About Jacques

Much has been written about Jacques Swaters over the years. All of it has centered on his impressive auto racing career as a driver and team owner and as a successful Ferrari businessman and collector.

Little, if anything, has been told about Swaters’ remarkable childhood and formative years in Belgium.

Orphaned at the age of 12.

Involved in the resistance against the Germans in World War II as a teen.

Imprisoned.

Beaten.

Resilient.

“I have not talked much about it all,” Jacques said. “But the memories are very strong.”

Read on, and you will discover why Swaters was well-prepared for the obstacles and challenges of the racing world. He is no stranger to overcoming adversity.

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    Jacques Swaters

    ‘I HAD TO GROW UP QUICKLY’
    Jacques Swaters’ mother died when he was 2 months old. His father died when he was 12. He was  raised by a “nurse” named Germaine, then his half-sister Louisette.

    JOINING THE RESISTANCE
    The Belgian teen performed many missions for the resistance in WWII. But when Jacques Swaters’ warning signal proved too late, it led to his arrest and interrogations.

    ‘WORSE THAN A NIGHTMARE’
    Crammed into a train car with 100 other men, Jacques Swaters was certain he was bound for a concentration camp and death. Then all of a sudden he was free.

    LIFE AFTER THE WAR
    Jacques Swaters continued to fight as part of an elite regiment in the Belgium military. Following the war, he attended university and then fell in love with cars.