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!

Luigi Pagani (I)
From Milano.
1924: 21 Targa Florio (1500cc)

Giulio Paganini ( )
1927: 2c/5 Pozzo Circuit (1500cc)

Luigi Pages (I)
1933: DNF Coppa Ciano / DNF (heat) Monza GP
1934: 6 (heat) Bordino GP / 5 Targa Florio / 9 Coppa Ciano / 6 (heat) Biella GP / 7 (heat) Napels GP
1935: DNF Targa Florio / DNF (heat) Biella GP / 6 (heat) Turin GP /
          DNF Coppa Ciano / 5 (heat) Lucca GP / DNA Cosenza GP
1936: DNS Milan GP

Vico Pagliano (I)
Vico Pagliano won the first edition of the Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena mountain climb in 1925, probably the longest (67 km) event of this kind in motor sport history. Not to be confused with Carlo Pagliano.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)

Carlo Pagliano (I)
Carlo Pagliano was active in voiturette racing until the outbreak of WWII in sporadic national events. Not to be confused with Vico Pagliano.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1938: DNF Modena (Voiturette)
1939: DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNA Carnaro (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette)
1940: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette)


José Joaquín Palacio Pantaleón de Palacio y Power (E)
* 27 Jul 1901
† 27 May 1989
Joaquín Palacio Power was an amateur motorcycle and car driver, who had started his career in the 1920s. As for other Spanish drivers of the period, Palacio's list of appearances is very thin, due to the difficulties in practising motor-sports in that country. In the 1950s Palacio drove the Spanish sports car Pegaso.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1927: 5 Targa Florio / DNA San Sebastian GP / DNF Spanish GP
1933: 4 Penya Rhin GP / DNA Spanish GP
1934: 5 Penya Rhin GP

Palet ( )
1928: DNA San Sebastian GP

Adalberto Pallavicino/Pallavicini ( )
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers.
1926: DNA Alessandria GP (1500cc)
1929: DNA Monza GP


Giacinto/Giacomo? Palmieri (I)
1929: DNF Targa Florio (1100cc)
1930: ? Alessandria GP
1934: DNF Coppa Ciano
1940: 14 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 7 Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Palos ( )
1930: DNA Comminges (Voiturette)

Eugenio Palumbo ( )
1931: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc)

Pamuel ( )
1928: DNF Saint Raphaël

Alberto Panerai ( )
1925: DNF Mugello Circuit (2000cc) / DNF Coppa Monteneroi (1500cc) / DNA Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1926: DNA Coppa Peruginaa (1500cc)
1929: DNA Coppa Ciano
1931: DNA/DNS Rome GP (2000cc)
1936: DNA Lucca (Voiturette)

B. Panerai ( )
1930: DNA Coppa Ciano

Emilio Panicucci (I)
From Conegliano Veneto.
1925: DNF Coppa Monteneroi (1500cc)

Guiseppe Panzacchi (I)
From Bologna.
1934: 4 Modena GP (Voiturette 1100cc)
1935: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100c) / DNF Modena GP (Voiturette)

Pao ( )
1931: DNF Casablanca GP (Voiturette)
1932: DNA Oran GP


Peter DePaolo (USA)
* 6 Apr 1898
† 26 Nov 1980
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Laguna Hills, California
Nephew to Ralph de Palma, Peter de Paolo began racing in 1922. In 1924 he became Dusenberg works driver. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1925 and was Indycar Champion in 1925 and again in 1927. In 1930 he retired from racing but 1934 he was lured back by Harry Miller to race the four wheel drive Miller in the Tripoli GP and Avus GP. He then signed to drive Maseratis for Ecurie Braillard but in the first race at Penya Rhin his racing career ended in a bad crash and a fractured skull. He returned to USA to work for different automobile related companies.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
1925: 5* Italian GP
1934: 8 Tripoli GP / DNF AVUS GP / DNF Penya Rhin GP DNS French GP

Paolucci ( )
1930: DNA Coppa Acerbo


Cesare Paparini (I)
1926: DNF Rome GP
1927: DNF Coppa Perugina

"Papillon" ( )
1931: DNA Targa Florio

      Papineau (Papinaud) - SEE: "Marcel Lanciano"

Francesco Papis (I)
From Florence.
1925: DNC Mugello Circuit (1500cc)


Luigi Parenti ( )
(Info supplied by Kevin Tjeerdsma)
1931: 3* French GP

Nicola Parenti ( )
1933: 5* Marseille GP

Pariato ( )
1930: DNA Targa Florio

Manlio Paris (I)
From Teramo.
1925: DNC Coppa Acerbo (1500cc)

Léon Parizot (F)
From Bordeaux.
1929: DNF Comminges GP (Voiturette)

