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!

      Iacono - SEE: Jacono-Caruso

Ing. Leonardo Ieroniti (I)
Industrialist, director of a shipyard in Trieste. Raced the Salmson GP c/n GP603, which is still existing
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)
1931: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc)

"Ignoto" Salvatore Esterini (I)
* 14 Aug 1883
† 3 Mar 1980
Acireale, Catania
Acireale, Catania
A shopkeeper in the coastal town of Acireale near Catania, Salvator Esterini raced under the pseudonym of "Ignoto" (the "Unknown"). He was active in the first half of the 1920s in the many Sicilian races of the time, at the wheel of a 3-litre Ceirano CS2H (road registration 17-1291), proving to among the fastest local drivers, winning the 1924 Catania-Zafferana hill climb and was placed second in the Coppa Nissena circuit race of 1923, which was the second most important circuit race on Sicily, after the Targa Florio. He met some of the fastest Italian drivers at the Catania and Messina circuits during 1925, but his three-year old car was not competitive. He reappeared at the 1927 Circuit at Messina still with his old car, but retired and disappeared from the racing scene.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1925: DNF Coppa Etna (3000cc) / 3 Coppa Vinci (1500cc)
1927: DNF Coppa Messina

Henry Imbert ( )
1927: 3c/8 Provence GP (1500cc) / DNA Rome GP / DNA San Sebastian GP

Giuseppe Indovina (I)
* 1904
† ?
Termini Imerese, Palermo
1928: DNF Coppa Etna

Cav. Giuseppe Enrico Inglese (I)
From Riesi, province of Caltanissetta. Before WWI he was Mercedes Agent for Western Sicily.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1928: DNF Targa Florio

      Ippolito - SEE: D'Ippolito

Ipsale ( )
1930: DNA Monza (1100cc)

Heinz Ipse ( )
1930: DNA Monza GP

Renato Irrera (I)
* 1 Jan 1897
† 15 Mar 1980
Owne rof a Café.
1925: DNF Coppa Vinci (1500cc)
1926: DNF Coppa Vinci (1500cc) / 4 Coppa Etna (1500cc)
1928: DNF Coppa Messina


Henri Isaia (F)
From Nice.
1929: 2 Antibes GP (1100cc) / 2 (heat) Riviera Circuit (1100cc) / DNF Comminges GP (1100cc) /
          DNF Tunis GP (1100cc) /


John Erik Isberg (S/N)
* 25 Jul 1889
† 9 Sep 1972
Born into a poor family, John's father wanted him to become a painter assistant. Isberg, however, was not interested in painting but in mechanical things and at the age of 14 he escaped from home and went to Stockholm with 14 kronor in his pocket. There he managed to get a job in a workshop and haulage firm. Isberg soon learned to drive and became the man who delivered cars to the customers.
A trip to Kristiania (Oslo) in 1906 to deliver a car from a German manufacturer to a cab company owner named Olstad ended with Isberg remaining in Norway. He became driving instructor for the cab company and also married the owner's daughter. In 1919 he started his own gas station and workshop.
After the First World War Isberg became interested in motor racing, his main racing period being 1920-1932. He owned two Bugattis, "Blåen" & "Gråen" (the "Blue" and the "Grey"). His success as the most famous Scandinavian driver got him in contact with Volvo and in 1927 his workshop was selected to represent Volvo in Oslo.
As racing driver Isberg prefered to be an independent refusing any kind of sponsorship. His prizes and medals he saved, bunched together in a big cup.
Isberg was a man with nerves of ice. It is told that during the Second World War he was caught in a German checkpoint while delivering radio equipment for the Norwegian underground movement. He then calmly asked the guard to hold the package with the radio while he was searching for his id-card.
After the war the company, Isbergs Bilforretning A/S, expanded ending up with some 300 employees and a turnower of 105 million kr. In 1966 Isberg was involved in a crash with a cab. The door opened and Isberg was seriously injured when he fel out of his car landing in an ice wall. He spent several months in hospital and sold his company the next year.
(Info supplied by Bo Söderberg)
1934: 2 Norwegian GP (Ice race)
1935: 4 Norwegian GP (Ice race)


Ernst Islinger (D)
* 1902
† 1956
From Mannheim. His brother Franz Islinger (1910-1986) was a motorcylle races winning 1926 German motorcycle championship. Ernst also raced motorcycles. It is possible that he started the Ernst Islinger car sales business in Mannheim in 1950.
(Info supplied by Simon Davis)
1925: 2 Taunus GP (1500cc)
1926: 3 German GP (1500cc)

