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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!




Carl Wagner ( )




John Peter "Johnnie" Wakefield (GB)
5 Apr 1915 - 24 Apr 1942
Born in Marylebone, London. Son of a explosives manufacturer, Wakefield was alredy an accomplished skiier and motorcycle racer before turning to car racing in 1936. First he raced an Alta but for the 1937 season he bought a Maserati 6CM and raced it painted in a multitude of colors with success. He destroyed the car in Cork 1938 and brought an ERA instead. For the 1939 season he aquired the new Maserati 4CL. At the start of the Second World War Wakefield was the top British racing driver. He Joined the Fleet Air Arm but was killed in a flying accident near Wargrave, Berkshire in 1942.




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)


Eino Walkama ( )




Peter Douglas Conyers Walker (GB)
7 Oct 1912 - 1 Mar 1984
Born in Huby, Yorkshire 1912.
ERA driver 1936 - 1937.
Died in Worcester 1984.


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.




Martin Walther (SUI)
Living in Bern. Entered a Bugatti for the 1937 Swiss GP.


Georg Weinfurter (CS)
Czech driver from Prag.


E Wernström (S)


Adolf Westerblom (S)
^1910-?
Local Swedish driver, together with his brother Allan member of the Westerås Racing Company". Raced Ford Amilcar and Anzani and later took over Carlsson's ex- Widengren Alfa Romeo Monza which he raced to victory at the 1939 Finnish GP. Continued after the war with a Bugatti until the team was disolved in the late 40s.
(Info supplied by Bengt Alsed)


Allan Westerblom (S)


F. Weyer ( )


(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.




Peter Nield Whitehead (GB)
12 Nov 1914 - 21 Sep 1958
Born in Menston, Yorkshire 1914. Whitehead was a welthy businessman with an interest in motor sports. Begun racing in 1934. He bought himself an ERA-B in 1936 and raced it in both the pre- and post-war era. In 1948 he bought a Ferrari and won with it the Czech GP 1949. He raced in 10 Formula 1 championship races before concentrating on sports cars. He was the vinner of the Le Mans 24 h race 1951. He died in a crash at the tour de France sports car race, Lasalle, in 1958.


Oscar Wickberg (S)




Henken Widengren (S)
Brother of Per-Victor Widengren.




Per-Victor/Wictor Widengren (S)


Otto Wihlborg (S)

      Wild - SEE: "Ventidue"

Alexander "Sándor" Wilheim (H)


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 Cotton’s 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.


Humphrey J/K. P. Williams (GB)




"W Williams" (Charles Frederick William Grover-Williams) (GB)
16 Jan 1903-18 Mar 1945
Born at Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine. Of French/British orgin, Williams was a very successfull Bugatti driver during the late 20s and early 30's. He was the vinner of the first Monaco GP in 1929 and also won the French GP twice. During WW2 Williams was arrested by Gestapo in Paris and executed at Sachshausen camp.




Norman Gladswood Wilson (ZA)
1911/12? - 18 Apr 1942
Born in South Africa. Died at Charlton, Wiltshire 1942, at an age of 30.


Stuart-Wilson (GB)




Jean-Pierre Wimille (F)
26 Feb 1908 - 28 Jan 1949
Wimille started racing with a Bugatti in 1930. Changed to Alfa Romeo 1933. Was Bugatti works driver 1934 - 1937. Scuderia Ferrari in 1938. Back to Bugatti for the 1939 season. Served in the French Air Force during WW2 and later joined the Resistance. Was No. 1 driver for Alfa Romeo 1947 - 48, winning several GP races. Crashed fatally in the Buenos Aires GP 1949.




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)


Tore Wistedt (S)


H. D. Wolley (GB)


T Wranka ( )




Walter (von) Wustrow (A)


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