• Sep 20, 2006
We've just received word that racer and Road & Track contributor Paul Frère has been seriously injured in an accident near the Nürburgring. As reported by La Derniere Heure, the 89-year-old Frère was apparently involved in a heavy collision while driving a Honda Civic R. He is in a Frankfurt hospital with seven broken ribs, a shattered pelvis and two punctured lungs. The prognosis appears good, however. It is expected he will return to his home in France in October.

Frère raced on a semiprofessional basis for 15 years, including 10 Formula 1 races and the 24 Hours of Le Man, driving for Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin. He also appeared in the 1966 film, Grand Prix. His greatest talent, however, lay in his ability to relate his experiences to others through the written word. Frère has contributed to many magazines, and has written several highly acclaimed books on his experiences in the automotive world.

[Source: La Derniere Heure via Hemmings]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      If it wasn't for Paul's column in R&T, I may have never discovered the greatness of European cars. He was the first to open my eyes to Alpina as it would be years before we'd see one in the U.S. officially.

      Here's to a speedy recovery!

      dc
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's two phrases you'll never hear in one sentence ever again, "89 year old" and "Honda Civic R"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paul was one those rare writers. Honesty, integrity, unbiased, interesting and very professional.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope the guy heals up alright. I had several broken ribs, broken pelvis, and a punctured lung from a wreck when I was 21, I can't imagine having to recover from that at his age!!! Must have been a side-impact like mine. Best wishes Paul, hopefully I'll get to read your column again soon!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paul's book, "Sports Car and Competition Driving," has sat proudly on my bookshelf for over forty years, between readings, that is. I used to read awhile, then go practice on a back road. The diagrams were perfect for teaching how to drive a fast line. It's still there, I checked. Time for a review and some more practice. Thanks, Paul, and get well soon! You and John Fitch keep us optimistic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda must be pissed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have looked forward to Paul Frere's Letter From Europe every month in R&T since as far back as I can remember. His ability to accuratley discern and describe the characteristics of any car is, I think, amazing...pretty far beyond the average autozine writer.

      I hope he heals fully and soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, a good guy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's always sad to hear when somethign like this happens... But there's always a risk when your job entails pushing a car to it's limits.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I first met Paul Frère on a rally Georges Durand organised by the Autoclub du Sarthe in 1992 when we discussed Alvis design and patent holdings. His knowledge on the subject was remarkable. I have since read his books and what emerges from these and my conversations is a well informed, skilled and wonderfully sympathetic person. If only GP drivers were like him today - the sport would be a happier place.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow... Paul is certainly one of my favorite automotive writers... I hope he gets better soon!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am Japanese fan of him.
      I want to see his report of high perfomance cars again.
      And I hope HONDA has no responsibility for this accident.
      I really wish his complete recovery soon.