René Le Bègue, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


René Le Bègue

French racing driver

Date of Birth: 15-Jan-1914

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 24-Feb-1946

Profession: racing automobile driver

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About René Le Bègue

  • René Le Bègue (15 January 1914 – 24 February 1946) was a Parisian-born French race car driver in Rally and Grand Prix motor racing.
  • In his first year of top level racing, his best showing came at the 1936 Spa 24 Hours endurance race when he drove a Delahaye to a 2nd-place finish.
  • In 1937 he and his co-pilot Julio Quinlin won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Delahaye.
  • That year Le Bègue also won the Coupe de Vitesse at the Autodrome de Montlhéry driving a Talbot-Lago T150 and had several top-three finishes.
  • He then teamed up with André Morel to claim victory in the 1938 12 hours of Paris endurance race for sports cars.
  • In 1939 he finished 3rd in the French Grand Prix behind the dominant Auto Union Silver Arrows then went on to win the Grand Prix du Comminges.
  • The following year, Le Bègue traveled to the United States to compete in the 1940 Indianapolis 500.
  • Driving a Maserati for the American/French owner Lucy O'Reilly Schell, he started in the last row in 31st position but drove to a 10th-place finish. René Le Bègue continued racing until the German occupation of France during World War II when he joined the Free French Forces.
  • With the war over, in 1946 he prepared to return to the racing scene and was elected vice-president of the French Drivers Association (AGACI, Association Générale des Amicales et Coureurs Indépendants).
  • However, early that year before the season started the thirty-two-year-old Le Bègue was accidentally asphyxiated by gas leaking from a defective water heater in his bathroom.
  • The 9 June 1946 Grand Prix race at Saint-Cloud, won by Raymond Sommer, was named the René Le Bègue Cup in his memory.

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