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Brilli Peri (Ballot)Stefanelli (Bugatti)Rosti (Bugatti)

CIRCUITO DEL SAVIO

Circuito del Savio - Ravenna (I), 16 May 1926.
Category A: 15 laps x 14.5 km (9.01 mi) = 217.5 km (135.1 mi)
Category B-D: 20 laps x 14.5 km (9.01 mi) = 290.0 km (180.2 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineRemarks

Category D, over 2000 cc
14Ferdinando FussiF. FussiDiatto30003.0S-4
15Giorgio CerattoG. CerattoAlfa RomeoRL3.0S-6DNA - did not appear
16Antonio LauroraA. LauroraAlfa RomeoRL3.0S-6DNA - did not appear
18Emilio MaterassiE. MaterassiItala-Special5.8S-4DNA - did not appear
19Gastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-8
20Vittorio ForoniV. ForoniForoni Spl6.3S-4
21Luigi "Gino" BertocciL. Bertocci Alfa RomeoRL TF 233.0S-6
 
Category C, 1501 to 2000 cc
22Luigi TrebbiL. TrebbiBugatti2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
23Giorgio FaggioliG. FaggioliDiatto20S2.0S-8
25Timoleone AmadioT. AmadioAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
26Andrea NicoliA. NicoliOM6652.0S-6DNA - did not appear
27Antonio TestiA. TestiDiatto20S2.0S-8
28Guido DaolioG. DaolioAnsaldo2.0S-4
29Supremo MontanariS. MontanariBugattiT35A2.0S-8
30Alfieri MaseratiA. MaseratiDiatto20S2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
31Augusto SpadoniA. SpadoniAnsaldo2.0S-4
32Pietro Neriex Giovanni GaraviniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4late entry for Garavini
33Luigi GuerriniL. GuerriniDiatto20S2.0S-8
34Alessandro ConsonnoA. ConsonnoBugattiT352.0S-8DNS - engine fire
35Angelo OndinelliA. OndinelliAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
36Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliBugattiT35A2.0S-8
37Azeglio PedroniA. PedroniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
38Mario CoràM. CoràAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
39Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT35 2.0S-8
40Carlo RostiC. RostiBugattiT352.0S-8
41Corrado GottiC. GottiAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
 
Category B, 1101 to 1500 cc
42Africo TonucciA. TonucciFiat501 S1.5S-4
43Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiri12/16 Monza C1.5S-4
44Andrea NegriA. NegriBugatti 1.5S-4
45Luigi "Gigi" PlatéG. PlatéChiribiri12/16 Monza S1.5S-4
46Alvaro BacchilegaA. BacchilegaFiat5011.5S-4
47Enrico DurazzoE. DurazzoBugattiT371.5S-4DNA - did not appear
 
Category A, 500 to 1100 cc
48Manlio SpongiaM. SpongiaSalmson1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
49Luigi FagioliL. FagioliSalmson1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
50Omero GrazianiO. GrazianiFiat509 S1.0S-4
51Carlo RossiC. RossiAmilcar1.1S-4
52Franco ColomboF. ColomboAmilcar1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
53Angelo BelloniA. BelloniAmilcar1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
54Adolfo MondiniA. MondiniFiat509 S1.0S-4
55Giuseppe BianchiG. BianchiDerbyScap s/c1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
56Abele ClericiA. ClericiSalmson1.1S-4
57Antonio ZanelliA. ZanelliFiat509 S1.0S-4
Note: The #13 and #17 were not used, because drivers considered them unlucky numbers.


