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About Us

"A small but very exclusive Club" is how founding member Toulo de Graffenried liked to describe the "Club des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1" as it was originally called.

Preserving the heritage of Grand Prix

Even though the club has rarely counted more than 100 active members, it has over more than 50 years of existence become the guardian of great tradition and heritage. To this day it is driven and kept alive by a spirit of true sportsmanship and camaraderie which is comparatively rare in this day and age , and for that reason alone is more than worth cultivating.

While the very background of its members means our Club will always be ‘exclusive’ we see it as our duty to not only preserve the original spirit and attitudes behind Grand Prix racing, but to promote and foster it to enthusiasts the world over.

The Club has rightly evolved from its original purely social role, to communicate with enthusiasts, share our heritage, and preserve it for future generations.

So, from current humble origins we hope this website will grow into a living testimony of not only Grand Prix and F1 racing, but all other forms of motorsport in which our members have competed over the years.

Nelson Piquet’s Williams surrounded by photographers at the British Grand Prix

Nelson Piquet’s Williams surrounded by photographers at the British Grand Prix 1986