Thursday, September 14, 2006

Grand Prix Wives, 4

A couple more names to add to the list of drivers wives from racing's dangerous years. Marianne Ankarcrona, the wife of Swedish racer Jo Bonnier and Jacqueline Holter who was Mrs Richie Ginther during his F1 days. From a slightly earlier era, ski champion Christiane de la Fressange was the wife of the great French ace Jean Pierre Wimille; he was killed in 1949, thereby just failing to make it into all those "encyclopedias" which believe that racing only began with the World Drivers Championship in 1950. Haven't tracked down a surname yet, but that wild Belgian racer Willy Mairesse had a wife called Dorine.

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