19/4/1895 - 17/7/1975
Record updated 19-Apr-17
Joseph Charles Georges Scaron was a talented Voiturette and sports car driver whose career spanned 30 years.
José Scaron was born in Brussels but became a French citizen and signed up for the French Army in 1914
He started racing in Voiturettes after the First World War in 1922. Unfortunately he crashed his Amilcar in his first competition. He became the agent for them in Le Havre and continued to race theat marque for then next 11 years.
He won at La Baule in 1927 and again in 1928. He also won at Reims and Boulogne in 1928.
In 1929 he became Amilcar's works driver dominating the 1100cc class in 1929 and 1930 taking several victories.
In 1931 he won the first Grand Prix de Casablanca in a 1.1 Amilcar C6 beating Emmanuel Galba in a 1.5 Bugatti T37A and Luigi Platé in his 1.5 Alfa Romeo 6C. He also picked up a third in the III Grand Prix de Tunisie.
1932 saw Scaron without a win. The 1.3 Amilcar MC0 was finding the opposition tougher. A third in the IV Grand Prix de Tunisie and the II Grand Prix de Casablanca and a forth at the II Grand Prix d'Oranie were the high points.
1933 was even worse so, for 1934, he turned to racingprivately entered Alfa Romeo Monza's and Bugattis in minor events.
The first Gordini single-seaters came in 1946 when "Le Sorcier" ran Fiat-engined cars for himself and Jose Scaron. In the late 1940s the company expanded into workshops in the Boulevard Victor in Paris and while Scaron and former Le Mans winner Pierre Veyron concentrated on sportscar events
In 1938 he became involved with Amédée Gordini, racing Simca Gordini sports cars both before and after the war. The first Gordini single-seaters came in 1946 when "Le Sorcier" ran Fiat-engined cars for himself and Scaron. In the late 1940s Gordini expanded into workshops in the Boulevard Victor in Paris and Scaron and former Le Mans winner Pierre Veyron concentrated on sportscar events. Scaron finished third in the 1949 French GP. After Le Mans 1952, Scaron retired from racing and continued as a businessman in Le Havre.
For his achievements he received the Legion of Honour in 1954. Scaron died at Neuilly 1975.