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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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driver

André Edmond Louis Vagniez (F)
* 7 Jun 1903
† 21 Jul 1983
Amiens
Quevauvillers, Picardie
Industrialist from Amiens.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1931: 6 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / DNA French GP / DNF Marne GP (Voiturette) / 3 Dieppe GP (Voiturette)
1932: DNF Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / DNF Picardie GP (Voiturette) / DNA Comminges GP (Voiturette)
1933: 3 Provence Trophy / 11 Dieppe GP
1934: DNF AVUS (Voiturette) / 10 Eifel (Voiturette) / DNF Albi (Voiturette) / ? GP de l´U.M.F.


Valcourt ( )
 
1928: 6 Grand Prix Bugatti


Mário Valentim dos Santos (BR)
 
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1938: 5 Circuito de Gávea / DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Antinie "Antonio" Valette (F)
 
1928: 5 Marne GP
1929: DNA Marne GP (1100cc)
1931: DNF La Baule GP / 5 Czech GP (Voiturette)
1932: 4 Lorraine GP (Voiturette) / 4 Dieppe GP (2000cc) / 3 Comminges GP (Voiturette)
1935: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)

      Valkama - SEE: Walkama

Francesco Valle ( )
 
1928: 7 Alessandria GP
1929: 1 Camaiore Cup (Voiturette)


driver

Fernand Aimé Ollivier Vallon (F)
* 19 Mar 1895
† 17 Aug 1971
Ribiers, Hautes-Alpes
Gap, Hautes-Alpes
Sport car driver. Took part at the Le Mans 24h race between 1924 till 1933, achiving a 4th (1927), 6th (1931) and 8th position (1930). Winner of "le Bol d'Or" in 1932.
(Info supplied by Alain Michel & Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1932: 11? Torvilliers Circuit (sports car)


Valmy ( )
 
1933: DNA Frontières GP


Federico Valpreda (I)
* 1895
† 17 May 1983
?
?
 
1928: 3 Alessandria GP
1929: DNF Alessandria GP / 2 Pozzo Circuit
1930: 4 Alessandria GP
1933: 4 Bordino GP
1934: 7 Bordino GP

      van Damme - SEE: Damme

      van de Velde - SEE: Velde

      van der Becke - SEE: Becke


Gerolamo/Girolamo Vanfretti (I)
 
1928: DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNF Mugello Circuit


      van Hulzen - SEE: Hulzen

Václav Vaniček (CS)
From Prag.
 
1937: 7? Czech GP (Voiturette)


Vanoni ( )
 
1932: 3 Oran GP (Cyclecar)

      van Riet - SEE: Riet

      van Winkel - SEE: Winkel

Just/Maurice? Varet (F)
 
1939: DNA Frontières GP


driver

Achille Varzi (I)
* 8 Aug 1904
† 01 Jul 1948
Galliate, Piemonte (Piedmont)
Bern, Switzerland
Chilly, unsmiling and clinical, Varzi was one of the greatest drivers of the early 30s but his fate was to be the losing part in the never ending duel with his arch rival Nuvolari, a fight more fierce than the Prost-Senna duel ever. A conclusion of Varzi's driving style can be drawn from the fact that while Nuvolari's career was filled with broken cars and bones in plaster, Varzi crashed only twice in his career. But his second crash would prove fatal. Racing for Alfa Romeo Varzi's best season was in 1934, ending up as top GP driver with twice as much prize money as the best Germans. Moving on to drive the rear-engined Auto Unions, Varzi's career would make a tragic turn. He became a victim of top-level politics and team orders and tried to find an escape in women and drugs. Varzi did not make a comeback until 1946. After two successful seasons the story ended on a rain-soaked Bremgarten circuit.

