Emilio J. Lezcano

Journalist - Editor - Photographer Professional Race Car Driver

Carel Godin de Beaufort


He was his own man.  Running his own ‘Ecurie’ against the better prepared  teams efforts, he managed to upset the establishment on many occasions.  The happy and popular Dutch aristocrat Carel Godin de Beaufort (Maarsbergen, April 10, 1934 – Cologne, August 2, 1964) was the quintessential privateer of the late fifties and early sixties.  His orange Porsche housed a free spirit, at unease with the pomp and circumstance of a racing world trying to come to grips with a growing level of professionalism.

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Berne, Swiss

The “I Grober Preis Der Schweiz” (The first Swiss Grand Prix) was held at Bremgarten circuit near Berne, Aug. 22, 1934. The enthusiasm in the city of Berne was great and the organizers succeeded in making the Grand Prix race to an instant classic. The Comminges Grand Prix was run in France the same day so some teams like Ferrari split their effort and started in both races.

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