30/1/1917, Paul Frère is born in Le Havre, France.
Despite being born in France, Paul Frère held Belgian citizenship and raced on a semiprofessional basis for 15 years under Belgian license, including 10 Formula 1 races with a an astonishing 2nd place in the 1965 Belgian GP as his best result and a brief appearance in the 1966 Grand Prix movie. He also won the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Ferrari with fellow Belgian Olivier Gendebien. His greatest talent, however, lay in his ability to relate his experiences to others through the written word. Frère has contributed to many magazines, and has written several highly acclaimed books on his experiences in the automotive world. He never fully recovered from severe road accident in Germany in September of 2006 suffering a shattered pelvis, several broken ribs and punctures to both lungs. Paul Frère passed away in February 2008 and prior to the Belgian Grand Prix that year, the Stavelot Bend at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit was renamed into Curve Paul Frère in his honor.
Born: 30rd of January 1917 in Le Havre, France;
Died: 23rd of February 2008 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.