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!

Ignazio Radice Fossati (I)
* ?
† 4 Oct 1936
Milano (Milan)
The Radice Fossatis are an old family from Milan dating from the times of Charlemagne. They have been often involved in the political and the sporting life of the city of Milan. Radice Fossati died in an accident on the Monza Autodrome during a record attempt in his 1100cc Maserati when a dog crossed the track. Trying to take avoiding action, he lost control, the car overturned bursting into flames.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1936: DNS Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Modena (Voiturette)

Carl Raetz ( )
1931: DNA Eifel GP

Casimir Ragot ( )
1932: 5 Comminges GP (Voiturette)

Rainman ( )
1929: DNA Burgundy GP (sports)

Ezio Rallo (I)
From Palermo.
1927: DNA Targa Florio
1928: 2 Targa Florio (1100cc) / 14 Coppa Etna
1929: DNA Targa Florio (1100cc)

Rallu ( )
1932: DNA Comminges (Voiturette)

Gilbert Ralph / "Ralph" (F)
1932: DNF Provence Trophy (Voiturette) / 16 Torvilliers Circuit (3rd: 1100cc) / DNA Picardie GP /
          DNF Lorraine GP (2000cc) / DNF Comminges GP (2000cc) / DNF Antibes GP
1933: 6 Provence Trophy
1935: 7 Orleans (Voiturette)

Camillo Ramello ( )
1930: DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc)

da Silva Ramos ( )
1928: 6 (heat) Grand Prix Bugatti


Oldemar da Silva Ramos (BR)
1939: DNF Circuito de Gávea
1940: DNF Circuito de Gávea
1941: 7 Rio de Janeiro GP / 2 Buenos Aires GP

Giulio Ramponi (I/GB)
* 8 Jan 1902
† 17 Dec 1986
Nelsruit, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa
Italian automobile technician and racing driver. Riding mechanic and co-driver for Antonio Ascari. Alfa Romeo chief mechanic and co-driver for Campari. Worked temporary for for Tim Birkin, then back to Alfa Romeo. Was chief mechanic for Whitney Straight and Dick Seaman. Became a British citizen. Continued working as technical consultant to various companies after the war. Moved to South Africa in 1968.
1928: 6* Coppa Acerbo


Friherre (Baron) Johan Ronald Ramsay (FIN/S)
* 11 Aug 1903
† 18 Oct 1974
Tali, Helsinge (Helsingin maalaiskunta)
Västerhaninge, Stockholm Sweden
This Finno-Swedish nobleman was interested in agriculture and after getting his Master's degree in agriculture and forestry in 1927 he started to take care of his mansion at Tali (now part of Helsinki). A good tennis player and fencer, Ramsey had also an interest in cars. He was married in 1928 with nurse Dagmar Ruin and the next year the couple visited the USA where they were introduced to Henry Ford who gave them an inside view of the car industry and also donated a car to them. As a completely unknown, Ramsey took a sensational second position at the 1931 Swedish GP in a Chrysler Imperial. Ramsey proved to be a good racing driver but his career was quite short as he understood that serious racing demanded a real racing car, a step he refrained from taking as he was driving just for fun. Moved to Sweden in the 1960s and became a Swedish citizen. Lived in Västerhaninge south of Stockholm where he probably also died in 1974.
1931: 2 Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)
1932: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / DNF Finnish GP / DNF Munkkiniemenajo
1935: 3 Finnish GP

Ramty ( )
1931: DNA Comminges GP

Uno Ranch (S)
* 5 Dec 1907
† 25 Jun 1999
Göteborg (Gothenburg)
Göteborg (Gothenburg)
Raced a Bugatti T38(A?).
(Info supplied by Håkan Gelin)
1932: DNA Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / 7 Munkkiniemenajo