Parker ( )
1928: DNF Tunis GP


Reginald "Reg" Parnell (GB)
* 2 Jul 1911
† 7 Jan 1964
Derby, Derbyshire
Derby, Derbyshire
This Derby pig farmer probably lost the prime of his career due to the war. He started racing with a MG Magnette in 1935. His driving style was wild, and he ended up losing his racing licence after being found guilty of an accident a Brooklands 1937 where Mrs Petre was seriously wounded. In 1938 he instead lent cars to other drivers. He went on buying and selling racing cars in quite a speculative way and many famous and less famous racing cars went through his hands, making him a name in the business. After the war, Parnell had some good runs in national events with a Maserati 4CLT/48 and an ex-Whitehead ERA. These successes led to guest drive for Alfa Romeo at the first World Championshp Grand Prix at Silverstone 1950. In 1951 he took Tony Vanderwell's "Thin Wall Special" to victory at the International Trophy and scored points in two World Championship events. He was also involved with BRM, Scuderia Ambrosiana and Rob Walker. He then worked as team amnager for Aston Marin and for the Yeoman Credit/Bowmaker team (BRP) before setting up his own Reg Parnell Racing team with Lola. He died unexpectedly after complications following a routine appendix operation in Derby 1964. His son Tim took over the team.
6 Formula 1 championship starts, 9 points. Click here for full biography.
(With thanks to Felix Muelas)
1936: DNC JCC 200 (Voiturette) / DNF Donington GP
1937: DNF (heat) Coronation Trophy (Voiturette) / 12 Isle of Man (Voiturette) / 8 JCC 200 GP /
          5 JCC 200 (Voiturette)
1939: ? Brooklands Road Championship / DNA Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette)


John Godfrey Parry Thomas (GB)
* 6 Apr 1884
† 3 Mar 1927
Wrexham, Merionethshire, Wales
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A large friendy man who smoked a lot and whose teeth looked like "they have been thrown in from a distance". Born in Wales, Parry-Thomas studied engineering in London and became chief engineer at Leyland Motors. After World War I he started racing at Brooklands and decided to become a full-time motor-racing driver and race engineer, creating a company with Ken Thomson (later the company became known as Thomson & Taylor). In 1925 Parry-Thomas decided to challenge the land speed record with a rebuilt ex-Count Zborowski 27 litre Higham that he bought for £125 and renamed "Babs". On 27 April 1926 he made six runs at Pendine Sands taking the flying km record with a time of 272.459 km/h and the flying mile with 160.075 mph. The next day he improved the records to 275.229 km/h and 170.624 mph. After having lost the records to Campbell he returned to Pendine Sands in March 1927 but on the return run of the flying mile he lost control of the car and crashed, receiving a fatal head injury. "Babs" was buried in the dunes at Pendine Sands and remained there for 42 years until dug up and restored.
1925: DNF Ouverture GP / DNS French GP
1926: DNS Boulogne GP / 8 JCC 200

Spartaco Paschetta ( )
1931: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNF Monza GP (1100cc)

Passeggio (I)
1926: DNF Ligure-Piemontese Circuit (1500cc)


Cesare Pastore (I)
1927: 2c/8 Rome GP (1500cc) / DNS Bologna Circuit / DNA Coppa Acerbo / DNF Coppa Montenero (1500cc) /
          DNF Garda Circuit
1928: DNF Tripoli GP / DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNA Targa Florio / 9* Rome GP / DNA Cremona Circuit /
          DNF Coppa Montenero / 5* European GP
1929: DNF Pozzo Circuit / 6 Coppa Ciano
1930: DNA Rome GP
1931: DNA Targa Florio


Giuseppe Pastore (I)
1924: DNF Targa Florio / DNF European GP
1927: DNF Bologna Circuit (1100cc)


Aleksi Patama (FIN)
* 30 Apr 1897
† 24 Dec 1981
Karstula, Central Finland
Managing director. For almost 40 years Patama manufactured and developed ski bindings. Introduced the rottefella type binding in Finland. Was victorius in several local ski races and in 1936 he was Finnish senior champion in alpine skiing. He was also active organising sports events.
1934: DNF Finnish GP
1935: DSQ Finnish GP / 5 Estonian GP
1936: 3 Finnish GP
1937: 3* Flaten (Ice race) / 5 Finnish GP / 5 Kalastajatorpanajo
1939: 3 Finnish GP

Giovanni Patané (I)
* 20 Jan 1905
† 1 Jul 1986
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1926: 9 Coppa Etna (1500cc)

Antoine Marie Joseph Patissou (F)
* 7 Jan 1906
† 6 Mar 1943
Garage owner in Nantes. Adddres: rue Ledru-Rollin.
(Info supplied by Marc Ceulemans)
1927: 7 La Baule GP
1928: DNF La Baule GP
1929: DNF La Baule GP


Cyril John Paul (GB)
* 31 May 1903
† 16 Sep 1984
Barnet, Hertfordshire
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
1934: 6 Mannin Beg (Voturette) / 3 Mannin Moar
1935: NC* Donington GP / 7 Mountain
1936: 3 Isle of Man (Voiturette) / DNF* JCC 200 (Voiturette)

Paolo Pavesio ( )
1925: DNA Alessandria GP (1500cc)
1926: 9 Alessandria GP (1500cc) 6 Coppa Montenero (1500cc)
1927: DNF Alessandria GP


Joseph Jules Marius Paul (F)
* 9 Oct 1896
† 25 Aug 1944
Touques, Calvados, Normandy
He raced from 1924 in small car classes and had his first Le Mans 24h in 1924 with a Corre La Licorn. Later Delahaye driver for Ecurie Francia.
1926: DNA Marne GP (1100cc)
1937: 1 Coupe de Printemps
1938: 5 Cork GP / DNA French GP
1939: 5 Pau GP / 7 Coupe de Paris / DNF Picardie (Voiturette) / DNF Angouleme / 6 French GP (Voiturette)

