Jean Lucas

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25 Apr 1917
Le Mans


27 Sep 2003
Saint Martin de Re



Grands Prix:

1 (1955)

Publisher for many years and founded Sport-Auto with Jabby Crombac, but also had many non-racing interests. As a driver, Lucas started racing in rallies before switching to circuit racing in club events. Jean proved quite adept and in 1949 he won the Spa 24 Hours with Luigi Chinetti. Lucas was based in Africa for a while and like fellow Grand Prix racer Andre Guelfi, made a fortune from sardines in Morocco; Lucas ran a sardine factory in Casablanca. He continued racing in North African events before joining Gordini as team manager in 1953. Lucas never planned to race in Grand Prix's, only appearing in the Italian Grand Prix after Robert Manzon was forced out for family reasons. A regular Le Mans driver, he carried on racing until 1957, stopping after an accident. Lucas was also a noted administrator in the sport fr some while and a driver manager; he was manager to Harry Schell and to Jo Schlesser.

Biography last updated 12 Mar 2018