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1928: 3 Tripoli GP / DNA Pozzo Circuit / 2 Alessandria GP / DNF Coppa Messina / DNF Coppa Etna /
          DNF Rome GP / DNF Cremona Circuit / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 2* European GP
1929: DNF Tripoli GP / 1 Alessandria GP / DNF Targa Florio / 1 Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Pozzo Circuit /
          5 Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / 1 Coppa Ciano / 1 Monza GP / 2 Cremona Circuit / DNF Tunis GP
1930: DNF (heat) Tripoli GP / 1 Alessandria GP / 1 Targa Florio / DNF Rome GP / DNF Coppa Ciano /
          1 Coppa Acerbo / 1 Monza GP / 1 San Sebastian GP
1931: 1 Tunis GP / 3 Monaco GP / 1 Alessandria GP / 3 Targa Florio / DNF* Italian GP / 1 (heat)/DNF Rome GP /
          1* French GP / DNF* Belgian GP / 3 German GP / 5 Coppa Ciano / 4 Coppa Acerbo / 3 Monza GP /
          DNF Czech GP
1932: 1 Tunis GP / DNF Monaco GP / 4 Rome GP / DNF/3* Targa Florio / DNS AVUS GP / DNA Casablanca GP /
          DNF/DNF* Italian GP / DNF French GP / DNS German GP / 4 Coppa Ciano / DNF Coppa Acerbo /
          DNF Czech GP / 5 Monza GP / DNF Marseille GP
1933: DNF Tunis GP / 1 Monaco GP / DNS Bordino GP / 1 Tripoli GP / 1 AVUS GP / DNA French GP /
          2 Belgian GP / DNF Nice GP / 4 Coppa Acerbo / DNA Italian GP / DNA Czech GP / 4 Spanish GP
1934: 6 Monaco GP / 1 Mille Miglia (sports car) / 1 Bordino GP / 1 Tripoli GP / 1 Targa Florio / 2 AVUS GP /
          3 Montreux GP / 1 Penya Rhin GP / 2 French GP / 3* Marne GP / DNF German GP / 1 Coppa Ciano /
          DNF Belgian GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 1 Nice GP / 4* Swiss GP / 2 Biella GP / DNF Italian GP /
          5 Spanish GP / 5 Czech GP / 2 Modena GP
1935: 1 Tunis GP / 2 Tripoli GP / 3 AVUS GP / 3/DNS (heat) Biella GP / 9* Eifel GP / 5* French GP / 8 German GP /
          1 Coppa Acerbo / 4 Swiss GP / DNF Italian GP / DNF* Spanish GP / DNF Czech GP
1936: 2 Monaco GP / 1 Tripoli GP / DNF Tunis GP / DNS Penya Rhin GP / 7 Eifel GP / 3 Hungarian GP /
          2 Milan GP / DNF Coppa Ciano / 3 Coppa Acerbo / 2 Swiss GP / DNF* Italian GP
1937: 1 San Remo (Voiturette) / 6 Italian GP / DNF Lucca (Voiturette) / DNS Czech GP
1938: DNF Tripoli / DNA French GP


E. Vasarainen ( )
 
1932: DNF Munkkiniemenajo


driver

Hector Vasena ( )
 
1929: DNF Dieppe GP (1100cc)


driver

Aimé Vassiaux (F)
* 11 Jul 1890
† 16 Oct 1967
Cannes
Cannes
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1930: DNF Dauphiné (Voiturette)
1932: DNA Antibes GP


driver

"Vega" (Guillermo Oliveras de la Riva) (E)
* 1907
† 1938
Barcelona
?
Spanish driver who made his race debut at Terramar in 1929 and and shortly afterwards won his first race with a Bugatti. He took part in the 1933 Penya Rhin at Montjuic in a Bugatti but retired with carburettor problems. Died at Battle of the Ebro during the Spanish Civil War.
(Info supplied by Richard Armstrong)
 
1932: DNF (heat) Anis de Mono
1933: DNF Penya Rhin GP


van de Velde ( )
 
1929: DNA Frontieres GP (1100cc)


driver

Dimitri Veličkovič / Velitchkovitch ( )
 
1928: DNA Marne GP
1930: DNA Monaco GP / DNF Marne (Voiturette)


"Ventidue" (Alessandro Wild) (I)
Ludovico Wild was known as "Ventuno" and Alessandro Wild as "Ventidue". There is also unconfirmed rumors of a driver called "Ventiquattro".
 