Jan Pavlicek (CS)
1934: DNF Czech GP

Sydenham Armstrong Payn (GB)
* 6 Feb 1903
† 22 Sep 1942
Dover, Kent
Deal, Kent
Grandson of the former Dover Coroner. Solicitor in Dover. Raced at Brooklands including entering a Mercedes at the 1924 Whitsun meeting and a Sunbeam at the 1927 Whitsun meeting. He took part in the 1931 French Grand Prix with "Bomber" Scott's Delage. Owned a SE5A and Avro 504K aeroplane (G-AARV) but crashed the latter beyond repair in 1931. During the war he served as a ferry pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary flying everyting from Spitfires to Blenheims. Died at at the Victoria Hospital in Deal after a short illness. Buried at St James Cemetery, Dover.
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington & Graham Clayton)
1931: DNF French GP

Sandro Pecchioli (I)
1928: DNF Mugello Circuit

B. Pecka ( )
1937: DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)

Giuseppe Pecoraro ( )
1926: DNF Coppa Acerbo (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Montenero (1500cc)
1927: DNA Bologna Circuit / 1 Coppa Acerbo (1100cc) / DNF Coppa Montenero (1500cc)


Jean "Carlo" Pedrazzini (CH)
* 2 Sep 1909
† 22 Apr 1934
Carlo Pedrazzini was born in Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland in an important family from Locarno. Private entrant and driver for Scuderia Siena in 1934. He alternated races and study in architecture in Zürich. In 1933 with Maserati won the a 2 litre class and made the second fastest time of the day in the Monte Ceneri hill climb in Ticino. Died after crashing into a wall in the Bordino GP. Before the race Nuvolari had advised Pedrazzini against competing since the weather conditions were very bad.
(Info supplied by Mauro Maiano)
1930: DNF Monza GP
1931: DNF Monaco GP / DNA Italian GP / DNF (heat) Rome GP (2000cc) / 4 Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: DNA Monza GP
1934: DNF (heat) Bordino GP

Geraldo S. Pedro (BR)
1936: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1938: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP

Azeglio Pedroni (I)
1925: 11 Savio Circuit (2000cc) / 7 Mugello Circuit (2000c

Remo Pedroni (I)
Probably the same person as Azeglio Pedroni.
1926: 6 Savio Circuit (2000cc)

de Peignon (F)
From Toulouse.
1929: DNA Comminges GP (1100cc)

Silvio Pelà (I)
Sometimes written as Silvio Perla. From Padova.
1926: DNF Pozzo Circuit (2000cc)


Giorgio Pelassa (I)
* 1913
† 1948
A very interesting and unfortunate driver, the Turinese industrialist and motorcycle racer Giorgio Pelassa had had some tries at Voiturette racing during 1938 and 1939, after having been initiated - like many other Italian racing drivers - at the Mille Miglia in 1937. He was about to have a splendid autumn 1946, racing three times showing excellent speed and becoming a Grand Prix winner at Barcelona, just to disappear afterwards, probably already suffering from the unspecified illness that was going to kill him in less than two years. During 1947 he raced only at the Mille Miglia where he was once more very fast, before retiring.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1932: DNA Monza GP
1938: 3* Napels (Voiturette) / DNA Varese (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 12 Milan (Voiturette) /
          DNF Modena (Voiturette)
1939: DNF Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) / DNS Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette)

Pellegri ( )
1932: DNF Oran GP (Cyclecar)

      Carlo Pellegrini - SEE: Lelio Pellegrini


Lelio Pellegrini Quarantotti (I)
Also raced under the pseudnym "Rover". (Any driver named Carlo Pellegrini doesn't exist)
1924: DNC Mugello Circuit (1500cc)
1930: 2 Oran (1100cc)
1931: DNF Targa Florio / 1931: DNA/DNS Rome GP (2000cc)
1932: 4 Rome GP (2000cc)
1933: DNF Tripoli GP / 6 Coppa Acerbo / 13 Italian GP / DNF Monza GP
1934: DNF Tripoli GP / DNA Targa Florio / DNF Modena GP / DNF (heat) Napels GP

Paolo Pellis (I)
From Florence.
1924: DNF Mugello Circuit (2000cc)

Mme Marguerite Peltzer ( )
1928: DNF Algerian GP / 12 Tunis GP

Mario Penati (I)
From Torino. Scuderia Subalpina driver.
1934: DNA Bordino GP


Clifton Penn-Hughes (GB)
* 11 Feb 1905
† 7 Jul 1939
Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales
Folkestone, Kent
Alfa Romeo Monza owner. The car was an ex. Mille Miglia runner up with a sports car chassis. Penn-Hughes Held a racing team together with George Eyston. Died in an aircraft accident at Folkestone 1939.
1931: 8 Monaco GP / 3 Mountain
1932: DNS Monaco GP
1933: 2 Frontières GP / DNA Dieppe GP
1934: 5 Bordino GP / 5 Eifel GP / 5 Dieppe GP / DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNS Swiss GP / 2 Donington Trophy /
          DNF Mountain

      Giovanni Peragallo - SEE: "Max Giorgini"

Antônio José Pereira (BR)
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: DNS Rio de Janeiro GP
1940: 5 Circuito de Gávea

Maurizio Celso Perfumo (I)
From Genoa.
1926: DNF Alessandria GP

Guglielmo Peri ( )
1928: DNF Mugello Circuit / DNF Coppa Montenero
1929: DNA Mugello Circuit (Voiturette)
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1931: DNF Alessandria GP / DNA Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / DNA Monza GP (2000cc)
1932: DNS? Rome GP (2000cc) / DNA Italian GP

Perigni ( )
1930: DNA Comminges (1100cc)

Angelo Peroni ( )
1930: ? Alessandria GP / DNA Coppa Acerbo


Albert Louis Perrot (F)
* 31 Jan 1894
† 5 Oct 1950
Quarré les Tombes, Yonne
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine
(Info supplied by André Reine)
1926: DNF Marne GP (1100cc)
1927: DNA Provence GP / DNF Sporting Commission Cup / 5 Marne GP
1929: DNF Monaco GP / DNF Burgundy GP (sports)
1934: ? GP de l´U.M.F.

