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!

      Abad - SEE: Léoz-Abad


George Edgar Abecassis (GB)
* 21 Mar 1913
† 18 Dec 1991
Oatlands, Surrey
Ibstone, Buckinghamshire
George Abecassis began his successful racing career 1935 with a 746 cc Austin at Donington and Brooklands. He took on a small filling station at Cranford to finance his racing. The elegant Englishman was the son-inlaw of David Brown, owner of Aston Martin and Lagonda. He also raced 1936 and 37 an older 1.5-liter Alta racecar at Brooklands. In 1937 he bought a wreck of the latest Alta version that Philip Jucker had had a fatal accident with at Isle of Man. Rebuilt by Geoffrey Taylor, Abecassis entered it for the 1938 season, starting of at Brooklands Easter Monday meeting. Soon he was known as the fastest Alta driver to battle against the 1.5-liter ERA and Maserati. At times Abecassis raced also a 2-liter Alta. He drove in England also at Crystal Palace and Prescott. The Alta was badly damaged at Albi 1939. During WW II Abecassis piloted RAF bombers, was shot down and became PoW. After 1945 he carried on with the 1.5-liter Alta, then ERA and 3.3-liter Bugatti T59 but also drove Maserati, Aston Martin, Cicitalia and Cooper. In 1948 George Abecassis and John Heath founded Hersham & Walton Motors (HWM) outside London, buiding racing and sportcars until 1955. After John Heath's fatal accident at the 1956 Mille Miglia George Abecassis retired from racing to spend more time with Hersham & Walton Motors, who ended racing the following year.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
1938: DNA Campbell Trophy / 1 Crystal Palace Cup (handicap) / ? JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) /
          1 Imperial Trophy (handicap) / DNF Siam Challenge (Voiturette)
1939: DNA/DNS Brooklands Road Championship / DNF French GP (Voiturette) / 4 (heat) Albi (Voiturette)


Louis Emile Abit (F)
* 22 Apr 1897
† 6 Aug 1951
Voulangis, Île-de France
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
1931: 3 Vaucluse Circuit
1933: 14 Dieppe GP

Angelo "Lino" Abriani (I)
* 1899
† Feb 1997
Castelguglielmo, Rovigo
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1924: DNF Cremona Circuit (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (1500cc) / DNA Garda Circuit (1500cc)


Rubem Abrunhosa (BR)
* 23 Oct 1914
† 17 May 1982
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: 9 Rio de Janeiro GP
1937: 8 Rio de Janeiro GP
1938: DNS Circuito de Gávea
1939: DNF Circuito de Gávea
1940: 1 Circuito de Gávea
1941: 4 Rio de Janeiro GP


Bernhard Ackerl (A)
From Vienna.
(Info supplied by Kevin Tjeerdsma)
1931: DNF Monaco GP / DNA Czech GP
1932: DNA AVUS (Voiturette)

Fabrizio Adragna (I)
* 11 May 1912
† 15 Nov 1955
Trapani, Sicily
Torino (Turin)
1937: DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)
1938: DNA Napels (Voiturette)

      Agabeg - SEE: Fane

Dante Agnelli (I)
From Genova.
1929: DNS Coppa Ciano

Giulio Agnelli (I)
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers. Possibly Dante Agnelli.
1929: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc)

      Aimini - SEE: Aymini

      d'Ahetze - SEE: d'Ahetze


Hon. Peter Rudyard Aitken (GB)
* 22 Mar 1912
† 4 Aug 1947
Belgravia, London
Stockholm, Sweden
Son of British/Canadian press magnate and former Wartime Government Minister Lord Beaverbrook. Gained the rank of Captain of the Royal Fusiliers. Voiturette driver who raced with his own Maserati 6CM during 1937-38. He bought the Alfa Romeo Bimotore from Austin Dobson at the end of 1937. Then he bought Reggie Tongue's ERA in August 1938 and raced it in South Africa in 1939. In In 1939 he also drove a ex-Gérard Delage. Aitken died in 1947 while on vacation in Stockholm, Sweden. After a trip to Sandhamn in the archipelago he found nobody who could take him back to Stockholm. He borrowed a motorboat but ran aground. While trying to save the boat he had to get into the water. Finally he got ashore, fatigued and wet and with broken ribs and was taken to his hotel where a doctor gave him pain-killers. Later that night he was found dead in his bed, probably due to a heart attack.
(Info supplied by Tomas Karlsson)
1937: 3 Coronation Trophy (Voiturette) / DNF Campbell Trophy / DNA Isle of Man (Voiturette) /
          DNA JCC 200 GP / DNF Dublin (Voiturette)
1938: ? JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / 5 Mountain
1939: 7 South African GP (Voiturette) / 2 Grosvenor (Voiturette) / DNA/DNS Brooklands Road Championship
          7 Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) / 3 Campbell Trophy

