8/9/1912 - 10/10/1988
Record updated 08-Sep-21
Often listed incorrectly as Jacques Forestier, Jacques Peron was born in Paris and was an industrialist who raced several Ferrari, Rileys and Oscas and raced under the non de vollant of simply 'Jacques'
Born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Jacques Peron was a French industrialist who raced on circuits and participated in rallies and road races.
In rallying he had considerable success, winning the Rallye du Maroc (Morocco) in 1951 and 1953. In the 1951 even he was the co-driver with Jean Lucas in a Ferrari 212 and in 1953 he was co-driver for the Belgian driver, Paul van de Kaart, in a Porsche 356. As a driver, he won the 1956 Rallye de Forêt and the 1957 Algeria Rally.
In road and circuit racing he was notably successful in the Tour de France (not the cycle race!). In the 1951 event he finished in second place driving a Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe (s/n 0096E) with Raymond Bertramnier and in 1953 went one better, winning the 2510 km race from his home town of Nice to Brest driving an Osca MT4 1100 once again with with Raymond Bertramnier.
In 1954 he finished third with Bertramnier and the Osca MT4. He took fifth in 1957 in a Ferrari 250 GT with Georges Burggraff and drove a Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France' with Harry Schell in 1958 finishing fourth.
He raced at Le Mans three times with a best finish of 9th in 1951 and two retirements. Amongst other good results were a 2nd in 1952 in the 12h Casablanca with Jean Lucas in a Ferrari 225S.
Apparently he had a good relationship with Enzo Ferrari though this might not have been the case when he ordered the alloy-bodied 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France' in 1958. He had made a number of request for upgrades and additions which Ferrari chose to ignore. Not only that but they had already requested a resume of his racing experience before they would sell him the car. Understandably Peron was not best pleased.
Jacques died on October 10, 1988 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye