It happened today – 10 December

It happened today – 10 December

On 10th December 2010, Belgian driver, manager and collector, Jacques Swaters died. Born in Brussels on 20th October 1926, Swaters made his race debut in a pre-war MG in the 1948 Spa 24 Hours, alongside Paul Frere, finishing fourth in class. Along with his team-mate, he founded the Ecurie Belgique with which he also raced in Formula 1 at the wheel of a Talbot-Lago. His story with Ferrari dates back to 1952 when, reviving the Ecurie Francorchamps, with which he made his debut at Spa, he acquired a 500F2 and took part in six championship Grands Prix in 1952 and 1953. Swaters also raced in other categories, winning among others the Avus Formula 2 Grand Prix. It was around this time that he began a commercial arrangement with Maranello, which saw him become the Prancing Horse importer for Belgium for many years, at the same time as becoming one of the most important collectors in the world of historic cars.

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