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Born on this day (23rd - April)

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



Gerard Crombac
Gerard Crombac
Jabby
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SWITZERLAND

Born
7 / 3 / 1929
Died
18 / 11 / 2005
Gérard Crombac nicknamed Jabby was one of the most famous and longest serving F1 journalists.

 

In 1954 he bought Colin Chapman's own Lotus MK VI and began racing. This was the start of his long friendship with Chapman. Accepting that he was not going to make it as a racing driver he retired from driving in 1958.

In 1959 he became Jo Schlesser manager in association with Jean Lucas while working for the Prisunic.

He was much loved and was a travelling regular to Grand Prix even before the modern F1 World Championship began in 1950. 'Jabby', wearer of tweed caps and smoker of pipes was a great mate of Jim Clark. They had shared an apartment in Paris when Clark officially lived in Switzerland for tax reasons.
He established the French 'Sport Auto' magazine with Jean Lucas and was the first European Autosport correspondent always welcome in the Grand Prix Media Centres and paddocks around the world.

Crombac was also the proud owner of an ex-Clark Lotus Elan S3. As Jabby's famous anecdote goes, he dropped Clark off at an airport in 1968. 'It's your car now,' the late Clark told him. A few days later, Clark died in a crash at Hockenheim.

Jabby Crombac succumbed to cancer on 18th of November 2005.

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