1937: 6 Turin GP / DNF Napels GP / 5 Genua GP
1939: DNA Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette)


Leopoldo Venturi (I)
From Verona.
 
1929: 7 Pozzo Circuit


driver

Cyril Duchene de Vere (F)
* 1881
† 30 Sep 1964
?
?
 
1929: DNF Burgundy GP


driver

Josef Veřmiřovský (CS)
* 1896
† 1983
?
?
 
1930: DNF Czech GP /


driver

Just-Émile Vernet (F)
* 16 Jun 1894
† 1992
Sancey-le-Grand, Doubs
Baume-les-Dames, Doubs
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1928: DNF Marne GP
1932: 2 Torvilliers Circuit (1100cc) / DNA German GP (Voiturette) / 7 Comminges GP (Voiturette)
1934: DNA Picardie (Voiturette)


Vincenzo Verso (I)
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio


Verwee ( )
 
1930: DNA Frontieres GP


Veyrat ( )
 
1930: DNF Dauphiné (Voiturette)


driver

Pierre Veyron (F)
* 1 Oct 1903
† 2 Nov 1970
Berc, Lozère
Èze, Alpes-Maritimes
Started racing in 1930 .Bugatti Voiturette driver driver 1931. Raced successfully a Maserati Tipo 26 in 1932. Bugatti works Voiturette driver 1933 - 1936. Thereafter turned to sports car racing. Joined the Resistnce during WW2. Raced Gordinis and sports cars after the war. Retired from racing 1954 and turned to oil business. Died in Paris 1970.
 
1931: 2 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / DNF Saint Raphaël GP (Voiturette) / DNF Casablanca GP (Voiturette) /
          1 (heat)/DNF Geneva GP (Voiturette) / DNF Marne GP (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe GP (Voiturette)
1932: 2 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / 2 Oran GP (Voiturette) / 1 Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / 1 Lorraine GP (Voiturette) /
          2 Nice GP (Voiturette) / 1 Comminges GP (Voiturette) / 2 Czech GP (Voiturette)
1933: DNA Tunis GP / 5 Dieppe GP / 7 (2000cc) La Baule GP
1934: 9 Monaco GP / 1 AVUS (Voiturette) / 7 Montreux GP / DNF Vichy GP / 3 Albi GP / 1 Albi (Voiturette) /
          6 Nice GP / 2 Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1935: DNF Pau GP / 2 Frontières GP / 9 Lorraine GP / 1 Lorraine (Voiturette) / 1 Albi (Voiturette) /
          3 Dieppe (Voiturette) / ? Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 2 Czech GP (Voiturette)
1936: 2 Albi (Voiturette)
1939: 1 Le Mans 24H (sports car)


driver

Jean Julien Roger Viale (F)
* 9 Sep 1909
† 28 Jun 1960
Auxerre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Paris
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1935: DNF Orleans (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Cork GP


Renato Segadas Viana (BR)
 
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP


Emilio Vicentini (Vincentini?) (I)
From Milan.
 
1937: 9 Genua GP
1938: DNF Frontières GP


Vico ( )
 
1933: DNF Coppa Ciano


Robert Vidal (F)
* ?
† 24 May 1931
?
Chimay
Had a fatal crash with his Bugatti at the 1931 Frontieres Grand Prix.
 
1930: DNF Frontieres GP
1931: DNF Frontieres GP


Gioacchino Vigo (I)
From Catania, Sicily.
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio (1100cc)
1929: DNA Targa Florio (1100cc)


Vilain (B)
Belgian amateur driver. Took part in the 1931 Frontieres Grand Prix.
 