"Raph" (Comte Georges Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux) (F)
* 8 Feb 1910
† 16 Jun 1994
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born in Buenos Aires, son of the count of Montbressieux, a rich silk-maker married to an Argentinian. (He is sometimes listed in the motor sports literature under "de las Casas", his mother's name.) After three years of cyclecar racing in Amilcar, Salmson and Rally, he went into a partnership with Sommer to buy a Tipo B Alfa-Romeo for the 1935 season. A "misunderstanding" with Enzo Ferrari led to two cars appearing and "Raph" had to buy the other one for 150,000 F. He raced it succesfully in 1935 changing to a Maserati V8 RI for 1936, but was unhappy with that car sold in the USA after the Vanderbilt Cup. He raced Talbot and Delahaye sportscars until the 1937 Le Mans 24hrs race where he crashed badly, remaining paralyzed in the legs for six months. He joined Dusio's Torino team for 1938, racing Maserati voiturettes and Ecurie Bleue racing Delahayes. He was very active in 1946/47 racing Maseratis under the Naphtra Course banner winning at Nantes and participating in the first two South American expeditions with a win at Interlagos. He bought one of the new Talbot-Lago 26C in 1948, but, after a good second at Comminges, he crashed badly at Albi fracturing his skull. He never fully recovered, suffering longtime from amnesia. He raced occasionally in 1949 a Delahaye and a Gordini and sold his Talbot in Brasil upon his last trip there early in 1950 and quit racing. Plagued by financial problems, he became handyman and chauffeur for his lifelong friend, Maurice Chevalier. After the latter's death, he worked for an agency renting high-class cars on the French Riviera, retiring in 1984.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1935: 8 Tunis GP / 2 Orleans GP / 2 GP de l´U.M.F. / 6 Lorraine GP / 7 Marne GP / 8 Dieppe GP /
          2 Comminges GP / DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNF Nice GP
1936: DNF Pau GP / DNA Penya Rhin GP / DNA Eifel GP / DNA Hungarian GP / DNA Deauville GP /
          DNA Coppa Acerbo / DSQ Vanderbilt Cup
1938: 4 Pau GP / 5 / 10 Tripoli (Voiturette / GP) / 2 Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNS Picardie (Voiturette) /
          11* Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Albi (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 11 Swiss GP /
          DNF La Baule (Voiturette) / DNA Milan (Voiturette) / DNF Donington GP
1939: DNA Pau GP / 9 French GP / 5 German GP / DNF Swiss GP

Raphael ( )
1928: DNF Marne GP

F. Rasmussen ( )
1931: DNA Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)

Dino Ravasio ( )
1927: DNF Pozzo Circuit

Harry Raynes ( )
1931: DNA Dieppe GP


Edward Knowles "Teddy" Rayson (GB)
* 10 Oct 1904
† 1 Nov 1939
Marylebone, London
Beechingstoke, Wiltshire
1934: DNA Mannin Beg (Voturette)
1935: 4 Mannin Moar / 6 Dieppe (Voiturette)
1936: DNF Isle of Man (Voiturette) / 3 Vila Real / DNF JCC 200
1937: 2 Campbell Trophy / 1 Campbell Trophy (Voiturette) / DNF Vila Real / DNF Estoril
1938: ? (5 1100cc) JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP)

Mario Razzauti ( )
1928: DNA Coppa Montenero
1929: 10 Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / 2 Camaiore Cup / 8 Coppa Ciano
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano

Oscar Henrique Ré (BR)
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP

Luigi del Re ( )
1931: DNA/DNS Alessandria GP (1100cc) / 5 (heat) Rome GP (1100cc) DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc) /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (1100c)
1932: DNF Rome GP (Cyclecar) / 4 Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar)

Regual ( )
1930: DNA Comminges (1100cc)


Joseph Reinartz/Reynaertz (B)
1930: DNF European (Belgian) GP
1932: DNA German GP (Voiturette)


"Jean Renaldi" (André Louis Théodore Carré) (F)
* 29 Jan 1908
† 24 Aug 1989
Sillé le Guillaume, Pays de la Loire
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France
Renaldi took part in several Grand Prix events in various Bugatti, one of them bought from Marcel Lehoux. He raced under the aliases "Jean Renaldi" and "Inlander" (often confused with Zehender). Also took part with Robert Brunet in the 1934 Le Mans 24h race in a 2.3 L Bugatti T55. At 2 am while in 2nd position Brunet spun the car into the ditch and had to retire. Carré retired from racing in the late 1930's even if his last race was the Le Mans older pilots rally in 1964 which he won with his co-pilot José Rosinski. Carré was a founder and the treasurer of the Le Mans racing drivers club for many years and his factory premises used to host "Lofty" England and the Jaguar team during their Le Mans visits.
(Info supplied by Bruno Carré & Jean-Charles Colombier)
1933: 9 Dieppe GP / 12 (2000cc) La Baule GP
1934: DNA Dieppe GP / 5 GP de l´U.M.F.
1935: 4 GP de l´U.M.F.


Johannes Willem "Jan" Rens (NL)
* 29 Jun 1896
† 9 Apr 1942
Batavia (Jakarta), Java
Groß Rosen, Lower Silesia
Jan Rens was born on Java. He lived at Rhenen in the Netherlands. Raced as independent a Bugatti T51 2300 cc which he had bought from Armand Hug. Died at Groß Rosen concentration camp 1942.
(Source Bart Oosterling / Müller)
1936: DNA Eifel GP / DNF German GP

Cesare Renzi (I)
1930: 8 Rome GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1932: DNS? Rome GP

Roger Res ( )
1934: DNA Picardie (Voiturette)

Carlo Emanuele Restelli (I)
From Como. Participiated mainy in Rallies.
1934: DNA Biella GP


