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
José Joaquín Palacio Pantaleón de Palacio y Power (E)
27 Jul 1901 - 27 May 1989
Born in Bilbao, Joaquín Palacio Power was an amateur motorcycle and car driver, who had started his career in the
1920s. As for other Spanish drivers of the period, Palacio's list of appearances is very thin,
due to the difficulties in practising motor-sports in that country. In the
1950s Palacio drove the Spanish sports car Pegaso.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Peter de Paolo (USA)
15 Apr 1898 - 26 Nov 1980
Nephew to Ralph de Palma, Peter de Paolo was born 1898 in Roseland, NJ. He begun racing in 1922. In 1924 he became Dusenberg works driver.
He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1925 and was Indycar Champion in 1925 and again in 1927.
In 1930 he retired from racing but 1934 he was lured back by Harry Miller to race the four wheel
drive Miller in the Tripoli GP and Avus GP.
He then signed to drive Maseratis for Ecurie Braillard but in the first race at Penya Rhin
his racing career ended in a bad crash and a fractured skull.
He returned to USA to work for different automobile related companies.
Reginald "Reg" Parnell (GB)
2 Jul 1911 - 7 Jan 1964
This Derby pig farmer probably lost the prime of his career due to the war.
He started racing with a MG Magnette in 1935. His driving style was wild, and he ended up losing
his racing licence after being found guilty of an accident a Brooklands 1937 where
Mrs Petre was seriously wounded. In 1938 he instead lent cars to other drivers.
He went on buying and selling racing cars in quite a speculative way and
many famous and less famous racing cars went through his hands, making him a name in the business.
After the war, Parnell had some good runs in national events with a Maserati 4CLT/48 and an
ex-Whitehead ERA. These successes led to guest drive for Alfa Romeo at the first World Championshp
Grand Prix at Silverstone 1950. In 1951 he took Tony Vanderwell's "Thin Wall Special" to victory at
the International Trophy and scored points in two World Championship events. He was also involved with BRM,
Scuderia Ambrosiana and Rob Walker. He then worked as team amnager for Aston Marin and for the Yeoman Credit/Bowmaker
team (BRP) before setting up his own Reg Parnell Racing team with Lola. He died unexpectedly after
complications following a routine appendix operation in Derby 1964. His son Tim took over the team.
6 Formula 1 championship starts, 9 points.
(With thanks to Felix Muelas)
Click here for full biography.
Giorgio Pelassa (I)
1913 - 1948
A very interesting and unfortunate driver, the Turinese industrialist
and motorcycle racer Giorgio Pelassa had had some tries at Voiturette
racing during 1938 and 1939, after having been initiated - like many
other Italian racing drivers - at the Mille Miglia in 1937. He was about
to have a splendid autumn 1946, racing three times showing excellent
speed and becoming a Grand Prix winner at Barcelona, just to disappear
afterwards, probably already suffering from the unspecified illness that
was going to kill him in less than two years. During 1947 he raced only
at the Mille Miglia where he was once more very fast, before retiring.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Carlo Pellegrini - SEE: Lelio Pellegrini
Mario Penati (I) |
From Torino. Scuderia Subalpina driver.
Ms. Kathleen Coad "Kay" e (née Kathleen Defries) (CDN/GB)
10 May 1903 - 10/11? Aug 1994
Born in Toronto, Canada. Daughter to a barrister with clients in both England and South Africa.
Her husband, solicitor Henry Aluysuis Petre, bought her a Wolseley Hornet in which she started racing. She also
raced Austins, Invicta, a Bugatti and the ex-Cobb 10.5 litre Delage.
Became good friend to Bernd Rosemeyer during his 1937 South Africa trip.
Had a serious crash at the Brooklands Byfleet banking during practice for the 1937 BRDC 500
when her Austin was hit by the tail of Parnell's MG Magnette. She was taken to hospital with severe head
injuries and even though she rallied completely she decided to
retire from racing. Later she worked as a journalist.
Died in Camden, London 1994.
Letterio Mario Cucinotta Piccolo - SEE: Cucinotta
Carlo Maria Pintacuda (I)
18 Sep 1900 - 8 Mar 1971
Carlo Pintacuda was another graduate of the "Florentine
school" of talented racing drivers from the 20s, which also comprised
Masetti, Materassi, Brilli Peri and Biondetti. An inheritance had
enabled him to race from 1925 to 1928 when he was reasonably successful
in minor Italian events. After he had run out of money, Alfa Romeo gave
him a ride for the Mille Miglia in 1929. An indifferent drive in what
was going to be his future specialty race led him to disappear from
the racing scene until he succeeded in obtaining an aluminium bodied
Lancia Astura from the important Lancia dealer from Rome, Bornigia. With
the Astura he surprisingly won the gruelling Giro d’Italia
in 1934. He was then invited to test an Alfa Romeo P3 by Scuderia
Ferrari. A victory in the Mille Miglia, in 1935, in a similar car
borrowed from Ferrari, induced Ferrair to sign him. Pintacuda stayed on
with Scuderia Ferrari and then with the Alfa Corse team until 1940, racing
GP cars, Alfettas and sports cars. He won a second Mille Miglia in 1937
and almost a third one in 1938. Ferrari sent him several times to South America
where he won at Interlagos in 1936 and Gavea in 1937 and 1938.