Enrico Romano Peruzzi (I)
1925: DNF Tripoli GP


Jean Pesato (F)
(Info supplied by Simon Davis)
1930: 10 Picardie GP ?/ DNA Comminges GP ?
1931: 10* French GP / 6* Belgian GP / 11 Comminges GP / DNA Czech GP
1932: DNS French GP

L. Pesato ( )
1931: 8 Dieppe GP

Peschi ( )
1930: DNA Comminges GP

      "Peter" - SEE: Fabris


Mrs. Kathleen Coad "Kay" Petre (née Kathleen Defries) (CDN/GB)
* 10 May 1903
† 10 Aug 1994
York, Ontario, Canada
Camden, London
Born in Canada. Daughter to a barrister with clients in both England and South Africa. Her husband, solicitor Henry Aluysuis Petre, bought her a Wolseley Hornet in which she started racing. She also raced Austins, Invicta, a Bugatti and the ex-Cobb 10.5 litre Delage. Became good friend to Bernd Rosemeyer during his 1937 South Africa trip. Had a serious crash at the Brooklands Byfleet banking during practice for the 1937 BRDC 500 when her Austin was hit by the tail of Parnell's MG Magnette. She was taken to hospital with severe head injuries and even though she rallied completely she decided to retire from racing. Later she worked as a journalist.
1934: 9 Mountain
1937: 1* L.C.C. Relay

Petroni ( )
1932: DNS? Rome GP (2000cc)

Alberto Petrucci ( )
1927: DNC Coppa Perugina (1500cc) / DNA Rome GP

Angelo Peyrot ( )
1926: DNA Alessandria GP (1500cc)


"Georges Philippe"/"Philippe/"Philippi" (Baron Philippe Georges de Rothschild) (F)
* 13 Apr 1902
† 20 Jan 1988
Paris 08e
Paris 14e
(Info supplied by André Reine)
1927: DNA Ouverture GP 1928: 2 Grand Prix Bugatti
1929: DNF Antibes GP / 4 Monaco GP / 1 Burgundy GP / DNF French GP / 2* San Sebastian GP

Otto Philipp (D)
* 18 Nov 1879
† ?
1924: DNF Targa Florio (1500cc)

Luigi Pià (I)
From Casale Monferrato.
1925: DNC Alessandria GP (1500cc)

Domenico "Nico" Piccoli ( )
1929: DNA Pozzo Circuit (1100cc)

Luigi "Enrico" Piccoli (I)
1929: DNC Pozzo Circuit (1100cc)

      Letterio Mario Cucinotta Piccolo - SEE: Cucinotta

Salvatore Piccolo ( )
1931: DNA Targa Florio

Gusmano Pieranzi ( )
1925: 7 Coppa Monteneroi (1500cc)
1926: 1 Coppa del Marchese Ginori (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Montenero (1500cc)
1930: DNS Coppa Ciano

de Pietro (I)
1935: DNF Targa Florio


Paul Pietsch (D)
* 20 Jun 1911
† 31 May 2012
Working at his mother's brewery did not interest the young German, he prefered cars and in 1932 at an age of 20 he bought von Morgen's Bugatti T35 and started racing together with Hans Simons and Hans Lewy as the "PiLeSi Rennteam". The next year he changed to a Alfa Romeo Monza. The car was later rebuilt to a 2.6 litre monoposto. In 1934 he went ice racing in Sweden and Norway and also took part in the Finnish GP. He then had a bad crash at a hillclimb race and broke his leg. He was approached by both Mercedes and Auto Union for the 1935 season. He participated in the Auto Union test drives at Nürburgring and proved to be the fastest of the participants and got a contract for the 1935 season. But the Auto Union proved hard to drive and the season wasn't too successful for Pietsch. He did not get on well with team manager Willy Walb and then in September Pietsch had to divorce his wife Ilse who had fallen in love with Achille Varzi, a situation that further poisoned the season. Pietsch left GP racing in 1936 and concentrated on business instead. In 1937 he was back in Lazro Hartmann's troublesome old Maserati 6C-34. He was not even allowed to start in the Monaco GP as the car as usual was leaking oil. Pietsch finally destroyed the car at the Masaryk GP at Brno. In 1938-39 he raced Maserati voiturettes both as works driver and as privateer. At the 1939 German GP he raced the works raced the Maserati 8CTF leading the race and finishing third. Pietsch was asked to join Mercedes for 1940 but it would take until 1950 before he raced again. Racing Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Veritas Meteor, Pietsch started in three GP championship races without receiving any points before retiring from driving and concentrating on publishing instead. In 1946 Paul Pietsch and a friend started a magazine "Das Auto" and later he became a major publisher of motor and racing books and magazines ("Auto Motor und Sport", "Motorbuch Verlag" etc.). Pietsch died due to pneumonia at his home in Karlsruhe on 30 or 31 May 2012, three weeks before his 101st birthday.
1932: DNF/DNF* German GP / ? La Baule GP
1933: DNS Swedish Winter GP (Ice race) / 1 Svenska Isloppet (Ice race) / 7 Tunis GP / 7 Bordino GP /
          6 Eifel GP / DNF Marne GP / DNA Italian GP / DNA Monza GP / DNF Czech GP
1934: 1 Vallentuna (Ice race) / DNF Norwegian GP (Ice race) / DNF (heat) Bordino GP / 2 Finnish GP /
          6 AVUS GP / 4 Eifel GP / DNS German GP / DNA Swiss GP
1935: 6 Eifel GP / 9 German GP / 11* Swiss GP / 3* Italian GP / DNF* Spanish GP / DNF* Czech GP
1937: DNA Eifel GP / DNF German GP / DNS Monaco GP / 9 Swiss GP / DNS Czech GP
1938: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 8 Napels (Voiturette) / 4 Varese (Voiturette) /
          6 German GP / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 2 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) /
          3 Lucca (Voiturette) / DNF Milan (Voiturette) / DNF* Modena (Voiturette)
1939: DNF South African GP (Voiturette) / DNF Grosvenor (Voiturette) / DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) /
          4 Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 9 Eifel GP / DNA Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Carnaro (Voiturette) /
          DNA Albi (Voiturette) / 3 German GP / DNF Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNA Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) /
          DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNA Belgrad GP

