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    Belgium industrialist and Ferrari race driver Jean Blaton ("Beurlys") passed away, aged 91 years.
    He owned and raced many Ferraris and participated no fewer than 14 times at the 24 h of Le Mans. He was an extremely loyal client of Jacques Swaters' Garage Francorchamps.
    Here is a pic I took of Blaton at Spa-Francorchamps in September 1992.

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    RIP. 1st IC, 2nd OA Le Mans 1963 in 250 GTO #4293GT.
     
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    Here's 1321 GT, the 250 GT LWB TDF Berlinetta which Blaton raced at Le Mans 1959, with co-driver Léon Dernier ("Eldé").

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    Jean Blaton also funded the debut of the husband of his niece, a certain Jacky Ickx.

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    RIP, "Beurlys"!
    One of the last true Gentlemen Drivers, followed his friend Jacques Swaters who left this world on December 10th 2010.
    Jean Blaton died exactly 10 years and 1 week after him.

    Here at Le Mans 1959. He shared the 250 GT LWB TdF #1321 GT with Eldé ( Leon Dernier) and won in category GT3.0.
    In the first picture, Beurlys is about to enter the car. The great Jacques Swaters, in the white shirt, facing the camera.

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