Younger brother to pre-war Bugatti racer Louis Trintignant, Maurice was a very versatile driver with Gordini and then Ferrari, winning the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours race with partner Froilan Gonzalez. It was also the year of his debut in Formula 1 and taking the chequers in Monaco in 1st place in 1955, he became the first Frenchman to win a World Championship Grand Prix. But he’d have a rather unsettled career in F1, changing teams quite often. Bugatti, Vanwall, Ferrari again for 1957, BRM, Rob Walker’s team, for which he won the Monaco GP a second time, Aston Martin, Scuderia Centro Sud and again a short – and final – stint with Rob Walker after Stirling Moss’s accident in 1962. After retiring from racing, Maurice Trintignant took over the family vineyard near his home town of Vergèze, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where he produced a wine called “Le Petoulet” and was elected the local mayor for a period.
Born: 30th of October 1917 in Sainte-Cécile-Les-Vignes, France.
Died: 13th of February 2005 in Nîmes, France, aged 87.