Ruggero Pigazzi (I)
From Santa Maria Capua Vetere.
1925: DNC Rome GP (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Acerbo

"Pimpiricchio" (Nunzio Nasi) (I)
1940: 8 Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Pietro Pino ( )
1927: 3c/6 Coppa Messina (1500cc) / DNA Coppa Perugina / DNF Rome GP (1500cc) / DNA Bologna Circuit


Carlo Maria Pintacuda (I)
* 18 Sep 1900
† 8 Mar 1971
Firenze (Florence)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carlo Pintacuda was another graduate of the "Florentine school" of talented racing drivers from the 20s, which also comprised Masetti, Materassi, Brilli Peri and Biondetti. An inheritance had enabled him to race from 1925 to 1928 when he was reasonably successful in minor Italian events. After he had run out of money, Alfa Romeo gave him a ride for the Mille Miglia in 1929. An indifferent drive in what was going to be his future specialty race led him to disappear from the racing scene until he succeeded in obtaining an aluminium bodied Lancia Astura from the important Lancia dealer from Rome, Bornigia. With the Astura he surprisingly won the gruelling Giro d'Italia in 1934. He was then invited to test an Alfa Romeo P3 by Scuderia Ferrari. A victory in the Mille Miglia, in 1935, in a similar car borrowed from Ferrari, induced Ferrair to sign him. Pintacuda stayed on with Scuderia Ferrari and then with the Alfa Corse team until 1940, racing GP cars, Alfettas and sports cars. He won a second Mille Miglia in 1937 and almost a third one in 1938. Ferrari sent him several times to South America where he won at Interlagos in 1936 and Gavea in 1937 and 1938. With those 3 victories Pintacuda became a national hero in Brazil. For over 30 years his name was synonymous for speed. Crazy drivers were called "Pintacudas". Alfa Corse did not renew Pintacuda's contract after the war. He left for South America as Enrico Platé had offered him a drive in an old Maserati. While in Argentina, Carlo decided to quit racing, and to remain in Buenos Aires where he opened an antique shop - "La Spiga" - and lived there peacefully until his death in 1971.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1927: DNA Coppa Perugina
1928: DNF Mugello Circuit
1929: 5 Rome GP (2000cc) / 2 Mugello Circuit (Voiturette) / DNS Coppa Ciano
1935: 1* Mille Miglia (sports car) / DNF Targa Florio / DNF Tripoli GP / 3 Bergamo GP / 3 Turin GP /
          DNF/6* Coppa Acerbo / 3 Modena GP / 3 Lucca GP / DNF Cosenza GP
1936: 5 Tripoli GP / 2 Tunis GP / DNF Rio de Janeiro GP / 1 São Paulo GP / 1* Coppa Ciano / 2 Lucca GP /
          5 Italian GP / DNF Modena GP
1937: 1 Mille Miglia (sports car) / 4 Turin GP / 1 Rio de Janeiro GP / 9* Monaco GP / 7* JCC 200 GP /
          4* JCC 200 (voiturette)
1938: 1 Rio de Janeiro GP / 1* Spa 24h (sports car)
1939: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / 3* Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 2 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette)
1940: 6 Tripoli (Voiturette)

Piombetti ( )
Not in the official list of licensed Italian racing drivers.
1929: DNA Alessandria GP

Dario Piolanti ( )
1927: 10 Coppa Montenero

Luigi Pirandello ( )
1928: DNF Coppa Messina
1931: DNA Targa Florio

Francesco Pirlo-Rubino (I)
From Naples
1929: DNA Coppa Ciano

Giuseppe Piro (I)
From Messina.
1925: DNA Targa Florio / DNF Coppa Etna / DNS Coppa Vinci
1926: DNF Coppa Vinci / DNA Coppa Etna

Francesco Pirola (I)
1929: DNA Alessandria GP
1931: 6* Italian GP / DNF Monza GP (2000cc)

Elio Pistarino (I)
From Castellazzo Bormida in the Province of Alessandria.
1926: 2 Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA Coppa Montenero (1100cc)
1927: 5c/11 Alessandria GP (1100cc)
1929: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc)

Piveteau ( )
1935: DNF (heat) Albi (Voiturette)

