Henri Ernest Louvea

Tuesday 25th January 1910

Born on this day, Henri Ernest Louvea, French driver, who purchased an old Maserati 6CM from the French Treasury after World War 2 which was confiscated property. He personally patched it up so well that he drove it to victory in one of the races of the Bois de Boulogne prologue in 1945. After various successes he entered Formula 1 racing with a 4.5-litre Talbot Lago in the 1950 Italian and 1951 Swiss Grand Prix. But two big crashes at Pau and Bern that year the same year would see him retire from racing and going on to run a Delage and Maserati dealership as well as a major car and truck rental operation in Paris.

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