With those 3 victories Pintacuda became a national hero in Brazil. For over 30 years
his name was synonymous for speed. Crazy drivers were called "Pintacudas".
Alfa Corse did not renew Pintacuda’s contract after the war. He left for South America as Enrico Platé
had offered him a drive in an old Maserati. While in Argentina, Carlo decided to quit racing, and to
remain in Buenos Aires where he opened an antique shop - "La Spiga" - and lived there peacefully until his death in 1971.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Jirí Pohl (CS) |
1905 - ?
Czech racing driver as was his brother Zdenek.
Porthault - SEE: "Daniell"
Maurycy Potocki ( ) |
Antony Powys-Lybbe (GB)
29 Jun 1909 - 10 May 2004
Powys-Lybbe was born at Rectory Farm, Streatley-on-Thames, Berkshire in 1909.
At age of 18 he went to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London for
officer training within the Royal Corps of Signals. He left the army by
1933 and, by and large took up motor-racing. First he raced mostly with Alvises in
various events, both hill-climb and track. In 1935 he acquired a 2.3 Alfa Romeo Monza
and raced that until 1937 when he bought a Talbot, a decision that proved disastrous (The Alfa
is now in Holland, or thereabouts, the Talbot in Australia.)
He got married in 1937 and his son Tim was born the next year. During WW2 Powys-Lybbe stayed in the Signals Corps,
rasing in rank from Lietenant to temporary Lt-Colonel.
After the war he bought the ex-"Raph" Alfa Romeo Tipo B from Thomson & Taylor Ltd. and raced it in short races
as at Goodwood and he had particulary success in Ireland where he could drive at roads with long straights as he did not like
circuit racing. There he won the Wakefield Trophy at Curragh in September 1949 and the Leinster Trophy and Ulster Trophy in 1950.
He retired from racing around 1953 after a race where another driver drove into the crowd, killing himself and
four others. Powys-Lybbe's abiding interest throughout his life was music, particularly Bach.
Died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 2004.
(Info supplied by Tim Powys-Lybbe)
Carlo de Praez (I) |
Count Luigi "Gigi" Premoli (I)
16 Apr 1908 - 15 May 1998
Italian Count Premoli started racing in 1929 with a 1100 cc Salmson cycle racerar.
Premoli was a well known technician and improved his Salmson with the
result that he was able to finish second at the 1931 Monza Grand Prix in the 1100 cc class behind José Scaron in the latest Amilcar but left the
6-cylinder Amilcar of Count Arco behind him.
He had other good results like victories at the 1930 and 1931 Coppa Acerbo Junior and Gran Premio delle Voiturette.
For 1932 Luigi Premoli constructed his hybrid racecar PBM (Premoli Bugatti Maserati), engineered by Egidio Galimberti, who combined a 2.3-liter
Bugatti grand prix car chassis, gearbox and wheels with a 2.5-liter, 8-cyl. Maserati engine and front grill.
Premoli won the 1932 Colli Torinesi and then had a serious crash at the Montenero Circuit Race but was fully recuperated for the 1933 season.
The car was thoroughly reworked and improved for 1933 with a
3-liter 8-cylinder Maserati engine. This machine was also called BMP, BPM, MBP or Maserati Special.
He won at Shelsley Walsh spring Meeting and Coppa Ascoli and the next year at Coppa Valsassina.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Henry Bryce Prestwich (Born: Stadelbauer/Stadlbaur) (GB) |
1911 - 19 Aug 1949
Born at Altrincham, Cheshire, England in 1911. His father was Otto Stadelbaur, a merchant shipper - a British subject from a Saxony family. Like many with a German sounding name, the family changed their name during the
1914-18 war to acquire a more typically British one.
Prestwich raced a M.G. at the Donington Park Motor Car races in May 1936 and at the same track in the Coronation Trophy races in May 1937. On May 22 1937 he won the 1937 Cork International handicap race in a 1.1L MG K3 Magnette.
Prestwich was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the British army in November 1940. He survived the war only to be tragically killed along with his wife and two of his children on 19th August 1949 whilst passengers on a
British European Airways DC3 flight from Belfast to Manchester which crashed into a hill in mist near Saddleworth, Oldham, Lancashire. His son was one of 8 survivors from the 33 on board.
(Info supplied by Anthony Taylor)
Ugo Puma (I) |
Puma was from the Turin racing milieu, more active after WWII in small capacity sports car racing as an N-D and
Testadoro works driver and in a Fiat-Ermini. He was seen also at the wheel of the rare SVA with Ermini engine in
1950. Puma was then going to become one of the very few Italian drivers in the half-litre F3. His made to order
car was designed by Savonuzzi and built by Conrero and Leone around a powerful Guzzi GP engine mounted at the front.
Puma's Falcone-Guzzi was an excellent car, but no match for the swift rear-engined British cars that dominated
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
Puy - SEE: du Puy
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