Paul Frere is congratulated by Stirling Moss in winning the South African Grand Prix in 1960 in a Cooper. It was a Formula Libre event

The Founders – Part 6 – Paul Frere

Paul Frere was one of the youngest founder members of the Grand Prix Drivers Club and had only retired from racing two years before. He was also a very talented man with deep technical knowledge and an ability to write. Even whilst he was racing he was writing interesting technical articles for magazines and was…

Yves-Giraud-Cabantous at the wheel of his Talbot-Lago, Charterhall 1952

The Founders – Part 5 – Yves-Giraud Cabantous

Of all the founder members of the Grand Prix Drivers Club the one who is probably least known to racing enthusiasts is Yves-Giraud Cabantous and yet his career in racing had some memorable highlights. For example he was the first French driver to score points in the newly created World Championship when he finished 4th…

Fangio at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta

The Founders – Part 4 – Juan Manuel Fangio

When the Grand Prix Drivers Club was formed fifty four years ago the great Juan Manuel Fangio had been retired for just four years. He competed in his last grand prix at Reims in the 1958 French Grand Prix driving a Maserati 250F and despite losing his clutch still finished fourth. It was exactly ten…

Photographed 102 years ago! Theodore Pilette at the wheel of his 1913 Mercedes. (Pilette archive)

Fathers and Sons – Part 2 – The Pilettes

In the second part of this series we turn to a motor racing family that stretches back over one hundred years, the Pilettes. Teddy Pilette, vice-President of the Grand Prix Drivers Club is the third generation of the Pilette family from Belgium to go motor racing. His grandfather, Theodore Pilette – after whom he was…