BIOGRAPHY
Full Name George Edgar Abecassis, DFC
Nationality
Born 21 March 1913, Chertsey
Died 18 December 1991, Ibstone – 78 years
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1938 Easter Road Race
British Trophy
Crystal Palace Cup
Alta 2.0 s/c
Alta S
Alta S












1st
1st
1st
1939 Imperial Trophy
Imperial Plate
Crystal Palace Plate
Alta 12/50
Alta 2.0 s/c
Alta 2.0 s/c












1st
1st
3rd
1946 Non-championship F1 Privé Alta 2 0 0 1 0 0 N/A
1947 Bo’ness Hill Climb
British Hill Climb C’ship
Non-championship F1
Bugatti Type 59
Bugatti Type 59
Privé ERA


5


0


0


3


0


0
1st
2nd
N/A
1948 Non-championship F1 Privé Alta / Maserati 3 0 0 1 0 0 N/A
1949 Non-championship F1 Privé Alta 4 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
1950 Le Mans 24 Hours
Non-championship F1
Aston Martin
HW Motors
1
2

0

0

0

0

0
1st (Class)
N/A
1951 Le Mans 24 Hours
Non-championship F1
Aston Martin
HW Motors
1
1

0

0

0

0

0
2nd (Class)
N/A
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts BQ Wins Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1951 Swiss Grand Prix 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1951 HW Motors Ltd HWM Alta Straight-4 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1952 HW Motors Ltd HWM Alta Straight-4 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1952 Non-championship F1 HW Motors 4 0 0 1 0 N/A N/A
1953 Sebring 12 Hours Aston Martin 1 1 2nd
1954 Silverstone International
Goodwood International
HW Motors


1
1


2nd
3rd
1955 AMOC USAF Trophy
BM Trophy
RedeX Trophy
HW Motors











1st
1st
1st

George Abecassis


Biography

Abecassis began circuit racing in 1935 in a modified Austin Seven, but it wasn’t until the late 1930s that he began making a name for himself on the English racing scene, with the highlight being victory in the Imperial Trophy Formula Libre race at Crystal Palace.

The breakout of World War II saw Abecassis join the Royal Air Force. A talented pilot, he was assigned to the famous ‘Moon Squadron’, with his duties being the ferrying of secret service agents in and out of German-occupied Europe in specially-modified Halifax and Stirling aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during his services.

Post World War II, Abecassis returned to racing – initially in pre-War Bugatti and ERA machines – before joining forces with John Heath to co-found Hersham & Walton Motors, or HWM for short.

A motor dealership and garage in its early days, the operation expanded when Abecassis and Heath began developing Alta’s GP car, designed to comply with the new Formula 1 regulations.

The Alta GP wasn’t a great success, and so the pair opted to create their own design, which was initially for Formula 2 regulations until F1 began incorporating the F1 regulations in 1952.

It was in his own HWM machinery that Abecassis made his only two World Championship appearances as a driver, both coming on the cobbled streets of Bremgarten at the 1951 and 1952 Swiss Grands Prix. He retired from both events.

Abecassis was a much more successful exponent in sports cars, winning his class in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans and finishing second overall in the 1953 Sebring 12 Hours.

HWM served as a launching pad for the careers of Stirling Moss, Peter Collins and Johnny Claes, but the outfit’s success in F1 proved short-lived, with the team competing in just two more Grands Prix after the 1953 season.

Abecassis wound down the team in 1956 after Heath was killed at the Mille Miglia, and he retired from racing altogether to focus on running HWM’s day-to-day garage and dealership operations. He remained one of Aston Martin’s principal dealers, helped no doubt by the fact that his father-in-law, Sir David Brown, was the carmaker’s chairman.

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