Brilli Peri wins the Savio Circuit with his Ballot

by Hans Etzrodt
The 30 starters were divided into four categories. The cars over 1100 cc raced 20 laps around the fast course south of Ravenna while the 1100 category did only 15 laps. Brilli Peri (Ballot) had the fastest car and led from start to finish, followed by the three 8-cylinder Bugattis of Steffanelli, Rosti and Montanari. Foroni (6.3-Liter Foroni Spl) finished fifth ahead of Serboli (1500 Chiribiri) and Testi (2000 Diatto) followed by five more finishers. The remaining 12 cars retired. The 1100 category was won by Clerici (Salmson) with Zanelli (Fiat) second and Belloni (Amilcar) third, ahead of Mondini (Fiat) and Rossi (Amilcar) while Graziani (Fiat) retired.
The Circuito del Savio race south of Ravenna, which was organized by the Automobile Club di Ravenna, had been held annually since 1923; so this was the fourth in the series. The first event was won by Enzo Ferrari with an Alfa Romeo on a 44.6 km circuit with the start in Savio. Ferrari also won the 1924 event, which was held over a 14.385 km course, bypassing Savio. Emilio Materassi with an Itala-Special won the 1925 race. In 1926 the triangular route was very slightly extended by 115 meters to 14.500 km over 20 laps, a total of 290 km. The 1100 cc cycle cars had to do only 15 laps or 217.5 km. The start was at the town of Classe from which the circuit led south through Fosso Ghiaia and Casetta, then further on at Campo Aviazione G. Novelli, the course turned west with Savio village further south. Next a turn to the right took a road north to the town of Ponte Nuovo where a sharp right turn headed south back to Classe.
      The cars were divided into Category A from 500 to 1100 cc, Category B from 1101 to 1500 cc, Category C from 1501 to 2000 cc and Category D over 2001 cc. At the end of the race the maximum allowable time limit was set at 45 minutes after the arrival of the first classified driver in each category.
      Prize money was the same for each of the three categories: first place 5,000 lire, second 2,000 and third 1,000. For the cars up to 1100 cc there were three prizes of gold medals. For the outright fastest lap the prize was 1,000 lire but only if the previous year's speed of 129.980 km/h by Brilli Peri (Ballot) was exceeded. The overall winner with the fastest race time received 25,000 lire. The King's Cup was awarded for the winning engine manufacturer of the Economy Trial; the Mussolini Cup for the manufacturer with the most number of classifications within maximum time; the Wingtol Cup (biennial, in ceramic and gold) for the first finisher using Wingtol oil; the Targa Errani (triennial challenge) to the manufacturer of the absolute winner.
Entries:
From 42 entries 30 appeared at the start. Brilli Peri with his seven year old 4.9-liter straight-8 Ballot was the favorite. Besides an easier cockpit access the car appeared with a changed tail, replacing the original barrel fuel tank with a large vertical type and spare wheel. Without any similar opponents his victory was expected. Vittorio Foroni appeared with his Feroni Special in which he had finished second in last year's Savio Circuit when it had been raced as an Itala Special. According to historian Alessandro Silva, Foroni's car was the ex-Alfieri Maserati Isotta Fraschini Spl, called the Itala Spl and later the Foroni Spl when it was powered by half of a Hispano-Suiza aero engine, originally 6.3-Liter 4-cylinder. In the company of these very large cars there was the 3-Liter Alfa Romeo RL TF from 1923 of Luigi Bertocci and Ferdinando Fussi's 3-Liter Diatto.
      The 2000 category comprised an armada of eight Ansaldos, six 8-cylinder Bugattis and four 8-cylinder Diattos. Gazzetta della Sport and Corriere Padano reported that Alfiero Maserati would enter a well prepared 2-liter s/c Diatto, but this did not happen. Alfieri Maserati had actually planned to enter one of his 1500 cars at the Savio Circuit but was unable to finish repairing it. Two weeks previously it had been raced at the Coppa Vinci by Emilio Materassi who had broken the engine. Luigi Guerrini from Bologna with a 2-liter Diatto was a late entry. Remo Pedroni who entered a 2000 Ansaldo, should not be confused with Azeglio Pedroni, who was another driver. Giovanni Garavini with a 2000 Ansaldo, lived in Ravenna and his Number 32 Ansaldo was replaced by Pietro Neri also with an Ansaldo with the same race number. All of these large groups were probably fighting for the beautiful Mussolini Cup that was awarded to the company with the most cars finishing within the maximum time limit. Giorgio Faggioli (with double 'gg') was not related to the famous Luigi Fagioli. But Luigi had a brother, named Giorgio, who also raced a Salmson but only on a few occasions.
      The 1500 category comprised two Bugattis, two Fiats and two Chiribiris. Roberto Serboli in one of the fast Chiribiri Monzas was expected to dominate this category.
      The gaggle of 1100 cycle cars consisted of ten entries but only half of them appeared at the start. The Ravenna AC had issued 55 race numbers, all for Italian drivers. A complete list of the entries is shown at the beginning of this report.
Race:
Among the most notable non-starters were Maserati, Materassi (Itala Spl.) and Consonno, who just minutes before the race had an engine fire on his Bugatti and could not repair in time for the race. The 30 cars lined up, two per row in numerical order with a break of two minutes between each category. The start began at 2:46 PM when the chief timekeeper Del Grano lowered the flag for the four cars in the over 2000 cc category:
Pole Position
19
Brilli Peri

Ballot

14
Fussi

Diatto

21
Bertocci

Alfa Romeo

21
Foroni

Foroni Spl

After two minutes, the 15 cars of the 2000 category lined up and Del Grano gave the start by lowering the flag.
Pole Position
25
Amadio

Ansaldo

23
Faggioli

Diatto

28
Daolio

Ansaldo

27
Testi

Diatto

31
Spadoni

Ansaldo

29
Montanari

Bugatti

33
Guerrini

Diatto

32
Neri

Ansaldo

36
Stefanelli

Bugatti

35
Ondinello

Ansaldo

38
Corà

Ansaldo

37
Pedroni

Ansaldo

40
Rosti

Ansaldo

39
Bona

Bugatti

41
Gotti

Ansaldo

After another interval of two minutes, the 5 cars of the 1500 category lined up and started.
Pole Position
43
Serboli

Chiribiri

42
Tonucci

Fiat

45
Platé

Chiribiri

44
Negri

Bugatti

46
Bacchilega

Fiat

With a two minute break the six cars of the 1100 cc category had lined up and started
Pole Position
51
Rossi

Amilcar

50
Graziani

Fiat

54
Mondini

Fiat

53
Belloni

Amilcar

57
Zanelli

Fiat

56
Clerici

Salmson

The last of the 1100 cars had just left, when the roaring red Ballot of Brilli Peri passed at lightning speed in front of the grandstands, completing his first lap in 7m01s at an average speed of 123.99 km/h. He was leading Foroni and Bertocci, followed by the large Bugattis of Rosti, Stefanelli, and Bona, while Montanari in another 2000 Bugatti fell behind with a tire change. In the 1500 category Serboli headed Platé with a small gap to the Fiat of Tonucci. Clerici in the 1100 category had no difficulty imposing his superiority on the class.
      On the second lap, Brilli Peri maintained his lead ahead of Foroni with Stefanalli now in third position having passed Rosti. Neri's Ansaldo was a few meters ahead of Testi's Diatto, while Serboli, who had already passed several competitors, was chasing them from behind. After Clerici and Odinelli (Ansaldo) had passed the stands the fast Brilli Peri appeared having already lapped more than 10 other competitors.
      On lap three, Brilli Peri continued his rapid race, progressively increasing his lead ahead of Foroni, Stefanelli, Bertocci and Rosti. Serboli was leading the 1500 category followed by Tonucci and Platé while the gaggle of 1100 cycle cars was led by Clerici and Graziani.
      On lap four Bona retired with gearbox trouble, as did the Ansaldos of Neri and Spadoni. The race progressed smoothly without major positional changes. Brilli Peri had a comfortable lead after 72.5 kilometers. These were the times of the first twelve cars after five laps:
1.Brilli Peri (Ballot)34m45.8sover 2000 cc
2.Foroni (Foroni Spl)37m36.0sover 2000 cc
3.Stefanelli (Bugatti)38m54.4s2000 cc
4.Bertocci (Alfa Romeo)38m56.0sover 2000 cc
5.Rosti (Bugatti)39m04.2s2000 cc
6.Montanari (Bugatti)39m36.6s2000 cc
7.Serboli (Chiribiri)41m31.8s1500 cc
8.Clerici (Salmson)42m27.0s1100 cc
9.Graziani (Fiat)46m32.2s1100 cc
10.Tonucci (Fiat)47m23.4s1500 cc
11.Platé (Chiribiri)47m57.4s1500 cc
12.Mondini (Fiat)54m43.6s1100 cc

