Louis Chiron was one of the most successful racing drivers of his era. No other driver is so closely connected with the name of Bugatti and no other achieved such countless successes with racing cars from Alsace. During his career, he drove vehicles of many brands but he spent the most significant years of his career in the cockpit of a Bugatti.
Bernd Rosemeyer achieved international fame primarily as one of Auto Union’s top drivers in Grand Prix races and world speed record attempts in the Silver Arrows era of the 1930s. His racing triumphs in Europe, Africa and the USA made him a public idol – not least because of his swashbuckling driving style.
Wilhelm Maybach can be considered as the creator of the modern car. He was responsible for many of the innovations that would have a lasting influence on vehicle design. The 35 hp Mercedes from 1901 bears many of the design features one still finds today in cars all over the world.
Walter Owen Bentley was born September 16th, 1888 in London. The youngest of nine children, Walter Owen or W. O. as he is invariably known, was fascinated by all things mechanical from an early age.
Vincenzo Lancia was an Italian racing driver and engineer. In 1906 Vincenzo Lancia started building cars, and on 29 November the same year, together with his friend Claudio Fogolin, he founded Lancia.
Sir Henry ”Tim” Birkin is known as one of the Bentley Boys. He was born in 1896, in Nottingham, Great Britain to wealthy family. His parents were Sir Thomas Stanley Birkin and Hon. Margaret Diana Hopetoun Chetwynd. In childhood, Henry Birkin gained the nickname Tim, which stuck right up to Birkin’s death.
Henry M. Leland was the guiding genius of the Cadillac Motor Car Company. He was the company’s founder and became the Division’s first general manager when it was purchased by Billy Durant and General Motors in 1909. Religiously devoted to accuracy of machining and quality construction, Leland recognized that in true interchangeability of parts lays the key to a great future automobile industry.
Marcel Renault was born in 1872 in Paris, France. His father, Alfred Renault had built a solid fortune in trade of fabrics and buttons and his mother Louise was a daughter of wealthy merchant. Marcel had two sisters and two brothers.
Louis Renault was born in 1877, in Paris, France. He was the fourth of six children of Alfred and Berthe Renault. Their father Alfred was a successful button manufacturer and fabric merchant. Louis Renault was fascinated by engineering and mechanics from an early age. At the family’s country home in Billancourt, outside Paris, he converted its garden shed into his first workshop.
Adam Opel He began his career as a locksmith apprenticeship but became fascinated by sewing machines during his travels across Europe. While in Paris in 1859, Opel went to work for F. Journaux & Leblond, a maker of sewing machines. In March 1862, he moved to another manufacturer, Heuguenin Reimann, to broaden his understanding.