Jean Réveillet (F)
1932: DNF Provence Trophy (1100cc) / 2 Nice GP (1100cc)
1933: 4 Provence Trophy


Pierre Rey (F)
1930: 4 Dauphiné Circuit
1931: DNS Tunis GP / DNF Vaucluse Circuit / DNF Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: DNF Provence Trophy (Voiturette) / 4 Torvilliers Circuit / DNA Lorraine GP (2000cc) / 5/DNF Nice GP (2000cc/750cc) / DNF Antibes GP
1933: DNF Provence Trophy
1934: 5 Albi (Voiturette)
1935: DNF Tunis GP / DNF Penya Rhin GP


Jacques "Giacomo" de Rham (CH)
* 18 Mar 1909
† Nov 1986
Villar-sur-Rolland, Lausanne
Swiss private Maserati driver living in Italy.
1936: DNF Milan GP / DNF Swiss GP / DNF Lucca GP / DNS Italian GP / DNF Modena GP
1937: DNA Napels GP / DNF* Milan GP

Manuel Ribas (P)
1937: DNF Vila Real

Engenheiro Francisco Ribeiro Ferreira dos Anjos (P)
1936: 2 Vila Real
1937: DNF Vila Real / DNA Estoril

Alessandro Ricci (I)
1928: DNC Mugello Circuit / DNA Coppa Acerbo
1929: DNA Lyon GP (1100cc)

Carlo Riccieri (I)
From Bologna.
1927: DNF Bologna Circuit (1100cc)
1929: DNA Mugello Circuit (1100cc)

Eugenio Riccioli (I)
1928: 3 Tripoli GP (1100cc) / 1 Targa Florio (1100cc) / DNF Coppa Etna

      Richards - SEE: Rose-Richards

Doug van Riet just before his 90th birthday.

Douglas van Riet M.B.E. (ZA)
* 15 Mar 1907
† 4 Sep 2003
Started off with motorcycles mainly BSA, with great success. Was with Massacurati the top South Africa driver in in the 1930's. Van Riet Was also a top pilot flying with Cobhams Flying Circus. Raced in 1934 South African Grand Prix in 1930 Austin Ulster to which he had fitted the supercharged engine from a Brookland Austin 747 cc "rubber duck". Raced a 1933 Indianapolis Studebaker in the 1935 Kimberley 100. Set the intertown speed record Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 1935. Winner of 1937 Rand GP (handicap). Awarded a M.B.E. after WW2 Major van Riet later became harbour master at Gordons Bay in South Africa and designed some of the most successful rescue boats for the National Sea Rescue Institute craft.
(Info and picture supplied by Robert Young)
1937: 1 Rand GP (handicap)


Louis Charles Rigal (F)
* 20 Jul 1887
† 8 Jul 1974
Argenteuil, Île-de-France
Started racing in 1922 with a Panhard. He primarily drove Ariès and Peugeot, also Stutz (1930) in sports car long distance races and was a member of the Il Portello team in 1930. He came ninth in the 1929 Monaco Grand Prix. For the 1931 French Grand Prix he teamed up with Ferrand driving a Peugeot.
1927: DNF Sporting Commission Cup
1928: DNF Grand Prix Bugatti
1929: 1 Antibes GP (Voiturette) / DNC Monaco GP
1931: 9* French GP


Raúl Riganti (RA)
* 26? Feb 1893/1903
† 1? Oct 1970
1934: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1937: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Ferdinando "Nando" Righetti (I)
* 6 Jul 1911
† 26 Jul 1966
Righetti was a reasonably fast amateur driver who played an almost unique role in the period straddling WW2. He was the driver whom Enzo Ferrari and Vittorio Stanguellini called for help when an untried car needed to be raced. He surely was professional and reliable, but he never showed neither the speed nor the technical knowledge which are necessary for such a delicate task, but he was a personal friend of both the Modenese racing car makers. The calm and elegant Righetti, always impeccable in his white overalls and immaculate moccasins and a silk scarf around his neck, came into notice at Grand Prix di Modena in 1936 when he finished second in an obsolete Maserati 4CS magically prepared by Stanguellini. The doors of the Scuderia Ferrari and then of Alfa Corse were opened for him. He drove for them, sporadically and only in sports car races, mainly the 6-cylinder 2500, winning the Targa Abruzzi in 1939. He drove for Stanguellini and Ferrari during 1947, for Ferrari in 1948 and went back to Stanguellini in 1949. He later became the President of the Automobile Club Modena and drove a Maserati too - thus serving the third racing car maker in Modena as well.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1936: 6 Lucca (Voiturette) / 3 Modena (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Florence GP (Voiturette) / 9 Milan (Voiturette) / 4 Albi (Voiturette) / 3 (heat) San Remo (Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 4 Lucca (Voiturette) / 3 (heat) Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)
1939: DNS Tripoli (Voiturette)


