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Paul Bablot 1873 - 1932

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Winner of the 1911 Coupe des Voiturettes at Boulogne and 1913 GP de France at Le Mans. Bablot competed at Indy in 1919.

Giancarlo Baghetti 1934 - 1995

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Formula One driver who raced for the Ferrari, ATS (Ita), BRM, Brabham and Lotus teams.

Julian Bailey 1961

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Julian Bailey was a Formula One driver who raced for the Tyrrell and Lotus teams.

George Bailey 1900 - 1940

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George Bailey drove in five Indy 500's but never finished. He was the first person to qualify a rear-engined car there in 1939. He was killed in a practice accident in 1940.

Alan Baillie 1937

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Alan Baille has probably not only held a racing licence longer than nearly anyone else in motor sport but he has raced every year since 1961.

Sir Gawaine Baillie 1934 - 2003

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Sir Gawaine Baillie was an amateur motor racing driver, engineer, industrialist and the owner of the estate surrounding Leeds Castle, the ancient fortress in Kent.

George Bainbridge 1916 - 2002

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George Bainbridge prepared and sometimes raced cars for Bob and Geoffrey Ansell of the Ansells Brewery family.

Craig Baird 1970

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Cannonball Baker 1882 - 1960

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One of the most famous racing driver to never win a major race, Baker was best know for driving cross-country for manufacturers who wanted to demonstrate the speed and reliability of their cars.

Buck Baker 1919

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Buddy Baker 1941 - 2015

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Buddy Baker raced in NASCAR for 34 years taking 19 victories including the 1980 Daytona 500.

Max Balchowsky 1924 - 1998

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Builder and racer of the legendary Old Yeller race cars.

Mauro Baldi 1954

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Ivan Baldwin 1946 - 1996

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'Ivan the Terrible' or 'Ivan the Great', Baldwin grew up on the short tracks of Southern California but he is renowned thoughout the stock car racing world as one of the best chassis men of all time.

Jean-Marie Balestre 1921 - 2008

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Jean-Marie Balestre was the most powerful man in motor sport for 13 years as president of the Federation Internationale de Sport Automobile (FISA) between 1979 to 1991. He was replaced as president of FISA after he lost the election to Max Mosley.

Renato Balestrero 1898 - 1948

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Balestrero's career lasted 25 years and included over 200 races. He was run over and killed while showing his papers to a policeman who had stopped him on the Turin Autostrada.

Bobby Ball 1925 - 1954

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The 1950 AMODC Midget Championship, Bobby Ball drove in the Indy 500 twice, finishing 5th in 1951. He sustained serious head injuries in a race in January 1952 and passed away 14 months later without regaining consciousness.

Maurice Ballot 1870 - 1937

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Gabriel Ernest Maurice Ballot made his name supplying engines to other manufacturers which included Delage, La Licorne and Mass. After the First World War he went into manufacturing complete vehicles. His cars were expensive and very well made, but as the market for shrank, the company was taken...

Lorenzo Bandini 1935 - 1967

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Italian Formula One driver who won the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix. In sports cars he won Le Mans (1963), the Targa Florio (1965) and the Daytona 24 Hour race (1967). He was killed in the Monaco Grand Prix in 1967 after rolling his Ferrari at the chicane while chasing Denny Hulme for the lead.

Ilario Bandini 1911 - 1992

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A farmer's son, Bandini, was a remarkable man, who during the course of some 30 years created the jewel-like Bandini sports racers.

Henry Banks 1913 - 1994

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Banks was the first driver to pass a rookie test at Indianapolis in 1936 and won the 1941 ARDC Championship and the National Driving Championship in 1950.

John Bankston 1939 - 2001

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 A self made multi millionaire who career in Sprint racing started in 1960 and spanned 5 decades. The 2001 season had already been marred by the tragic deaths of Dale Earnhardt and Charles Kettl, the local racing community took yet another blow when Bankston, racing in the All-Star...

Celso Lara Barberis 1916 - 1963

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Celso Lara Barberis spent most of his racing career racing sports cars, racing the ex-Chico Landi Ferrari 375 F1 fitted with a Corvette V8 engine in the Mecanica Continental Championship, as well as a Maserati. He competed in 500Km races with cars in the Mecânica Nacional class as well as Carretera...

Guido Barbieri 1908 - 1984

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Italian driver who raced mainly Maserati sports cars pre and post the Second World War. He won the 1500cc Italian Sports Car Championship in 1947.

Paolo Barilla 1961

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Paolo Barilla is a former Formula One driver who raced for the Minardi team. He is one of the heirs of the vast Barilla pasta empire and, as of January 2017, had a net worth of US$1.39 billion.

Robert Barkhimer 1916 - 2006

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Robert 'Barky' Barkhimer was a popular racing driver and promoter. The Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Champion in 1945, he became the West Coast regional director of NASCAR and during the 1950s and 1960s he controlled most of the tracks in Washington, Oregon and California.

