Jules-Albert de Dion (March 9 1856 - August 19 1946) was the driver of the lone car that took part in the second known motor race, the 1887 Pont du Neuilly-Versailles. Unsurprisingly, the lone car was proven to be the victor.
However he would then go on to finish the line in first place at the first major motor race in history, the 1894 Paris-Rouen. He also became the first person to be disqualified from a motor race as shortly after he took victory, his De Dion car was deemed contrary to the regulations.
The race was meant to be merely a publicity stunt for automobile manufacturers to which the winner would be judged based on their handling ability, safety and comfort.
De Dion defied all these regulations and simply aimed to prove that he had the fastest and most daring machine among the field. Although he was disqualified from the race, he thereafter established the template that motor racing would be based on pure speed rather than a simple corporate marketing scheme.
De Dion became one of the founding members of the Automobile Club de France (ACF) and was subsequently one of the influential members of the creation of the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix being known as the premier race and category of motorsport.
De Dion died at the age of 90 in 1946, only five months before the founding of the Formula One category to which Grand Prix is now most commonly known.
Formula One CareerEdit
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|
|v·d·e||Nominate this page for Featured Article|