The Founders – Part 8 – Giuseppe Farina

The last of this series of notes on the Founders of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 (The Grand Prix Drivers Club) reflects on the man who became the first ever Formula 1 World Champion, Giuseppe Farina. He was a very quiet and slightly introspective man and one wonders what he…

Tim Schenken: From racing to Administrator

The furthest travelled member attending the Annual General Meeting of the Club in Maranello this year was Tim Schenken who flew in from his native Australia. Not only is Tim Schenken a greatly under-rated racing driver but when he finished his career in racing he went on to join his great friend New Zealander Howden…

The Founders – Part 7 – Franco Comotti

Of all the founders of the Grand Prix Drivers Club Gianfranco, Alessandro, Maria, “Franco” Comotti probably led the most colourful career, not only in racing but during World War II. Born in Brescia in May 1906 he started racing at the age of 22 and ran a Scuderia Materassi Talbot in the 1928 European Grand…