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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



George Arents
George Arents
UNITED STATES

Born
21 / 4 / 1916
Died
? / 5 / 1992
George Arents was multi-millionaire who owned the United States franchise for Ferrari. He came from a Virginia tobacco-growing family and was an heir to the American Tobacco Company

His uncle who initially worked with the family firm, eventually patented cigarette and cigar rolling machines. His machines went on to account for two thirds of the cigars smoked in the USA. George's uncle, who was actually a non-smoker, was also a keen racing driver.

During the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup race, he was involved in an accident that clained the life of his riding mechanic Carl Mensel. The Mercedes 60 he was driving, lost a wheel on the Jamaica-Hempstead Road and overturned. Arents survived after two days in a coma.

George lived in an impressive Coral Gables mansion, Carousel, named to call attention to a row of merry-go-round horses that adorned the back porch. Though George Arents was gay he was at one time married and had children. He had a handsome youthful lover who was a professional racing driver, David Cunningham.

George Arents provided the backing to Louis Chinetti to set up the Ferrari Noth America Racing Team (NART).

He drove a number of Ferraris notibly in 1958 when he drove his 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta (0773) to fourteen East Coast SCCA races, winning thirteen of them.