Giulio d'Ajetti ( )
1929: DNA Tunis GP (1100cc)

Carlo Albini (I)
From Rome.
1929: 10 Rome GP (Voiturette)


Harold John "Aldy" Aldington (GB)
* 5 Sep 1902
† 1 Apr 1976
Southwark, London
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Harold John Aldington was the second oldest of three brothers. His father, Henry, worked for the Post Office. Harold hated his name and insisted on being called Aldy. he took an apprenticeship in Civil Engineering before joining GN as an apprentice in the greasing shop, Aldy started competing in trials in the early 1920s competing in long distance trials such as the London to Lands End. He was also a regular competitor at Brooklands. After the war Aldington brought the BMW designer Fiedler to England where he updated the 328 design for Bristol and helped Frazer Nash develop their cars.
(Info supplied by Richard A. Salomon)
1931: DNF Mountain
1932: DNA German GP (Voiturette) / DNF Mountain


Giordano "Nando" Aldrighetti (I)
* 14 Nov 1905
† 12 Aug 1939
Milano (Milan)
Alddigrette made himself internationally known as a motorcycle drive, racing a 4 cyl Gilera in TT races, before turning to cars. Made his debut as Voiturette driver for Alfa Corse at Tripoli 1939 where he retired. He was also a DNF at Coppa Ciano with gearbox troubles. During Friday practice for the 1939 Coppa Acerbo at Pescara Aldighetti had a heavy crash, the car destroyed in flames while the driver was thrown out. At first it seemed Aldrighetti had survived with only minor wounds but then it was realized that the driver in fact had received serious internal injuries. Aldigretti succumbed at soon after midnight.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
1934: DNF Coppa Ciano
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNS Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)

Alessandro Alessandrelli ( )
1927: DNF Coppa Perugina (1100cc)

Girolamo Alessi (I)
Raced a Bugatti in the 1929 Giro di Sicilia, a sports car race.
1930: DNA Targa Florio

Paul Alexandre (B)
1937: 2 Frontičres (Voiturette)
1938: 6 Frontičres (Voiturette)

Francesco Alfano (I)
Raced a Fiat 508 Balilla
1935: DNA Cosenza GP

Guido Alberto Alfieri (I)
* 3 June 1904
† 29 June 1944
Brescia, Lombardy
Varzi, Pavia, Lombardy

Carlo Alicandri (I)
From Pescara.
1926: DNF Coppa Acerbo (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Montenero (1100cc)

Cavaliere Giovanni Alloatti (I)
* ?
† 9 Jun 1934
Torino (Turin)
Little is known about this driver from Torino who, after his victory in the 1926 Alessandria GP, was judged as a "driver of good class and an excellent prospect". It seems though that his prospects were to be limited mostly to the Alessandria race, which he entered almost every year until 1934. His other main victory was the 1929 Circuito del Pozzo, in Verona. It is somehow distressing to see that Alloatti, having for once extended his range of activity to far away Sicily, left the road falling from a bridge during the first lap of the 1934 Targa Florio. Alloatti died after 20 days of painful agony in a Palermo hospital.
Certainly he was no longer in his prime when he died. He was entered in the 1934 Mille Miglia as Cavaliere Giovanni Alloatti, a honorific title awarded for a distinguished working life.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1926: 1 Alessandria GP (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Perugina (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (1500cc)
1927: DNF Alessandria GP (1500cc)
1929: 1 Pozzo Circuit / DNA Cremona Circuit
1930: DNS Alessandria GP
1931: DNA Alessandria GP
1933: DNF (heat) Bordino GP
1934: DNF (heat) Bordino GP / DNF Targa Florio

