This Day in Auto History
Olivier Gendebien was born in Brussels, Belgium. Gendebien made his way into Formula 1 though the unusual way of debuting in rallying, racing sports cars, where he got hired by Enzo Ferrari. After considerable success with the Scuderia Ferrari, during his career he won the 24 hours of Le Mans four times, the 12 hours of Sebring and the Targa Florio three times, and he got his chance in F1, where he competed in 15 Grands Prix. His best result was a 2nd place at the 1960 French GP. He died in 1998 at the age of 74.