Pierre Veyron (1 October 1903 – 2 November 1970) was a French Grand Prix motor racing driver active from 1933 through 1953.
|Died||2 November 1970 (aged 67)|
|Occupation||Grand Prix motor racing driver|
|Known for||Winner, 24 Hours of Le Mans (1939)|
|Awards||Legion of Honour (1945)|
Pierre Veyron enrolled at university to study engineering. Veyron's friend, Albert Divo, convinced Veyron to take up racing and introduced Veyron to André Vagniez, an industrialist who provided financial support to Veyron. Vagniez purchased a Bugatti Type 37A that Veyron drove to his first racing victory, winning the 1930 Geneva Grand Prix.
Jean Bugatti, son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, hired Pierre Veyron in 1932 as a test driver and development engineer. Veyron entered races as a Bugatti company driver, winning many including the 1933 and 1934 Berlin Avus races while driving a Bugatti Type 51A. Veyron's most significant race victory was his 1939 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving a Bugatti Type 57S Tank with Jean-Pierre Wimille.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit
|1934|| Roger Labric
|Roger Labric||Bugatti Type 50S||5.0||73||DNF|
|1935|| Roger Labric
|Roger Labric||Bugatti Type 50S||5.0||116||DNF|
|1937|| Roger Labric
|Roger Labric||Bugatti Type 57G Tank||5.0||130||DNF|
|1939|| Jean-Pierre Wimille
|Jean-Pierre Wimille||Bugatti Type 57C Tank||8.0||249||1st||1st|
|1949|| Amédée Gordini
|José Scaron||Simca-Gordini T8||S1.1||88||DNF|
d'Armes de Paris
|Fernand Lacour||M.A.P. Diesel||S5.0||39||DNF|
|1951||Equipe Gordini||Georges Monneret||Gordini T15S||S1.5||130||DNF|
|1952||Donald Healey Motor Co.||Yves Giraud-Cabantous||Nash-Healey||S5.0||?||DNF|
|1953||Nash-Healey Inc.||Yves Giraud-Cabantous||Nash-Healey Sports||S5.0||9||DNF|
- "Pierre Veyron". historicracing.com. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
- "Pierre Veyron". Bugatti Stories. bugatti.com. Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
Veyron’s initial career plan did not include racecar driving – instead, he enrolled in the university to study engineering. But his friend Albert Divo, himself an ardent motor sport aficionado, persuaded him to give racecar driving a try.