Raymond Chambost

Raymond Chambost

5/3/1895 - 22/7/1936

Listed in results as Raymond, his real name was Albert. He raced a Salmson Cyclecar before switching to the ex-Raymond Sommer Maserati 8CM Special. He was killed when he overturned the 8C in the Grand Prix de Deauville in 1936.

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Born in Poitiers in 1895. In results he is listed as Raymond but his real mane was Albert. He started out racing a Salmson.
He won the Cyclecar class at the Circuit du Vaucluse in 1931 and finished third in the Grand Prix de Brignoles. The following year took wins in the Cyclecar class at the Trophee de Provence in Nîmes and at the Circuit de Vitesse de Nice. At the Coppa Acerbo Junior and the Circuit du Cap d'Antibes he finished second.

In 1933 at the Trophée de Provence at Nîmes he finished 3rd overall but 1st in the Cyclecar class in a year that was otherwise lacking in results.

In late 1934 he aquired Raymond Sommer's Maserati 8CM SEFAC Special after selling his Salmson GSS to Raphaël Béthenod. This 8CM Special had been converted into a racing/sports racing car with a new stainless steel or chrome molybdenum chassis. He finished 5th in the Grand Prix de Alger at Bouzareah that year.

He continued with the 8C in 1935 finishing 6th in the Grand Prix de Tunisie in May but then failing to finish in the Grand Prix de Lorraine the following month. He then failed to qualify for the Grand Prix de la Marne in July before posting a 6th place in the Coppa Ciano at Montenero and a 5th in the Grand Prix de Nice. He also used to compete in hillclimbs and won Les Alpilles near Avignon. He was also a regular at La Turbie near Nice.

In 1936 he raced in Les Trois Heures de Marseilles at Miramas in May finishing 10th. Then in July he entered the Grand Prix de Deauville. The race, held on the city's streets, was won by Wimille in his Bugatti T59. However the race was marred by a number of accidents. Chambost overturned his Maserati in the early stages and succumbed to his injuries three days later. Near the end of the race Farina, who was leading, collided with Lehoux as he tried to lap the Frenchman. Farina escaped with minor injuries but Lehoux was killed instantly. Of the 16 cars that started the race, only three managed to finish. The Deauville track was never used again.


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