Giuseppe Pizzolotto (I)
From Valdobbiadene.
1926: DNF Pozzo Circuit

Jules Placier ( )
1928: DNA Antibes GP


Enrico Platè (I/CH)
* 28 Jan 1909
† 2 Feb 1954
Milano (Milan)
Buenos Aires
Enrico Platé was of Italian birth - he was born in Milan and actually releted to Luigi Platé - but he was for a long time the holder of a Swiss entrant's licence. He had started as a mechanic before became a - not that fast - voiturette driver. In the post-war period he continued racing but also put his car at the disposal of drivers faster than himself, a characteristic that led him eventually to quit driving and to become a team owner and manager in 1948, with racers like "B Bira" and de Graffenried driving for him. His team entered rebuilt Maseratis at the Grand Prix races during the 1952-53 seasons. He was killed in a nasty accident during the 1954 Buenos Aires FL race.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1936: 7 Milan (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Tripoli (Voiturette) / DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 10 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette) /
          DNA Lucca (Voiturette) / 4 Modena (Voiturette)
1939: 12 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 6 Targa Florio (Voiturette) 9 Napels (Voiturette) / DNF Carnaro (Voiturette) /
          DNF Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette)
1940: 15 Tripoli (Voiturette) / 9 Targa Florio (Voiturette)

Either Enrico or Luigi?:
1938: DNF Frontières GP


Luigi "Gigi" Platè (I)
* 3 Sep 1894
† 16 Dec 1975
Milano (Milan)
Luigi Platé was a colourful character from Milan. He was an irrepressibly funny man who was always talking about wonderful projects and remarkable inventions. His mechanical experience and his inordinate passion for the sport led him finally to the realization of some interesting application of his theories, but he ended up disheartened, in bad health and penniless in the early 50s. He got some good results with a Chiribiri in the early 20s that he kept modifying well past its prime, not being able to afford the purchase of a new one. Two more cars are known to have been deeply modified by Gigi. The first was a 8cyl Talbot 700, which sustained at least 15 years of his mechanical meddling. It had come to Italy in 1928, after having been purchased by Emilio Materassi. Gigi got hold of it sometimes in the early 1930s, modifying it continuously and racing it sporadically in voiturette events during the whole 1930s. It is interesting to notice how at the beginning of each season in the 1940s, the respected Auto Italiana would publish an article on "a new 8cyl supercharged GP car" describing Platé's old Talbot each time. The other project was a 2300 6C Alfa Romeo engine that was mounted on a rather handsome barchetta with tubular chassis around 1951 but that was as atrociously slow as all of Gigi's creations.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1924: 5 Cremona Circuit (1500cc) / DNC Coppa Acerbo (1500cc) / DNF Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1925: 2 Rome GP (1500cc) / 2 Tripoli GP (2000cc) / 3 Targa Florio / 4 Savio Circuit / 3 Coppa Acerbo (1500cc) /
          1 Coppa Vinci (1500cc) / DNF Italian GP (1500cc) / DNF Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1926: DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNS Rome GP / 1 Tripoli GP (1500cc) / 2 Savio Circuit (1500cc) /
          DNS German GP (1500cc) / 2 Garda Circuit (1500cc)
1927: 3c/5 Tripoli GP (1500cc) / DNA Pozzo Circuit / DNF Alessandria GP (1500cc) / DNF Savio Circuit (1500cc) /
          DNF Coppa Perugina (1500cc) / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1928: DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Cremona Circuit / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1929: DNA Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNF San Sebastian GP / DNA Monza GP (Voiturette) /
          DNF Cremona Circuit (1100cc)
1930: 3 Alessandria (1100cc) / DNS Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / 7 Monza (1100cc)
1931: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc) / 3 Casablanca GP (Voiturette) / 6 (heat) Rome GP (1100cc) /
          DNF German GP (1100cc) / DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / 4 Coppa Acerbo (1100c) / 7 Monza GP (1100cc)
1932: DNA Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar)
1933: DNA Coppa Ciano (Voiturette 1100cc)
1934: ? Swiss GP (Voiturette) / DNF (heat) Biella GP
1935: 6 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 4 Modena GP (Voiturette)
1936: DNA Milan (Voiturette) / 10 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / 8 Swiss GP (Voiturette) / 6 Modena (Voiturette)
1937: 2 AVUS (Voiturette) / DNA Florence GP (Voiturette) / 8 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1938: DNF Targa Florio (Voiturette) / 4 Albi (Voiturette) / 6 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNF Swiss GP (Voiturette) /
          DNF Milan (Voiturette)
1939: DNA French GP (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Ciano junior (Voiturette) / 4 Coppa Acerbo junior (Voiturette)

Pluquet ( )
1929: DNF Picardie GP / DNF Dieppe GP (Voiturette)
1930: 2 Picardie (Voiturette)

Dr. V Pohorecky Poberecky? ( )
1937: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)

Jirí Pohl (CS)
* 1905
† ?
Czech racing driver as was his brother Zdenek.


Zdeněk "Bašul" Pohl (CS)
* 19 May 1907
† 14 Oct 1986
Czech racing driver as was his brother Jirí. Started in the Czech GP 1934 & 1935 in an 4.9L Bugatti. Retired from racing after a big crash at the Sporilov Circuit, Czechoslovakia.
(Info supplied by Ondrej Spacek)
1931: DNA Czech GP (Voiturette)
1932: 3 AVUS (Voiturette) / DNA Czech GP
1933: 5 Czech GP
1934: DNF Czech GP
1935: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)
1937: DNF Czech GP (Voiturette)

Mario Polleri (I)
1928: DNA Alessandria GP

Allen Conn Pollock (GB)
* 27 Jun 1902
† 28 Jan 1969.
Farsley, Yorkshire
Marylebone, London
ERA privateer.
1938: 8 Swiss GP (Voiturette)
1939: DNF Brooklands Road Championship / 6 Nuffield Trophy (Voiturette) / DNF French GP (Voiturette) /
          5 Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / 8 (heat) Swiss GP (Voiturette)