Woolf Barnato 1895 - 1948

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Woolf Barnato bought the Bentley company in 1926. A wealthy socialite and member of the Bentley Boys, he won Le Mans three times as well as famously racing the Blue Train from Cannes in the South of France to Calais, while he had to get to the Conservative Club in St. James Street, London. He won...

Chris Barns 1953 - 2004

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Chris Barns was involved in Motorsport for most of his life and won a number of titles Rallying in New Zealand. He died in 2004 in a helicopter crash.

Alex Baron 1970

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Alex Barron won the American Toyota Atlantic series in 1997 and moved up to CART in 1998. He made his first Indy Racing League start in 2001.

George Barringer 1906 - 1946

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Barringer was a racing driver and owner who raced in the Indy 500 six times between 1934 and 1946 with his best finish being sixth place in 1939.

Claude Loraine Barrow 1873 - 1903

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Barrow was the agent for DMG in South West France. He started racing in 1900 and in 1903 drove a De Dietrich in the fatal Paris to Madrid race in 1903. He contracted pneumonia brought on from his injuries sustained when he crashed in the race and died a few days later.

Michael Bartels 1968

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Star of German F3 in the late eighties, drove for Lotus in F1 in 1991 but failed to qualify in the 4 GPs he entered. Subsequently left in the shadows of Schumacher and Wendlinger, but successfully competed in the saloon car DTM/ITC series.

Willi Bartels 1928 - 2005

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Twice European Hillclimb Champion, Willi Bartels won over 300 events during his 30 year career.

Jürgen Barth 1947

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Porsche legend, Team Manager, engineer and Le Mans winner Jürgen Barth raced at le Mans 13 times finishing on the podium on 9 occasions.

Lutz Barthel 1941 - 2004

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Historic racer who was trgically killed when his 1937 BMW 328 rolled during the Oldtimer Festival at the Nürburgring in 2004.

Jack Bartlett 1904 - 1983

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Joe Barzda 1915 - 1993

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American racing driver and car owner. Raced a Maserati 8CTF post war but failed to qualify for the Indy 500.

Charles Basle 1885 - 1962

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Raced a Buick in the first Indy 500 in 1911. Retired after 46 laps with a broken crankshaft.

Norm Batten 1893 - 1928

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Norm Batten drove relief for Peter DePaolo on his way to winning the 1925 Indianapolis 500, making him one of only two drivers that won the Indy 500 the year before they became a Rookie at the Brickyard. He died along with Earl DeVore when the SS Vestris sank in 1928 on their way to race in South...

Erwin Bauer 1912 - 1958

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Formula One driver for the Veritas team who died in the 1958 ADAC 1000 because he failed to notice the chequered flag and continued at racing pace. Coming across a slower car, his Ferrari slid wide and crashed into trees.

Wilhelm Bauer 1865 - 1900

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Wilhelm Bauer was the Daimler factory foreman and an accomplished race driver. He was killed in the 1900 La Turbie hillclimb, apparently first person to have been killed in a hillclimb. Count Eliot Zborowski was killed at the same corner three years later.

Charles Baumann 1896 - 1930

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American sprint car driver who raced at Indy in 1927 leading at one point before going out with echanical problems.

Walter Bäumer 1908 - 1941

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Walter Bäumer won the Mille Miglia in 1940 with Huschke von Hanstein. He died when his car door opened in a corner as he was being kissed by a girl. He fell out into a field, receiving a fatal wound in his neck from a sharp wooden object.

Zsolt Baumgartner 1981

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Asdrubal Bayardo 1922 - 2006

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Azdrúbal Esteban Fontes Bayardo was from Uruguay. He participated in one Grand Prix with Scuderia Centro Sud at the 1959 French Grand Prix. He failed to qualify.

Elie Bayol 1914 - 1995

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French Formula One driver for OSCA and Gordini, he also drove sports cars. He was badly injured in practice for Le Man in 1955 and retired at the end of 1956.

Herman Beam 1929 - 1980

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Herman Beam raced in NASCAR from the late 50s into the early 60s. Herman drove slowly around track aprons, collecting his share of the purse for some seven years. He never had an accident and he holds the record for the most number of consecutive finishes (84). Herman make a pretty good living and...

Ralph Beardsley 1888 - 1920

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Ralph Edward Beardsley was an amateur American racing driver who drowned at sea in 1920.

Don Beauman 1928 - 1955

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A popular figure on the national racing scene, Beauman was killed when he crashed his ex-Hawthorn Riley during the Leinster Trophy race in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.

Maxwell Beaverbrook 1951

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Maxwell William Humphrey Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook, is a British peer, baronet and politician who has raced in the FIA GT Championship.

Mike Beckwith 1935

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Mike Beckwith was versatile driver who raced saloons, sports cars and single seaters.

Henri Béconnais 1869 - 1904

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Henri François Béconnais, who was quite small and looked like a jockey, raced in the classic long distance road races that were popular at the beginning of motor racing.

