Career Summary:

Mike Sparken

  • June 16, 1930
  • September 21, 2012
  • France
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'Mike Sparken' was the pseudonym which the wealthy Frenchman Michel Jacques Poberejsky was using in racing events during the early 1950s.

His most notable year was 1955 when he recorded one start in the Formula One World Championship, driving a  Gordini at British Grand Prix, but also made a start at 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he was driving a Ferrari 750 Monza.

Mike Sparken in a Gordini T16 at the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree Motor Racing Circuit

Mike Sparken in a Gordini T16 at the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree Motor Racing Circuit

Born in June 1930 in Neully-sur-Seine, as a son of a Jewish Russian industrialist, he moved with family from Paris to New York in 1941. After the World War II, Michel returned to Europe and started his racing career, using the pseudonym Mike Sparken in racing events in France and its North African dependencies.

There is no lot of informations about Mike Sparken's results bit it is known that he gained some success in sports car races, such was an overall victory with an Aston Martin DB2 at Montlhery or class victory at Casablanca 12 Hours in an Aston Martin DB3 which he was sharing with Roy Salvadori.

Michel Poberejsky 'Mike Sparken' in the #26 Gordini at 1955 British Grand Prix

Michel Poberejsky 'Mike Sparken' in the #26 Gordini at 1955 British Grand Prix

In 1955, Sparken loaned a Ferrari 750 Monza and raced with that car at 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the race remembered by the greatest tragedy in the history of motorsport. Sparken himself raced for three hours and then retired with a broken engine. His co-driver was Masten Gregory.

In July, Sparken made a Formula One debut at British Grand Prix at Aintree. He was driving the #26 Gordini Type 16, starting the race from the back of the grid, 23rd on the grid of twenty-four cars. He drove without a risk and reached the finish line in the seventh place, nine laps behind the race winner Stirling Moss (Mercedes).

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