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.
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.
Victor Hemery was born in France on 18 November 1876. He joined Automobiles Darracq as a test driver and mechanic in the early 1900’s. Hemery was also a successful racer in the early days of Grand Prix racing. In 1905 he won the Vanderbilt Cup Race driving Darracq. That same year he set a new land speed record of 176,46 km/h (109.65 mph) on 30 December 1905 at Arles, France driving a Darracq.
Berna Eli “Barney” Oldfield was born on June 3, 1878 in Wauseon, Ohio. He started his racing career with bicycles, and by 1894 he had already won several medals from bike races. Everything changed in 1902 when he met Henry Ford, who had prepared two race cars which were knows as the 999 and the Arrow.