Jean Behra 1921 - 1959

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Formula One driver who raced for the Gordini, Maserati, BRM, Ferrari and Porsche teams. An ex-motorcyle champion Behra never found a Formula 1 Grand Prix win, but his fists did manage to find Maurice Trintigant, Georges Monneret and Ferrari team manager Romolo Tavoni!

Derek Bell 1941

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A former Formula One driver from England who raced for the Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno. Bell is best know for his sportscar racing, winning Le Mans five times and the Daytona 24 hour race, three times.

Justin Bell 1968

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Son of Le Mans and sportscar racing legend, Derek Bell, Justin has proved a competent driver in touring cars and sports cars, winning the GT2 Championship in 1997 followed by a class win at Le Mans in 1998.

Stefan Bellof 1957 - 1985

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Stefan won the German Formula Ford 1600 championship before moving up to the Tyrrell Formula 1 team via Formula 3 and Formula 2. He also raced for Porsche in the WEC. Bellof was killed attempting to pass Ickx at Spa in the Brun-Porsche.

Luigi Bellucci 1905 - 0

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Bellucci was an amateur driver from Italy who mainly raced Maserati voiturettes.

Paul Belmondo 1963

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The son of one of France's most famous actors, he entered 27 Grand Prix for the March and Pacific F1 teams. His best finish was 9th in the Hungarian Grand Prix in 1992. Later turned to sports car racing.

Tom Belso 1942

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Started as a mechanic, he raced touring cars before moving to single seaters. Raced in F5000 for a number of years and became Denmark's first World Championship Grand Prix driver.

Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1937 - 2015

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Jean-Pierre Beltoise was a Grand Prix motorcycle racer who won 11 national motorcycle titles before he switched to racing cars. He graduated to Formula One in 1968 racing for Matra. Later he drove for BRM, taking their final GP win at Monaco in 1972.

Anthony Beltoise 1971

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2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Champion.

Enrique Benamo 1960

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Doc Benjafield 1887 - 1957

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Doc Benjafield was a bacteriologist and motor racing enthusiast who won Le Mans in 1927 with fellow 'Bentley Boy' S.C.H. 'Sammy' Davis.

Gordon Bennett, Jr 1841 - 1918

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James Gordon Bennett, Jr. was a newspaper publisher and sports enthusiast. He was the youngest Commodore ever of the New York Yacht Club and in 1866 won the first ever trans-oceanic sailing race

Robert Benoist 1895 - 1944

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Benoist served during World War I and took up racing in the early 1920s. In 1927 he won the French, Spanish, Italian and British Grand Prix for Delage. He later joined Bugatti and won the Spa 24 hour race in an Alfa Romeo. He won Le Mans in 1937 with Jean-Pierre Wimille before retiring. In WWII...

Warren Bentley 1940

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Bentley is a former driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in the 1970-1975 seasons, with 37 career starts, including the 1971 and 1975 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 14 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1970 at Milwaukee.

Allen Berg 1961

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Canadian racer who won the Formula Pacific Tasman Championship before trying F3 in the UK. Found a budget to race in F1 with the awkward Osella in 1986. Tried other formula eventually finding success in Mexico winning the Formula 2 title in 1993, the Formula 3 in 1997 and the Panamerican Indy Lights...

Grover Bergdoll 1893 - 1966

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Grover Cleveland Bergdoll was a wealthy early aviator, racing driver and notorious World War I draft dodger, who fled to Germany to avoid service.

Gerhard Berger 1959

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Berger never won the driver's title though he finished third o three occasions. He won ten grands prix, achieved 48 podiums, 12 poles and a very impressive 21 fastest laps. He made 210 F1 starts and is amongst F1's most experienced drivers of all time. He also has the unique distinction of being the...

Georges Berger 1918 - 1967

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Belgium racing driver who competed in 2 Grand Prix. Won the Tour de France (Rally) with Willy Mairesse in a Ferrari in 1960. He was killed when he crashed his Porsche 911 during the Marathon de la Route in 1967.

Eric Bernard 1964

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Éric Bernard, born in Martigues, near Marseille, France, was a Formula One driver who raced for the Ligier, Larrousse and Lotus teams.

Enrique Bernoldi 1978

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Bernoldi is a former Formula One driver who raced for the Arrows team.

Jacques Bernusset 1943 - 1966

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Jacques Bernusset was a French citizen with a Belgian racing licence. He suffered fatal injuries and burns when his F3 Cooper T76-Ford crashed and caught fire on Sunday May 1, 1966 at Magny-Cours.

Enrico Bertaggia 1964

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Enrico Bertaggia failed to qualify for six Formula One grands prix with Coloni in 1989, and was in fact the slowest entrant in all six. He was entered for two Grand Prix with Andrea Moda in 1992, but the team was excluded from the first, and withdrew from the second, before Bertaggia left.

