Looking back at the other records, in an attempt to find his first name, I find he had had other good results as well. He seems to have made his bow in the Pau race in 1901, finishing second to Henri Farman, and repeated the result in the Nice-Salon-Nice event just five SECONDS behind after eight hours' driving (team orders? Staged finish?). Then in the Paris-Bordeaux he was 3rd in class and 5th in class in the Paris-Berlin, after setting third-fastest time in the first part, but suffering a three hour delay in the Aachen-Hanover stretch and followed up the Paris-Vienna performance with third in class at the Circuit des Ardennes, 12 minutes away from class victory (and he lost 12 minutes on the third lap, perhaps with a puncture).
The Paris-Vienna seems however to have been his high point. He had the chance of representing Britain at the Gordon-Bennett cup in 1904 in a Scottish-built Darracq but couldn't get past the eliminating trials thanks to mechanical problems (which seem to have destroyed all the Darracqs before they even got started). He was third and last at the Ardennes race in what seems to have been his last race for Darracq before he went to Renault for 1905. His Gordon-Bennett career never got off the ground as he was 10 places away from qualification via the French elimination race (an hour behind Szisz) but he did represent Renault in the first Grand Prix, retiring from midfield after being brutalized by the flying dust and hot oil. I can't see that he had any big races after then.
Now, this chap must presumably have been fairly well known at the time. His Paris-Vienna race might even have overshadowed Marcel Renault's had things gone slightly different. There are good photos of him in the Race Bugatti Missed book. He was even a Grand Prix driver.
Yet nobody seems to know his first name...
Does anybody know anything at all about him?
Edited by ensign14, 18 May 2009 - 19:31.