Wednesday, June 30, 2010
René Dreyfus: From Grand Prix to Restaurateur
The French driver René Dreyfus won 36 races across Europe in the 1920s and 1930s in Ferraris, Maseratis and Bugattis. In 1940, he came to the U.S. to race a Maserati in the Indianapolis 500. As a Jew who had consistently humiliated Mercedes, he decided not to return to France. Instead, he became a U.S. citizen and opened Le Chanteclair, a New York restaurant that became a meeting spot for racers passing through New York.