Franco Bertani 1913

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A very quick Italian driver who either never got a chance or wasn't interested in moving up in class. Best know for racing a Stanguellini Fiat 1100 he was very successful in 1100cc racing from 1938 to 1947.

Oliver Bertram 1910 - 1975

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Oliver Bertram was more interested in competing in hill climbs and speed trials than road racing and aquired the ex-John Cobb 10½ litre Delage in 1933, lapping Brooklands at over 130 mph. In 1935 he bought the Barnato-Hassan Special and set the Outer Circuit lap record at 142.60 mph.

Aldo Bertuzzi 1961

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Italian racing driver who competed in Formula 3 and Formula 2 and F3000 before switching to endurance racing and then hill-climbs and rallying

Gary Bettenhausen 1941

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Son of Indianapolis 500 and sprint car legend Tony Bettenhausen, Gary raced at Indy 21 times with a best finish of 3rd in 1980 having started back in 32nd place. He led the 1972 running but his car failed with just 17 laps to go. He lost most of the use of his left arm in a crash in 1974 but raced...

Tony Bettenhausen Jr 1951 - 2000

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Bettenhausen drove in 11 Indianapolis 500-Mile Races and was owner of the Bettenhausen Motorsports racing team. He was killed in a plane crash along with his wife, Russ Roberts and Larry Rangel.

Mike Beuttler 1940 - 1988

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Mike Beuttler showed great promise in Formula 3 before graduating to Formula 2 and then Formula 1 in 1971. He raced March F1 cars financed by a group of wealthy stockbroker friends. He continued in 1972 and 1973 but retired from racing at the end of the year. He eventually moved to San Francisco...

Lucien Bianchi 1934 - 1969

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Lucien Bianchi could do it all, single seater racing, sports car racing and rally driving. Winner at Le Mans in 1968 he was killed in testing for the 1969 event.

Gino Bianco 1916 - 1983

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Started competing in hill climbs in Brazil in the early 1950s. Travelled to Europe in 1952, racing in four Grand Prix.

Don Biederman 1940 - 1999

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Biederman was one of the greatest Canadian stock car drivers particularly successful on the short tracks in Canada. He also ran some of the major short track Stock Car open races in the Great Lakes states. He was the first Canadian to campaign full time on the NASCAR Grand National circuit. He died...

Frank Biela 1964

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Ulrich Bigalke 1910 - 1940

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Tom Bigelow 1939

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Tom Bigelow is a former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He won the 1978 USAC Sprint Car Series Championship and the USAC Midwest Regional Title in 1982.

Guido Bigio 1881 - 1913

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He was one of the founders of Itala in 1904. He and his mechanic Crescentino Ardizzone were killed their car went off the road and overturned testing for the Grand Prix de ACF in 1913.

Mark Billman 1905 - 1933

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Mark Billman won many races in Indiana and Ohio in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He died in a terrible crash in the 1933 Indy 500.

Hans Binder 1948

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After promising performances in Formula Ford and German F3, Binder moved up tp Formula 2 in 1975. He made his F1 debut that year in Austria. In 1977 he joined Surtees but left mid season for ATS before returning for the last three rounds. In 1978 he failed to qualify for the Austrian GP and retired.

William Binnie 1958

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William Binnie has been involved in all forms of modern and historic Motorsports for many years including ALMS, LMES and Le Mans as well as the Goodwood Historic Festival, BRDC Championship and the Ferrari Shell Challenge.

Clemente Biondetti 1898 - 1955

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Best on long distance endurance races, Clemente Biondetti won the Mille Miglia in 1938 and then three years running, from 1947 to 1949. He also won the Targa Florio in 1948 and 1949. He died from cancer in 1955

Prince Bira 1914 - 1985

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One of ERA's most famous exponents, Prince Bira also raced the ex-Whitney Straight Maserati. His outstanding performances were rewarded with the BRDC Road Racing Gold Star in 1936, 1937 and 1938. After the war, Bira returned to racing with several teams taking a number of wins in non championship...

Pablo Birger 1924 - 1966

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Pablo Birger raced in the Mecánica Nacional series in Argentina. He did a deal with Amedee Gordini to race in the 1953 and 1955 Argentine Grand Prix.

Marc Birkigt 1878 - 1953

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Marc Birkigt was the Swiss genius behind Hispano Suiza. He moved to Spain where he set up the first Hispano-Suiza workshop. He prepared all their racing cars at the Levallois-Perret factory between 1911 and 1914.

Tim Birkin 1896 - 1933

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Tim Birkin was a British racing driver and one of the "Bentley Boys" of the 1920s.

Martin Birrane 1935

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Le Mans and saloon car racer, owner of Lola Cars and the Mondello Park Circuit.

Gerry Birrell 1944 - 1973

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The youngest of three brothers Gerry Birrell was a talented driver and engineer. Destined for grater things he died in the Grand Prix de Rouen F2 race.

