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1851 - 1898


Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947


Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


1932


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966


Larry Rice

1946 - 2009


Mike Smith

1955 - 2014


Mike Ciochetti

1959


Pierluigi Martini

1961


Chris Kneifel

1961


Paul Belmondo

1963


Parnelli Jones Jr

1969


Thiago Marques

1980



Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948


1912 - 1950


Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971


Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972



Arthur Legat
Arthur Legat
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BELGIUM

Born
1 / 11 / 1898
Died
23 / 2 / 1960
A Belgian garage owner who raced almost exclusively at Chimay. He entered the Belgian Grand Prix in 1952 and 1953 and became the oldest driver to debut in a Grand Prix at the age of 53 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Arthur Legat was born in Haine-Saint-Paul, Belgian  asd was a garage owner who started racing in 1926 at Chimay in Belgium when it first opened and he was still there 30 years later, competing in the annual Grand Prix des Frontieres.

Chimay was a fast and dangerous 6.754-mile temporary road course close to the French border and held great appeal to semi-professional and amateur racers who came to test their skills. Legat won the race twice with his Bugatti T37A, in 1931 and 1932. Over the years he made a total of 25 appearances on the track.

He bought a Veritas-Meteor in 1951 and raced the machine almost unchanged over the next few seasons, venturing to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix in 1952 and 1953, when Grand Prix regulations were changed to conform to the then current Formula 2 regulations.

In doing so he became the oldest driver to start his first World Championship Formula One race. He was 53 years, 7 months and 21 days at the time and finished the race in 13th position.

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