Jan Ripper (PL)
* 13 Jul 1903
† 24 May 1987
Jan, son of Wilhelm Ripper, was born in Kraków. In 1921 he made his racing debut at the Cracow-Zakopane motor cycle race. In 1928 together with Michal Harkawy he became the first Pole participating in the Monte Carlo Rally. In 1938 he won the Rally Poland. He bought a Bugatti T37A and used it in voiturette racing and hill climbing, winning the Krzyzowa, Ojców and Tatra hill climbs. After The Second World War he lived in Zakopane together with wife, Stanisława, where he also ran a workshop and built his own specials. He won his last rally at the age of 76.
(Info supplied by Piotr Jurczyk)
1930: 3 Lwow GP
1931: DNF Lwow GP
1932: 2 Lwow GP (Voiturette)
1933: 4 Lwow (Voiturette) / DNF Czech (Voiturette)
1934: DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)


Dr. Heinz Risse ( )
1931: 7 Eifel GP
1932: DNA AVUS (Voiturette) / DNA Eifel GP (Voiturette) / DNA German GP (Voiturette)

Robaut ( )
1932: 3 Picardie GP (Voiturette)


Giovanni Rocco (I)
* 10 Nov 1906
† ?
Rocco only raced three times outside Italy but is still considered one of the top drivers of the era. Rocco started racing in 1934 with an old Maserati 26B. He bought and raced a Maserati 4CS during the 1935-36 seasons. For the 1937 Rocco bought a new Maserati 6CM and showed good pace culminating in victories at Coppa Acerbo and Campione D'Italia. His fine results with that car soon earned him a Maserati works drive. Raced works Maseratis in Italy until 1939. After the war he raced specials built by Neapolitan shops in local events from 1946 until the early fifties. He also took one of these, the twin engined 2L Monaci, to the Gran Premio dell'Autodromo in Monza in 1952.
1934: DNS Coppa Ciano / DNF Napels GP
1937: DNF Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) /
          DNF/3* Florence GP (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) / 3 San Remo (Voiturette) /
          1 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 3 Lucca (Voiturette) / 1 Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)
1938: 2 / 6 Tripoli (Voiturette / GP) / 1 Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNF/12* Napels (Voiturette) /
          DNF? Varese (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 5 Lucca (Voiturette)
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 10 Napels (Voiturette) /
          DNA Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) / 4 Carnaro (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1940: 10 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 3 Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Roch ( )
1931: DNF Dieppe GP (Voiturette)

Frank Rock ( )
1929: DNF La Baule GP (1100cc)

Marcel de la Rochette (F)
1929: DNF Lyon GP (1100cc)
1932: 2 Provence Trophy (Cyclecar)

Rodanski ( )
1930: DNA Comminges (Voiturette) / DNA French GP


(Adolf) Ralph Roese (D)
* 27 Jul 1900
† 8 Feb 1949/50?
Ralph Roese came from Mettmann, Düsseldorf, son of a master fitter. He started racing motorcycles in the late 1920s. He privately raced a 750 BMW during the thirties and was one of the most successful German private drivers in that class, being German champion in 1931 and 1932. From 1934 onwards he raced 2-liter BMW 328 sports cars where he 1938 won the 2 litre class of the Grand Prix of Antwerp. The same year he won the Frontières GP at Chimay in a BMW. The following year, at the Eifelrennen, with his BMW finished first in the 1.5-liter class. During the 13th Frontières GP at Chimay on 28 May, he again won in a 2-liter BMW sports car. In the shortened 1940 Mille Miglia he came third, sharing his drive with Adolf Brudes. Shortly after the war in 1946, he was racing again. 8 Feb 1949 when Roese and three friends were going to pick up a new race car he crashed with another car near Neuwied Dierdorf crossing . A fuel can bursted and Roese and his three friends all succumed in the following fire.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
1938: 1 Frontières (Voiturette)

J.P. Roger ( )
1927: DNF Sporting Commission Cup


Karl Emil Rolander (S)
* 3 Jun 1907
† 18 Feb 1974
Aringsås, Småland
Essinge, Stockholm
Swedish racing driver, staring mostly in local events. Started racing with a Ford and later bought an Amilcar and a Bugatti T35C and raced them as a member of the Westerås Racing Company".
(Info supplied by Bengt Alsed & Håkan Gelin)
1935: DNF Lindöloppet (Ice race) / DNF Vallentuna (Ice race) / 4 Hörken (Ice race)
1936: 8 Hedemoraloppet (Ice race) / 6 Långforssjön (Ice race) / DNF? Hörken (Ice race) /
          6 Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)
1937: 6 Flaten (Ice race) / DNS Finnish GP / 2 Kalastajatorpanajo

Jean Rolland ( )
1933: DNA Marseille GP
1934: DNF Albi GP

Rolly ( )
1930: DNA Monza (1100cc)