Einar Anton Alm (FIN)
* 3 Dec 1895
† 19 Jun 1971
Joutseno, South Karelia
Born in Joutseno near the post war Russian border. Lived in Helsinki. Was famous for his monsterous "Tail Ford" with a zeppelin style tail end.
1935: 6? Norwegian GP (Ice race) / DNS Vallentuna (Ice race) / ? Finnish GP / ? Estonian GP
1937: ? Kalastajatorpanajo
1939: DNS Finnish GP


José de Almeida Araujo (P)
1935: 3 Rio de Janeiro GP
1937: 10 Rio de Janeiro GP

      Alsed - SEE: Carlsson

Ogniben Alverŕ (I)
* 20 Feb 1882
† 23 Jan 1932
From Verona.
1924: DNF Cremona Circuit (2000cc) / DNA San Sebastian GP / 13 Garda Circuit
1927: DNF Pozzo Circuit (2000cc) / 10 Alessandria GP / 3c/4 Savio Circuit (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Perugina /
          10 Bologna Circuit / DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNC Milan GP (heat) / DNA Garda Circuit
1928: 6 Pozzo Circuit / 9 Alessandria GP / 11 Mugello Circuit / DNF Cremona Circuit
1929: DNF Pozzo Circuit

Martin Maximo Pablo "Macoco" Alzaga Unzué (RA)
* ~ 1899
† 25 Jan 2000
Buenos Aires
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1924: DNS San Sebastian GP

Timoleone Amadio (I)
* ? - † 7 Feb 1976
1925: DNF Savio Circuit (2000cc)
1926: DNF Savio Circuit (2000cc)

Joao Baptista Amaral Junior. / "Bauru" (BR)
From Sao Paulo.
1939: 4 Circuito de Gávea

Alfredo Amato (I)
From Napoli (Naples)
1933: DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette 1100cc)
1934: DNS Napels GP

Amos ( )
1928: DNF Marne GP

Anahory ( )
1929: DNF? Dieppe GP (Voiturette)

Alberto Ancillotto (I)
* 20 Dec 1902 - † 1971
1925: DNF Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1926: 4 Pozzo Circuit (1500cc) / DNA Garda Circuit (1500cc)

Oscar Andersen (N)
1934: 4 Norwegian GP (Ice race)
1935: 11 Norwegian GP (Ice race)

John Vilhelm. Andersson (S)
* 20 Nov 1908
† 22 Dec 1984
Partille, Göteborg (Gothenburg)
Partille, Göteborg (Gothenburg)
(Info supplied by Hĺkan Gelin)
1931: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)

Gunnar Andersson (FIN)
From Gamlakarleby (Kokkola).
1935: DNF Finnish GP

Helmer Andersson (S)
1933: DNF Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)

Ernest André ( )
1929: 2 Frontieres GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNA European (Belgian) GP

Alberto Andreoni (I)
1931: DNF (heat) Rome GP

"Angélo" Emile Jules Louis Brugairolles (F)
* 16 Jul 1909
† 23 Feb 1991
Paris 17e
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)
1933: DNF Provence Trophy / DNF Marseille GP


Luis Angli (E)
Raced at the 1933 Penya Rhin GP in a team with de Morawitz and Stahel in a 1.5L s/c Bugatti hired from de Morawitz. The objective was to win the 1.5 s/c & 2L u/s class, which instead went to the French specialist Dourel.
1932: 5 Pascua GP / 5/DNF (heat) Anis de Mono
1933: DNF Penya Rhin GP

Mikael Angwerd ( )
1931: DNF Tunis GP (Voiturette) / DNS Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / 2 Lwow GP /
          DNF Marne GP (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe GP (Voiturette)


