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On 5th November 1905, Louis Rosier was born in Chapdes-Beaufort (France.) The son of a wine merchant, he began racing motorcycles before switching to four wheels in 1938. During the Second World War, he served with the Resistance and was only able to go racing again in 1946 with Talbot. His biggest success came in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours, which he won with his son Jean-Louis at the wheel of a Talbot-Lago. With the French cars, Rosier also made his Formula 1 World Championship debut that same year, managing two third place finishes. In 1952, he began racing a Ferrari, with which he took part in fourteen Grands Prix over three seasons, although he never finished in the points. He also took part in the major endurance races and continued to race now and again in Formula 1 with Maserati up to 1956, the year in which he died, on 29 October, from injuries sustained in an accident in the Paris Salon Cup.