Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried.

The Founders – Part 2 – Tuolo de Graffenreid

It could be said that the true driving force behind the creation of the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 (The Prix Drivers Club) was Swiss grand prix driver Emmanuel de Graffenried whose racing career spanned thirty years as a successful private entrant. Baron Emmanuel Leo Ludwig “Toulo” de Graffenried, though born…

Louis Chiron at the wheel of his Bugatti for the 1926 Grand Prix of Provence held at the Miramas circuit

Founders – Part 1 – Louis Chiron

There is a famous photograph, taken on the stairway of the hotel in Villars, Switzerland when the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1 (now the Grand Prix Drivers Club) was formed.  The nine racing drivers pictured are all dressed in suits with ties and handkerchiefs in their top pockets. Gentlemen drivers representing…