Art Bisch 1926 - 1958

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Started racing midgets in 1948 before moving on to Sprint Cars in California, dominating the 1956 season, winning 10 of the 27 races. He moved up to Champ cars in 1958 and won his first race in the Rex Mays 100. Sadly his career was cut short when he crashed at the Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta,...

George Biskup 1962

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Successful Porsche racer in the SCCA Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship he also served as a race instructor.

Giotto Bizzarrini 1926

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Giotto Bizzarrini is a legend in the world of performance sports cars. A test driver, engineer and carmaker, he is the man behind such cars as the Ferrari 250 GTO and the Testa Rossa. He is also the designer of the V12 engine used by Lamborghini in the 350 GTV and the builder of numerous prototypes...

Eugen Bjørnstad 1909 - 1992

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Eugen Bjørnstad drove Bugatti, Alfa-Romeo and ERAs on the circuits of Europe winning a number of Grand Prix. He also competed on ice tracks and hill climbs. Possibly the top Norwegian driver before Petter Solberg.

Michael Bleekemolen 1949

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Bleekemolen was a Formula One driver who raced for the RAM and ATS teams. He entered Formula 1 in 1977, failing to qualify at his home grand prix. He returned in 1972 year and drove in four races, qualifying only once. After Formula 1 he returned to Formula 3.

Hans Blees 1920 - 1994

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Post war German racing driver who raced a Veritas and an AFM mostly in East Germany.

Alex Blignaut 1932 - 2001

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Al Blixt 1905 - 1961

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Al 'Ace' Blixt tried his hand at racing but marriage prevented him from following that course. Instead he expressed his passion for the sport through his photography, documenting the history of racing in Michigan and throughout the Midwest from 1932 to 1951.

Mark Blundell 1966

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Raced in Formula One for four seasons, sports cars and CART. He won the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans. Blundell returned to the track in 2019, driving in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship for the Trade Price Cars team.

Raul Boesel 1957

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A former Formula One driver who raced for the March and Ligier teams he also raced in CART and the IRL. In 1987 he won the World Sportscar Championship with Jaguar and in 1988 he won the Daytona 24 Hours. He finished third at Indianapolis in 1989 and 1991 he finished second at Le Mans.

Mennato Boffa 1930

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Boffa won numerous races in Italy and abroad, mainly at the wheel of Maserati Sport cars. In 1961 he entered four non-championship Formula One races with a Cooper T45.

Eugen Bohringer 1922 - 2013

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Georges Boillot 1884 - 1916

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Georges Boillot was a French Grand Prix motor racing driver and World War I fighter pilot who was shot down over Verdun in a dogfight with a squadron of German fighters during WW1.

André Boillot 1891 - 1932

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André Boillot was the younger brother of Georges Boillot. He won many races after WW1 including the Targa Florio, the Coppa Florio. He was killed in a crash at the Ars-Le Chatre hillclimb in France.

John Bolster 1910 - 1984

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John Bolster, most famous for his "Bloody Mary" special, was a racing driver, commentator and motoring writer. He quit driving after a bad crash in the 1949 British Grand Prix.

Tony Bonadies 1916 - 1964

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Popular Midget racer who was killed at the Williams Grove Speedway.

Pierre Boncompagni 1913 - 1953

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A very handy amateur sports car driver. He started out racing in a Talbot but switched to Ferrari taking a number of good wins in his short carrer that ended in a fatal crash in the 12 Hour race at Hyeres in France.

Colin Bond 1942

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A versatile driver, Bond won the Australian Rally Championship in 1971, 1972 and 1974. He also won the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Bob Bondurant 1933

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Bob Bondurant was a Formula 1 driver who raced for the Ferrari, Lotus, BRM and Eagle teams. Now famous for his racing schools where he continues to teach, time permitting, and race in select vintage racing events.

Felice Bonetto 1903 - 1953

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Known as 'The Pirate', Bonetto was a fearless competitor who took no prisoners and was possessed of so much courage that some of his racing exploits placed him in the category of the foolhardy.

Al Bonnell 1909 - 1980

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One of the true pioneers, Al Bonnell won track titles at Cleveland, Ohio in 1937 and 1938, as well as the 1946 Detroit VFW Speedway crown. He also captured the Central States Racing Association championship in 1940 and the Zeiter Michigan-Ohio circuit title in 1946.

Neil Bonnett 1946 - 1994

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Jo Bonnier 1930 - 1972

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Roberto Bonomi 1919 - 1992

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Formula One driver who raced for the Cooper team. Before Formula 1 he was the Argentine Sports Car Champion in 1952 and 1953. Raced a Cooper-Maserati in the 1960 Argentine GP.

Juan Manuel Bordeu 1934 - 1990

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A protégé of Juan Manuel Fangio, Bordeu had a successful early career racing in Formula Junior. He was due to race in the French Grand Prix in 1961 but a testing accident left him unable to participate. He raced on in Turismo Carretera and the Temporada series before retiring in 1973.

