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
Vasco Santiago Ribeiro Pereira do Sameiro (P)
3 Mar 1906 - 27 Jun 2001
Born at Rossas, Viera do Minho, Sameiro started his career in at the early 30s, and established himself as the best
Portuguese driver of the pre war era by scoring several victories in international races. At the wheel of
a semi-works Alfa Romeo 8C, took the second place in the 1933 Barcelona Grand Prix and
in 1937, he finshed fourth at the Gávea circuit in Brazil, just behind the Auto Union and Ferrari works entries.
To his fans Sameiro became known as "O Rei de Villa Real" ("The King of Villa Real") after five wins
on this well-known racetrack.
After the war he was quite successful racing various sports Ferraris in Portuguese national and international events.
After a serious crash in practice for 1955 sports car Portuguese GP at Oporto that he decided to retire from racing
(see also Casimiro de Oliveira.)
Sameiro died at Braga 2001.
(Info supplied by Mihai Dumitru & Wolfgang Kaese)
Guglielmo Sandri (I) |
Sandri was a prominent Guzzi motorcycle racer from Bologna. He
tried his hand very sporadically at car racing both before and after the
Arrigo Sartorio ( ) |
Joseph Charles Georges "José" Scaron (B/F)
19 Apr 1895 - 17 Jul 1975
Scaron was a very talanted Voiturette and sports car driver, whose career spanning 30 years.
Born in Brussels, Scaron enlisted in the French army in 1914 and thus became a French citizen.
He started his racing career in 1922 crashing his Amilcar. He became an agent for Amilcar at Le Havre
and and continued to race the mark for then next 11 years. He won at La Baule in 1927 following it
up with wictories at La Baule, Reims and boulogne in 1928. For 1929 he beacme Amilcar's head driver
dominating the 110cc class in 1929 and 1930 achieving several victories. With the car getting uncompetive
Scaron left Amilcar for the 1934 season and instead raced private Alfa Romeo Monza's and Bugattis in monor events.
In 1938 he became involved with Amédée Gordini, racing Simca Gordini sports cars both before and after the war
finishing third in the 1949 French GP. After Le Mans 1952, Scaron retired from racing and continued as a businessman
in Le Havre. For his achievements he recieved the Legion of Honour in 1954. Died at Neuilly 1975.
Mme. Lucy O'Reilly Schell (USA)
1896/99? - ?
Lucy O'Reilly was the daughter of an American multi-millionare of Irish origin. As the only child she was used to get anything she wanted. On a trip in Europe after the First World War she met Laury Schell,
a race-crazy American, who had lived in France since his early youth. They got married and settled down in France and their son Harry was born in 1921. (He would become a well-known F1 driver in the 1950s.)
Lucy and Laury soon became familiar names in rally events. With her father paying the bills Lucy demanded and got the best equipment available and in 1934 the name Delahaye started to appear in the results
lists of motor sports events.
But Lucy had greater plans. Delahaye was developing a new car series, the type 135, and Lucy wanted a special racing variant to be built, the 135 Compétition Spéciale or 135 CS. In the end Lucy owned
six 135CS. Drivers included Laurie Schell, René le Bègue, Joseph Paul and later also René Carrière and René Dreyfus. By now Lucy had taken over the multi-million property as her father had died and nothing
could stop her. She asked Delahaye to built a hybrid car for both Grand Prix and sportscar racing, the Delahaye 145. With that Lucy Schell's "Ecurie Bleue" team with René Dreyfus as driver won the 1938 Pau and Cork GPs.
Ecurie Bleue changed to Maseratis. Laury Schell died in an accident in 1939 where Lucy was injured. Lucy took the Maseratis to Indianapolis 1940 where they were to be raced by Dreyfus and Le Bègue.
Selim Lawrence "Laury" Schell (USA)
29 Oct 1895 - 18 Oct 1939
American, born in Geneva, Switzerland 1895. Patron of the "Ecurie Bleue" semi-works Delahaye team. Married to multi-millioneer Lucy O'Reilly.
Father to Formula 1 driver Harry Schell. Died in a car accident in Paris 1939.
Helmut Schellenberg (D)
Helmut Schellenberg was birn in Dresden 1911, his father being the owner a steelwire factory .
He started off racing Amilcars in1930 attendig German taces and hill climbs.
Successes included victories at Ostmärkisches Straßendreieck Frankfurt/Oder
Hohensteinbergrennen, Lückendorfrennen at Zittau ad a class victory at Sachsenring 1933.
Eventually in early 1933 he got the money saved to buy a used Bugatti T37A (ex Gilka Botzow).
With that car he was 2nd at Kolberg 1933 and in 1934 he was
4th at Kesselberg 1934 tooka victory at Riesengebirgsrennen Oberscheiberau
and a 3rd at Großer Bergpreis at Freiburg.
He contiued racing as private driver in 1935 with fellow Dresden drivers Willy
Seibel, Emil Rothmann, Hans Lewand and Adolf Brudes.
However with the Bugatti turning uncompetive and unable to buy better equipment Schellenberg decided to quit racing.
After the war he built up a successful wire factory at Sinsheim/Steinsfurt near Heidelberg.
Still being a Bugatti enthusiast he managed to find a T37 and later an T35C (ex-Prince Lobkowitz),
restored them and and took part in historic events. Schellenberg died in 2002.
Both cars are at the Technology Museum in Sinsheim.
(Info supplied by Ralph Reinold)
See also the official site (in German).
Florian Schmidt ("Dimsch") (CS)
1903 - ?
Florian Schmidt Junior was the son of a textile manufacturer in Jägersdorf, Czechoslovakia but lived in Austria.