By lap six the race had become monotonous. The leader Brilli Peri did a fast lap with an average of 127.083 km/h. Some competitors stopped at the pits and left quickly while others left later with engine repairs. At that time the Diatto of Guerrini retired, as did the similar car of Faggioli probably with carburation defects.
      On lap seven Foroni fell behind and Stefanelli became second after he had progressively increased his pace. He drove that lap in 6m55s at an average speed of 125.783 km/h, and was ahead of Rosti in third place.
      On lap ten Serboli led the 1500 class ahead of Negri and Platé. Serboli was less than two seconds ahead of Rosti, but as they started two minutes apart they were not close together on the circuit. Clerici still held first place in the 1100 category. Brilli Peri was leading at an average race speed of 125.845 km/h with the order as follows after ten laps:
1.Brilli Peri (Ballot)1h09m08.0sover 2000 cc
2.Stefanelli (Bugatti)1h12m49.0s2000 cc
3.Serboli (Chiribiri)1h15m18.0s1500 cc
4.Rosti (Bugatti)1h15m19.8s2000 cc
5.Foroni (Foroni Spl)1h15m29.0sover 2000 cc
6.Montanari (Bugatti)1h17m26.0s2000 cc
7.Bertocci (Alfa Romeo)1h17m28.6sover 2000 cc
8.Clerici (Salmson)1h24m19.2s1100 cc
9.Negri (Bugatti)1h32m21.0s1500 cc
10.Platé (Chiribiri)1h38m21.0s1500 cc
11.Bacchilega (Fiat)1h57m03.4s1500 cc

After the tenth lap it was time to stop for mid-race refueling. Brilli Peri covered lap 11 at 127 km/h. He was the first of the leading cars to stop and his 1m30s in the pits allowed Stefanelli to close the gap to the leader. Later Brilli stopped again to change a tire once more in 1m30s. On lap 12 Brilli Peri drove the fastest lap of the race in 6m41.6s at 129.980 km/h.
      After 15 laps the 1100 category race ended. Clerici was the acclaimed winner at the remarkable average speed of 103.127 km/h. Zanelli in a Fiat 509 drove a very good race, ahead of some larger displacement cars. Belloni with his Amilcar finished third, after a consistent race.
      On lap 16 Rosti drove the fastest lap of the 2000 category in 6m50.6s at 127.131 km/h. One lap later Serboli (Chiribiri) drove the fastest lap of the 1500 cc category in 7m58.8s at 109.022 km/h average speed. Tonucci (1500 Fiat) retired on lap 17 as did Negri (1500 Bugatti).
      The race had now become a boring procession. Brilli Peri completed twenty undisputed laps, only taking care to maintain a good average speed. He had increased his lead to almost four minutes over Stefanelli. Brilli Peri received flowers and congratulations from the authorities to the applause of the grandstand crowd. In the meantime Stefanelli also finished to great applause, followed after 24.6s by Rosti, while Montanari and Foroni were one lap behind. Serboli, Platé and Bacchilega of the 1500 category were several laps behind and kept driving to complete the full distance, as did Testi, Corà, Pedroni and Daolino in the 2000 category. The 12 finishers were within the maximum allowable time of 45 minutes after each class winner. The remaining 12 drivers had retired without the progress being reported of Fussi, Amadio and Gotti.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.19Gastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-8202h21m23.0s
2.36Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliBugattiT35A2.0S-8202h25m18.0s+ 3m55.0s
3.40Carlo RostiC. RostiBugattiT352.0S-8202h25m42.6s+ 4m19.6s
4.29Supremo MontanariS. MontanariBugattiT35A2.0S-8202h31m30.8s+ 10m07.8s
5.20Vittorio ForoniV. ForoniForoni6.3S-4202h34m30.8s+ 13m07.8
6.43Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiri12/161.5S-4202h45m36.0s+ 24m13s
7.27Antonio TestiA. TestiDiatto20S2.0S-8202h58m00.0s+ 36m37s
8.38Mario CoràM. CoràAnsaldo2.0S-4202h58m34.0s+ 37m11s
9.45Luigi "Gigi" PlatéG. PlatéChiribiri12/161.5S-4203h04m48.0s+ 43m25s
10.37Remo PedroniR. PedroniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4203h07m13.0s+ 45m50s
11.28Guido DaolioG. DaolioAndaldo2.0S-4203h07m19.0s+ 45m56s
12.46Alvaro BacchilegaA. BacchilegaFiat5011.5S-4203h12m36.0s+ 51m13s
DNF42Africo TonucciA. TonucciFiat501 S1.5S-416  
DNF44Andrea NegriA. NegriBugatti 1.5S-416  
DNF21Luigi "Gino" BertocciL. Bertocci Alfa RomeoRL TF 233.0S-61010 laps or more 
DNF23Giorgio FaggioliG. FaggioliDiatto20S2.0S-85carburation 
DNF33Luigi GuerriniL. GuerriniDiatto20S2.0S-85  
DNF39Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT35 2.0S-83gearbox 
DNF32Pietro Neriex Giovanni GaraviniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-43  
DNF31Augusto SpadoniA. SpadoniAnsaldo2.0S-43  
DNF35Angelo OndinelliA. OndinelliAnsaldo4CS2.0S-422 laps or more 
DNF14Ferdinando FussiF. FussiDiatto30003.0S-4
DNF25Timoleone AmadioT. AmadioAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4   
DNF41Corrado GottiC. GottiAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4   
Fastest lap over 2000 cc: Gastone Brilli Peri (Ballot) on lap 12 in 6m41.6s = 130.0 km/h (80.8 mph).
Fastest lap 2000 cc: Carlo Rosti (Bugatti) on lap 16 in 6m50.6s = 127.1 km/h (79.0 mph).
Fastest lap 1500 cc: Roberto Serboli (Chiribiri) on lap 17 in 7m58.8s = 109.0 km/h (67.7 mph).
Winner's average speed over 2000 cc, Brilli Peri: 123.1 km/h (76.5 mph).
Winner's average speed 2000 cc, Stefanelli: 119.8 km/h (74.4 mph).
Winner's average speed 1500 cc, Serboli: 105.1 km/h (65.3 mph).
Weather: sunny, dry

