The history of Belgians in the world’s greatest race goes back to 1923, the year of the first edition. One hundred and one drivers and 296 participations resulted in 12 overall victories, 24 podium finishes, 48 class victories and one Ladies’ Cup. A rich harvest, to be sure! Swaters, Beurlys, Bianchi, Frère, Gendebien, Mairesse, Rouselle and Dubois played a leading role in the first ‘yellow armada’.
One hundred twenty years ago, Louis Renault built his first small car. He immediately introduced several innovations. The car had a universal joint drive, a self-developed three-speed gearbox with ‘prise directe’ - direct drive – and a reverse gear. Renault immediately excelled in the first automobile races in history, with Louis and his brother Marcel at the wheel. But when the latter died in a crash in Paris-...