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Name  Alain Cadenet

Role  Race car driver
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Children  Amanda de Cadenet, Alexander de Cadenet
Grandchildren  Silvan Valensi, Ella Valensi, Atlanta Noo Taylor
Similar People  Amanda de Cadenet, Francois Migault, Desire Wilson, Nick Valensi, John Taylor

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Alain de Cadenet (born 27 November 1945 in London) is a television presenter for the Speed Channel and ESPN. Alain's main career was in Endurance racing along with Formula one. 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.


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De Cadenet is the son of Maxime de Cadenet, a lieutenant in the French Air Force, and his wife Valerie. He was educated at Framlingham College.


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He made his reputation building and driving his own sports prototypes, taking on works teams and occasionally beating them. 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

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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 owns 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.

Personal life

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Divorced from Anna de Cadenet, with whom he has two children, Alexander and Amanda, he is now married to Alison de Cadenet and has a younger son named Aidan.

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