Pietro Bordino 1887 - 1928

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Pietro Bordino was an Italian racing driver, considered by many to be the best in the 1920s. He started racing in 1908 and was killed in practice for the Circuto di Alessandria in 1928.

Slim Borgudd 1946

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Baconin Borzacchini 1898 - 1933

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Italian racing driver who took class wins at the Targa Florio in 1926 and 1927. Became a works Maserati driver but was often overshadowed by Tazio Nuvolari. He was killed in the 1933 Italian Grand Prix trying to avoid Giuseppe Campari, who also died. Later in the race a third driver, Count Stanislas...

John Bosch 1964

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From a wealthy family, his father owned hotels and golf courses, John was able to indulge his passion for racing. Performed well in European F3 but a couple of crashessaw him switch to rallying. Returning to circuit racing, in 2003 driving with Jan Lammers in the Racing for Holland Dome...

W Russell Boss 1908 - 1988

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The starter at the inaugural Sebring 12 Hour race in 1952, Russ Boss raced there every year between 1953 and 1959. His family owned the Cross Pen Company and he served as President until his retirement in 1985.

Luki Botha 1930 - 2006

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Lindley Fowler Bothwell 1902 - 1986

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Pioneer surfer, automobile collector and racer and cheerleading legend who invented the animated card stunt at matches when spectators in the grandstands hold coloured cards above their heads to create an image of slogan.

Alfred Bottoms 1918 - 1951

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Having started in motorcycle speedway, Alf switched to 500cc F3 in 1950 with his own car the JBS. A tallented driver destined for greater things, he was killed in the F3 Grand Prix de Luxembourg the following year.

Désiré Boudart Boudart 0 - 0

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Claude Bourbonnais 1965

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A former driver in the Toyota Atlantic, CART, and Indy Lights series. He raced in the 1994 CART series with 5 starts. He also raced in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.

Sebastien Bourdais 1979

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Sébastien Bourdais is a French racing driver and three-time Champ Car series winner.

Guy Bouriat 1902 - 1933

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Guy Bouriat, also known as the Comte Quintart, drove Bugatti's from 1928 until his death in 1933

Claude Bourillot 1924 - 1998

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French sports car driver who took a class win in the Mille Miglia in 1955. He also finished second in class at Le Mans in 1957. Married to the French actress Michèle Mercier, he ended up running off with her jewels and money leaving her pennyless.

Annie Bousquet 1923 - 1956

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One of the best known female racing driver in France in the 1950's. She was both a rally and circuit driver, sometimes sharing the wheel with her close friend Gilberte Thirion. Perhaps over enthusiastic at times, during her short career from 1952 to 1956, she had several accidents. She was killed...

Thierry Boutsen 1957

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Formula One driver who raced for the Arrows, Benetton, Williams, Ligier and Jordan teams.

Elias Bowie 1910 - 2005

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Bowie was the first-ever African-American NASCAR driver.

Harry Bowler 1906 - 1973

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Best remembered for successfully racing a 3 litre Bentley at Brooklands.

John Boyd 1926 - 2003

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A native of Fresno, Calif., Boyd followed his idol, Bill Vukovich Sr., to Indianapolis, only to be involved in the crash that took Vukovich's life.

Bill Boyd 1915 - 1984

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Bill Boyd started racing in 1934 during the Great Depression and raced extensively all over the USA until 1961.

Joe Boyer 1890 - 1924

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Joe Boyer raced at the Indy 500 five times between 1919 and 1924. He led the last 24 laps of the 1924 race driving relief of Lora L. Corum. He died in a crash during a race at Altoona Speedway.

Jack Brabham 1926 - 2014

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Formula One champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

Geoff Brabham 1952

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Son of three time Formula One World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, Geoff won the 1981 Can-Am Championship. After a spell in Indy Cars he went on to dominate sports car racing in the USA winning the IMSA title four years running. He has also won Le Mans.

Giovanni Bracco 1908 - 1968

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Bracco was a very talented Italian racing driver who never fully realised his potential. he won a number of important races, his most memorable being the Mille Miglia in 1952.

Bill Brack 1935

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Brack was a leading light on the Canadian motor racing scene from the late sixties through to the late seventies, and also made occasional racing forays abroad.

Bobby Brack 1938

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South Florida racing legend, Brack won 485 feature races in a career than spanned 3 decades.

Charles Edgar Brackenbury 1907 - 1959

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The owner of a garage near Brooklands, Charles Brackenbury raced a variety of machines between 1929 and 1953. He finished third at Le Mans twice, in 1935 and 1939.

Francis Bradley 1927 - 2009

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Francis Bradley was the 1962 Canadian Driving Champion.

Caleb S Bragg 1885 - 1943

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Caleb Bragg, a wealthy "playboy" of the 1920s, made immense contributions to motor racing and aviation as well as in the field of speedboat racing. In his first major appearance as a complete unknown he beat the great Barney Oldfield in two straight match races. He went on to win the Vanderbilt Cup...

