1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe
|Written by Simon Kidston|
|Thursday, 30 April 2009 16:00|
It may not have been quite the "discovery" that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited
Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.
Howe's place in the history of motorsport was assured by his 1931 Le Mans victory, driving an Alfa Romeo and partnered by Sir Henry Birkin. He competed at Le Mans six times and mixed freely with the "Bentley Boys." Indeed, Howe's support led to the formation of the British Racing Drivers' Club, and he was elected the first president in 1929.