Born on this day, Robert Benoist, legendary French racing driver who will forever be associated with the Delage and the 1927 season


Wednesday 20th March 1895

Born on this day, Robert Benoist, legendary French racing driver who will forever be associated with the Delage and the 1927 season. Taking the 1.5-litre car to victory in the French, Spanish, Italian and British GPs he claimed the constructors championship for the French team and the Légion d’Honneur for himself. Raced Bugatti and sports cars 1928-29. He made a comeback in 1934 and raced as Bugatti works driver during the 1934-37 seasons. Benoist retired from racing and became manager for the Bugatti showroom in Paris. Too old for the air force when World War began, he became an active member of French resistance. Sadly he was arrested by Gestapo and executed in Buchenwald in 1944.


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