RIP: Paul Frre, 1917-2008

We're saddened to report the passing of Paul Frère, veteran racer and revered elder statesman of automotive journalism.

Frère was born on January 30, 1917 in Belgium. As a racing driver, Frère competed in Formula One between 1952 and 1956, and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960 behind the wheel of a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. As an automotive journalist, Frère served as European editor for Road & Track, and as editor of French Porsche magazine Flat 6, in addition to authoring several books about cars and racing. In September 2006, we reported on a major accident Frère had near the Nurburgring in Germany, from which he recovered after spending two weeks in intensive care having punctured both lungs and broken several bones.

Frère died this past Saturday at age 91. We extend our appreciation to Steven who informed us to the sad news, and our deepest condolences to Paul's bereaved family and friends. He will be sorely missed.


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