Robert Marcel Charles Benoist (Auffargis, March 20, 1895 - Buchenwald, September 11, 1944) was a famous racing champion and French resistance fighter during the Second World War. Son of Gaston Benoist, gamekeeper of the Rothschild family, Robert Benoist was born in the hamlet of Saint-Benoît and made contact with engines during the First World War, when he was assigned to the Air Force, obtaining his flight license in November 1915. At the end of the conflict, he began his career as an automobile and motorcycle driver which will see him victorious in the most important European competitions.
Following the German occupation of France, Benoist became involved in resistance activities.
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Coach Ventoux
- Coachbuilder: Bugatti
- Chassis n°: 57704
- Engine n°: 503
Ion Tiriac (RO)