Drivers A - Z
Oscar Cabalén was one of the heroes of the Argentinian motorsport in the 1960s.
A very experienced and reliable sports car driver, Cabianca died in a bizzare accident at the Autodromo di Modena when testing his Cooper-Ferrari. The car left the circuit and was in collision with a bicycle, a motorcycle, a small passing mini-van and three parked cars.
Formula One and sports car driver from Portugal. He participated in 4 grands prix, debuting on August 23, 1959.
Italian born racing driver who emigrated to the USA in 1898. He was killed in practice for the Indy 500 in 1931.
Phil Cade was an amateur enthusiast who raced a Chrysler-engined 1935 Maserati V8Ri in SCCA events and the 1959 US Grand Prix.
Alessandro Cagno was employee number 3 at F.I.A.T. and won the first running of the Targa Florio. He was also aviation pioneer and competed in powerboat races using F.I.A.T. powered boats, winning the Monaco meeting in 1906.
From the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, Enzo raced touring cars and GTs with considerable International success.
Alastair Caldwell began as a race mechanic and went on to become team manager at McLaren. He then joined Brabham and ATS. He now competes in in Historic Rallying.
Giuseppe Campari was an Italian opera singer and Grand Prix motor racing driver.
Best known for his achievements in record breaking, Malcolm Campbell started racing at Brooklands before the First World War driving amongst other cars, a Darracq christened Bluebird, a name that became synonymous with his own.
British car and power boat driver who broke many speed records on land and water. Son of Sir Malcolm Campbell, Donald was killed when his boat Bluebird K7 flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph on Coniston Water in 1967.
A wealthy Spanish Formula One driver who enjoyed little success with Minardi. Now run his own team in GP2.
Marco Campos was born in Curitiba, Brazil and was a Brazilian racing driver, who died in an accident in a Formula 3000 race in the Magny-Cours circuit.
British born Canadian Can-Am driver who lost his life in a plane crash in 1999.
William 'Shorty' Cantlon was an American racing driver. He was killed in the 1947 Indianapolis 500.
From Montevideo in Uruguay, he was of the contingent of South Americans who came to Europe in the late forties and early fifties.
Best known for racing boats, in the early days, Cantrell divided his time between cars and boats. He raced at Indy twice in 1948 and 1949.
One of the greatest European racing drivers and a person who overcame serious injury and misfortune to excel and succeed. He also possessed an almost unbelievable prowess in the wet, hence his nickname The Regenmeister (Rainmaster).
Drove a Scuderia Marzotto Ferrari 166 in the French and German Grands Prix in 1952. Went on to race sports cars winning the Mille Miglia, the Tour of Sicily and the Targa Florio. He was killed in ahead on crash in a sports car race near St Etienne.
In a comparatively short career, Lady Watson impressed with her natural talent competing on equal terms with her male counterparts in saloon car and sports car racing as well as rallying.
Canadian racing driver who spent eight years driving Champ cars. Now racing in the A1 GP Series and expected to switch to NASCAR in 2006.
René Carrière was a leading French sportscar driver who made occasional Grand Prix apperances in the 1930s.
Midget raced from Ohio who made one unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 in 1952.
Carter raced for several years in CART and also in several different USAC series.
Versatile Brazilian racing driver. He started racing cars in 1960 with a VW but soon switched to a DKW. He raced in Formula Ford in England in 1970 but returned home to race a Lola T70
'Lucky' Casner was a very colorful character. Best know for his Scuderia Camoradi operation and for driving a Maserati Birdcage, Casner was killed in practice for le Mans in 1965.
Luigi Rezzonico Pindemonte, Conte di Castelbarco raced Maserati Voiturettes in the mid and late 30s with Count Lurani.
Carlo Castelbarco appears only to have raced for one season, 1933. It started with finishing second overall in the Mille Migilia and ended with involvement in the fatal accident of Borzacchini and Campari at Monza in September.
Eugenio Castellotti had it all, money, looks, an actress girlfriend, Delia Scala, and the skill to become one of Italy's outstanding drivers. Trajically killed in a pointless test session at the Modena Autodrome in 1957.
Onne of the top drivers in North American open-wheel racing, first in the Champcar series and then in the Indy Racing League
Cazaux always drove Bugatti's. He was killed on his victory run at the 1935 Sézanne Hill Climb.