Jean "Poniato" Poniatowski ( )
1930: DNA Lyon (Voiturette) / DNS Dauphiné Circuit / DNA French (Voiturette)

Antonio Ponno (I)
* 18 Apr 1899
† 26 Sep 1988
Roseto degli Abruzzi, Teramo
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1925: DNA Coppa Acerbo

José Maria Pons (E)
1932: DNF Pascua GP / DNA Anis de Mono

"Popy" (I)

Camille Porre (F)
1932: DNF Provence Trophy (1100cc) / DNF Nice GP (1100cc)

Ardicino della Porta ( )
1925: DNF Coppa Perugina (1500cc)
1927: 6 Coppa Perugina (1100cc)

Porter ( )
1934: 3 Frontières GP

      Porthault - SEE: "Daniell"


Cicero Marques Porto (BR)
* ?
† 1968
(Picture supplied by Henrique Marques Porto)
1934: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1935: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1936: 4 Rio de Janeiro GP
1937: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP
1938: DNF Rio de Janeiro GP

Nino Possamai (L)
From Luxembourg. Son of Josef Possamai, proprietor of the "Hôtel Chicago.
(Info supplied by Hugo Boecker)
DNA Eifel (Voiturette)


Count Maurycy Stanislaw Potocki (PL)
* 16 May 1894
† 16 May 1949
London, England
Estate owner and owner of a Glass Factory. Studied in England before WWI. After taking part as an officer in WWI and the following wars to establish the Polish-Russian borders becamea well-known figure in the Warsaw society and he was co-creator of the Polish Automobile Club. As part of the Polish Hunting Association he created good relations with some German dignitares, relations that he used during WW2 several times to release arrested Polish activists. He was prisoned by the communists in March 1945 but he was freed by the polish resitance and fled to England where he died 1949.
1930: 2 Lwow GP

Bertrand/Bernard du Pouget (F)
1929: 2 Dieppe GP
1930: 3 Dieppe GP

Pourtal ( )
1926: DNQ Provence GP (heat)


Antony Powys-Lybbe (GB)
* 29 Jun 1909
† 10 May 2004
Rectory Farm, Streatley-on-Thames, Berkshire
Hyde Heath, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
At age of 18 Powys-Lybbe went to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London for officer training within the Royal Corps of Signals. He left the army by 1933 and, by and large took up motor-racing. First he raced mostly with Alvises in various events, both hill-climb and track. In 1935 he acquired a 2.3 Alfa Romeo Monza and raced that until 1937 when he bought a Talbot, a decision that proved disastrous (The Alfa is now in Holland, or thereabouts, the Talbot in Australia.) He got married in 1937 and his son Tim was born the next year. During WW2 Powys-Lybbe stayed in the Signals Corps, rasing in rank from Lietenant to temporary Lt-Colonel. After the war he bought the ex-"Raph" Alfa Romeo Tipo B from Thomson & Taylor Ltd. and raced it in short races as at Goodwood and he had particulary success in Ireland where he could drive at roads with long straights as he did not like circuit racing. There he won the Wakefield Trophy at Curragh in September 1949 and the Leinster Trophy and Ulster Trophy in 1950. He retired from racing around 1953 after a race where another driver drove into the crowd, killing himself and four others. Powys-Lybbe's abiding interest throughout his life was music, particularly Bach.
(Info supplied by Tim Powys-Lybbe)
1936: DNF JCC 200 / 7 Donington GP
1937: 3 Campbell Trophy / DNA Isle of Man (Voiturette) / 2 Vila Real / 5 JCC 200 GP / DNA Donington GP
1938: DNS Cork (Voiturette)

Carlo de Praez (I)
From Bolzano

Albino Pratesi (I)
* ?
† -21 Jun 1933
S. Donato near Firenze (Florence)
Firenze (Florence)
Pratesi died from the wounds suffered in an accident during the Circuito di Firenze held on June 11th. Pratesi was driving a 1927 Talbot 700 ex-Scuderia Materassi revised by Luigi Platé. Pratesi had been a rather active competitor in the 1100cc class driving an ex-Biondetti Salmson, during the early 1930s.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1930: DNF Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / DNF Monza (1100cc)
1931: DNF Alessandria GP (1100cc) / DNA/DNS Rome GP (1100cc) / 4 Coppa Ciano (1100cc) /
          DNF Coppa Acerbo (1100c) / 8 Monza GP (1100cc)
1932: 5 Rome GP (Cyclecar) / 3 Coppa Ciano (Cyclecar) / 2 Circuito di Bolsena (sports 1500cc)
1933: DNA Bordino GP / DNF Tripoli GP

de Praudières ( )
1927: 2c/6 Provence GP (1500cc)

Carlo Premoli ( )
1930: 4 Alessandria (1100cc)