Vittorio Brambilla 1937 - 2001

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Toni Branca 1916 - 1985

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Swiss amateur Formula One driver who's motor racing was apparently financed by an admiring Belgian countess.

Don Branson 1920 - 1966

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Don Branson was an American Sprint car driver who raced in the Indy 500 with a best finish of 5th in 1960. He was killed in a sprint car crash on the dirt oval at Ascot Park in Gardena, California.

Ross Brawn 1954

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Clint Brawner 1916

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Josef Brázdil 1899 - 1934

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Brázdil from Bratislava borrowed the money to buy a Maserati 6C-34 with the aim of winning the Czech GP in 1934, his first ever race! In one of the most bizzare tales in GP history he died in an accident during an unofficial practice session.

Craig Breedlove 1937

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Five-time world land speed record holder and the first to reach 400, 500 and 600 mph, using turbojet-powered vehicles named 'Spirit of America.'

Ronnie Bremer 1978

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Ronnie Bremer is a Danish racecar driver who has driven in the Champ Car World Series.

Merle Brennan 1927 - 1995

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Merle Brennan was a Can Am and sports car racer who was a throwback to another time, a racing driver who was also a mechanic who built his own cars and competed on his own terms.

Charlie Breslin 0 - 0

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Flavio Briatore 1950

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Tommy Bridger 1924 - 1991

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Successful 500cc F3 driver who competed in one Grand Prix, Morocco in 1958 where he crashed.

Tony Brise 1952 - 1975

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Tony Brise was one of this sport's most promising talents. He died in the plane crash that also took the life of Graham Hill and four other team members on 29/11/1975

Chris Bristow 1937 - 1960

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Dazzlingly talented South Londoner. Rated as a man with a great future but killed in a grisly accident at Spa-Francorchamps.

Nick Brittan 1936 - 2006

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Nick Brittan had over 30 years in motor sport first as a works race and rally driver and then in top International motorsport management in Formula One and World Championship rallying.

Peter Brock 1945 - 2006

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Australia's most popular racing driver for the last 30 years, he won at Bathurst 10 times. He also held more pole positions and won more races than any other driver since the inception of the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1960. He was killed competing in the Targa West Rally in Western...

Mike Brockman 1945 - 2019

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Hollywood Stuntman Michael Brockman, raced 14 times in the Daytona 24 hour race and was a regular competitor in the IMSA series in the 1980s and 90s. Later he teamed up with Paul Newman for some of hus last races in the 2000s.

Peter Broeker 1929 - 1980

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Broeker turned up at the 1963 US Grand Prix with his own F1 Stebro, powered by a pushrod Ford motor. Qualifying some 15 seconds off the pole-position time, he finished seventh, 22 laps down on the winner.

Bert Brooks 1920 - 1968

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Brooks was a successful sprint and midget driver in the eastern United States. He won the URC Sprint Car Championships 4 times. Tried and failed to qualify for Indy in 1961.

Luis Brosutti 0 - 0

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Born in Santa Fe province, Argentina, the career of Luis Enrique Brosutti Fantini covered more than 25 years of racing in his homeland.

Alan Brown 1919 - 2004

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Alan Brown was a star of the 500 cc championships with his F3 Cooper. He moved up to F2 with a Cooper-Bristol and gave the prototype Vanwall its debut at the 1954 International Trophy.

Warwick Brown 1949

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A tough and tallented Australian racing driver who made just one Grand Prix appearance int he USA in 1976. He raced successfully in F5000 and Can Am.

Walt Brown 1911 - 1951

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Walt Brown competed at Indy in 1950 and 1951. He died in the warm up for a sprint car race at the Williams Grove Speedway on "Black Sunday", the 29th July 1951.

W. W. Brown 1886 - 1958

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W. W. Brown was a noted car owner and engine builder as well as a driver. Later he worked on the AAA technical committee and owned the W.W.Brown Machine Works on Grand Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Victor Austin Bruce 1897 - 1978

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The Hon. Victor Austin Bruce was a well-known competitor at Brooklands. In 1926, he became the first Briton to win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a 2-litre six cylinder A.C., with W. J. Brunell as passenger and navigator.

David Bruce-Brown 1887 - 1912

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The first American to win a Grand Prix. He died in an accident during practice for the American Grand Prize in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1912.

Adolf Brudes 1899 - 1986

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Brudes started racing motorcycles before turning to four wheels. He finished third in the Mille Miglia in 1940. After the cessation of hostilities he resumed his racing and appearance in the 1952 German GP. He became a Borgward works driver competing in long-distance races such as the Buenos Aires...

Robert Brunet 1903 - 1986

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Robert Brunet was a French GP driver who was supported by a rich French Countess. He raced Alfa Romeo, Bugatti and Maserati during the 1930s. After the war he returned briefly, winning his class at Le Mans in 1949.

