Count Louis Zborowski (20 February 1895 – 19 October 1924) was a racing driver and automobile engineer of Polish-American descent.
He was born to an American mother, claimed his title of nobility from his Polish father, and lived at Higham Park, a country estate at Bridge near Canterbury in Kent.
His father, Count William Eliot Morris Zborowski (1858–1903) was also a racing driver, and died in La Turbie hillclimb at Nice. His mother was a wealthy heiress, born Margaret Laura Astor Carey (1853–1911), a granddaughter of William Backhouse Astor, Sr. of the prominent Astor family. She had been Baroness de Stuers before her divorce and marriage in 1880 to Count Eliot Zborowski.
Louis Zborowski's career as an amateur racing driver encompassed a wide experience of marques and events.
Three of the cars were called "Chitty Bang Bang", and used ex-World War I aero engines, achieving some success at Brooklands. Another car, also built at Higham Park with a huge 27 litre aero engine, was called the "Higham Special" and later "Babs" and was used in J.G. Parry-Thomas's fatal attempt for the land speed record at Pendine Sands in 1927.
Zborowski was a railway enthusiast and the 15 inch (380 mm) gauge railway circuit which he built around his estate in Kent was later developed by his friend Captain J.E.P. Howey into the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
The children's book by Ian Fleming, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the subsequent musical film, were inspired by the romance of his exploits. Ian Fleming had known Higham Park as a guest of its later owner, Walter Wigham, chairman of Robert Fleming & Co.
- Higham Park
- Indy 500 stats for Zborowski
- Profile at "Historic Racing"
- Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
- Louis Zboroswki at Brooklands
- Photo of Louis Zborowski and Clive Gallop
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