Emanuele Cedrino was born in Italy and was at one time the Queen of Italy's chauffeur.
Cevert was one of the most colorful racing drivers of the early 1970s. In the tumultuous, tragic arena that was Formula One racing at the time, few showed more flair and promise, and no one ended their career more heartrendingly.
Chaboud started racing in 1936 with his friend Jean Tremoulet driving Delahayes. They won the 1938 Le Mans 24 hour race. After the war he continued recing Delahayes and Talbots for Ecurie France, winning the French Championship in 1947. In 1950 he took over Etancelin's Talbot-Lago at the French GP finishing 5th to score a single World Championship point.
The son of the Prince of Siam and his Russian wife, Ekatrina Desnitskaya, Prince Chula Chakrabongse, ran a racing team called White Mouse Racing for himself and his cousin Prince Bira.
Jay Chamberlain was a sports car racer who competed almost exclusively in Lotus cars, for whom he was an early US distributor. He won his class at Le Mans in 1957. Tried a season of F1 in 1962 under the Ecurie Excelsior banner, driving a Lotus 18.
Listed in results as Raymond, his real name was Albert. He raced a Salmson Cyclecar before switching to the ex-Raymond Sommer Maserati 8CM Special. He was killed when he overturned the 8C in the Grand Prix de Deauville in 1936.
Now we at Friday Chaps, had always assumed that the Champion brand was just a simple, but effective use of the superlative. We’d never imagined it to be the name of some gent, bloke or Chap. But there we were wrong! Albert Champion was a record setting bicyclist and motorcyclist, racing driver, early automobile innovator, charismatic ladies' man and all round celebrity.
Dave Charlton succeeded John Love as the man to beat in South African during the early 1970s and went on to win a number of South African Championships.
Marie-Claude Charmasson is a former French journalist and racing car driver who competed under the pseudonym Marie-Claude Beaumont.
Tony was a successful sports car racer in the 1970s winning the Scottish Sports Car Championship in 1973 and 1974 and the 2 Litre class at Le Mans in 1979.
One of the most successful drivers of the early years, Charron was lucky to survive when a St. Bernard dog became wedged between the right wheel and the suspension, jamming the steering!
An aviator & top racing driver pre & post WW1
Started out in drag racing in the 1940s. Switched to road racing with Porsche in 1955. 5 times Porsche Owners Club president and one of the founding members of its racing team, Topper won championships in GT1, GT2, Super Production and SCCA's "Driver Of The Year" award.
Pedro Chaves was the first Portuguese driver to launch a career on the international circuit. He won the Portuguese Formula Ford Championship in 1985 and the British F3000 Championship in 1990. He had a disastrous season in F1 in 1991 failing to pre-qualify for 13 Formula One Grands Prix with Coloni. Chaves spent three years in Indy Lights, before turning to rallying, twice winning the Portuguese Rally Championship. He also competes in sports car racing.
Tru Cheek broke his back in a hiking accident which left his legs paralyzed. He decided to take up racing on short tracks and turned out to be pretty good at it!
Bill Cheesbourg raced on the ovals track of America from the early 1950's until the early 1980's.
Eddie McKay Cheever is an American racing driver who raced for almost thirty years in Formula One, Sports cars, CART and the Indy Racing League, and now owns an IRL team. Cheever participated in 143 Formula One races and started 132, more than any other American, driving for nine different teams from 1978 through 1989. In 1997, he formed his own IRL team and won the Indianapolis 500 as both an owner and driver in 1998.
Chevalley started his international racing career in 1976 taking an impressive class win at Le Mans in the S 2.0 class. In all he raced at Le Mans four times. In later years, the he also appeared in the European Formula 2 and other sports prototype races.
Born in France he emigrated to the USA. He won the Indy 500 in 1920 but was killed later that year when he crashed at the Los Angeles Speedway board track in Beverly Hills, California.
The man behind the firm whose name is still commonplace today, scored 10 Indy car wins, though not the Indy 500. He left the Chevrolet company early on and formed Frontenac. After then being involved with aviation, he rejoined the comapany. Louis retired in 1938, moved to Florida, but after his leg was amputated he never recovered and died in 1941.
