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Born on this day (24th - May)

John Bolster

1910 - 1984


Hannu Olavi Mikkola

1942


1952


Guido Pardini

1953 - 2007


Lamberto Leoni

1953


Philip Verellen

1962 - 2002


Ivan Capelli

1963


Ricky Craven

1966



Died on this day (24th - May)

Claude Loraine Barrow

1873 - 1903


Albert Guyot

1881 - 1947


Herbert Müller

1940 - 1981


Dries van der Lof

1919 - 1990


Hitoshi Ogawa

1956 - 1992


Alfonso Garcia de Vinuesa

1958 - 1997



Marcel Renault
Marcel Renault
FRANCE

Born
14 / 5 / 1872
Died
26 / 5 / 1903

Marcel Renault was a French industrialist and racing driver, brother of Louis Renault.

In 1898 in the Paris suburb of Billancourt Louis Renault built his first automobile in a small workshop at the end of the garden of his family home. It had a De Dion engine but Renault designed and built the chassis. In the summer of 1899 Louis and Marcel entered cars in the Paris-Trouville race. Louis won the light car class and before long the brothers were building cars for customers. In their first six months they built 60 cars. By the end of 1900 they had built another 179 machines.

Marcel took part in the Olympic Games in the summer of 1900.

In 1902 Renault hired a De Dion engine designer and began producing its own engines. The first big event was the Paris-Vienna race of June 1902 and Renault entered three cars in the light car class. Marcel Renault won the event outright. The following year (1903) Marcel was killed when he crashed near Angouleme on the Paris-Madrid race. He had left Versailles one hour behind his brother, driving a 16HP Renault, following in the dust behind Leon Théry’s Decauville, Marcel didn’t see the warning flag for a sharp corner near Angouleme. He was going to fast and lost control, crashing into a tree. Théry stopped his Decauville to try and help Renault and his riding-mechanic Vauthier. There was no doctor nearby so Théry went and found one and sent him back on a bicycle. Sadly Marcel Renault died at the scene.

After the death of Marcel, Louis abandoned racing.





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