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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.
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
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)


"Ralph" ( )




Oldemar da Silva Ramos (BR)




Baron Johan Ronald Ramsay (FIN)
11 Aug 1903 - ?
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, north of Viipuri. (Now in Russia - the mansion became one of the most fierce battlefields in the Second World War). A good tennis player and fencer, Ramsey had also an interest in cars. He was married in 1928 and the next year the young 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.


Uno Ranch (S)




"Raph" (Comte Georges Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux) (F)
8 Feb 1910 - 16 Jun 1994
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. Died at Neuilly-sur-Marne 1994.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)




Edward Knowles "Teddy" Rayson (GB)
10 Oct 1904 - 1 Nov 1939
Born in Marylebone, London 1904.
Died at Beechingstoke, Wiltshire 1939.


Henrique Ré (BR)


Luigi del Re ( )




Joseph Reinartz/Reynaertz (B)


"Jean Renaldi" (André Carré) (F)
-ca 1992
French racing driver who 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)





J. Walter Rens (NL)
Private Bugatti driver from Netherlands.


Cesare Renzi (I)


Roger Res ( )


Carlo Emanuele Restelli (I)
From Como. Participiated mainy in Rallies.


Pierre Rey (F)




Jacques "Giacomo" de Rham (SUI)
18 Mar 1909
Born at Villar-sur-Rolland, Lausanne, Switzerland. Swiss private Maserati driver living in Italy.


Manuel Ribas (P)


Engenheiro Francisco Ribeiro Ferreira dos Anjos (P)

      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)





Raul Riganti (ARG)
1903 - 1970




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)




Jan Ripper (PL)
13 Jul 1903 - 24 May 1987


Dr. Heinz Risse ( )


Robaut ( )




Giovanni Rocco (I)
Rocco only raced three times outside Italy but is still considered one of the top drivers of the era. Born in Naples in 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.




(Adolf) Ralph Roese (D)
27 Jul 1900 - 8 Feb 1950
Ralph Roese came from 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.
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(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)




Karl-Emil Rolander (S)
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)


Jean Rolland ( )




Anthony Peter Roylance "Tony" Rolt (GB)
16 Oct 1918 - 6 feb 2008
Born in Bordon Hampshire 1918. 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. Rolt died 2008 in Warwick, Warwickshire.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)




Emilio Romano (I)
1895 -
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)


Silvio Rondina (I)


Archimede Rosa (I)
25 Sep 1899 - 28 Oct 1953




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)


Harry Rose (Rosenson)
27 Aug 1906 - 6 Jan 1993
Born in Old Trafford, Manchester as Harry Rosenson. Son of founder of leading UK mail order company "Great Universal Stores Ltd." (GUS). Died in in Fallowfield, Manchester 1993.

      Rose-Itier - SEE: Itier



Thomas Essery "Tim" Rose-Richards (GB)
6 Jun 1902 - 7 Oct 1940
Born in Mayals, Glamorgan 1902.
Sports cars driver who raced at Eifel GP 1935 for the ERA works team. Died 8 miles South of Anvil Point, Dorset 1940.




Bernd Rosemeyer (D)
14 Oct 1909 - 28 Jan 1938
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, heclinched 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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André Rossignol ( )

      Rosso Cerami - SEE: Count di Cerami

Rostang ( )


Michel Roumani (F)
Parisian.


Edouard Roux ( )




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.


"Rover" ( )




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.




Bernard Rubin (AUS)
189? - 193?


K. Rudolff ( )


Felipe Rueda (BR)




Hans Rüesch (CH)17 May 1913 - 27 Aug 2007
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.


Max Ruess (D)
From Gleiwitz


Amedeo Ruggeri (I)
- 7 Dec 1932
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 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.




Arialdo Ruggeri (I)
20 Aug 1906.
Born in in Gallarate. Brother to Amedeo. Founder of Scuderia Milan.


Vincenzo Russo (I)
From Napoli (Napels)


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