Founder of the North American Racing Team, Chinetti won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1932, 1934 and 1949. He also won the Spa 24 Hour race twice and the Carrera Panamericana. He raced at every Le Mans from 1932 to 1953.
Louis Chiron was one of the great pre-war drivers. He took part in many races and with various famous cars, From Bugatti to Mercedes and from Delage to Alfa Romeo. A native Monegasque, he won the 1931 the Monaco Grand Prix. Aged 56, he ended the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix in sixth place with a Lancia D50. For all his tallent as a driver he was however responsible for denouncing HellÃ© Nice as a Gestapo agent during the war. His unsubstantiated allegation totally destroyed Nice's life. Shunned by all she died in abject poverty in 1984.
Carlo Chiti was an Italian racing car and engine designer who is best known for his long association with Alfa Romeo's racing department.
Better known for his thrill shows, the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 seven times, finishing fifth three times.
Thomas Pitt Cholmondeley-Tapper he was the first internationally known racing driver from New Zealand. His racing abilities were considered as quite promising but he never had the right equipment to prove it.
Sara Christian has a number of firsts: the first woman to drive in a NASCAR race, the first and only woman to record a top five finish in NASCAR with 5th at the Heidelberg Raceway in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the first and only husband and wife to compete in the same NASCAR race.
Christie raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1956-1963 seasons, with 15 career starts, including every Indianapolis 500 race in that span. During his career in Champ Cars and Stock Cars, he finished in the top ten 5 times, with his best finish in 3rd position in 1959 at Daytona.
Henri Cissac was born in Ivry-sur-Seine in France. He was racing cyclist before taking to motorised two wheel competition and winning the French Championship. He became the first Grand Prix fatality when he crashed in the first Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de l'ACF in Dieppe, France.
Octave John "Johnny" Claes was an English-born racing driver who competed for Belgium. Before his fame as a racing driver, Claes was also a jazz trumpeter and successful bandleader in Britain.
Clapham raced saloon cars and single-seaters from 1956 to 1975 and pioneering numerous different forms of motor sport in South Africa throughout his life.
To many, Jim Clark remains the greatest racing driver in history. He won 25 of his 72 Grands Prix, and his victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500 crushed the American racing psyche. He had a towering ability to get the maximum out of any car he drove, without appearing to be trying hard.
"Texas" George Clark started racing in the Southwest in 1912 and later raced at Indianapolis and finished tenth in the 1913 race
Cleberg was a frontrunner in the IMCA sprint car ranks before racing at the Indy 500 between 1959-1961.
John Cleland started in rallying and hill climbs and went on to a long career in saloon car racing, predominantly with Vauxhall.
The only professional racing driver the original Bentley company ever employed. He was also in charge of their experimental department. He took Bentley's first victory in the 1922 Tourist Trophy race on the Isle of Man and won Le Mans in 1924 with John Duff.
British sports car racing driver.
Jeff Clinton was the CEO of the Anheuser-Busch distributor in St Louis. He had been racing sports cars since 1988 when in 2002 he fatally crashed his Lola Nissan at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
John Rhodes Cobb was a British racing driver and land speed record holder. He held the ultimate lap record at Brooklands. Between 1932 and 1939 he broke all world records for time and distance up to 24 hrs. He set a Land Speed Record in 1939 of 350.20 mph which he raised in 1947 to 394.19 mph. It was finally broken by Craig Breedlove in 1963. He died on Loch Ness in his jet boat 'Crusader' at a speed in excess of 200 mph.
Having shown promise in the British F1 series (Aurora AFX F1 Championship) he made two brief forays into the World Championship but after failing to qualify twice he switched back to the USA and made a promissing start to his Indy career and was tipped to become the sport's next star. However after taking out both Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt on the parade lap of the 1982 Indy 500 his prospects diminished.
From a wealthy background, Sam and his brother Miles played a significant role in the re-introduction of road racing into the USA after the war. He was killed in the 1950 Watkins Glen Grand Prix.
A genial and handsome young Englishman, Peter could have become the United Kingdom's first World Champion when he relinquished his Lancia-Ferrari to team leader Juan Manuel Fangio during the course of the 1956 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Already established as a world class racing driver of formidable ability, he believed there was still plenty of time for him to realise his great ambition. Tragically that was not the case as he lost his life in the German Grand Prix two years later.
