Alain de Cadenet Racecar driver
Alain de Cadenet (born 27 November 1945 in London) is an on air personality for the Speed Channel and ESPN. The British-born de Cadenet has hosted many shows on SPEED, including Legends of Motorsport, as well as the network's coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Currently, de Cadenet hosts Victory By Design, in which he drives vintage race cars, and talks about their history. Alain de Cadenet is the son of Maxine de Cadenet, a lieutenant in the French Air Force, and his wife Valerie. Alain made his reputation building and driving his own sports prototypes, taking on the full works factory teams and, at times, even beating them. In 1976 he finished 3rd overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1980, he won two rounds of the World Sportscar Championship at the Monza 1000 kilometers and Silverstone 6 hour events, with co-driver Desiré Wilson. This was a major achievement in an era of increasing professionalism, when it was very difficult for privateers to defeat larger, better funded factory supported teams. de Cadenet is also one of the most respected and accomplished racers of classic and vintage cars.