      Isormes - SEE: d'Isormes


Mme. Anne Cécile Itier (Rose-Itier) (F)
* 31 Jul 1890
† 23 Mar 1980
Pomeys, Rhône
The chauvinistic drivers of the period nicknamed her a "moving chicane" but she was known as a distinguished, charming and very pretty woman. By the way, note the results list below. Not many retirements to be found there! Itier was born in Rhône in 1890. Married to a Mr. Rose, a Scotsman, she raced also under the full name of Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier. After flying aeroplanes, she turned to automobile racing in 1926 either because of her free and independent spirit or possibly as an escape from an unhappy marriage with domestic violence. For three years she limited herself to rallyes and some hillclimb, graduating to cyclecar racing. From 1931 to 1936 she raced Bugattis T37, T37A and T51A and a T46 sport. She won the Voiturette races at Nimes in 1932 and Peronne in 1933, and enter some international GPs but being more successful in hill-climbs. In 1935 she and Bugatti driver Jean Delorme founded the USA (Union Sportive Automobile), grouping independent drivers that did not find that the established French Drivers Association (the AGACI) was fit for their necessities. She raced at Le Mans 24hrs a (female) record five times, from 1935 to 1939. In 1937 she was partnered by Huschke von Hanstein and romance blossomed between the two. The same year she left GP racing; lost in the desert during the Rallye of Morocco, she was romantically rescued by von Hanstein. A third in the 1938 Paris 12 hrs partnered by Germaine Rouault, and a participation in the 1939 Monte Carlo Rallye closed her prewar activity. During the war she did voluntary work for the War Ministry and then she continued as president of the USA, working on an ambitious program of popularization of the sport in France, not retiring until the 60s. She limited her racing mainly to the Monte Carlo Rallye that she entered until 1953.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1929: 3 Comminges GP (1100cc)
1930: 3 Oran (1100cc) / DNF Comminges (1100cc)
1931: 7 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / DNF Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / DNA Geneva GP (Voiturette) /
          3 Marne GP (Voiturette) / DNA Dieppe GP (Voiturette)
1932: 5 Tunis GP (Voiturette) / 8 (heat)Rome GP (2000cc) / 1 Provence Trophy (Voiturette) /
          4 Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / DNA Lwow GP / 10 German GP (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo /
          DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)
1933: 1 Picardie (Voiturette) / DNA Eifel (Voiturette) / 5 Lwow (Voiturette) / 8* Dieppe GP /
          DNF La Baule GP (Voiturette) / 4 Albi (Voiturette)
1934: 3 Picardie (Voiturette) / 7 Eifel (Voiturette) / 6 (heat) Vichy GP / 9 Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1935: 6 Picardie GP / 3 Frontières GP / 8 Comminges GP
1936: 3 Frontières GP / 7 (heat) Picardie (Voiturette)
1937: DNC Picardie (Voiturette) / 9 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)


Boris Ippolitovich Ivanovskiy/Ivanowski (RUS/F)
* 12 Jan 1893
† ? 1967
Ashgabat, Russia (now Turkmenistan)
Ivanowski was born in Russia but lived in Paris after WW I. He was first seen racing a 748 cc Ratier cycle car 1924 in Paris. Ivanowski was a sports car driver and made a name for himself driving Alfa Romeo, winning the 1928 Spa 24-Hour race. He teamed up with Henri Stoffel to drive his SSK Mercedes at the European Championship races. Died in a road accident in Venezuela 1967.
(Info supplied by David Webb )
1926: DNF* Spanish GP / 1 Boulogne GP (750cc)
1931: DNS Monaco GP / 5* Italian GP / DNF* French GP / DNA Marne GP / 5* Belgian GP /
          DNA German GP (1100cc) / 5 Dieppe GP / DNA Dauphiné Circuit / DNA Comminges GP

"Ivernel" (Robert Gauthier) (F)
1926: DNA Marne GP (1500cc)
1927: 6 Marne GP
1928: 2 Marne GP / 3 La Baule GP
1929: 3 Burgundy GP / 6 French GP / 4 Marne GP / DNA San Sebastian GP
1931: 2 Marne GP (2000cc)
1932: 1* Torvilliers Circuit / DNA Picardie GP / DNA Lorraine GP (2000cc) / DNF Lorraine GP (Voiturette) /
          6* Dieppe GP (2000cc) / 3 Comminges GP (2000cc) / DNF? La Baule GP /


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