Bernard Collomb is a former Formula One driver from France. He participated in 6 grands prix. He almost always drove self-prepared cars, and first raced Coopers, switching to Lotuses in 1963. His best F1 result was 4th at Vienna in a non-Championship race in 1961, at the wheel of a Cooper-Climax.
Alberto Colombo is a former Formula One driver from Italy. He entered 3 Formula One Grands Prix in 1978, two with an ATS where he pre-qualified but then failed to qualify in Belgiun and Spain and one with a Merzario which he failed to pre-qualify for the Italian Grand Prix.
Raced in Italian F3 winning the Championship in 1982 at the age of 36 before switching to team management and to manufacturing. Entered F1 in 1987 and struggled on until 1992.
Erik Comas is a former Formula One driver from France. He was Formula 3000 champion in 1990, after scoring the same number of points as Jean Alesi in 1989 but losing on a count-back of positions. He participated in 63 grands prix, debuting on March 10, 1991. He scored a total of 7 championship points.
Comotti first appeared at the 1928 Italian Grand Prix in a Talbot before he joined Alfa Romeo, winning the 1933 Grand Prix of Naples in an Alfa Romeo 2600, and the 1934 Commingues GP. After World War Two he joined Talbot-Lago, though his only F1 racing was between 1950 and 1952, first with Maserati and in 1952 briefly with Scuderia Ferrari.
Russ Congdon raced mainly midgets and sprint cars. However he did enter the Indy 500 twice, in 1960 and 1961 but failed o qualify both times.
Ian Connell was a gentleman driver who started racing in the 1930s when cars were driven by enthusiastic amateurs and raced on tracks that lacked the facilities and safety features of today.
Drove in the indy 500 three times, debuting on May 30, 1950.
Humphrey Cook was a wealthy gentleman racer who provided the finance to Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon to start ERA.
Jerry Cook was a six-time champion in the NASCAR Modified series between 1971 and 1977 only missing out in 1973. He retired after the 1982 season with 342 wins and is currently a NASCAR competition administrator.
Earl Cooper was one of the early superstars of auto racing. He won three national championships (1913, 1915 and 1917) and 11 top 10 points finishes.
Ashley Cooper started racing in 1998 in HQ Holden sedans before moving to the Commodore Cup championship in 2005. He scored a number of wins and lap records. He was critically injured while racing in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar race in Adelaide and succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Mike Cope was one of the best drivers in the Slim Jim All-Pro NASCAR Series in the the mid-1990s. He later raced in the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series but without success.
NASCAR driver best know for winning the Daytona 500 in in 1990 whan a last lap puncture for Dale Earnhardt handed Cope the win.
Ernie Cope, the cousin of NASCAR driver Derrick Cope, is a former NASCAR driver with 11 starts. He now works for the Wood Brothers JTG Race Team as crew chief.
Eduardo Jose Copello was an Argentine champion in the 1960s and 1970s
A verstatile racer, mainly in California, he died, after a long illness, at the family home in Fresno.
Venezuelan racing driver and football manager.
Sports car driver who enjoyed some success in the mid-sixties racing sports cars in his native Canada
Scottish racing driver who was the first factory Alta driver. Involved in the Scottish motor industry he was one of the contributors to the legendary Ecurie Ecosse transporter.
Neil Corner is one of the best historic racing drivers and collector of some wonderful cars. He won the very first race organised by the HSCC (Historic Sports Car Club). Driving a D Type Jaguar to victory. He did have occasional outings in more modern machinery, and in 1969 he drove Colin Crabbe's Cooper 86B/F1-2-67 - Maserati Tipo 10 in the non championship Spanish GP in 1969, finishing 4th.
Raced between 1926 and 1958. Cortese was a driver of great stamina, quick and reliable, who drove one of the widest varieties of racing cars in history. In 1947 he had the distinction of being the first Ferrari works driver and the first winner in a Ferrari. He won the 1951 Targa Florio in a Frazer-Nash. He won the Italian 2L sports car Championship in 1956 driving a Ferrari 500 TR and finished in more Mille Miglia than any other driver: 14 between 1927 and 1956.
Midget racer who was killed in practice for the Indy 500 in 1959, the day after passing his rookie test.
