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Olivier Gendebien

Olivier Gendebien, 1962 ADAC 1000kM, Nurburgring, Germany. Copyright, Neil P Albaugh, 2018. Used with permission.

Olivier Gendebien, 1962 ADAC 1000kM, Nurburgring, Germany. Copyright, Neil P Albaugh, 2018. Used with permission.

Olivier Gendebien, 1992 Copyright Carlos Ghys (www.carlosghys.be), 2012. Used with Permission.

Olivier Gendebien, 1992 Copyright Carlos Ghys (www.carlosghys.be), 2012. Used with Permission.

Born:

12 Jan 1924
Brussels

Died:

02 Oct 1998
Tarascon, France

Nationality:

Belgium

Grands Prix:

14 (1958-1961)

F2 starts:

4 (1960)

Sportscar great who suffered from a long, dehabilitating illness (since the mid '80's) which claimed his life. He did still try to make as many appearances at historic events as he could, however. Of aristocratic background, Olivier was a qualifed engineer who served as a paratrooper in the Second World War before moving to the Belgian Congo where he impressed people by his off-road skills. This developed into rallying which opened up his chances in motorsport. Gendebien won the Reims 12 Hours twice, the Targa Florio three times, Le Mans four times and Sebring three times in a glittering career. One of Olivier's key driving attributes was a strong mechanical sympathy and knowledge of his cars.

Biography last updated 11 Dec 2015