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Eugène Martin (March 24, 1915 in Suresnes – October 12, 2006 in Aytre) was a racing driver from France. He participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on May 13, 1950. Although Martin scored no championship points he enjoyed success in several of the pre-war grands prix.

In the 1950s Martin embarked on a brief career as an car manufacturer, working at the Paris based garage he owned with his father to produce the Martin-Spéciale.

The car was exhibited at the 1952 Paris Motor Show but never progressed to series production.

Formula One CareerEdit

1950Edit

1950 Eugene Martin

Martin at the British GP

Eugène Martin took part in the first world championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix qualifying 7th, only 4.6 seconds behind the pole position time set by Nino Farina in his Alfa.

In the race Martin had to retire early with oil pressure but he appeared again with the factory Talbot-Lago team at round 4, the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix, but on the nineteenth lap Martin suffered a serious accident when he was thrown from his car and broke one of his legs upon impact with the ground. 

After Formula 1Edit

The injuries Martin sustained at the Swiss Grand Prix would keep him out of action until 1952 when he made his motor racing comeback with the Veritas team in Formula 2. Whilst Martin's professional motor racing career was over, he continued to race on a part-time basis and in 1953 competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 1954 he made a brief return to Formula One in which he competed in the non-championship Pau Grand Prix for the Gordini team. However Martin would once again crash out of this race as well, this was his final appearance in a Formula One car. Martin finally retired from motor racing completely in 1958 in which his final outing in a motor race took place at that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Eugène Martin died in 2006 at a hospital near his home in La Rochelle, France.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Pre-Championship
1946 Eugène Martin BMW No Grand Prix Championship
1947 Eugène Martin Fraser-Nash-BMW No Formula One Championship
1948 Eugène Martin CTA-Arsenal No Formula One Championship
1949 Eugène Martin BMW No Formula One Championship
Formula One World Championship
1950 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Lago-Talbot 0 NC Report
19511953: Did Not Compete
1954 Equipe Gordini Gordini Non-Championship Race Only

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 2
Starts 2
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 0 NC
Ret Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

v · t · e Teams and Drivers
1950 Teams and Drivers
Teams Alfa Romeo • Maserati • ERA • Talbot-Lago • Alta • Cooper • Simca • Ferrari • Milano • SVA
Engines Alfa Romeo • Maserati • ERA • Talbot • Alta • JAP • Gordini • Ferrari • Milano • Speluzzi • Jaguar
Non-works Entrants Scuderia Ambrosiana • T.A.S.O. Mathieson • Peter Walker • Joe Fry • Bob Gerard • Ecurie Belge • Enrico Platé • Joe Kelly • Geoffrey Crossley • Scuderia Achille Varzi • Horshell Racing Corporation • Philippe Étancelin • Ecurie Rosier • Cuth Harrison • Peter Whitehead • Ecurie Bleue • Raymond Sommer • Ecurie Lutetia • Antonio Branca • Charles Pozzi • Clemente Biodetti • Paul Pietsch • Guy Mairesse • Pierre Levegh
Drivers Fangio • Farina • Fagioli • Parnell • Sanesi • Taruffi • Murray • Hampshire • Johnson • Walker • Rolt • Fry • Shawe-Taylor • Harrison • Gerard • Giraud-Cabantous • Rosier • Étancelin • Martin • Levegh • Sommer • Claes • Chiron • Rol • De Graffenried • B. Bira • Crossley • González • Pián • Pagani • Branca • Schell • Manzon • Trintignant • Chaboud • Pozzi • Biondetti • Pietsch • Mairesse


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