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Alain de Cadenet (born 27 November 1945 in London) is a television presenter for the Speed Channel and ESPN and former racing driver. Alain's main career was in sports car endurance racing. He has hosted numerous shows on Speed, including Legends of Motorsport, as well as the network's coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He also hosted Victory By Design, in which he drove vintage racing cars and talked about their history. Currently, de Cadenet hosts the Velocity Channel show Renaissance Man, a history programme whose coverage includes cars, motorcycles, the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and racing at Monaco.
He made his reputation building and driving his own sports prototypes, taking on works teams and occasionally beating them. In 1972, he persuaded Duckhams Oil to sponsor a car he commissioned Gordon Murray to design for the Le Mans 24 Hour. De Cadenet finished 12th overall. In 1976 he finished 3rd overall at the Le Mans. In 1980, with co-driver Desiré Wilson, he won two rounds of the World Sportscar Championship —the Monza 1000 kilometers and Silverstone 6 hour events. This was a major achievement in an era of increasing professionalism, when it was very difficult for privateers to defeat larger, better-funded teams that had factory support.
A passion for collection
De Cadenet also races classic and vintage cars, having owned and raced numerous examples, particularly Alfa Romeos. In addition to cars, he also collects motorcycles and aircraft, and operated a Supermarine Spitfire. A video on the Internet shows a clip from a documentary in which a Spitfire flies extremely low over his head. He was also a collector and authority on George V stamps, and advised the Royal Mail on their collection.
24 Hours of Le Mans
|1975||Alain de Cadenet||Chris Craft||De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford-Cosworth||S
|1976||Alain de Cadenet||Chris Craft||De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford-Cosworth||S
|1977||Alain de Cadenet||Chris Craft||De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford-Cosworth||S
|1978||Alain de Cadenet||Chris Craft||De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford-Cosworth||S
|1979||Alain de Cadenet||François Migault||De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford-Cosworth||S
|1980||Alain de Cadenet||François Migault||De Cadenet-Lola LM Ford-Cosworth||S
|1981|| Alain de Cadenet
| Jean-Michel Martin
|De Cadenet-Lola LM Ford-Cosworth||S
|1982||Grid Racing|| Desiré Wilson
Emilio de Villota
|Grid Plaza S1 Ford-Cosworth||C||7||DNF||DNF|
|1983||Primagaz|| Yves Courage
|Cougar C01B Ford-Cosworth||C||86||DNF||DNF|
|1984||Charles Ivey Racing|| Chris Craft
|1986||Primagaz Team Cougar|| Yves Courage
|Cougar C12 Porsche||C1||267||18th||11th|
- "De Cadenet, Maxine". Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790–1976. Andrews Collection, Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, Kent, England: Ancestry.com.
- "Alain de Cadenet 24 hours of lemans". Florence Tri-city Times Daily. Google News. 16 June 1974. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- Video on YouTube