F1 driver François Santé - who was he?
Posted 21 August 2006 - 19:15
Posted 22 August 2006 - 13:26
However here he is at Pau (3 April 1961) practicing 32.7 seconds slower than Jim Clark in according to Christian Naviaux's book Les Grand Pix de Formule 1 hors championnat du monde, a Cooper T51 where he non-started after a failed magneto drive and no mechanics. Another source quotes T45.
He then non-qualified at Naples (14 May 1961) in the same car a minute slower than pole!
However the only person of this name that I could find was born on 6 December 1887 and died sometime before 1982 and came from the Ardennes region in Belgium.
Perhaps Doug (Nye) will know, but sadly the person who surely would have been able to tell us was 'Jabby' Crombac.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 10:08
I'm not sure of the correct spelling of his name : Sante or SantÃ© with Ã©. But it sounds like a name from the South of France, maybe with Italian origins. I don't know.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 16:05
I dont think he is of any interest for your archives
Posted 18 February 2007 - 16:11
I guess one of those characters one can include in a movie script.
Did he ever race or was it just wishful thinking or some decoy for his other activities?
Posted 18 February 2007 - 16:28
Posted 18 February 2007 - 17:47
6 months without the smallest info about such a great racing driver and suddenly somebody who knew him personnally appears on TNF. Just can't see the photo.
Apparently he was not the kind of character I was dreaming of when I posted my thread. I did believe that he was something of an enthusiastic mechanic, lacking money but working hard and late in the night in a small garage. Not all that I'm afraid.
I suppose you don't have further info about his Cooper, but what about the correct spelling of his name : Sante or SantÃ© ?
Thank you again.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 19:36
This is not a criticism, indeed it is yet another example of the far reaching influence and knowledge of TNFers.
It would be very interesting to do a proper book on these irregular racers but sadly of course no publisher would touch it.