Gianmaria Bruni 1981

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'Gimmi' Bruni is an Italian racing driver who in 2004 drove in Formula One with the Minardi team. He won the Italian Formula Renault Campus title in 1998 and the European Formula Renault title in 1999. He then raced in British Formula 3, finishing fifth in 2000 and fourth in 2001. In 2005, Bruni...

Archie Bryde 1919 - 2008

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Archie Bryde started racing in 1939. Between 1948 and 1951 he raced a Jaguar XK 120 and a 500cc F3 Cooper 500cc. In 1952 he acquired the prototype Cooper Bristol and though he drove quite well he turned the car over to Mike Hawthorn and Reg Parnell. He eventually sold the car to one Bernie...

Louise Bryden-Brown 1916 - 1972

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Louise Bryden-Brown came from a wealth family who owned what was then the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. She became interested in racing and ended up running her own Formula 1 team in 1961 and 1962. Sadly drink and drugs were became a problem and she lost interested in racing,...

Ronnie Bucknum 1936 - 1992

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Ronnie Bucknum was a Formula One driver who participated in 11 Grands Prix, debuting on August 2, 1964 driving for Honda. After Formula One, Bucknum drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing between 1967-1970 with 23 starts. He had one win, the 1968 Michigan 500. He also drove a Carroll...

Jeff Bucknum 1966

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Son of Ronnie Bucknum the American sportscar racer who became Honda's first Formula One driver back in the 1960's, Jeff competes in Indy Cars and Sports Prototypes.

Ivor Bueb 1923 - 1959

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Ivor Bueb was a British racing driver who won Le Mans in 1955 and 1957. He died in a crash at Clermont Ferrand in 1959.

Luiz Bueno 1937 - 2011

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Bueno was one of the top drivers in his native Brazil. He twice won the Brazilian touring car championship. He raced in the inaugural non-championship Brazilian GP in a March 711 in 1972, finishing sixth, and the World Championship race for Team Surtees a year later.

Ettore Bugatti 1881 - 1947

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Bugatti's work was characterised by a unique combination of advanced yet simple engineering and artistic execution of all technical details. His cars are considered pure art by non-automotive experts as well as enthusiasts.

Jean Bugatti 1909 - 1939

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The eldest son of Ettore Bugatti, Jean was a tallented designer. He was killed when the Type 57 he was testing on the roads near the factory, crashed into a tree. The Type 57 tank-bodied racer had just returned from winning Le Mans.

Robbie Buhl 1963

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A former IndyCar Series competitor, he won the 1992 Indy Lights championship. He started his own team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, in 2000 and is a founder and key supporter of "Racing for Kids", a charitable foundation established to assist chronically ill children.

Hans-Georg Bürger 1952 - 1980

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Killed in the warm up of a round of the European Formula 2 Championship at Zandvoort driving a Tiga F280 BMW. Hans-Georg drove in the 1979 German Formula 3 championship. Finished as runner up in the series. racing In 1980 he drove in European Formula 2 and the Procar series. At le Mans he drove...

Ian Burgess 1930 - 2012

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Ernst-Günther Burggaller 1896 - 1940

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Burggaller started racing motorcycles in 1922 but switched to cars in 1928 with a Bugatti T37. He aquired a T35B which he altered to Monoposto specification and fitted a T51 motor. One of the top German drivers he was killed in action early in 1940.

Bob Burman 1884 - 1916

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Bob Burman was an American racecar driver active in the formative years of auto racing. He won one of the first races at the Indyanapolis Speedway in 1909 and competed in the first Indy 500 in 1911. He was killed in the Boulevard Race in Corona, California.

Richard Burns 1971 - 2005

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In 2001 Richard Burns became the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship. In November 2003, Burns was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering a blackout and, on November 25 2005, 4 years to the day after winning the World Rally Championship, he died.

Patsy Burt 1928 - 2001

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Raced in Sprints and Hill Climbs. In 1961 she became the first British driver to compete in a full season of the European Mountain championship and in 1968 became the first woman to win the Brighton Speed Trials.

Larry Burton 1933 - 2007

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Larry Burton starting racing with a jalopy at in 1952 and went on to become a star in super modified and sprint car racing, splitting time between California, Nevada and Australia.

Richard Burton 1938 - 2008

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Richard Burton, one of the last gentleman racing drivers, was a handsome, impeccably dressed boulevardier of the old school. Burton married often and was a fount of knowledge on the art of making love.

Roberto Bussinello 1927 - 1999

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Veteran Italian semi-professional and Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTA driver.

Archie Butterworth 1912 - 2005

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Butterworth was an unconvential but genius inventor who built his first post-war racing car using the engine from a German halftrack.

Jenson Button 1980

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Jenson Button is a British Formula One racing driver. He currently drives for the Honda Racing F1 team. He won his first Grand Prix in Hungary, on August 6, 2006.

Rory Byrne 1940

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Red Byron 1915 - 1960

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Robert "Red" Byron won one of the first NASCAR sanctioned races on a beach course at Daytona on February 15, 1948. He also won the very first NASCAR Championship in 1949.