Results of 1100 cc category

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.56Abele ClericiA. ClericiSalmson1.1S-4152h06m34.4s 
2.57Antonio ZanelliA. ZanelliFiat509 S1.0S-4152h40m19.2s+ 33m44.8s
3.53Angelo BelloniA. BelloniAmilcar1.1S-4152h42m01.0s+ 35m26.6s
4.54Adolfo MondiniA. MondiniFiat509 S1.0S-4152h47m23.4s+ 40m49.0s
5.51Carlo RossiC. RossiAmilcar1.1S-4153h06m58.0s+1h00m23.6s
DNF50Omero GrazianiO. GrazianiFiat509 S1.0S-455 or more laps 
Fastest lap: A. Clerici (Salmson) on lap 7 in 8m13.4s at 105.8 km/h (65.7 mph).
Winner's average speed, Clerici: 103.1 km/h (64.1 mph).
In retrospect:
The final classification times published in newspapers and magazines deviated often by fractions of a second. However the first and second place differed by 10 seconds, the tenth place by 6 seconds and the eighth place by one minute. We hope to have selected the correct times.


The Economy Trial
May 17, 1926 (Monday). 20 laps x 14.5 km (9.01 mi) = 290.0 km (180.2 mi)
No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineRemarks

1Valentino NegrizzoloV. NegrizzoloFiat------
2---- " ----- ---- " ------------ " -------Fiat--- ---
3Battista CassaraB. CassaraFiat------
4Tarcisio MandelliT. MandelliScatPuch / Motol895 points - Second
5CattaneoCattaneoFiat ------
6Edoardo WeberE. WeberFiat501 / Diesel1.5S-41107 points - First
7Pietro MinguzziP. MinguzziOM469 / Bizzarri1.5S-4273 points - Fourth
8Alberto LongoA. LongoPuch------
..9--- " --- --- " ------- " ----Fiat------
10Giacomo DenadoniG. DenadoniFiat------
11Augusto FioriniA. FioriniFiat/ Diesel814 points - Third
12Giuseppe PassarelliG. PassarelliOM665 / Bizzarri2.0S-6168 points - sixth
24Alberto DosioCav. A. DosioOM665/ Elcosina2.0S-6245 points - fifth
The Economy Trial was held in the morning of the following day, on May 17 over a distance of 290 km or 20 laps on the same circuit. From thirteen entries just seven cars started and as far as speed was concerned, the classification was established as follows: 1st Cavaliere Dosio (2000 OM) in 3h21m23s at 95.40s km/h; 2nd Minguzzi (1500 OM) in 3h39.02s at 87.422 km/h; 3rd Weber (1500 Fiat) in 3h50m41 m at 75.428 km/h; 4th Passarelli (2000 OM); 5th Fiorini (Fiat); 6th Mandelli (Puch). After the finish, the Technical Commission completed the assessments and decided the ranking about the best fuel consumption. First place with 10,000 lire prize money went to car #6 of Edoardo Weber (Fiat 501) with 1107 points. We added the available results to the entry list above.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ACI - rivista, Torino
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Corriere Padano, Ferrara
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
L'Auto Italiana, Milano
L'Impero, Roma
Resto del Carlino, Ravenna
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Fausto Fiasconaro
Ms. Mirna Monazza
Ms. Paola Masetta



Materassi (Italia)Croce (Bugatti)Presenti (Alfa Romeo)

COPPA DELLA PERUGINA

Perugia (I), 30 May 1926.
18 laps x 16.4 km (10.19 mi) = 295.2 km (183.4 mi).


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineRemarks

Category over 1500 cc
1Bruno PresentiB. PresentiAlfa RomeoRLTF 243.0S-6
2Maria d'AvanzoBaroness M. d'AvanzoMercedesGP 19144.5S-4
3Giovanni TartagliaG. TartagliaDiatto2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
4Giulio AyminiG. AyminiDiatto2.0S-8
5Domenico AntonelliCount D. AntonelliBugattiT352.0S-8
6Carletto"Carlo" RostiC. RostiBugattiT352.0S-4
7Giulio BaronciniG.BaronciniDiatto2.0S-8
8Andrea NicoliA. NicoliOM665 S2.0S-6
9Diego de SterlichMarquis D. de SterlichDiatto SplHispano Suiza5.9S-4
10Ferruccio ZanirattiF. ZanirattiBugattiT30 Indy2.0S-8
11Emilio MaterassiE. MaterassiItala Special5.8S-4
12DNA - did not appear
14Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT352.0S-8
15Gastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-8
16Luigi SpinozziL. SpinozziBugattiT352.0S-8
18DNA - did not appear
19Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliBugattiT35A2.0S-8
 