Robert Edward "Bob" Ansell (GB)
* 18 Nov 1917
† 13 Jan 2004
Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
Coln St. Aldwyns, Gloucestershire
Bob Ansell was from the Ansell beer family, the Birmingham brewers, a substantial family business. He grew at Upper Billesley House, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, and was the nephew of the chairman of Ansell's. Bob started work as a stock-taker, then as a pubs supervisor, becoming a director in the family firm after the war. He had bought ERA R9B from Scribbans' in 1938. During the war he purchased Tongue's Maserati 4CL as well. His cousin Geoffrey drove the ERA during 1947 and purchased it in 1948. Bob and Geoffrey were rich and very enthusiastic and raced as a hobby. The ERA and the Maserati were prepared for them - and sometimes driven by - George Bainbridge. Cosmetically the cars looked great - in blue livery with red upholstery - unlike their record for mechanical reliability. Raced also GP Maseratis after the war. Nonetheless racing cost the Ansells dear in financial terms. Both Bob and Geoffrey retired from racing at the end of 1949.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1939: DNA/DNS Brooklands Road Championship / 4 Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) / DNA Campbell Trophy /
          4 Swiss GP (Voiturette)

Anselmo Anselmi (I)
From Arcevia in the Province of Ancona.
1928: DNA Cremona Circuit
1929: DNF Rome GP (Voiturette)


Pietro Anselmi (I)
From Rome.
1925: DNF Coppa Perugina (2000cc) / 1 Coppa Etna (2000cc)
1926: DNF Coppa Perugina (1500cc)

Ansselin ( )
1931: DNF La Baule GP

Anthony ( )
1929: 5 Picardie GP


Adalberto Antici Mattei (I/BR?)
Emigrated to Brazil.
1926: DNA Coppa Peruginaa (1500cc)

Aldobrando Antici Mattei (I)
Same as Adelberto?
1927: DNF Bologna Circuit (1100cc)

Giulio "Giglio" Antinori (I)
A driver from Rome. "Giglio" is most likely a posthumous nickname originated by repetitious misprints.
1935: 9 Targa Florio

Gerolamo Antonaci (I)
From Biella. raced a "not very up-to-date" Bugatti.
1931: 8 Monza GP (2000cc)

Domenico Antonelli ( )
1924: DNF Targa Florio (4500cc) / DNS Coppa Acerbo / DNA Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / 5 Garda Circuit
1925: DNF Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Targa Florio / DNA Savio Circuit (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Perugina (2000cc) /
          DNF Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Montenero (2000cc)
1926: DNF Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Targa Florio / DNA Coppa Etna (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Perugina /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (2000cc) / 10 Coppa Montenero / DNA Milan GP (2000cc) / 2 Garda Circuit
1927: DNF Rome GP (2000cc)

Raymond Alphonse Apparuit (F)
* 28 Dec 1897
† 8 Dec 1951
La-Neuville-Aux-Joutes, Ardennes
Magagnosc, Alpes-Maritimes
(Info supplied by André Reine)
1928: DNS Grand Prix Bugatti

Virginio Appiani (I)
From Treviso 30 km north of Venice.
1924: DNF Mugello Circuit (2000cc)


Ronald John Walter Appleton (GB)
* 23 Apr 1910
† 6 Oct 1994
Forest Hill, London
Bickley, Kent
Very well liked as a person, Appleton was a trained structural engineer, born in Forest Hill, London, and lived in Bird-in-the-Hand Lane, Bickley, Kent. He ran a stationery supplies company, named 'ESA' supplying schools with books, desks, chairs, etc. The Appleton-Riley Special was originally Henken Widengren's 1931 Maserati 8C-1100 sports car and was bought by Appleton in 1933. A final shearing of the blower drive in 1948 led Appleton to dispose of the car that it is still in existence today.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1935: DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Mountain
1937: DNF (heat) Coronation Trophy (Voiturette)

Arthur Harold Appleyard (GB)
* 21 Jun 1906
† 9 Sep 1946
East Sheen, Surrey
Hammersmith, London
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
1931: DNF* French GP

Tommaso Aquino ( )
1926: DNA Coppa Peruginaa (1500cc)
1927: DNF Coppa Perugina (1100cc) / DNA Bologna Circuit

