It happened today – 6 October

It happened today

On 6th October 1918, Andre Pilette was born in Paris. He was the son of Theodore, one of the pioneers of motor sport, who died when Andre was only three years old. In 1955, he founded the Ecurie Nationale Belge, which raced in Formula 1 with various privateer cars and once with a Ferrari

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On 6th October 1918, Andre Pilette was born in Paris. He was the son of Theodore, one of the pioneers of motor sport, who died when Andre was only three years old. In 1955, he founded the Ecurie Nationale Belge, which raced in Formula 1 with various privateer cars and once with a Ferrari. In fact, he got the call to fly the flag for the Maranello marque at his home race, the Belgian Grand Prix in 1956. At the wheel of a D50, he finished sixth, which in those days was not a points finish. The Belgian driver’s best ever racing result also came in a Ferrari, when he finished second in the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of a 250 TRI, entered by the American NART team, paired with the Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez.

Pilette died in Etterbeek (Belgium) on 27th December 1993.

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