Born on this day, William Grover-Williams, Britsih driver who won the 1928 French Grand Prix


Friday 16th January 1903

Born on this day, William Grover-Williams, Britsih driver who won the 1928 French Grand Prix. In 1929 he won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in his British racing green Bugatti 35B beating the high favourite for the race, Rudolf Caracciola in his mighty Mercedes. After winning the 1931 Belgian GP and the Grand Prix de la Baule three consecutive years from 1931 to 1933, his career faded away. As WW2 began, he was recruited into the Special Operations Executive of the French Resistance working with two other French Grand Prix race drivers, Robert Benoist and Jean-Pierre Wimille to create a circuit of operatives, forming sabotage cells and reception committees in Paris for parachute operations. In June of 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and shipped to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin, Germany. He was shot in Spring of 1945, prior to the liberation of the camp by Allied forces. He was was 42 years old when he died..


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