Anthony Peter Roylance "Tony" Rolt (GB)
* 16 Oct 1918
† 6 Feb 2008
Bordon, Hampshire
Warwick, Warwickshire
Rolt was a very gifted amateur driver who in 1938 bought Prince Chula's ERA-B (known as "Remus") and at an age of 19 he won the British Empire Trophy at Donington. During WW2, as a Lieutenant in a Rifle Brigade, he was captured by the Germans on 26 May 1940. He was sent to the the Colditz castle on 14 July 1943 where he laid down the famous plans to build a glider in the attic to escape with. After the war Rolt resumed racing with ta Aitken-Alfa Spl. purchased from Wallington. Then he begun a close association with Freddie Dixon and Rob Walker, setting an engineering partnership with the former and racing Walker's 1926 Delage with ERA-E engine. From 1952 to 1955 Rolt raced Walker's Connaughts on which he was tremendously successful in local British events. Unfortunately, his prospering business obliged him to restrict his career mainly to these kind of events, though he won the 1953 Le Mans 24hrs with a Jaguar and in 1954 he finished second the at Le Mans and at the Reims 12 hrs with Duncan Hamilton, his companion of practical jokes. Rolt and Dixon were associated to the project of the Ferguson 4WD touring and racing cars. Dixon soon left, but Rolt stayed on to oversee its final success. Stirling Moss asserts that Rolt would have been among the top GP drivers if he raced regularly.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1937: 9 JCC 200 GP
1938: DNF Cork (Voiturette) / 9 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 7 JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) /
          DNF Siam Challenge (Voiturette) / DNF Mountain
1939: 1 Empire Trophy (Handicap) / 5 Brooklands Road Championship / DNF* Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) /
          DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette)

Romagnoli ( )
1931: DNA Coppa Acerbo (1100c)

Romani ( )
1931: DNA Coppa Ciano


Emilio Romano (I)
* 29 Nov 1896
† ?
Romano was a wellknown amateur who raced various Bugattis, Alfa Romeos and Maseratis, almost exclusively in Italy. He owned one of the very rare 8 cylinders Bugatti T36 1100. He started as early as 1927 a career that was to last until about 1955. A Brescia resident, it seems then appropriate that he was to be the winner of the first postwar Mille-Miglia, in 1947, when he was lucky enough to offer a late ride to the unemployed Biondetti in a very well-prepared Alfa Romeo 2300. Romano would become also Italian sports car champion for the unlimited class in 1948.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1927: DNF Pozzo Circuit / DNA Savio Circuit / DNA Coppa Perugina / DNA Coppa Acerbo /
          5c/8 Coppa Montenero (1500cc) / DNF Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1928: DNA Pozzo Circuit
1930: DNA Coppa Ciano / DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNF Monza (1100cc)
1931: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA Targa Florio / DNF Coppa Ciano / 7 Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: 2 (heat)/DNS Rome GP / DNA Italian GP / DNF (heat) Monza GP
1935: 8 Bergamo GP / DNA Turin GP / 5 Modena GP / DNF (heat) Lucca GP /
          DNA Cosenza GP
1936: DNA Milan GP
1937: 6 Genua GP / DNA Milan GP
1938: 12 Swiss GP
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 8 Napels (Voiturette) / 3 Carnaro (Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) / DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1940: 11 Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Giovanni Romano ( )
1930: DNS Alessandria GP

Silvio Rondina (I)
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)
1932: 6 Targa Florio / DNC Coppa Ciano / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1933: DNS Coppa Acerbo

Auguste Rongieras (F)
From Libourne near Bordeaux.
1929: DNF Comminges GP (1100cc)
1930: DNF Comminges (1100cc)
1932: 6 Comminges GP (Voiturette)

Archimede Rosa (I)
* 25 Sep 1899
† 28 Oct 1953
1927: 3* Garda Circuit
1929: DNA Targa Florio / DNF Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / 11 Coppa Ciano
1930: DNA Targa Florio
1932: DNS? Rome GP / DNF Targa Florio
1935: DNF Tripoli GP
1936: DNF Tripoli GP / 8 Milan (Voiturette)


Victorio Rosa (I/RA)
Victorio Rosa came to Argentina from Italy in 1926 as the driver/mechanic of an Alfa Romeo P2, which was sent to Argentina for a propaganda tour at the instigation of Alfa Romeo agent for Argentina Juan Alberto Roccatagliata. The Alfa Romeo P2 took part in two races, at the General San Martin oval in Buenos Aires and in Rafaela. Rosa won the first and lost a wheel in the second. The car returned to Italy without Rosa who stayed over and opened a mechanical shop.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1934: 3 Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP / 5 São Paulo GP

