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Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978


Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949


1913 - 1975


Russ Klar

1914 - 2005


Bob Bondurant

1933


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965


Helmut Marko

1943


Yves Courage

1948


Ari Vatanen

1952



Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949


Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962


Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987


Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007


Harry Firth

1918 - 2014



Baron Pierre de Crawhez
Baron Pierre de Crawhez
BELGIUM

Born
3 / 8 / 1874
Died
29 / 4 / 1925
Pierre de Crawhez was man who came up with the idea of a closed circuit being used for racing.

Pierre de Crawhez was the first person to come up with the idea of closed circuit being used for racing. At the time all the major races were from city to city. The Circuit des Ardennes was 53.5-miles in length, in a triangular circuit. It ran along the highway from the town of Bastogne to Longlier, 16 miles to the east, then south to Habay-la-Neuve before joining the main road back to Bastogne.

Shortly before the First World War, the "Circuit" was transfered to Francorchamps.

  • 1899: Started career in a little De Dion.
  • 1899: 11th?? Brussel-Namur-Spa
  • 1901: did not finish Paris-Bordeaux (Mors)
  • 1901: 1st Ostende meeting
  • 1901: 3rd Nice-Salon-Nice
  • 1902: did not finish Circuit du Nord
  • 1902: 18th Paris-Vienna
  • 1902: did not finish Circuit des Ardennes (Mors Z)
  • 1902: World Speed Record 1 km (Oostende: 120.771 kmh) and later (15 May 1904: 156 kmh) both on Mercedes.
  • 1903: 27th Paris-Madrid(Bordeaux) in a Mercedes
  • 1903: did not start Circuit des Ardennes in a Mercedes
  • 1903: did not finish Gordon Bennett Race in a Mercedes
  • 1904: 4th Gordon Bennett Race in a Mercedes 60
  • 1905: 7th Gordon Bennett Race in a Mercedes
  • 1905: 3rd Coupe de Liedekerke
  • 1905: 6th Circuit des Ardennes
  • 1906: 5th Targa Florio (Itala)
  • 1906: did not finish Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. in a Itala 120 hp
  • 1906: 4th Coupe de Liedekerke
  • 1907: 27th Kaiserpreis heat 2
  • 1907: 1st Circuit des Ardennes open formula in a Mercedes 120 hp.






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