This is a church. An epoch of the pilots of the car risking their lives in the second course of the course. An epoch of the most important cars on the red wheels and not available for free family fun. An epoch of titans, an epoch of the Champions floor plus that of the Champions: the heroes.

Alors que souvre ce week-end la 13ème edition du GP de Monaco historique, durant laquelle la marque Bugatti sera particiculièrement mise à l’honneur, revenons ensemble sur le premier vainqueur de la course en Principauté, le 119429.

Pilot William Charles Frederick Grover-Williams introduced in the steering wheel of a Bugatti Type 35 B, the winner of the grand favorites, the German Rudy Caracciola, and the steering wheel of a redouble Mercedes SSK of 7.1 liters of cylinder.

Not in Montrouge (92) in 1903, a Frenchwoman and a British man, Grover-Williams was very interested in mechanical sports. This adolescence in the region of Monte Carlo, or family with an installation that excels in the premier world war, inscribed in the minds of his work on the competencies of two and four rounds, four rounds, zaahvochvaetsya insu de ses parents.

After Monaco in 1929, other great victories in the 30s, lasting a short period of time in the parallel of a person with a view, living in Paris, La Baule and the Côte d’Azur. La « jet set »Avant l’heure, en quelque sorte.

In 1940, Grover-Williams reunited with Angleterre. A la fin du mois de mai 1942, c’est en tant que membre du SOE (Special Operations Executives), les forces specials, qu’il est parachuté en France.

It infiltrates the forces of enmities, the many acts of sabotage to facilitate the work of Resistance. The creature is just the answer Chestnut (châtaigne), who took into account two notices of his amis pilots, the Frenchman Robert Benoist (who piloted the planes during the first world war, before embracing a brilliant career in the car) and Jean-Pierre des Wimille (the great pilots) français, il avait notamment remporté les 24 Heures du Mans 1937, associé à Robert Benoist). Parmi leurs faits d’armes, sabotage des usines Citroën à Paris et d’autres acttes menés en parisienne.

William Grover-Williams (a.)
Robert Benoit
Robert Benoit
Jean-Pierre Vimil
Jean-Pierre Vimil

On August 2, 1943, Grover-Williams was published in Alemand. Interpelled to be in a tour of two days more than late, Robert Benoist parvient to save on a car tour that will take place and escape for Angleterre (the most popular in France).

Grover-Williams is quantitatively enlisted in Berlin or under interrogation and torture. Benoist, lui, continue de mener de nombreuses secret actions in France – il crée d’abord le réseau Cleric dans la région de Nantes, et plus tard retrouve Jean-Pierre Wimille pour des operations dans la région de Dourdan – mais est arrêté à Paris de 18 june 1944. Il est torturé, puis est envoyest le 18 jun 1944. Transféré au camp de Sachsenhausen , Grover-Williams died in March 1945.

Seoul Wimille survit au conflict. He played the competition, but he was at the helm of Simca Gordini during the previous essay preceding the 1949 Buenos Aires GP.

Night route - Grand pilots and war heroes

Grover-Williams sera décoré de la Croix de Guerre. His name and cellui de Benoist – qu’un magazine britannique qualifiera de « the bravest of the brave »- figured in the memorial of Brookwood (Surrey, Great Britain), near the cellar of Valençay, in Indre (photo), which honors the 104 agents of SOE morts for France. The true heroes, donc.

*To save more on the epic of the resistant pilots, plunge into the lecture of the Englishman of Joe Saward, The Grand Prix Saboteurs.

Statue of Honorary William Grover-Williams, Monaco.
Statue of Honorary William Grover-Williams, Monaco.

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