Count Luigi "Gigi" Premoli (I)
* 16 Apr 1908
† 15 May 1998
Italian Count Premoli started racing in 1929 with a 1100 cc Salmson cycle racerar. Premoli was a well known technician and improved his Salmson with the result that he was able to finish second at the 1931 Monza Grand Prix in the 1100 cc class behind José Scaron in the latest Amilcar but left the 6-cylinder Amilcar of Count Arco behind him. He had other good results like victories at the 1930 and 1931 Coppa Acerbo Junior and Gran Premio delle Voiturette.
For 1932 Luigi Premoli constructed his hybrid racecar BMP (Bugatti Maserati Premoli), engineered by Egidio Galimberti, who combined a 2.3-liter Bugatti grand prix car chassis, gearbox and wheels with a 2.5-liter, 8-cyl. Maserati engine and front grill. Premoli won the 1932 Colli Torinesi and then had a serious crash at the Montenero Circuit Race but was fully recuperated for the 1933 season. The car was thoroughly reworked and improved for 1933 with a 3-liter 8-cylinder Maserati engine. This machine was also called BMP, BPM, MBP or Maserati Special. He won at Shelsley Walsh spring Meeting and Coppa Ascoli and the next year at Coppa Valsassina.
(Info supplied by Hans Etzrodt)
1929: DNF Tripoli GP (1100cc) / DNF Pozzo Circuit (1100cc) / 2 Cremona Circuit (1100cc)
1930: 1/DNF Monza (1100cc)
1931: DNF (heat) Rome GP (1100cc) / 1 Coppa Ciano (1100cc) / DNF Coppa Acerbo / 2 Monza GP (1100cc)
1932: 10 Italian GP / DNA Nice GP / DNF Coppa Ciano
1933: DNF Tunis GP / DNF Bordino GP / DNF Tripoli GP / DNF Italian GP / 5 (heat) Monza GP
1934: DNF Tripoli GP / DNS Coppa Ciano / 4 (heat) Biella GP / 8 Napels GP
1935: DNF Tripoli GP

Bruno Presenti (I)
1924: 1 Coppa Acerbo (3000cc) / 3* Italian GP
1926: 3 Coppa Perugina / 2 Coppa Montenero
1927: 3 Savio Circuit / 4 Coppa Perugina / DNF Coppa Acerbo / DNF Coppa Montenero
1928: 2 Mugello Circuit / 7 Coppa Montenero

Henry Bryce Prestwich (formerly Stadelbauer) (GB)
* 10 Apr 1911
† 19 Aug 1949
Altrincham, Cheshire
Chew Valley, Greenfield, Yorkshire
Henry's father was Otto Stadelbaur, a merchant shipper - a British subject from a Saxony family. Like many with a German sounding name, the family changed their name during the 1914-18 war to acquire a more typically British one. Prestwich raced a M.G. at the Donington Park Motor Car races in May 1936 and at the same track in the Coronation Trophy races in May 1937. On May 22 1937 he won the 1937 Cork International handicap race in a 1.1L MG K3 Magnette. Prestwich was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the British army in November 1940. He survived the war only to be tragically killed along with his wife and two of his children on 19th August 1949 whilst passengers on a British European Airways DC3 flight from Belfast to Manchester which crashed into a hill in mist near Chew Valley, Greenfield, 15 miles (24 km) from Manchester Airport. His son was one of 8 survivors from the 33 on board.
(Info supplied by Anthony Taylor)
1938: DNF Cork (Voiturette)

Ferdinando Prete ( )
1924: DNA Cremona Circuit (1500cc)

Priolet (F)
1932: DNF La Baule GP

E. Proal (F)
From Paris. Raced the Bugatti T35A (#4567) from 1925 to 1928.
1926: DNA Provence GP (2000cc)

Eduard Probst (CH)
* 22 Dec 1898
† ?
Basel, Switzerland
1927: 6 Milan GP (heat)
1928: 1 Coppa Messina / DNC European GP

Ernst Procházka / Prochaska ( )
1930: 3* Czech (Voiturette)
1931: DNF* Czech GP (Voiturette)

Anton Prokeš ( )
1930: DNA Czech GP

Agostino Prosperi (I)
From Rome, active both before and after the war.
1936: 9 Coppa Ciano (Voiturette) / DNF Coppa Acerbo (Voiturette) / DNA Lucca (Voiturette) /
          4 Modena (Voiturette)
1937: 4 Napels (Voiturette) / DNA Targa Florio (Voiturette) / DNA Genua GP (Voiturette) /
          DNA San Remo (Voiturette)


Giulio Pucci (I)
1925: 4 Coppa Etna / DNF Coppa Vinci (2000cc)

Giuseppe Puglisi (I)
* ?
† ?
in Riposto, Catania
1925: 3 Coppa Etna (3000cc) / DNF Coppa Vinci
1926: 10 Coppa Etna


Umberto Pugno (I)
From Turin.
1927: DNF Alessandria GP / DNA Savio Circuit / 3 Coppa Perugina / DNF Bologna Circuit / DNF Coppa Acerbo
1929: DNA Monza GP

Georges Puissant ( )
1931: DNA Frontieres GP
1932: 5 Frontières GP (2000cc)

Ugo Puma (I)
Puma was from the Turin racing milieu, more active after WWII in small capacity sports car racing as an N-D and Testadoro works driver and in a Fiat-Ermini. He was seen also at the wheel of the rare SVA with Ermini engine in 1950. Puma was then going to become one of the very few Italian drivers in the half-litre F3. His made to order car was designed by Savonuzzi and built by Conrero and Leone around a powerful Guzzi GP engine mounted at the front. Puma's Falcone-Guzzi was an excellent car, but no match for the swift rear-engined British cars that dominated the Formula.
(Info supplied by Alessandro Silva)
1935: DNA Turin GP

Erik Puranen (FIN)
1936: DNS Finnish GP


Harold Purdy (AUS)
* 13 Feb 1902
† 22 Aug 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
South Kensington, London
(Info supplied by Adam Ferrington)
1926: 3 JCC 200
1927: DNF British GP / 2c/5 JCC 200

      Puy - SEE: du Puy


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