1931: DNF Frontieres GP


Luigi Villa (I)
 
1929: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)
1931: DNA Italian GP ??
1936: DNA Milan GP
1937: 8 Genua GP / DNA Milan GP / 3 (heat) San Remo (Voiturette)


Carlo Pes di Villamarina ( )
 
1937: DNA Napels GP


de Villancourt ( )
 
1932: 6 Lorraine GP (2000cc)


driver

José María Padierna de Villapadierna y Avecilla, 3rd conde de Villapadierna (E)
* 26 Dec 1909
† 23 Oct 1979
Málaga,
Madrid
Born at Malaga in Spain, this young nobleman created quite a scandal when he sold his grandmother's jevels to buy himself a race car. Before racing in Grand Prix in 1934, de Villapadierna was also the owner of a Racing horse called "Sunny Day". In 1934 he also had problems with the Spanish justice after one of his business partners a certain Mr. Mario H. Sinicio had embezzled a million Pesetas. De Villapadierna entered Maseratis and Alfa Romeos in the mid 1930s under the Scuderia Villapadeira banner. If nothing else then at least his bright yellow cars was a colorful addition to the grids. He stopped to race in July 1936 because of the Spanish civil war. After the second world war in 1946, he was in the entry list of the 1946 Pena Rhin GP but he was replaced by Palacio. Villapadierna worked hard for returing the Spanish GP to Championship status. He worked as Clerk of the Course and was a familiar face at the Spanish GP in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)
 
1934: 7 Penya Rhin GP / DNA Marne GP / DNF Vichy GP / 6 (heat) Dieppe GP / 4 Nice GP / 6 Comminges GP
1935: DNF Monaco GP / DNS Picardie GP / DNA Eifel GP / DNF Penya Rhin GP / DNA Marne GP /
          DNA Belgian GP / 5 Comminges GP / DNF Nice GP
1936: 4 Pau GP / DNF Tunis GP / 8 Penya Rhin GP / DNA Hungarian GP / 3 Deauville GP


Pietro di Villarosa (I)
 
1928: DNF Targa Florio


Julio Villars (CH)
* 1897
† 1991
?
?
 
1932: DNA Coppa Ciano
1933: 10 Tunis GP / 6 Bordino GP / 4 Picardie GP / DNF Eifel GP / 6 French GP / DNF Marne GP /
          DNA Belgian GP / DNA Coppa Ciano
10 La Baule GP / 6 Comminges GP / DNF Marseille GP


driver

Louis Marie Amand Robert de Courson de la Villeneuve (F)
This driver does not have much in common with Gilles and Jacques other than the name. Born at Hénon, Bretagne, this one was a sports car backmarker who did not want to spoil the fun of racing by trying to win. Raced in French events first with a Bugatti T51A but in 1936 he bought a Delahaye 135CS. However he had to have the car rebuilt to be able to get his body down in the cockpit. Died in Paris 1969.
 
1935: 5 Albi (Voiturette)
1936: DNF Monaco (Voiturette) / 5 (heat) Picardie (Voiturette)
1937: DNA Picardie (Voiturette) / DNF (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1938: 6 Picardie (Voiturette)


driver

Emilio "Mimi" Villoresi (I)
* 17 Dec 1913
† 19 Jun 1939
Milano (Milan)
Monza
Younger brother to Luigi. Begun racing in 1931. Was works Alfa Romeo driver 1938-39. Had a fatal crash while testing an Alfa Romeo Alfetta at Monza 1939.
 
1936: 2 Milan (Voiturette) / DNS Modena (Voiturette)
1937: 3 Napels GP / 3 Genua GP / DNA Florence GP (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) /
          1/DNF (heat) Albi (Voiturette) / DNF San Remo (Voiturette) / 9 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF Lucca (Voiturette)
1938: DNS Pau GP / 1 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) /
          DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNA Lucca (Voiturette) / 1 Milan (Voiturette) / DNF Modena (Voiturette)
1939: 3 Tripoli (Voiturette) /


driver

Luigi "Gigi" Villoresi (I)
* 16 May 1909
† 24 Aug 1997
Milano (Milan)
Modena
Lived in Rome. Older brother to Emilio. Began racing in 1931. Bought a Maserati 6CM in 1937. Works Maserati driver 1938-39 and after the war. Scuderia Ferrari driver 1949 - 1953. Lancia driver 1954 - 55. Retired from GP racing 1957 after 39 Formula 1 championship starts and 49 points. Won the Acropolis Rally in 1958.
 
