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Rene Dreyfus

Rene Dreyfus, French Grand Prix, Montlhery, 23rd June 1935. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Rene Dreyfus, French Grand Prix, Montlhery, 23rd June 1935. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

06 May 1905
Nice

Died:

16 Aug 1993
New York City, New York, USA

Nationality:

France

Indy 500s:

1 (1940)

A true legend of French racing, Dreyfus later moved to the US, to run a restaurant in New York. He continued to stay very closely linked with the sport until his death. Rene was the winner of the 1930 Monaco Grand Prix and was a recipient of the Legion D'Honneur. From a clothing background, Rene started racing in 1925, and impressed greatly before service in the French Army as a transportation corp member stalled progress. Once this was complete, Rene worked as a salesman for Bugatti, which got him in touch with Ernst Friderich and this led to Dreyfus racing. Rene served for both the French and American Army's in World War Two after staying in the US after his Indianapolis 500 appearance and didn't return to racing once the war was over.

Biography last updated 14 Nov 2015