Harry Rose (Rosenson) (GB)
* 27 Aug 1906
† 6 Jan 1993
Old Trafford, Manchester
Fallowfield, Manchester
Born in Old Trafford, Manchester as Harry Rosenson. Son of founder of leading UK mail order company "Great Universal Stores Ltd." (GUS).
1935: DNF Donington GP 4 Mountain

      Rose-Itier - SEE: Itier


Adolf Rosenberger (D)
* 8 Apr 1900
† 6 Dec 1967
Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg
Los Angeles, USA
Involved in a serious crash at the 1926 German GP.
1929: DNF (heat) Monza GP


Willy Rosenstein (D)
* 1892?
† 1949?
1930: DNA Eifel GP


Thomas Essery "Tim" Rose-Richards (GB)
* 6 Jun 1902
† 7 Oct 1940
Mayals, Glamorgan
English Channel
Sports cars driver who took part in the Le Mans 24h race five times, finishing third 1931-33. Also took part in GP races with a Bugatti. Raced at Eifel GP 1935 for the ERA works team. Winner of the 1935 BRDC Gold Star.
When the war started Rose-Richards joined the Fleet Air Arm. Stationed with the 765 Squadron at Sandbanks, Poole*, his Supermarine Walrus was shot down by a Heinkel 111 and crashed into the sea 8 miles south of Anvil Point, Dorset, on 7 October 1940.
* Most Internet sources say Lee-on-the-Solent. According to Ray Sturtivant's The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm the squadron had moved to Sandbanks 26 August.
1931: DNA French GP
1932: 3* Le Mans 24h (sports car)
1933: 2 Mannin Moar / DNF Mountain
1934: DNS Tripoli GP / DNF Mannin Moar / 4 Dieppe GP
1935: DNF Mannin Moar 3 Eifel (Voiturette) / 1* BRDC 500 Miles (Handicap)


Bernd Rosemeyer (D)
* 14 Oct 1909
† 28 Jan 1938
Lingen, Niedersachsen
Frankfurt-Darmstadt Autobahn
In sheer natural speed and car control, was he the best ever? The only car Rosemeyer ever raced was the monstrous rear-engined Auto Union, a car that even Nuvolari found hard to master. Yet, in a meteoric career Rosemeyer established himself as the world's fastest driver and Germany's most popular GP driver ever. Starting in 1935 he was challenging for the lead in only his second race. In 1936, in his first full season, he clinched the European Championship and forced the mighty Mercedes to retire from racing in the middle of the season. On the infamous Nürburgring track, the ultimate challenge for any driver, Rosemeyer's abilities came to his own. He held the lead every single time he raced there and he finished 2nd, 4th, 1st, 1st, 1st and 3rd. No one (with the possible exception of Gilles Villeneuve) has been able to fully copy Rosemeyer's driving style. In total disregard for the laws of physics the thrill seeking driver, whose favourite number was "13", threw the heavy car around in impossible angles. While he made the occasional mistake, his 10 victories during a time of just two years show his class. Sadly his career was cut short by a 400 km/h crash during a world speed record attempt in early 1938.
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1935: DNF (heat) AVUS GP / 2 Eifel GP / DNF/5* French GP / DNA Penya Rhin GP / 4 German GP /
          2 Coppa Acerbo / 3 Swiss GP / DNF/3* Italian GP / 5 Spanish GP / 1 Czech GP
1936: DNF Monaco GP / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Tunis GP / 5 Penya Rhin GP / 1 Eifel GP / 2 Hungarian GP /
          1 German GP / 4* Coppa Ciano / 1 Coppa Acerbo / 1 Swiss GP /
          1 Großer Bergpreis von Deutschland" (hillclimb) / 1 Italian GP / 1 Feldbergrennen (hillclimb)
          EUROPEAN CHAMPION 1936.
1937: 5 South African GP (handicap) / 2 Grosvenor GP (handicap) / 2 Tripoli GP / 4 AVUS GP / 1 Eifel GP /
          1 Vanderbilt Cup / 3 German GP / DNF/4* Monaco GP / 1 Coppa Acerbo / DNF/5* Swiss GP / 3 Italian GP /
          DNF/3* Czech GP / 1 Donington GP

Giuseppe Rossi ( )
1931: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


André Emile Henri Rossignol (F)
* 8 Aug 1890
† 5 Dec 1960
Born in Paris where he also died at an age of 70. Winner of the 1925 & 1926 Le Mans 24 Hours .
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier & Dave Marren)
1930: 8 Picardie GP
1932: DNC La Baule GP

