistri (I)
1894 -
Alfa Romeo driver.




Philippe Maillard-Bruné (F)
1909 - 28 Aug 2007
MG 1100cc driver.


Romano Malaguti (I)
From Bologna. Maserati driver active oth before and after the war.




Jean de Maleplane ( )


Malivour ( )


Victor-Hugo Mallucci (I)
From Senigallia.


Gerard Francis Anthony "Jock" Manby-Colegrave (GB)
16 Feb 1912 - 17 Mar 1963
Born at Nuneaton, Warwickshire 1912. Died at Oxford 1963.




Adolfo/Adolphe Mandirola (CH)
Swiss driver. Raced first for Ecurie Genevoise then as a Maserati privateer. Was one of the last few privateers to race in GP racing in 1939.


Rudolf Manoucek ( )


Aldo Marazza (I)
1912 - 11 Sep 1938
This young driver created quiter a stirr when he won his very first race at Genoa 1937 in an old Maserati. Following it up with other good performances, it did not long for him to become a Masearti works driver. He continued successfully in 1938 and the future seemed to be bright for the young Italian star. However at the Milan GP at Monza 1938 Marazza was fatally wounded in heavy crash into the woods at the Lesmo curve.


"Marcedady" Macerdady? (Georges Hardy) (F)




Frederick Gordon-Lennox "Freddie March" 9th Earl of March (GB)
5 Feb 1904 - 2 Nov 1989
Later 9th Duke of Richmond and Gordon.


Pierre Marco ( )
1895 - ?


Angelo Marelli ( )


Mme Marguerite Mareuse ( )


Emmanuele de Maria ( )


Ettore Mariano (I)
Amateur driver and barrister from Cuneo.




Attilio Marinoni (I)
1896 - 18 June 1940
Alfa Romeo test driver. Worked as Scuderia Ferrari chief mechanic and reserve driver 1934-37 participiating in several races. Died when he crashed the Alfa Romeo Alfetta into a lorry on an open highway during the war while testing for the expected 1943 season.


Marion ( )


"de Maris" (André "Andy" Embiricos) (GR)
- 23 May 1941
Cousin to Nicholas Embiricos. Died off the Crete Island during a naval battle.


"Marko" (Edgard Markiewicz) (SUI)


Victor Marret (F)
French driver who competed mainly in southern France.




Charles Edward Capel "Charlie" Martin D.S.C. (GB)
21 Apr 1913 - 19 Feb 1998
Welch driver born in Abergavenny Monmouthshire 1913. Close friend of Richard Shuttleworth. Raced Bugatti T59 in 1935. During the 1936 season he used his private Alfa Romeo Tipo B for GP racing and an ERA for Voiturette races. He continued racing ERA for the 1937 season and then sold the ERA. Died in Chelsea, London 1998.




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)


Louis Martin ( )


Martinatti ( )




Ernesto Maserati (I)
14 Aug 1898 - 1 Dec 1975


      Massacurati - SEE: Mazzacurati




Thomas Alastair Sutherland Ogilvie "TASO" Mathieson (GB)
25 Jul 1908 - 12 Oct 1991
Born in Glasgow 1908
Died in Vichy, France 1991.


Matile (F)
Car dealer and garage ovner from Nantes.


Viglielmo Matozza ( )


Yves Matra (F)


Matrascia ( )


Francesco Matrullo (I)
Driver from Rome whose career lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s.




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.




(Thomas) Raymond Mays (GB)
1 Aug 1899 - 6 Jan 1980
Raymond Mays was one of the most famous British drivers in the 30s. However he will always be best known for his involvement in promoting and developing the ERA and BRM projects. He was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1899 as the son of one of Britain's pioneer motorists. After serving in the First World War he started racing in 1921 with a Hillman he persuaded his father to buy for him and won first time out. He specialized in hillclimbes and sprint events racing Hillmans, Bugattis, ACs and Vauxhalls. With the aid of Victor Riley he built the "White Riley" and with the sponsorship from Humphrey Cook the project developed into the ERA. Mays was co-founder and head driver of the team and the cars were built on his home yard at Bourne. Mays was a fast and clean driver who demanded the most from his cars. In 1937 ERA and Mays dominated the Voiturette season but soon afterwards declined as the Italians took up the challenge. In 1939 Mays raced his ERA as an independent. After the war Mays continued to compete but after a while he became fully engaged in promoting BRM as England's new hope in GP racing. He therefore retired from racing after the 1949 International Trophy. Died in Bourne, England 1980.




Robert Mazaud (F)
4 Aug 1906 - 28 Jul 1946
Delahaye driver. Died at the Nantes Gp 1946.




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)


Umberto Mazzaferro (I)
A driver from Porto S. Giorgio (Ascoli Piceno).


Augusto Ernesto Santiago McCarthy (RA)




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 Tasmania 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 gale.
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)


Meert ( )




Georg "Schorsch" Meier (D)
9 Nov 1910 - 19 Feb 1999
Auto Union junior driver 1939.


Claude Mélinant (F)
From Lyon.


Menco ( )

      Mendes - SEE: Soares Mendes

Guido Meregalli ( )
1894 - 1959


Meroni ( )




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),
              1 Solitude-Race
    1927: 1 German GP, 1 Klausen (hillclimb), 1 Solitude-Race
    1928: 2 German GP
    1929: ? Internationelle Alpenfahrt, ? ADAC Langstreckenfahrt, 13 Ulster TT
    1931: 5 German GP
    1933: DNS AVUS GP




Maurice Mestivier (F)
1902-197?
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)
1899-1958
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")


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)
 


Raymond Milhavet (F)




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)




Eugenio Minetti (I)
27 Oct 1908 - 1995
Major Lancia dealer from Milan and a wellknown flyer. Founded Scuderia Ambrosiana in 1937 with Lurani, Cortese and Gigi Villoresi. President of Scuderia Ambrosiana until 1949. Raced various Lancia sportscars and a Scuderia Ambrosiana 6CM Maserati voiturette before WWII and a Cisitalia D46 in 1947.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)




Giovanni Minozzi (I)
Nephew to Grand Prix driver Antonio Ascari, cousin to Formula 1 champion Alberto Ascari. Drove an Alfa RLS at the 1925 Rome Grand Prix and later drove Campari’s Alfa at the Italian Grand Prix. He raced with a 2-liter Bugatti in 1928 at Montenero and came fourth in the 1930 Monza Grand Prix. He came second in 1931 at Alessandria. In the European Championship he drove for SA Alfa Romeo. Continued Entering Bugattis, Alfa Romeos and Masertis in GP races now and then during most of the 1930s.


Mario Minucci ( )


Raoul Miquel ( )


Mistral ( )




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.




Marcel Mongin (F)
1892-12 May 1972
Died at Saint Pierre a Neully 1972.




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.




Charles Montier (F)
28 Jun 1879 - Jun 1952
Entered a "Montier Speciale" Ford V8 car in the in the Belgian Grand Prix a hope that amateur drivers would show their interest and buy one of his cars to enter the Spa 24h race.


Ferdinand Montier (F)
Son of Charles Montier.




Lou Moore (USA)
12 Sep 1904 - 26 Mar 1956
American Indycar racer. Raced a car at Tripoli 1934.


Mario Moradei (I)




Paul Morand ( )


Giuseppe Morandi ( )
1894 - 1977


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)




Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen (D)
1 Feb 1902 - 28 May 1932


Moulin ( )


Victor Mouret ( )


Enrique Felix Moyano (RA)
1910 - 1955

      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)


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