Won the the 1924 Indy 500 in a Duesenberg without leading a single lap. Corumâ€™s car was taken over by Joe Boyer after 111 laps. Boyer drove 89 laps going on to win the race. Sadly Boyer died in September 1924 in a race at Altoon.
Meo Costantini was an Italian aviator and racing driver, best known as the sporting manager of Bugatti.
One of the best Autralian drivers in F5000, won the Australian Drivers Championship 4 times. Raced at Bathurst 4 times with a best finish of fourth in 1979.
Designer of the Vanwall as well as a host of other sports and Grand Prix cars Frank Costin was an innovator and great aerodynamicist.
Indy car driver and owner who raced in the Indy 500 in 1927.
French racing driver who won the French F3 title in 1993. A year in F3000 saw him finish 5th in the standings. He then switched to sports cars, finishing 4th at Le Mans in 1997. He is now involved in corporate event organising, specialising in a range of activities based on motor racing.
Billy Cotton was a British band leader and entertainer, mainly remembered as a 1950s and 60s radio and television personality. He was also an amateur footballer, a power-boat enthusiast, an accomplished racing driver, a boxer and the owner of a Gipsy Moth which he piloted himself.
A University lecturer who made his way up to Formula 2. Reasonably quick he never quite made it into F1 and after briefly returning to F3, he went back to teaching.
A member of the famous brewing dynasty, Piers Courage deceided to stay with Frank Williams in 1970 instead of accepting an offer from Ferrari and crashed fatally in Frank's F1 de Tomaso in the Dutch Grand Prix.
Scottish rally driver and the founder and senior director of Mitsubishi Ralliart until his retirement in 2005.
Robert Cowell achieved much fame in the sensationally minded press by undergoing a sex-change operation in 1951 and becoming Roberta Cowell. Not only that but she annoyed Patsy Burt no end by taking the Ladies Hill record at Shelsley Walsh a few years later.
Johnny Coy was a nine-time midget car champion. He won the 1958 NASCAR and 1968-69 and 1971-72 American Racing Drivers Club championships. He won numerous feature victories over a five decade career.
Chris competed in many different forms of motor sport. In 1971, he participated in 2 Grands Prix driving a Brabham prepared by Alain de Cadenet's team Ecurie Evergreen. He failed to start in Canada and went out of the US Grand Prix with suspension failure.
Ex WWII fighter pilot, Crawford drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series. he made 13 starts, including 3 at Indy. He finished in the top ten six times. He also came fourth at Monza in the Race of Two Worlds in 1958.
Dino Crescentini had represented San Marino in the 1994 Winter Olymics. He competed in historic sports car racing and was tragically killed at Mosport Park driving Wolf Dallara Can-Am car.
An accomplished driver is his native Argentina, Crespo tried but failed to qualify for just one Formula One Grand Prix, the Italian in 1952, with a Maserati entered by Enrico PlatÃ©.
Antonio Creus was a Spanish racing motorcyclist and sports car driver who entered the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix in an Maserati 250F but didn't last the distance.
Charles was part of the motor racing set in London in the early 1960s that included Piers Courage, Innes Ireland and Frank Williams. He won the Temporada F3 Championship in 1966 and was later was responsible for sponsorship at Williams. He retired for motor sport and went searching for sunken treasure in the Pacific. He suffered a fatal heart attack while in the Philippines.
Born in Bucharest, Cristea in considered to be Romania's best ever racing driver.
Crockett was Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1954 and was on his way to being one of the premier drivers of that era when was killed in a sprint car race at Langhorne the following year.
GÃ©rard Crombac nicknamed Jabby was one of the most famous and longest serving F1 journalists.
Amateur pre WWII racer who in 1949, after the war and with little previous experience with his Rilly, entered an Alta GP2 in the Belgian Grand Prix. He also entered the 1950 British GP at Silverstone, his only World Championship race.
French Touring car and Sports Cars driver.
Pat Cunningham campaigned big cars successfully all over the Midwest and did equally well racing midgets in California in the early to mid 1950s.
The 'Grand Old Man' who didn't start racing until he was 44, suffered numerous 'prangs' and mechanical failures, but Francis Curzon, 5th Earl of Howe, dusted himself off each time and just got on with things.
Count Stanislaus Czaykowski was a Polich aristocrat based in Paris. An accomplished gentleman racer he was killed in the Gran Premio di Monza on Black Sunday.