      Araujo - SEE: Almeida Araujo


Robert Michael Wemyss Arbuthnot (GB)
* 9 Mar 1914
† 29 Aug 1946
Aberdeen, Scotland
Bushey, Hertfordshire
Born into a banking family. Went to Eton & Trinity College, Cambridge. Together with R.V. Wallington Arbuthnot owned the "High Speed Motors" garage in Watford. They owned several racing cars including the ex - Hans Rüesch Alfa Romeo 8C-35. He was a non starter at Le Mans in 1939. After the war he went to the USA to take part in the 1946 Indy but his Lagonda (one of the 1939 works Le Mans cars) was damaged en route to the track and he withdrew before attempting a qualifying run. Arbuthnot died in a crash at Watford Bypass, Bushey, Hertfordshire when a Buick coming in the opposite direction burst a tyre and collided with Arbuthnot's Darl'Mat Peugeot 403, which he had recently acquired from Dorothy Patten.
(With thanks to Richard Armstrong / Adam Ferrington)
1939: ? Campbell Trophy

Luigi Arcangeli (I)
* 16 Jun 1894/May 1902?
† 23 May 1931
His mother said "He is a fine boy, but he is crazy and ought to be locked up". Archangeli was born in the Romagna region near Forli. Starting off with bicycle racing he turned to motorcycles at age 20 and stared racing cars in 1927. He was called "E leon d'Rumagna" (The lion of Romagna). An outgoing person who regularly was surrounded by beautiful women, always dressed in a sporting style of elegance. In the course of his brief career, he succeeded to fulfill his beloved activity splendidly and arouse the enthusiasm of his many tifosi. Arcangeli belonged to the group of top Italian drivers who were able to maintain their ability to drive with the fastest after changing from two to four wheels. Died during practice for the Italian GP when he crashed his Alfa at Curva del Vialone.
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1927: DNF Tripoli GP (1100cc)
1928: DNS Tripoli GP / DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNF Alessandria GP / 1 Cremona Circuit / 2* Coppa Acerbo /
          DNF European GP
1929: DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Alessandria GP / 1 Rome GP (Voiturette) / DNF Mugello Circuit (Voiturette) /
          4 Coppa Ciano / DNF Monza GP (Voiturette) / 1 Cremona Circuit (Voiturette)
1930: 2 Tripoli GP / DNF Monaco GP / DNF Targa Florio / 1 Rome GP / DNF Coppa Ciano /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo / 2 Monza GP
1931: DNA Monaco GP / 5 Alessandria GP / 6* Targa Florio / DNS Italian GP / DNA German GP


Maria Engelbert, Graf von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (D)
* 13 May 1909
† 1 May 1972
Berchtesgaden, Bavaria
1929: DNF Tunis GP
1930: DNF Czech (Voiturette)
1931: 2 German GP (1100cc) / 3 Monza GP (1100cc) / 2 Czech GP
1932: DNA German GP (Voiturette) / DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)

Maria Maximilian Josef Ludwig Engelbert Graf von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (D)
* 28 Mar 1908
† 20 May 1937
Wien (Vienna)
Born in München 1908, Count Arco-Zinneberg raced a Mercedes SSK between 1929 and 1931 as as a privateer. Winner of the 1929 Geisberg and the 1931 Wurzenpass, Brennberg and Thiersee hillclimbs and the 1929 "Großer Preis der Nationen" at Nürburgring. On 20 May 1937 he started with a plane from the Aspern aerodrome, Vienna. He made a sharp turn shortly after take-off before crashing fatally near Essling.
1930: DNF Monaco GP
1931: DNA Czech GP

Filippo Ardizzone (I)
Born in Voghera, Pavia, Lombardy.
1929: DNA Alessandria GP
1930: DNS Alessandria GP
1931: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc) / 3 (heat) Rome GP (1100cc) / 5 Coppa Acerbo (1100c) /
          DNA Monza GP (1100cc)
1932: DNF Rome GP (Cyclecar) / DNA Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar)
1935: DNA Turin GP

Adam Carl von Aretin (D)
* 22 Aug 1907
† 26 Aug 1990
Took part in German rally events
1932: DNA Swedish Winter GP (Ice race)

Giovanni "Gianni" Arezzi (I)
From Pontecurone in the Alessandria province. Drove Alfa Romeo sports cars mainly in hillclimbs.
1934: DNS Biella GP

      Armstrong Payn - SEE: Payn

Paolo Arnone (I)
1926: DNA Coppa Etna (2000cc)