Category up to 1500 cc
20Mario MazzacuratiM. MazzacuratiChiribiriMonza1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
21Tommaso AquinoT. AquinoSalmson1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
22Alfredo BerrettaA. BerrettaAurea1.0S-4DNA - did not appear
23Luigi RabittiL. RabittiSilvani1.0S-4DNA - did not appear
24Vasco SbraciV. SbraciChiribiriMonza1.5S-4
25Enrico DurazzoE. DurazzoBugattiT371.5S-4
26Baconin BorzacchiniB. BorzacchiniSalmsonGGS1.1S-4
27Sandro RicciS. RicciSalmson1.1S-4
28Pietro AnselmiP. AnselmiOM4691.5S-4
29Alberto PaneraiA. PaneraiChiribiri1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
30Giovanni AlloattiG. AlloattiBugattiT221.5S-4
31"Peter""Peter"BugattiT221.5S-4
32Luigi FagioliL. FagioliSalmson1.1S-4
33Omero GrazianiO GrazianiFiat509S Monza1.0S-4
34Abele ClericiA. ClericiSalmsonSS1.1S-4
35Pasquale CroceP. CroceBugattiT371.5S-4
36Manlio SpongiaM. SpongiaSalmson1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
37Guido CiriaciG. CiriaciFiat509S1.0S-4
38Adalberto Antici MatteiMarquis A. AnticiBugatti1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
39Angelo RuggeriA. RuggeriMathis1.1S-4
40Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiriMonza C1.5S-4
41Rodolfo del DragoPrince R. del DragoAmilcar1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
42Alfieri MaseratiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati261.5S-8
Note: The #13 and #17 were not used, because drivers considered them unlucky numbers.


Materassi wins the Coppa della Perugina for the second time

by Hans Etzrodt
The Perugia Circuit attracted 40 entries which were divided into two categories. The 15 large cars over 1500cc were the center of interest, primarily the battle between Materassi (5.8-L Itala) and Brilli Peri (4.9-L Ballot), but also Bona (2.0-L Bugatti), who retired after 16 laps. Brilli Peri retired after 17 laps which left the victory to Materassi. The 1500 cc category comprised 15 starters, where Alfieri Maserati led for a few laps but retired on lap nine. Victory went to Croce in a Bugatti after his fight with Serboli (Chiribiri) and Rosti (Bugatti). The 1100 cc cyclecar class was won by Clerici ahead of Borzacchini both in Salmsons, followed by Graziani (Fiat).
The Coppa della Perugina had been held annually since 1924 making this event the third in the series organized again by the Automobile Club di Perugia. It was held on the classic 16.4 km Circuit of Perugia, one of the most beautiful in Italy on the Piano di Marziano route, which passed the Fontivegge Station, San Sisto, Strozzacapponi, Ellera, Olmo and Ferro di Cavallo. It had to be lapped 18 times for a total of 295.200 km. The 40 entries were divided into two categories: up to1500 cc and over 1500 cc, however there were extra prizes for 1100 cc cars. The maximum allowable time was 45 minutes after the arrival of the overall winner.
      The race had a prize fund of 122,000 lire of which the overall winner received 50,000 lire. There was 15,000 for the first in each class, 10,000 for second, 5,000 for third and 2,000 for fourth. 5,000 lire was awarded to the first of the 1100 class and 2,000 for second. There was a prize of 2,000 lire for the fastest lap.
Entries:
The popular race attracted 40 Italian entries, all of which are listed at the beginning of this report; however only 29 of them appeared at the start. The two favorites were the popular Emilio Materassi in the 5.8-L Itala Special, who had won the first event in 1924 and finished second the following year. Just as popular was Brilli Peri with the 4.9-L Indianapolis winning Ballot who won the 1925 race. The 2-Liter Bugattis of Bona, Stefanelli and Rosti were also candidates for one of the leading positions.
      Materassi's Special had only a few Itala parts (clutch, gearbox, transmission) so to call it an Itala 55 Special, as it is often done, is misleading. The car had a custom-built chassis and suspension. It was called an Itala for publicity reasons as Materassi owned the Itala agency in Florence. The engine was half of a V8 Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine so the capacity was about 5.8 liters. The source of the figure of precisely 4722cc to be found in contemporary motor sport literature is a mystery. This is explained in Alessandro Silva's article about Italian aero-engined specials, which was published in The Automobile magazine.
      The 1500 cc voiturette category comprised 15 starters. Alfieri Maserati was the fastest in this category during practice and he was the favorite to win. Seven cars in this category were 1100 cc cyclecars of which the favorites were the Salmsons of Clerici, Borzacchini and Fagioli.
Race:
The category for cars over 1500cc started first with three in each row on the starting grid. Presenti (Alfa Romeo), Baroness d'Avanzo (Mercedes), Aymini (Diatto), Count Antonelli (Bugatti), Rosti (Bugatti), Baroncini (Diatto), Niccoli (OM), Marquis de Sterlich (Diatto Spl.), Zaniratti (Bugatti), Materassi (Itala Spl), Bona (Bugatti), Brilli Peri (Ballot), Spinozzi (Bugatti) and Stefanelli (Bugatti). At 9:15 AM a cannon shot announced the start and Mr. Flusilanini lowered the flag to release the 14 cars. Only the order of the first row is known:
Pole Position
1
Presenti

Alfa Romeo

2
Avanzo

Mercedes

4
Aymini

Diatto

Materassi with his "Itala" immediately took the lead ahead of Brilli Peri's Ballot.
      After a pause of two minutes, the 15 cars of the 1500 category departed. Only the order of first row is known: Sbraci (Chiribiri), Durazzo (Bugatti), Borzacchini (Salmson), Ricci (Salmson), Anselmi (OM), Alloatti (Bugatti), "Peter" (Bugatti), Fagioli (Salmson), Graziani (Fiat), Clerici (Salmson), Croce (Bugatti), Ciriaci (Fiat), Ruggeri (Mathis), Serboli (Chiribiri) and Alfieri Maserati (Maserati).
Pole Position
24
Sbraci

