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Jean-Pierre Wimille à bientôt la revanche / Jean-Michel Paris / Drivers

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Jean-Pierre Wimille

à bientôt la revanche

de Jean-Michel Paris, William D. Mearns

Edition Drivers

EAN : 9782951635753

305 Pages

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Jean-Pierre Wimille à bientôt la revanche

An embarrassingly long time ago two students, one French, one Scottish, found themselves studying in north London. Little did they know that a shared passion for motor racing would provide a backdrop to their post-educational lives...

The catalyst came from Autosport magazine. In one of his 'Fifth Column' articles, the ever-readable Nigel Roebuck included a throwaway line, the gist of which was that he was astonished that no biography of Jean-Pierre Wimille existed.

The two students thought they knew the name of Wimille, and set about trying to discover why. He turned out to be a two-times winner at Le Mans, and he won several Grands Prix in the post-war (but pre-World Championship) years. His prime as a racing driver had, however, been interrupted by the Second World War. (If only, the students thought, it could be shown that he had spent the war as a member of the French Resistance.., that would surely make a good story!) And, as if that were not enough, he had designed and built his own road car

The motoring books they turned to would mention one or two small facts about Wimille, and perhaps included an arm-waving description such as, . the great driver ,), « the French champion)) or ,, acknowledged as the finest driver of his day ,,... but they all had their own tales to tell, and that of Wimille was lost in the detail.

The desire to write a biography of Wimille took impetus when, through an incredible series of bizarre occurrences, the two students (now no longer stu- dents!) got the chance to meet Wimille's widow, a sprightly and engaging woman still living in Paris. The full extent of Jean-Pierre Wimille's personal archives laid bare a fascinating story that spanned several great eras in motor racing history. 

Wimille ought to be better known, but several twists of fate appear have prevented this. He was a Bugatti works driver, but at a time when Bugatti were ceasing to become important in the grand scheme of things.

de Jean-Michel Paris, William D. Mearns

Edition Drivers

EAN : 9782951635753

305 Pages

Trace d'humidité sur les 25 premières pages

Edition bilignue Français / Anglais

9782951635753
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