Eugene Martin

Eugene Martin

24/3/1915

Martin had a broad engineering background and when he began racing a BMW/Frazer-Nash in the late forties he soon modified it extensively, subsequently winning races at Angouleme and the GP of Lyons in 1947. The latter victory put him in demand, and he briefly tried the GTA Arsenal before racing the Jicey during 1948-49. Invited to join Talbot for 1950, Martin crashed in only his second race for the team at Berne and was seriously injured, prompting his temporary retirement. He was to reappear occasionally, having acquired the Jicey, and drove a works Gordini at the 1954 Pau GP, which was to be his final race and unfortunately ended in a crash. He then concentrated on his new role as technical director of the Salmson company, whose machines were to bear a marked resemblance to the Martin cars Eugene had briefly marketed in 1952-53.

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