1935: 3 Coppa Ciano (1100c)
1936: 6 Monaco (Voiturette) / 9 Eifel (Voiturette) / DNA Milan (Voiturette) / DNA Albi (Voiturette) /
          3 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) /
          DNA Lucca (Voiturette)
1937: DNF Turin GP (Voiturette) / DNF Napels (Voiturette) / 18 Tripoli GP / 4 Tripoli (Voiturette) /
          DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNF Isle of Man (Voiturette) / 6 Milan (Voiturette) / 5 Albi (Voiturette) /
          DNF (heat) San Remo (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNA Swiss GP (Voiturette) /
          2 Lucca (Voiturette) / 1 Czech GP (Voiturette) / DNA Campione D'Italia (Voiturette)
1938: 5 Campbell Trophy / 3 Cork (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / 3 Targa Florio (Voiturette) /
          2 Napels (Voiturette) / 1 Albi (Voiturette) / 1 (heat)/DNF Varese (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) /
          1 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNA/DNF* Coppa Acerbo / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 1 Lucca (Voiturette) /
          DNF Italian GP / DNF Milan (Voiturette) / DNF/DNF* Modena (Voiturette) / DNF Donington GP
1939: 1 South African GP (Voiturette) / DNF Grosvenor (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) /
          1 Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 4 Napels (Voiturette) / DNA Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) /
          1 Carnaro (Voiturette) / DNF German GP / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNA Belgrad GP
1940: 4 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 1 Targa Florio (Voiturette)


driver

Jean Louis Vinatier (F)
* 10 Apr 1890
† 16 Nov 1971
Paris (11ème)
Le Kremlin Bicêtre, Île-de-France
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
 
1929: DNF Burgundy GP (sports) / 4 Lyon GP (1100cc)


Vincenti ( )
 
1928: 8 Tunis GP
1930: DNA Oran GP


Giovanni Viola ( )
 
1929: DNF Alessandria GP
1930: DNA Alessandria GP


Marcel Violet ( )
 
1928: DNA Antibes GP
1929: 2 Burgundy GP (sports)


Pierre Viossat ( )
 
1936: DNF (heat) Picardie (Voiturette)


Giuseppe Virgilio ( )
 
1933: DNF Targa Florio


Ulderico Vismara (I)
 
1935: DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)


Giuseppe Vittoria (I)
 
1928: 4 Tripoli GP / DNA Pozzo Circuit / 12 Alessandria GP / DNA Targa Florio / DNF Coppa Messina /
          DNF Coppa Etna / 9 Mugello Circuit / DNA Cremona Circuit


Andrés de Vizcaya (E)
* 18 Jun 1903
?
Baden-Baden, Germany
?
(Info supplied by Narcis Molina Montasell)
 
1932: 1 Pascua GP


Karel Vlašín (CH)
From Brno.
 
1937: ? Czech GP (Voiturette)


Pierre Voigt ( )
 
1931: DNA Eifel GP


driver

Kurt Volkhart ( )
 
1930: 1 Eifel (Voiturette) / DNF Czech (Voiturette)
1931: DNA German GP (1100cc) / DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)

      von Arco-Zinneberg - SEE: Arco-Zinneberg

      von Aretin - SEE: Aretin

      von Brauchitsch - SEE: Brauchitsch

      von Delius - SEE: Delius

      von der Becke - SEE: Becke

      von Einsiedel - SEE: Einsiedel

      von Hillern-Flinsch - SEE: Hillern-Flinsch

      von Hoonholtz - SEE: Teffé

      von Kalnein - SEE: Kalnein

      von Kozmian - SEE: Kozmian

      von Lobkowicz - SEE: Lobkowicz

      von Michel-Raulino - SEE: Michel-Raulino

      von Morgen - SEE: Morgen

      von Tolna - SEE: Festetics

      von Trütschler - SEE: Trütschler

      von Waldthausen - SEE: Waldthausen



Vuillemenot ( )
 
1928: 11 Tunis GP


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