Chiribiri

25
Durazzo

Bugatti

26
Borzacchini

Salmson

At the end of the first lap Materassi in his powerful Itala passed the grandstand after 8m30s with Brilli Peri only a hundred meters behind. Spinozzi in the 2000 Bugatti retired on the first lap with a broken oil pipe.
      On the third lap it was still Materassi in his Itala Special ahead of Brilli Peri's Ballot, de Sterlich, Avanzo, Antonelli, Rosti and Stefanelli. Ruggeri retired on this lap with a broken oil pipe.
      On lap four De Sterlich, with the engine turned off on his Diatto Special, came creeping along the downhill finish straight and could barely reach the pits from where he did not start again. On the same lap the Salmson of Sandro Ricci ended his race with a broken leaf spring. Durazzo was forced to make a long pit stop to change a seriously damaged wheel after an excursion into a field.
      After five laps Materassi still held the lead, followed a short distance behind by Brilli Peri. The duel of these two drivers was exciting and the spectators leant forward eagerly awaiting their arrival. Stefanelli in the large Bugatti was at that time the most menacing opponent in third place. Maserati held the lead in the 1500 category at a superb pace after passing Croce and Serboli, who now followed further back. Fagioli retired the 1100 Salmson during the fifth lap due to a loose oil cap, which forced him to give way to Clerici before he stopped at the pits without any hope of being able to return to the race, possibly with resulting engine damage.
      On lap seven Croce, made the fastest lap of the 1500 category in 9m16.8s at an average of 106.034 km/h. More retirements took place with Anselmi in the 1500 OM on lap eight followed by Ciriaci (1000 Fiat) and Aymini (2000 Diatto) during their ninth lap. On lap nine Stefanelli with the 2000 Bugatti made the fastest lap amongst the 2000 cars in 8m58.8s at 109.577 km/h average speed.
      On lap ten the leader Materassi made a lap in 8m36.4s at 114.330 km/h average speed which was the fastest lap of the race and carried a reward of 2,000 lire. He was followed by Brilli Peri after 2m3s, Stefanelli by 4m39s, Croce by 7m14s, Bona by 9m20s, Borzacchini by 13m29s and Clerici by 17m23s. At the end of lap ten Alfieri Maserati, who in the first half of the race had held top positions, retired with a gearbox failure near S. Sisto. Other reports claimed that he was forced to abandon with an ignition defect. Serboli had led the 1500 cc category on the first lap, but on the second Croce was leading. After four laps Maserati took the lead but ignition trouble caused him to fall to second place before retiring on lap ten. Then Croce raised his pace and renewed the success of last year, lowering the previous record. Peter, Durazzo and Anselmi followed but were not as fast, but their race was creditable. At the end of the lap the Bugattis of Antonelli and Alloatti retired.
      On lap 13 Borzacchini in the 1100 Salmson made the fastest lap amongst the cyclecars in 9m47s at 100.579 km/h average speed. On the following lap Sbraci went off the road, overturning at the Strozzacapponi curve. He was lucky to escape with slight abrasions. Baroncini retired one lap later with ignition problems.
      On lap 17 the young Borzacchini, who had led the cyclecars from the beginning and was six minutes ahead, had to stop due to defects with the engine lubrication and dropped to second place. Clerici, although he was delayed by three tire changes, now took the lead again amongst the 1100 cars.
      On the 17th lap, near the end of the race, Brilli Peri, who was in second place two-minutes behind Materassi, retired with engine failure and reached the pits pushing his large Ballot along the downhill finishing straight. After his retirement Presenti with a very consistent drive finished in second place in the major category. He was followed by Baroness D'Avanzo in the Grand Prix Mercedes, who had driven well but had stopped several times for insignificant incidents that took away precious time.
      Stefanelli had become second overall following Brilli Peri's retirement. When he was lapped by Materassi at the level crossing of Ferro di Cavallo on lap 17, he collided with a telegraph pole and overturned. Fortunately, Stefanelli, his mechanic and the car escaped without serious consequences. After putting the car back on the road, they finished the race, although outside the maximum allotted time.
      After Stefanelli's disappearance, Zaniratti (2000 Bugatti T30) took over first place amongst the two-liter cars, but he too lost time and Bona (2000 Bugatti) then took the lead. However, when Bona had a tire burst, he also went off the road and the Bugatti overturned, ending up in a meadow. Fortunately, the driver reported only slight bruises but the car was wrecked. As a result Zaniratti thus happened to regain the lead amongst the 2000 cars but then Rosti (2000 Bugatti) passed him on the last lap and won due to the misfortunes of his competitors. The race of Niccoli (2000 OM) deserved praise for its regularity and tenacity ending as seventh.
      At this time nobody could even remotely threaten Materassi, who triumphantly completed his last lap. At the end of the straight at 11:53 AM Materassi crossed the finish line after 2h37m42s at 112.316 km/h average, greeted by enthusiastic applause as winner of the III Coppa della Perugina. Materassi had lapped the entire field, including Croce's 1500 Bugatti in second place. The applause renewed at the arrival of Croce, Presenti, Rosti and all the others who gradually completed the race. The most thunderous applause was repeated at the arrival of Baroness Avanzo who completed a race worthy of her brilliant drive. The total average speed rose from 106.540 km/h in 1925 recorded by Brilli to 112.360 km/h, the new record of Materassi.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.11Emilio MaterassiE. MaterassiItala Special5.8S-4182h37m41.8s
2.35Pasquale CroceP. CroceBugattiT371.5S-4182h51m23.4s+ 13m41.6s
3.1Bruno PresentiB. PresentiAlfa RomeoRLTF 243.0S-6182h51m28.2s+ 13m46.4s
4.6Carletto"Carlo" RostiC. RostiBugattiT352.0S-8182h54m59.4s+ 17m17.6s
5.40Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiriMonza C1.5S-4182h57m06.2s+ 19m24.4s
6.10Ferruccio ZanirattiF. ZanirattiBugattiT30 Indy2.0S-8183h01m02.2s+ 23m20.4s
7.8Andrea NiccoliA. NiccoliOM665 S2.0S-6183h03m36.8s+ 25m55.0s
8.34Abele ClericiA. ClericiSalmsonSS1.1S-4183h12m08.6s+ 34m26.8s
9.31"Peter""Peter"BugattiT222.0S-8183h19m55.6s+ 42m13.8s
10.26Baconin BorzacchiniB. BorzacchiniSalmsonGGS1.1S-4183h22m57.6s+ 45m15.8s
11.2Antonietta d'AvanzoBaroness d'AvanzoMercedesGP 19144.5S-4183h25m21.2s+ 47m39.4s
12.33Omero GrazianiO GrazianiFiat509S Monza1.0S-4183h33m03.0s+ 55m21.2s
13.25Enrico DurazzoE. DurazzoBugattiT371.5S-4183h35m09.8s+ 57m28.0s
DNF14Gastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-816engine
DNF11Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT352.0S-816crash 
DNF19Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliBugattiT35A2.0S-816crash 
DNF7Giulio BaronciniG.BaronciniDiatto2.0S-814ignition 
DNF24Vasco SbraciV. SbraciChiribiriMonza1.5S-413crash 
DNF5Domenico AntonelliCount D. AntonelliBugattiT352.0S-810  
DNF30Giovanni AlloattiG. AlloattiBugattiT221.5S-410  
DNF42Alfieri MaseratiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati261.5S-8 9ignition or gearbox 
DNF4Giulio AyminiG. AyminiDiatto2.0S-88  
DNF37Guido CiriaciG. CiriaciFiat509S1.0S-48  
DNF28Pietro AnselmiP. AnselmiOM4691.5S-47  
DNF32Luigi FagioliL. FagioliSalmson1.1S-4 5oil cap, engine 
DNF27Sandro RicciS. RicciSalmson1.1S-4 4leaf spring 
DNF9Diego de SterlichMarquis de SterlichDiatto SplHispano Suiza5.9S-4 4engine
DNF39Angelo RuggeriA. RuggeriMathis1.1S-4 2oil pipe 
DNF16Luigi SpinozziL. SpinozziBugattiT352.0S-81oil pipe 
Fastest lap over 1500 cc: Emilio Materassi (Itala) on lap 10 in 8m36.4s = 114.3 km/h (71.0 mph).
Fastest lap 2000 cc: Ugo Stefanelli (Bugatti) on lap 9 in 8m58.8s at 109.6 km/h (68.1 mph).
Fastest lap 1500 cc: Pasquale Croce (Bugatti) on lap 7 in 9m16.8s = 106.0 km/h (65.9 mph).
Fastest lap 1100 cc: Baconin Borzacchini (Salmson) on lap 13 in 9m47s = 100.6 km/h (62.5 mph).
Winner's average speed, over 1500 cc, Materassi: 112.3 km/h (69.8 mph).
Winner's average speed, up to 1500 cc, Croce: 103.3 km/h (64.2 mph).
Winner's average speed, up to 1100 cc, Clerici: 92.2 km/h (57.3 mph).
Weather: dry and warm.
In retrospect:
The timekeepers evidently had a problem keeping track of 29 cars. Consequently no intermediate times were published in the sources available to us. The time when the winner crossed the finish line after 18 laps was false and did not correspond with the official classification time.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ACI - rivista, Torino
La Gazetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
L'AUTO ITALIANA, Milano
L'IMPERO, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Ms. Paola Masetta
Giuseppe Prisco: Coppa della Perugina book.



