Boris Ivanowski

Ivanowski (driving) and Attilio Marinoni, who won the 24 Hours of Spa in 1928.
Ivanowski in 1930 for the 24 Hours of Spa, on Alfa Romeo 6C 1750.

Boris Ivanowski (Russian: Борис Ивановский) was an officer of the Russian Imperial Guard who went into exile after the Russian revolution and made his way to fame in the 1920s as a racecar driver.


Boris Ivanowski was reputed to be an ex-officer of the Russian Imperial Guard, and it is certain that he was resident is Paris after WWI.

He began racing with small French sports cars, being 2nd in the 1924 24 hour Bol d'Or race in the forest of St. Germain in an 1,100cc E.H.P.[1] and 3rd in the 1,100cc Boulogne Light Car and Voiturette Gran Prix in 1926 in a Ratier. He became best known at the wheel of works-prepared 1,500 and 1,750cc Alfa Romeo sports cars.

In 1928, in a blown 1,500cc, he won the Georges Boillot Cup sports car handicap at Boulogne; the 6-hour Circuit des Routes Pavees, near Lille, and the Spa 24 Hours race on Alfa Romeo, partnered by Attilio Marinoni.

In 1929 in a 1,500cc Alfa Romeo he was 4th in the Double-Twelve race at Brooklands with W. E. Dunkley, and 2nd at Spa with George Eyston. In a 1,750cc he was 4th in the Brooklands 6 Hours, sharing with Dr Dudley Benjafield. At Phoenix Park, Dublin, he won the 300-mile Saorstat Cup in a 1,500cc Alfa Romeo and the 300-mile Eireann Cup for bigger cars in a 1,750cc model, to become victor of the Irish Gran Prix on aggregate. In 1930 Ivanowski won the 2-litre class in the Brooklands Double-Twelve sharing a 1,750cc Alfa Romeo with Eyston and came 2nd in the overal ranking but 1st in class at the 24-hour race in a 1,750cc with Cortese.

In 1931 Ivanowski did some intensive racing with a big 38/250hp Mercedes SSK, which he shared with the Frenchman Henri Stoffel. With this car they came 5th in the 10-hour Italian Gran Prix at Monza, and 2nd to the Howe and Birkin 2-3 Alfa Romeo at Le Mans, after Ivanowski had put up the fastest lap.

After this the name of Ivanowski ceased to appear in the motor racing results.

Race resultsEdit

Irish International Grand Prix winners[2]Edit

Season Date Race Name Location Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1929 12 July Irish Grand Prix (Saorstát Cup) Phoenix Park Boris Ivanowski Alfa Romeo 6C Alfa Romeo
1929 13 July Irish Grand Prix (Éireann Cup) Phoenix Park Boris Ivanowski Alfa Romeo 6C Alfa Romeo

Complete European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 EDC Pts
1931 B. Ivanowski Mercedes-Benz SSK Mercedes-Benz M06 II 7.1 L6 ITA
7th 15
H. Stoffel BEL

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1931 Boris Ivanowski   Henri Stoffel Mercedes-Benz SSK 8.0 177 2nd 1st


  1. ^ Hammond, Maurice A. (1969). Motorcade: A Dictionary of Motoring History. London: G. Bell & Sons. p. 103. ISBN 0-7135-1609-7.
  2. ^ Wakefield, Steve (2007-02-20). "H&H at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Feb 28 - Mar 1 2007". Classic Driver.
  3. ^ "THE GOLDEN ERA – OF GRAND PRIX RACING". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "9èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1931". Le Mans Register. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

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