Vicomte Roger Georges Daniel Jean Pierre d'Arnoux (F)
* 16 Mar 1907
† 24 Dec 1955
Raced Bugattis in 1930-31. Took part in the 1935 Le Mans 24 h race.
(Info supplied by Jean-Charles Colombier)
1930: DNA Saint Raphaël GP / DNF Dieppe (2000cc)
1931: DNF Tunis GP / 3 Saint Raphaël GP / DNF Alessandria GP / DNA Geneva GP / DNF French GP /
          DNF Marne GP / DNA Dieppe GP / DNA Coppa Ciano / DNA Dauphiné Circuit / 4* Comminges GP /
          DNA Brignoles GP

Antonio Arrivabene ( )
1927: 4c/9 Bologna Circuit / DNF Coppa Acerbo (1500cc) / DNA Milan GP / DNF Garda Circuit (1500cc)

Claude Arthez ( )
1930: DNF Comminges GP / DNA French GP / DNA San Sebastian GP


Carlos Davde Arzani (RA)
* 27 Nov 1909
† 30 Jan 1952
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
near Rio Ceballos
Argentinian driver who raced private Alfa Romeos, mostly in South America. In 1937 he bought a Alfa Romeo 8C 35 (#50.014) and raced it at Napels before taking the car back to Argentine. where he raced it with great success. Suffering from illness he escaped the summer heat for the freshness up in the Andes. There he died in a quiet mountain village near Rio Ceballos in 1952.
(Info supplied by Cristián Bertschi & Wolfgang Kaese)
1936: 1 Buenos Aires GP
1937: 4 Napels GP / 5 Rio de Janeiro GP
1938: 2 Rio de Janeiro GP

Constanzo Arzilla (I)
* 14 Oct 1896
† ?
From Grosseto in the Toscana (Tuscany) region. Often drove under the pseudonym "Maremmano".
1930: DNC Coppa Ciano (1100cc)
1931: DNA/DNS Rome GP (1100cc) / DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)


Alberto "Ciccio" Ascari (I)
* 13 Jul 1918
† 26 May 1955
Son of the great Antonio Ascari, Alberto had only just turned seven when his father fatally crashed at the French GP. Despite the opposition from his mother who tried to put him in boarding schools far from the Monza autodrome, Alberto was determined to become a race driver, escaping from the schools back to Milan. After his mother had given in he started motor cycle racing in 1936 joining Bianchi in 1938 scoring several wins. Wanting to race cars Alberto approached Enzo Ferrari who entered two cars based on Fiat parts for the 1940 Mille Miglia. Called just "815" these were in fact the first Ferrari cars. With Minozzi as co-driver Ascari led the race by over a minute when he was forced to retire. Buying half a share of a Maserati Ascari took part in the 1940 Tripoli GP and Targa Florio before the war put a halt to racing. He partnered Luigi Villoresi in a transport company that supplied the Italian troops in Africa, thus avoiding himself being called to the army. In 1942 he married Maria Antoinetta Tavola, a former close friend of Emilio Villoresi.
After the war, with Luigi Villoresi as tutor, he returned to racing 1947 with a Cisitalia and then a Maserati. His first victory was at the Modena GP sports car race. In 1948 he took the Maserati 4CLT/48 to victory at the San Remo GP. In 1949, after having won at Palermo, he and Villoresi joined Scuderia Ferrari, Ascari winning the European, Swiss and Perón GPs and the International Trophy. In 1950 Ferrari concentrated mainly on F2 with Ascari winning at Modena, Mons, Rome, Reims, Nürburgring, Mettet and Salo and winning the Penya Rhin F1 race. For 1951 he took on the Alfa Romeo team beating them at the German and Italian GPs.
During the 1952 and 1953 seasons Ascari dominated F1 totally, winning six Championship races in 1952 and five in 1953 to become double world champion. Moving to Lancia for 1954 Ascari had to wait until late in the season before their F1 car was ready but he won the Mille Miglia. At the 1955 Monaco GP Ascari crashed into the harbour. Four days later he unexpectedly turned up at Monza and asked to test Castellotti's 3 litre sports Ferrari to shake off the Monaco crash. On his fifth lap he crashed at Curva del Vialone and died on the way to hospital. The crash remains a mystery to this day.
Being Fangio's main opponent in the early 1950s Ascari was probably the faster of the two. While making occasional mistakes in the midfield once in the lead he was considered unbeatable and the hardest Grand Prix driver ever to follow or pass. Ascari was also a notoriously superstitious driver, no one in the pit was allowed to touch his two boxes with clothes and blue helmet and he could do long detours to avoid black cats crossing the street.
1940: 9 Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)