Münz (Ford)Müller (NSU)Kerver (Opel)

EIFEL-RENNEN

Nideggen (D), 12 June 1926.
Racecars 1500 cc and above: 12 laps x 33.2 km (20.6 mi) = 398.4 km (247.6 mi).
Sports cars of 2000 cc and above: 10 laps x 33.2 km (20.6 mi) = 332.0 km (206.30 mi)
1500 sports and 1100 racecars: 8 laps x 33.2 km (20.6 mi) = 265.6 km (165.0 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineRemarks

Sports car Class C 3001 - 5000 ccc --- 10 laps
15Heinz HermannsH. HermannsBuick3.9S-6DNF, engine, compl. 9 laps
16C. H. Dr. TieglerC.H. TieglerBenzDNA - did not appear
17Paul von GuilleaumeP. von GuilleaumeSteyr12/40 hp3.3S-6DNF, crash, compl. 3 laps
18 BushBushBenzSport 50 hp4.1S-61st in class 5h28m38s
 
Sports car Class D 2001 - 3000 cc --- 10 laps
22BonelliBonelliFiatDNS - started in 1100 class
23Hans Keil H. KeilAustro-Daimler ADM II3.0S-61st in class 5h05m28s
24Peter Georg SchlegelP. G. SchlegelHansaP8/36 hp2.1S-4DNF, completed 4 laps
25Miss Karin HeeschenK. HeeschenNAG2.6S-4DNA - did not appear
26KempKempApolloDNA - Did not appear
27UmméUmméAustro-Daimler ADM II3.0S-62nd in class 5h31m21s
 
Sports car Class E 1501 - 2000 cc --- 10 laps
30Otto HobeiselO. HobeiselBugattiT302.0S-8DNA - Did not appear
31August Karl jr.A. Karl jr.Rochet-Schneider2.0S-41st in class 5h17m35s
32Josef LudewigJ. LudewigBugattiT302.0S-8DNF, completed 1 lap
 
Sports car Class F 1101 - 1500 cc --- 8 laps
40Karl BrackelsbergC. BrackelsbergBugattiRabag T131.5S-4DNF, clutch, compl. 6 laps
41Ernst WilmsE. WilmsBugattIT231.5S-4DNF, retired on lap 1
65Kurt FeltenK. FeltenMannesmann5/20 hp1.3S-41st in class 4h00m08s
42C. H. Dr. TieglerC.H. TieglerMercedes6/25/401.5S-4DNA - Did not appear
 
Sports car Class G 751 - 1100 cc --- 8 laps
45BonelliBonelliFiat509S1.0S-4DNF, completed 1 lap
46Heinrich DörperH. DörperOpel4/14hp1.1S-41st in class- 4h10m08s
47Edgar DietrichE. DietrichOpel4/14hp1.1S-4DNF, completed 3 laps
48MüllerMüllerHelios2/8 hp1.0F-22nd in class 4h53m37s
 
Racecar Class A - D over 2000 cc --- 15 laps
53Gustav MünzG. MünzFordSpezial3.0S-4
54Huldreich HeusserH. HeusserSteyrVI Klausen4.5S-6
 
