Toulo de Graffenried

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Emmanuel de Graffenried
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Born (1914-05-18)18 May 1914
Paris, France
Died 22 January 2007(2007-01-22) (aged 92)
Lonay, Vaud, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Active years 19501954, 1956
Teams Maserati, Alfa Romeo
Races 23 (22 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 9
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1950 British Grand Prix
Last race 1956 Italian Grand Prix

Baron Emmanuel 'Toulo' de Graffenried (18 May 1914, Paris, France – 22 January 2007, Lonay, Switzerland) was a Swiss motor racing driver. He participated in 23 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 13 May 1950, and scored a total of nine championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.[1]

De Graffenried began his racing career in 1936, driving his own Maserati voiturette. Some of his most memorable results came at his home track: the challenging, cobbled, street circuit at Bremgarten near Bern. He won the 1949 British Grand Prix,[2] a year before the FIA World Championship began. In that inaugural year de Graffenried contested five of the season's seven races, with mixed results. He continued to drive in occasional races over the next six years, with his best finish being fourth place at the 1953 Belgian Grand Prix.[3]

Following his retirement from racing, de Graffenried managed his car dealership in Lausanne, featuring Alfa Romeo, Rolls-Royce and Ferrari automobiles. He also acted as stunt double for Kirk Douglas during the filming of The Racers. Later, he became a common figure at Formula One events during the 1970s and 1980s as the corporate ambassador for Phillip Morris' Marlboro cigarette brand.

In recognition of his win at the first British Grand Prix, de Graffenried made his last appearance at the wheel of a racing car during the 1998 celebrations of Silverstone's 50th anniversary at age 84. At the time of his death he was the last surviving starter from the inaugural Formula One World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix, following the death of Eugène Martin three months previously.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 GBR
Ret
MON
Ret
500
SUI
6
BEL
FRA
ITA
6
NC 0
1951 SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo Straight-8 SUI
5
500
BEL
ITA
Ret
ESP
6
16th 2
Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 FRA
Ret
GBR
GER
Ret
1952 Enrico Platé Maserati-Platé 4CLT Maserati Straight-4 SUI
6
500
BEL
FRA
Ret
GBR
19
GER
NED
ITA
DNQ
NC 0
1953 Baron de Graffenried Maserati A6GCM Maserati Straight-6 ARG
500
NED
5
BEL
4
FRA
7
GBR
Ret
GER
5
SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
8th 7
1954 Baron de Graffenried Maserati A6GCM/250F Maserati Straight-6 ARG
8
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
Ret
NC 0
1956 Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 ARG
MON
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
7
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ "II British Grand Prix 1949". silhouet.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "XIV Grand Prix de Belgique". silhouet.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014.