      Rosso Cerami - SEE: Count di Cerami

Maurice Rost (F)
* 13 Oct 1886
† 31 Oct 1958
Clichy, Ile-de-France
Le Vésignet, Ile-de-France
Rost was one of the pioneer aviators, working for the Deperdussin factory. After the First World War he became interested in motor racing, doing competitions from 1923 onwards, racing Georges Irat the first five years, having a works contract with the company. His first victory was the 1923 Circuit des Routes Pavées sports car race. He won that race again in 1925 and 1927, He retired from the 1926 Le Mans 24h race. His greatest victory was at the 1927 San Sebastian 12h race racing together with Marcel Lehoux. Winner of the 3 litre heat of the 1926 Province GP. 7th in the 1927 Coupe de la Commission Sportive and won the Grand Prix of Morocco in 1927.
At the 1931 Le Mans 24h Rost raced for the works Bugatti team. On the 21st lap doinmg 210 km/h on the straight the left rear tyre lost the tread and it wound itself around the brake drum. As the tyre burst the car left the track, went over a ditch, through a fence and into the spectators. One person was killed and four injured. Rost was thrown out of the car and badly injured himelf. After that he retired from racing.
1927: DNA Provence GP / 7 Sporting Commission Cup
1928: DNA San Sebastian GP

Amand Rostaind ( )
1932: DNA Comminges GP (2000cc)

Carlo Rosti (I)
1927: DNF Savio Circuit (2000cc) / DNA Bologna Circuit / 5 Milan GP (heat) / DNA Garda Circuit
1928: DNF* Pozzo Circuit / DNF Cremona Circuit

André Rougeyron (F)
* 22 Sep 1899
† 29 Dec 1967
Domfront, Orne
La Ferté-Macé, Orne
Car engineer, race official, fighter pilot, member of the resistance and, later, the mayor of Domfront. As a race marshall, He was wounded by a crashing car in the 1958 GP de Caen and lost a leg as a consequence. He died in a road accident at La Ferté-Macé 1967.
(Info supplied by Richard A. Salomon)
1931: DNF La Baule GP

      de Rothschild - SEE: "Philippe"

Rouland ( )
1928: DNS Algerian GP

Marcel Rouleau ( )
1929: 2 Frontieres GP (1100cc)
1930: DNS Frontieres GP / DNA Czech (Voiturette)
1931: 4 German GP (1100cc)

Roger Rouleau ( )
1930: 2 Frontieres GP

Michel Roumani (F)
1933: 7 GP de l´U.M.F.
1934: DNF Albi GP / ? GP de l´U.M.F.
1935: DNF Orleans GP / DNF GP de l´U.M.F. / DNA Lorraine GP
1937: 6 Frontières GP
1938: 6 Frontières GP
1939: 4 Picardie (Voiturette) / DNF (heat) Angouleme

Edouard Roux ( )
1931: 1 Saint Raphaël GP (Voiturette) / 2 (heat)/DNF Geneva GP (Voiturette) / DNA Vaucluse Circuit
1932: DNF Nimes GP

Fernande Roux (F)
1931: 5 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / DNF Casablanca GP (Voiturette)
1932: 5 Provence Trophy (Voiturette)


Mme. Fernande Roux (F)
Wife of a wealthy Parisian surgeon she became fashinated in Maurice Mestivier and started racing a Amilcar Pégase in French sportscar racing in 1936, entries including the Marne GP and the GP de France. In 1937 she raced it at Montlehéry and in the Paris-St Raphaël Féminin andMestivier convinced her to buy a surviving 2.5L Grand Prix Amilcar. With a Delahaye engine she took part with it in the 1938 Le Mans 24h race.
1939: 14 Coupe de Paris

"Rover" (I)
Probably an alias for Lelio Pellegrini
1931: DNA/DNS Rome GP (2000cc)
1932: 4 Rome GP (2000cc)


Gino Rovere (I)
Grand Prix and Voiturette team owner 1935 with Maserati 6C-34 cars with Farina as driver. Did also race himself sometimes. President of Maserati 1936. Put a considerable amount of his own money into the Maserati team.
1934: 7 (heat) Bordino GP / 3 (heat) Biella GP
1935: DNF (heat) Biella GP / 4 (heat) Turin GP / 8* Dieppe (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Ciano (1100c) /
          DNF Modena GP (Voiturette) / 4* Donington GP
1936: DNF* Monaco (Voiturette) / DNS Picardie (Voiturette) / 5 Milan (Voiturette) / 5 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) /
          6 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)
1937: 4* Turin GP (Voiturette) / DNA Genua GP (Voiturette) / 2* Florence GP (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) /
          DNF (heat) San Remo (Voiturette)


Raoul de Rovin ( )
1928: DNA Antibes GP / DNF Marne GP
1929: DNF Monaco GP / DNF French GP / DNF Marne GP (Voiturette) / DNA San Sebastian GP


Bernard Rubin (AUS/GB)
* 6 Dec 1896
† 27 Jun 1936
Carlton, Victoria
Cranbrook, Kent
Born in Australia Died of tubercolosis at Cranbrook, England in 1936.
1933: DNA Mannin Moar / 6? Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette 1100cc) / DNA Coppa Acerbo

