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
Louis Auguste Wagner (F) |
5 Feb 1882 - 13 Mar 1960
Karl Baron Horst von Waldthausen (CH)
25 Mar 1907 - 27 Aug 1933
Baron Horst von Waldthausen was born on March 25, 1907 in Essen, Germany. At a later time in his life the 26-year old driver supposedly
became Swiss citizen. According to AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Baron von Waldthausen was a native of Liechtenstein, but lived already for many years at Lake Geneva.
He established himself as a young, rather wealthy man in the Villa Barholoni in Versoix near Geneva. Already at that time his whole passion was directed
towards motor sport. To pursue this obsession, he had his own autodrom built inside his park for his own pleasure. His neighbors had very
little understanding for that and the city council had to interrogate.
Waldthausen decided for that reason to move to Villa Tatiana near Nyon, canton de Vaud, where he again had an autodrom of his own built inside his park.
Baron von Waldthausen became better known through his financial support of the Swiss Grand Prix at the Meyrin circuit in 1931. Not only automobile
races but also motorcycle races were financed with his help. He started his racing career in 1932 only after he and Julio Villars had formed the
Swiss Racing Equipe Villars-Waldthausen. At Grand Saconnex near Geneva, Waldthausen drove a 1750 Alfa sports car.
At Develier-Les Rangiers he was third fastest of all cars, now driving an Alfa Romeo Monza. He was eighth in
the 3-liter racing class at Klausen, third in the large racing car class at Stelvio and third in the 3000cc class at Mont Ventoux.
At the end of the season Waldthausen and Villars came fifth and sixth respectively in the sports
car class of the 1932 Swiss Championship.
The year 1933 became a much busier was the team took part in a full GP season.
Waldthausen finished fourth at Alessandria, la Bule and Comminges.
However at the Marseille Grand Prix von Waldthausen had a severe accident as on lap 20 he crashed in the south Turn of
the Miramas Autodrom. It is said that a tire of his Alfa Romeo racing car had burst at full speed, causing his car to tumble over several times.
The driver was thrown out of the car onto the concrete track, severely injured. He was immediately transported in a regular touring car to the next
medical depot, from where Waldthausen was instantly brought to the Salon-de-Provence Hôpital where he was admitted at 5:30 PM and already one hour
later he passed away on internal injuries. A double fracture of the right leg was diagnosed, also a double shoulder fracture and internal injuries.
Baron von Waldthausen had remained fully conscious until the last moment.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
Asser Rafael Wallenius (FIN) |
23 Jul 1902 - 25 Feb 1971
Controller, born in Tampere in 1902. One of Finland's top speed skaters
in the 20s. Finnish champion 1923 and 1926. Bronze at the European Championship 1922.
In the 1924 Olympics at Chamonix he finished 5th in the 500m skating, 10th in both 5000m and 10000m
and was on his way to a medal in the 1500 m race when he fell on the last lap.
Turned to racing and entered a Ford V8 Roadster in the Finnish GP from 1935-1950, taking a
class victory in 1947, and thereafter raced an Allard J2 until 1954.
(Cyril) Mervyn White (GB) |
13 Aug 1907 - 24 May 1937
Born 1907 at Spaxton, Somerset.
Died in hospital in Cork on 24th May 1937, after an accident on 20th May while practicing
for the Cork International Car Race.
Wild - SEE: "Ventidue"
Richard Sinclair "Dick" Wilkins (GB)|
12 Dec 1913 - 10 Feb 1989
Born in Weybridge, Surrey 1913.
Died in Westminster, London 1989.
Walter Ernest "Wilkie" Wilkinson (GB) |
7 Aug 1903 - 20 Aug 2001
Born in Friern Barnet, Hertfordshire.
As an outstanding Racing mechanic Wilkinson was mostly known as on of the technical geniuses of the post war era. However
he also did some racing. Wilkinson was born in London in 1903, the fifth son of a printer. At an age of 14 he joined
Blakers Motor and Welding Company in East Finchley in 1917. In 1924 he moved to Dorset to work as a coach driver and
mechanic. In 1929 he joined the firm L. C. Rawlence in Landon, which imported Italian cars.
Through them he got the chance to race as riding mechanic to Giulio Ramponi on the Ards circuit in Ireland.
Later Wilkingson was riding mechanic to George Eyston at the 1931 Brooklands 12 h race.
Next he became chief mechanic to Kenneth Evans. He also prepared
Billy Cotton's cars In 1938 he shared the driving in Cottons ERA at the Donington Grand Prix,
finishing 7th. During the war in charge of a test shop for aircraft propellers.
He worked for Reg Parnell between 1947 and 1950 before joining Ecurie Ecosse. The D type Jaguars prepared by Wilkinson
took victory at the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans.
Wilkinson did also some post war racing himself, his last season being 1952 in a Bristol-Cooper.
Wilkinson worked for BRM between 1961 and 1972 before retiring.
Wilkinson. spent his last years mostly in the Caribbean. He died at Easenhall, Warwickshire in August 2001.
Norman Gladswood Wilson (ZA)
1911/12? - 18 Apr 1942
Born in South Africa.
He served with the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was posted to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment of the Royal Air Force (A&AEE). At the outbreak of the Second World War,
the unit was moved to Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. On 18 April 1942, F/Lt Wilson was part of a crew testing an Avro Lancaster Mk I (R5539). During diving with a simulated bomb load failure of some rivets made
a panel to come loose and hit the tailplane. The plane crashed at Charlton, 2 miles from Malmesbury, Wiltshire. All seven on board were killed.
(Info supplied by Anthony Taylor)
Wilton - SEE: Stuart Wilton
Herbert Wimmer (D)
Wimmer was from Kappelrodeck, a small town in Baden-Württemberg between Baden-Baden and Offenburg at the foot of the Schwarzwald.
For 1933 season he bought the Bugatti T35B #4948 (ex von Morgen) from Paul Pietsch, and used it mainly in hill climbs.
Together with Ernst von Delius and Borries Freiherr von Münchhausen Wimmer financed the voiturette project of Arnold Theodor Zoller
in return of a getting a race car for 1934. The results - or better non-results - are known. Wimmer rebodied his Zoller in 1935 with bodywork
similar to that of the Mercedes W25, and used it reportedly at some German hill climbs. However, as Zoller had died end of 1934, the project
lacked technical support and development, and Wimmer switched back to his faithful Bugatti.
In 1939 he finally sold the Bugatti on to Heinrich Herbster of Lörrach.
(Info supplied by Michael Müller)
van Winkel (B) |
Belgian amateur driver. Took part in the 1931 Frontieres Grand Prix.
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