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Jean-Pierre Wimille (26 February 1908 ‚Äď 28 January 1949) was a Grand Prix motor racing driver and a member of the French Resistance during World War II.

Biography

Born in Paris, Francemarker to a father who loved motor sports and was employed as the motoring correspondent for the Petit Parisien newspaper, Jean-Pierre Wimille developed a fascination with racing cars at a young age. He was 22 years old when he made his Grand Prix debut, driving a Bugattimarker 37A at the 1930 French Grand Prixmarker in Paumarker.

Career

Driving a Bugatti T51, in 1932 he won the La Turbie hill climb, the Grand Prix de Lorraine and the Grand Prix d'Oran. In 1934 he was the victor at the Algerian Grand Prix in Algiersmarker driving a Bugatti T59 and in January 1936 he finished second in the South African Grand Prix held at the Prince George Circuit in East Londonmarker, South Africa then won the French Grand Prixmarker in his home country.

Still in France, that same year he won the Deauville Grand Prix, a race held on the city's streets. Wimille won in his Bugatti T59 in an accident-marred race that killed drivers Raymond Chambost and Marcel Lehoux in separate incidents. Of the 16 cars that started the race, only three managed to finish.

In 1936, Wimille traveled to Long Island, New Yorkmarker to compete in the Vanderbilt Cup where he finished 2nd, behind the winner, Tazio Nuvolari. He also competed in the 24 hours of Le Mansmarker endurance race, winning in 1937 and again in 1939.

World War II

When World War II came, following the Nazi occupation Wimille and fellow Grand Prix race drivers Robert Benoist and William Grover-Williams joined the Special Operations Executive, which aided the French Resistance. Of the three, Wimille was the only one to survive.

Post WWII

Jean-Pierre Wimille married Christiane de la Fressange with whom he had a son, François born in 1946. At the end of the War, he became the No. 1 driver for the Alfa Romeo team between 1946 and 1948, winning several Grand Prix races including his second French Grand Prixmarker. Jean-Pierre Wimille died at the wheel of Simca-Gordini during practice runs for the 1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix. He is buried in the Cimetière de Passymarker in Parismarker. There is a large memorial to him at the Porte Dauphine on the edge of the Bois de Boulognemarker in Paris.

Victories

Some of Jean-Pierre Wimille's race victories:

1932:

1934:

1936:

1937:

1939:

Post War - 1945:
  • Coupe des Prisonniers - Bugatti sprint car


1946:

1947:

1948:

Complete European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
Year Entrant Make 1 2 3 4 5 EDC Points
1931 Usines Bugattimarker Bugattimarker ITA

4
FRA

Ret
BEL

7
9= 14
1932 Private entry Alfa Romeo ITA

FRA

Ret
GER

16= 21
1935 Bugattimarker Bugattimarker BEL

Ret
GER

SUI

ITA

Ret
ESP

4
16 33
1936 Bugattimarker Bugattimarker MON

6
GER

Ret
SUI

Ret
ITA

14= 26
1938 Bugattimarker Bugattimarker FRA

Ret
GER

SUI

7
ITA

Ret
11 25


References

Bibliography

  • Paris, Jean-Michel and Mearns, William D: "Jean-Pierre Wimille: √† bient√īt la revanche", Editions Drivers, Toulouse, 2002, ISBN 2-9516357-5-3
  • Saward, Joe: "The Grand Prix Saboteurs", Morienval Press, London, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9554868-0-7


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