Knut Hugo Rudoff (S)
* 16 Jan 1891
† 7 Aug 1958
Norra Vånga, Skaraborg
(Info supplied by Håkan Gelin)
1932: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)
1933: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / DNA Svenska Isloppet (Ice race)

Felipe Rueda (BR)
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Hans Rüesch (CH)
* 17 May 1913
† 27 Aug 2007
Napoli (Naples), Italy
New York, USA
Son of a Swiss archaeologist and his Italian wife Hans Rüesch was born in Naples and raised in Italy. Rüesch was a wealthy private driver who began racing in 1932 with MG at the Klausenrennen at an age of 19. During the thirties he drove several Alfa Romeo and Maserati racing and sports cars at many smaller events all over Europe. Private Maserati 8CM 1934, Maserati 4CS 1935-36, private Alfa Romeo GP car 1936-37. Also took part in the 1937 South Africa series. He won 27 races. During the early fifties he was seen in a Ferrari 4.1-litre MM sports car but stopped racing after an accident to devote his time to writing. Wrote several books including "The Racer" in 1953 that became the movie "Such Men are Dangerous". Strong activist against animal experiments and vivisection in medical science.
1932: DNA German GP (Cyclecar)
1933: 4 AVUS (Voiturette) / ? / Eifel (Voiturette) / DNF Lwow (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Acerbo / 3 Czech (Voiturette)
1934: DNA Bordino GP / DNS AVUS GP / DNF Eifel GP / DNF German GP / DNF Nice GP / DNS Swiss GP /
          ? Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DSQ Italian GP / DNF Algier GP
1935: 3 Norwegian GP (Ice race) / DNF Vallentuna (Ice race) / DNA Pau GP / 8 Targa Florio / DNF Tripoli GP /
          DNS AVUS GP / 2 Eifel (Voiturette) / DNS Albi (Voiturette) / 6 Dieppe GP / DNA Dieppe (Voiturette) /
          10 German GP / DNA Comminges GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / DNF Nice GP / DNA Swiss GP /
          6 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)
1936: DNF Monaco (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Frontières GP / DNF Eifel (Voiturette) / 3 Albi (Voiturette) /
          3 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 5 Coppa Acerbo / 5 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNS Swiss GP / 1* Donington GP /
          2 Mountain
1937: 1 Coup de Vitesse / 1 Finnish GP / 1 Frontières GP / 1 Bucarest GP / 8 Eifel GP / 3 Milan GP / 8 German GP /
          8 Monaco GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNF Swiss GP / DNA JCC 200 GP / DNA Italian GP DNA Czech GP /
          1 Mountain
1938: DNA Cork GP
1939: DNA Finnish GP

Max Ruess (D)
From Gleiwitz
1937: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)

Ennio Ruffo ( )
1927: DNF Coppa Messina (1500cc)


Amedeo Ruggeri (I)
* ?
† 7 Dec 1932
Montlhéry, Île-de-France
From Bologna. Brother to Arialdo. Started racing Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 1921. Changed to Indian 1000cc and won the Italian class championship several times. Later became Maserati works driver. Died in a 16 cyl Maserati during practice for an attempt on the World Hour Speed Record at Montlhéry. Going low on the west banking Ruggeri lost control. The car turned over five times and went through a fence. Ruggeri was thrown out and hit the concrete track hard. He died in the ambulace on the way to hospital.
1929: 2 Tripoli GP (Voiturette) / 6 Alessandria GP / DNF Targa Florio / 3 Mugello Circuit (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano / 8 (1)Monza GP (Voiturette) / DNF Cremona Circuit (Voiturette)
1930: 8 Alessandria GP / DNF Targa Florio / 5 (heat) Monza GP
1931: DNS Alessandria GP / DNA Targa Florio / 7* Italian GP / DNF (heat) Rome GP (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Ciano /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo / 1 Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: DNF Monaco GP / DNS Rome GP / 5 Targa Florio / 8 Italian GP / DNF/3* German GP (GP/Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar) / DNF/5* Coppa Acerbo / 9 Monza GP / DNF Marseille GP


Arialdo Ruggeri (I)
* 20 Aug 1906
Brother to Amedeo. Founder of Scuderia Milan.
1938: 5 (heat)/DNF Varese (Voiturette) / 6 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) /
          DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 8 Lucca (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) / DNA Modena (Voiturette)
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette) /
          DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1940: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / 5 Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Ruiz ( )
1928: DNF Coppa Etna

Sergio Rusca ( )
1931: 3 (heat)/DNF Geneva GP (2000cc) / DNA Monza GP (2000cc)

Vincenzo Russo (I)
From Napoli (Napels)
1934: DNA Napels GP


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