Antonio Ascari (I)
* 15 Sep 1888
† 26 Jul 1925
Bonferraro Di Sorgŕ, Venero
Montlhéry, Paris
Antonio Ascari was son of a wheat salesman left school early and worked as a blacksmith's forge. After moving to Milan he worked as a mechanic for De Vecchi and started driving for the company in 1911 at a Modena touring event and thereafter joined ALFA as test driver. In 1919 he won the important Parma-Poggio di Berceto and Coppa della Consuma hill climbs with his own 4.5-L Fiat racecar. He drove for the Alfa Romeo team in 1921 and won the Parma-Poggio di Berceto hill climb but crashed at Mugello. At the 1922 Targa Florio he crashed once again, this time on the first lap. In the 1923 Targa Florio he finished second in an Alfa Romeo and won at the following Cremona Circuit. In 1924 he established a 10 km world record at 195 km/h on the long Cremona straight and won the Parma-Poggio di Berceto hill climb. While leading the Targa Florio his Alfa Romeo spun to a halt with a seized engine on the last lap only 200 meters from the finish. At the European Grand Prix at Lyon he also retired while in the lead. Finally, at the Italian Grand Prix he won the race in superb fashion. In 1925 he won the European Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. At the following French Grand Prix, Ascari crashed at high speed on lap 23 and his car overturned. He died shortly afterwards in the ambulance which was bringing him to a hospital in Paris.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
1924: DSQ Targa Florio (4500cc) / 1 Cremona Circuit (2000cc) / DNF European GP / 1 Italian GP
1925: DNF* Rome GP / 1 European GP / DNF French GP


Albert Francis "Frank" Ashby (GB)
* 18 Sep 1898
† 13 Dec 1977
Lambeth, London
Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia
Engine race tuner. Was for example the responsible for "new" engines in a couple of Alfa Romeo P3s imported into Britain.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
1932: DNF Empire Trophy (Voiturette)
1937: DNF* Campbell Trophy
1938: DNA Cork GP / DNS JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / DNF Mountain
1939: DNA Campbell Trophy /

Axel Gustaf Georg "Gösta" Askergren (S)
* 29 Sep 1905
† 21 May 1940
Died of tuberculosis.
(Info supplied by Hĺkan Gelin)
1933: DNS Swedish Summer GP


Vittorio Astarita (I)
1926: 2 Tripoli GP / DNA Coppa Acerbo (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Montenero
1928: DNA Coppa Acerbo

Lodovico "Luigi" Astengo ( )
From Genova (Genoa).
1926: DNF Alessandria GP (1500cc) / 7 Ligure-Piemontese Circuit (1500cc)

Alfonso Attili (I)
Lived in Osimo, near Ancona. Raced mainly in the cyclecar class.
1931: 7 (heat) Rome GP (1100cc)

Philippe Auber (F)
1927: 4 Marne GP
1928: 3 Marne GP
1929: 1 Picardie GP / DNF Marne GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNF Marne (Voiturette) / 1 Dieppe (Voiturette)
1931: DNF Dieppe GP (Voiturette)
1932: 1 Circuit de l'Aisne (1500cc)

Henri/Henry Aubert ( )
Possibly same person as Philippe Auber?
1926: 4 Marne GP (1500cc)
1931: 1 Marne GP (Voiturette)

Jean-Marc Augier ( )
1928: DNA Antibes GP


Gennaro Auricchio (I)
* 6 Jun 1906
† 16 Feb 1969
Napoli (Naples)
Palerno, Sicily
1934: DNF Napels GP


