Like mother, like son
: And on this week's PdV a coverage of Pierre
: Casiraghi's début in the VW Scirocco cup in
: Hockenheim, Germany.
: Not a prince but close .
: Another racing prince I should add is Albert
: of Thurn und Taxis, still very active in the
: german GT championship
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: Following the footsteps of many members of
: Gotha, ADk Ferdinand Zwonimir, 2nd in line
: to the Habsburg throne, is pursuing a carrer
: as a racing driver with full support of both
: his parents, sisters and granny Fiona.
: After competing in karting , this season he
: is racing in Formula Renault championship -
: as Ferdinand Habsburg - and finished 2nd in
: the last race in Zandvoort, Holland.
: Full report on last weeks PdV
: AFAIK the only other member of the gotha
: also racing these days is Albert von Thurn
: und Taxis.
: Carl-Philip of Sweden, Joachim of Dk and the
: van Vollenhoven brothers cannot be seen as
: professional/semi-professional drivers.
: The last professional racing driver that
: raced with some success was Pr. Leopold
: (Poldi) of Bavaria.
: Others : The late hereditary Pr. of
: Loewenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, the late
: Jorge de Bagration, Alfonso de Borbon y
: Orléans (Galliera), John Crichton-Stuart aka
: Johnny Dumfries, marquess of Bute and a
: descendant of William IV and Mrs Jordan, Pr.
: Michel de Bourbon-Parma, Graf Berghe von
: Trips, Prince Bira of Thailand, the marquis
: de Fronteira and the marquis de Portago, and
: Prince Camillo Borghese, winner of the
: famous raid Paris to Peking in 1907
: Some amateurs : Pr. Albert, Pss Caroline and
: Stefano Casiraghi raced one Paris-Dakar
: rally, and Caroline's son Pierre has raced a
: couple of Classic Monte Carlo rallies.
: The prince of Hohenlohe also races in
: classic events - the family owns a wonderful
: auto museum in Langenburg.
: His cousin Pr. Michael of Kent is a well
: known petrolhead and has raced the London to
: Brighton rally a couple of times.
: Lately he has acted as an expert in classic
: concours d'élégance which have taken him to
: places from Russia to India.
: And the Kents never say no to a 5 star
: Bruno d'Harcourt (1899-1930) husband of Pss.
: Isabelle d'Orléans - sister of the late CoP
: - was also a famous racing driver.
: Infante D. Afonso de Bragança, duke of
: Porto, was also a famous petrolhead. He
: never raced himself (officially) but he lend
: his own car to compete on the first race
: held in the Iberian Peninsula, the rally
: Figueira da Foz-Lisbon in 1902.
: His Fiat (Mother's influence) won the 1st
: ever rally on iberian soil and took 7h30 to
: join the two town (c. 200kms !!!)
: D.Afonso loved to drive at full speed and
: was always seen shouting to the pedestrians
: "Arreda !" meaning "move
: That shout granted him that very same
: nickname - O Arreda.
: Feel free to add other names