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Yves Giraud-Cabantous

Full Name:
Marius Aristide Yves Giraud
8th October 1904
St Gaudens, Midi-Pyrenees
30th March 1973 (Aged 68)
Paris, Ile-de-France
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Record books may best remember this Frenchman as one of the 23 drivers who raced in the 1950 British Grand Prix – the inaugural world championship race – but Yves Giraud-Cabantous had already competed for a quarter of a century by then.

Family background and early racing career

His widowed mother remarried a Dr Cabantous while he was still a child, hence his unusual double-barrel name. The youngster began working as a mechanic with Salmson and his ambitions to race were only heightened when given a car by his stepfather for Christmas in 1924.

Racing from the next spring, Yves Giraud-Cabantous won the 1928 GP des Frontières at Chimay with a Salmson GS. That was a rare success abroad in a pre-war career largely spent competing in France. Victory in the 1930 Bol d’Or with a Caban and second in the 1938 Le Mans 24 Hours sharing Gaston Serraud’s Delahaye 135S were highlights before war intervened.

Post-war career

Now middle-aged, Giraud-Cabantous was named 1948 French Champion and raced an Ecurie France Lago-Talbot in the 1949 Belgian GP. He joined the works Talbot team for 1950 and starred in the opening race of the F1 World Championship. Alfa Romeo dominated that British GP but Giraud-Cabantous was best of the rest when fourth at the finish.

Giraud-Cabantous continued as a privateer after the works team was disbanded and was fifth in the 1951 Belgian GP and third in the following year's non-championship race at Albi. The world championship had already switched to Formula 2 rules by then. He drove an HWM in the 1952 and 1953 French GPs and finished 15th on his final championship appearance at Monza that latter season.

Second in the 1953 Reims 12 Hours, he continued to race in sports cars from time-to-time for another four years before retiring to run his transport business.

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