Baronessa Maria Antonietta d'Avanzo (née Bellan) (I)
* 5 Feb 1889
† 17 Jan 1977
Porto Viro, Veneto
1926: 11 Coppa Perugina / DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNA Coppa Montenero
1927: DNA Rome GP / 6c/9 Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1928: DNA Cremona Circuit
1936: 9 Milan (Voiturette)

P. Avattaneo ( )
1930: DNC Coppa Ciano / 8 (heat) Monza GP


John Lubbock, 3rd Baron Avebury (GB)
* 13 May 1915
† 21 Jun 1971
Blean, Kent
Paddington, London
English peer. He was the son of the Honourable Harold Fox Pitt Lubbock and a grandson of John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
1938: ? JCC 200 (Voiturette + GP) / DNF Mountain


Dr. Geraldo Alfonso (de) Avellar (BR)
* 1912
† 2002
1938: 4 Circuito de Gávea
1939: 3 Circuito de Gávea
1940: DNF Circuito de Gávea
1941: 5 Buenos Aires GP

Ignazio Avezzů (I)
From Rovigo in northeast Italy.
1927: DNF Pozzo Circuit (1500cc) / DNF Savio Circuit (1500cc) / DNA Coppa Perugina
1929: DNA Alessandria GP / DNF Pozzo Circuit (1100cc)

Georges Maurice Avon (F)
* 28 Jan 1907
† 29 Mar 1931
Silk manufacturer in Lyon, France. Lived at rue Sainte-Catherine 13. Died in a aircrash at Bron airfield, Lyon at an age of 24.
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)
1929: DNF Algerian GP (1100cc) / 4 Burgundy GP (Voiturette) / 3 Lyon GP (Voiturette)
1930: DNA Lyon (Voiturette)


Dr.Guido Avondet (CH)
From Geneva.
1931: 4 (heat) Geneva GP (Voiturette)


Giulio Aymini (I)
* 3 Aug 1891
† 29 Nov 1967
Torino (Turin)
A wealthy amateur from the province of Torino, hailed from a branch of an old Southern French family which returned in Piemonte from Argentina mid-1850. Aymini was active from the 1920s until the the early post-WWII years at the wheel of a variety of cars, Fiat, Diatto, Bugatti, Delage, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Cisitalia. He also raced for Scuederia Subalpina in 1934/35. His major successes came in hill-climbs, with overall victories at the Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena (probably the longest hill-climb in history) in 1925 and at the Susa-Moncenisio in 1926, both driving a Tipo 20 sport Diatto, and in 1932/33 driving the Nardi-Monaco "Chichibio", a 1L JAP-engined fwd special designed by Augusto Monaco, taking, among others, a class win at the Klausen in 1932. Aymini also scored several class victories at the wheel of the new Fiat 508 Balilla Sport spider in 1934. Aymini was an engineer by trade and partenered Monaco in the design of the staggering engine for the Grand Prix car project known as the Trossi-Monaco. His good connections allowed the pair to build the prototype engine at the Fiat Lingotto plant, but soon Senator Agnelli withdrew his support. Then driver Carlo Felice Trossi agreed to finance the project, which was completed in the Trossi's workshop near Biella. Aymini was named test driver and drove the car - which was going to become one of the most well known failures in motorsport history - for its maiden run at Monza in July 1935.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1925: 2 Coppa Montenero (2000cc)
1926: DNF Coppa Perugina / DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNF Coppa Montenero
1927: 6c/13 Bologna Circuit (1500cc)
1928: DNF Tripoli GP / DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNF Alessandria GP / 11 Coppa Messina / DNF Coppa Etna /
          7 Rome GP / DNA Cremona Circuit / DNF European GP
1929: DNF Alessandria GP
1931: DNA Coppa Acerbo (1100c) / DNA Monza GP (1100cc)
1932: DNA Rome GP / DNA Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar)
1933: DNF Coppa Ciano / DNA Monza GP / DNA Czech GP
1934: DNA Biella GP
1935: DNA Lucca GP
1936: DNA Monaco GP

Giovanni Battista/Gianbattista Azzi (I)
From Pontecurone, near Alessandria. Raced in the immediate pre-war and post-war years.
1936: DNA Coppa Ciano (Voiturette)
1937: 6 Genua GP (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette)


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