Maurice Mestivier

17/4/1902 - 13/10/1975

Record updated 10-Jan-23

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Mestivier was born at Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, near Tours (Dpt 37). He started working at Amilcar as a mechanic in 1921. His brother Marius, who died at Le Mans in 1925, was chief tester there. Mestivier was a genious tuner and soon became chief mechanic. Mestivier acquired an Amilcar CS in 1931, a Pégase in 1936 and the unique Amilcar MCO 1100 in 1933. When Amilcar closed their racing shop he was attached to the sales department until 1939. In the 1950s he founded Autobleue, a successful outfit specialized in tuning Renaults and in building special parts for them. Maurice Mestivier was very active on various governing boards of the sport and a race organizer himself. He was the president of the AGACI (the French Drivers Association) from 1937 to 1969. The first post-war meeting at the Bois de Boulogne in 1945 was mainly due to his efforts. Died at Chouzy-sur-Cisse, near Blois (Dpt 41).

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