He drove under the pseudonym 'Dimsch' during 1928 with a Bugatti T40, a 4-cylinder 1.5-liter sports car with T37
engine. In 1929 he purchased a new 1.1-liter 6-cylinder supercharged Amilcar. He drove primarily at montain
climb events. In 1931 he added a 1.5-liter Bugatti T37A in which he won his class at the Masaryk Circuit,
which was to be his greatest success. From 1932 on he teamed up with Bruno Sojka who had an older Bugatti T37A.
In 1934 the team purchased from the Molsheim factory a 1.5-liter 8-cylinder twin-cam supercharged Bugatti T51A,
formerly owned by Pierre Veyron. Schmidt entered in the Eifelrennen where he placed second behind Castelbarco’s
1.5-liter Maserati but beat Burggaller in another T51A. Due to commitments with his work, Schmidt limited his
driving to very few races but he entered at mountain climbs, like the Ecce Homo Race in 1938.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Wilhelm Sebastian (D)
17 Jan 1903 - 30 Oct 1978
Born at Weinheim 1908. Victorious in the 1931 Mille Miglia as Rudi Caracciola's riding mechanic.
Mechanic and reserve driver for Auto Union in 1934. Left racing but continued as mechanic for
the Auto Union team where his brother Ludwig worked as chief mechanic, first for Rosemeyer, then for Nuvolari.
Died at Weinheim 1978.
Willi Seibel (D) |
30 Apr 1896 - 1977
Willi Seibel was a private driver from Diez about 40 km north of Wiesbaden. He raced for
12 years with three different cars, all 1.5-liter Bugattis, in the sports and racing category of many contests.
To all races he was accompanied by his trusted race- and riding mechanic Karl Michel from Diez.
Seibel acquired a T22 Bugatti, which he raced as of 1925 at hill climbs in the
sports car category, winning his class on many occasions. He later replaced it with a 4-cyl supercharged T37A.
That car was destroyed by fire at the 1928 German GP when he had a high speed crash at the Antoniusbuche on lap
lap 7, Seibel receiving serious burns. When he left hospital three months later, Seibel immediately bought a new T37A,
which he kept in race worthy condition until his death. Seibel raced this car as either sports car or
stripped down as racing car. On three occasions he was able to establish best time of the day, beating
larger and stronger cars. Seibel’s greatest result was at the 1931 Eifelrennen where he finished fourth
overall. But eventually his old car was no longer competitive and Seibel decided to retire from racing after 1936.
As graduate of the Düsseldorf and München School of Arts
and Crafts, Seibel continued the 300-year tradition of his family of painters. As a well known restorer Seibel was
trusted with the renovation of the Limburg cathedral in 1936 and 1956 the castle of Oranienstein in Diez.
Seibel helped organize the first postwar races at the Nürburgring, including the 1951 Grand Prix of
Germany where he served as Clerk of the Course. He was honorary member of the Bugatti-Club Deutschland and
received the highest recognition from the ADAC. Seibel died 80 years old.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Alan Alfred Selbourne (Abraham Solomons) (GB)|
21 Jun 1902 - 30 Oct 1959.
Born 1902 at Limehouse, London, as Abraham Solomons. Later changed name to Alan Selbourne.
Died at Paddington, London 1959.
Richard Ormonde "Dick" Shuttleworth (GB)
16 Jul 1909 - 2 Aug 1940
Born in Biggleswade, Biggleswade 1909.
A very rich collector whose collection included 40 aircraft, cars and racing cars.
Learned to fly 1932, and after flying veteran aircraft he became interested in old racing cars.
Raced a Bugatti T51 in 1934, private Alfa Romeo Tipo B 1935 and 1936.
Retired from racing after a bad accident at the 1936 South African GP.
Joined the RAF and was killed in a night flying accident, Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire in 1940.
His mother opened the Shuttleworth collection and airport for public in 1963.
da Silva Ramos - SEE: Ramos
Norbert Sinner (L) |
From Leudelange, Luxemburg. Raced a 2.3L Bugatti in the early 1930s. Results include 2nd at Bupperich & 2nd at the GP de l'AC Luxembourgeois 1932 and
DNF Eifelrennen & 3rd Echternach hillclimb 1933. Also entered the 1933 Spa 24h race in a 3 litre Bugatti with Joseph Zigrand.
Sinner also raced bicycles?
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans )
Manuel José Soares Mendes (P) |
Rudolf Steinweg (D)
1888 - 2 Nov 1935
Steinweg began racing in 1921 but soon departed from the racing scene. He then appeared again in 1929 as a
private driver in the old 1.1-liter BNC and 1.5-liter NSU racing cars at mountain climbs. In 1930 he got a
1.1-liter 6-cylinder Amilcar. He won 21 races with this racing car over the next three years, almost all
mountain climbs. Steinweg was one of the fastest drivers in those little cycle cars. In 1933 he sold the
Amilcar to Willi Briem and acquired a 1927 built T35 Bugatti, which used to belong to Karl Kappler, who had
sold it 1930 to Prince von Leiningen. Steinweg began racing this 2-liter car in his favorite mountain
climbs but now also circuit races. In 1935 he got the T51A Bugatti, a 1.5-liter monoposto racing car
and then raced both Bugattis in different classes. At the training for the Guggerberg mountain climb
near Budapest, Hungary, Rudolf Steinweg had a fatal accident. He was 47 years old.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Helmut Stolze (D) |
Giuseppe Sutera (I)
A driver from Palermo active both before and after the war.
Jstván de Sztriha (H) |
Hungarian diplomat in Paris. Private Alfa Romeo driver.
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