Chaboud competed in three World Championship Grand Prix but his best days were behind him.
A winner at the Le Mans 24 Hour in 1938, Chaboud retired from racing at the same event in 1952 when he tipped his car. It was whilst lying under his car, waiting to be rescued, that he decided to call time on his career.
Before Formula 1 World Championship Edit
Also in 1938 Chaboud showed his abilities as an all-rounder by winning the Chamonix Rally in a Lancia. In 1939 he established Ecurie Francia and won a second major victory in the Paris-Nice road race.
His racing career was revived after the war when he took part in the very first postwar race in the Bois de Boulogne, finishing third behind Jean-Pierre Wimille and Raymond Sommer in the Coupe des Prisonniers in his underpowered Delahaye. In 1946 he won the Belgian GP before he was recruited the following year by Ecurie France and became French Champion.After Ecurie France and Delahaye split in 1947, Chaboud established Ecurie Lutetia with Charles Pozzi and continued to run with Delahayes, racing in a variety of international events.
By 1949 the Delahaye racers were not competitive and for a short time Chaboud concentrated on his secondhand car business but the lure of the sport was strong and he continued to compete at Le Mans and on the Monte Carlo Rally in which he finished second in 1950 in a Simca.
Formula One CareerEdit
Eugène entered his first World Championship race with his Ecurie Leutitia team at Spa-Francorchamps and qualified towards the back in eleventh, retiring after 22 laps with oil pipe trouble.
He then took his Talbot-Lago to France for the next Grand Prix but did not start the race, taking over the car of Philippe Étancelin and cruising to a 5th place sharing the two points between them leaving Chaboud with one world championship point.
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|