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The son of a pre-World War II motorcycle star, André Milhoux was a competent sports car driver who only raced in single-seaters by chance.
He raced large saloons during his early career and won his class on the 1953 Mille Miglia when sharing a Chrysler Saratoga with Paul Frère. Milhoux started the Le Mans 24 Hours on one occasion when his works Gordini T17S retired in 1956 after the transmission failed eight hours into the race.
Grand Prix debut
He travelled to the Nürburgring to watch that year’s German Grand Prix with the team. André Pilette was injured during practice and so Milhoux took over his Gordini T32 for his only Formula 1 start. The Belgian qualified 22nd but was forced to stop by a persistent engine misfire.
He crashed an Ecurie Nationale Belge Ferrari heavily during practice for the 1958 Spa GP sports car race. Unhurt but lucky to be alive, it was perhaps surprising Milhoux was back in single-seaters at Brands Hatch for the 1959 Formula 2 Kentish 100. However, he failed to qualify his ENB Cooper T51-Climax and gave up the sport soon after.