Racecar Class E 1501 - 2000 cc --- 15 laps
56Hans von TrützschlerBaron H. v. T. z. FalkensteinBugattiT352.0S-8
 
Racecar Class F 1101 - 1500 cc --- 12 laps
61Willi LogeAG für AutomobilbauAGA6/30 hp1.5S-4
62Josef MüllerNeckarsulmer FahrzeugwerkeNSU6/60 s/c1.5S-6
63August MombergerNeckarsulmer FahrzeugwerkeNSU6/60 s/c1.5S-6
64Kurt VolkhardtK. VolkhardtBugattiRabag T131.5S-4
65Kurt FeltenK. FeltenMannesmann1.3S-4DNS - see sports class
 
Racecar Class G - I up to 1100 cc --- 8 laps
68Hans Ullrich KerwerDr. H.U. KerwerOpel4/14 hp1.1S-4


Gustav Münz wins the Eifel-Rennen with his Ford Spezial

by Hans Etzrodt
From 23 starters only 10 cars reached the finish. The favorite amongst the eight race cars was Heusser (4500 Steyr) but he retired on the first lap. Hans von Trützschler (2000 Bugatti) completed only one lap. When Momberger (1500 NSU) and Volkhardt (1500 Bugatti) retired on lap three, only four racecars were left in the race. After Loge (1500 AGA) retired on lap eight and Kerver (1100 Opel) completed the required eight laps in his class, only two cars were left in this boring procession. Münz (3000 Ford Spezial) finished first ahead of Müller (1500 NSU) and Kerver (1100 Opel) was third.
The Eifelrennen at Nideggen was first held in 1922 and was repeated in 1924 and 1925. The official name was Eifel-Rundfahrt, which was changed in 1924 to Eifelrundfahrt and Eifel-Rennen in 1925. The 1926 event was the fourth running. The choice of June 12, by the ADAC was unfortunate as it clashed with the June 8-13 Baden-Baden Automobile Contest, both of which were authorized by the ONS, where many important entries were present, including well known drivers from Mercedes, Adler and Benz. The circuit remained the same during the five years with the start at Nideggen leading clockwise through the towns of Berg, bypassing Wollersheim and Vlatten, then leading through Heimbach, Schmidt and Brück and back to Nideggen, to complete the 33.2 km lap. The undulating mountain course with numerous turns was also referred to as 'The German Targa Florio'.
Entries:
The 15 sports cars and 8 racecars raced simultaneously. This report deals only with the racecars, where most of the entries started in the 1500 class, including the NSU works race team which entered Josef Müller and August Momberger in the latest NSU 6/60 hp models with a 6-cylinder s/c side valve engine of 1476 cc (59 x 90 mm), delivering 60 hp at 4000 rpm. The 1500 class was also contested by the Bugatti of Kurt Volkhardt with a Rabag model. It was a Bugatti built under license by the Rheinische Automobilbau AG in Mannheim, with the bodies built in Düsseldorf. Also in this class was Willi Loge from Berlin with an AGA, manufactured by AGA Fahrzeugwerke in Berlin-Lichtenberg. This was probably one of the 1500 two-seater sports cars which had been entered in the 1924 Targa Florio as a 6/30 PS model with a 4-cylinder 1495 cc (63.5 x 118 mm) engine, delivering 30 hp at 3000 rpm. Alternatively it may have been a 1925/26 sports car based on the 1924 car.
      The 2-liter class had only the entry of a T35 Bugatti by Baron zum Falkenstein, who lived in Paris. The Baron was commonly known as Hans Eric von Trützschler, and Baron zum Falkenstein is the more formal version. The favorite for this race was in the class over 2000 cc, Huldreich Heusser, in his fast 4.5-Liter 6-cylinder Steyr. In practice he had driven the fastest laps below 25 minutes. Another entry came from Gustav Münz, who before WW I had worked for 11 years at the Mercedes factory and was a mechanic preparing Otto Salzer's car in the 1908 French Grand Prix. He was a garage owner and Ford dealer in nearby Düren, who entered his 3-liter 4-cylinder Ford Spezial which he had built himself based on a Ford chassis. He had raced this car here in 1925 but with a 2-liter engine, which he bored out to 3-liters, adding different pistons and rods for this race. He also reinforced the chassis and springs, correcting the problems he encountered in 1925. His self-designed race car was belittled by most of the other contestants and also by the press and the racing committee. There was one entry in the 1100 class, by Dr. Hans Ullrich Kerwer with a little 4/14 PS Opel Laubfrosch. All race entries are listed at the beginning of this report.
Race:
The car with four red flags which was driven by race officials to open the circuit returned late due to a 20 minutes delay resulting from holdups clearing the circuit of spectators, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. Soon afterwards the clouds disappeared and the weather improved and it became a sunny day. At the early morning start the 15 sports- and 8 racecars lined up for the start with an interval of 30 seconds between each car. The sports cars started first with Bonelli in the little Fiat the first car to depart at 6:22 AM, followed by the others in its class and finally by the 8 racecars with the 1100 cc Opel of Kerwer first, followed by Volkhardt, Momberger, Müller, Loge, Baron von Falkenstein, Heusser and finally Münz.
      This report only deals with the eight race cars and ignores the race between the sports cars. On the first lap the favorite Huldreich Heusser retired with a broken piston. Müller stopped at his pit to have a broken valve spring replaced and after a great loss of time he rejoined the race. The order after the first lap was:
1.Momberger (NSU)26m38s
2.Volkhardt (Bugatti)26m57s
3.v. Trützschler (Bugatti)27m02s
4.Münz (Ford Spezial)27m10s
5.Loge (AGA)29m25s
6.Kerver (Opel)34m57s
7.Müller (NSU)73m02s
8.Heusser (Steyr)broken piston

During the second lap von Trützschler retired his Bugatti with a failed engine bearing. He had come from Paris, which had made this race an international event. After the second lap Momberger led in 53m47s, followed by Volkhardt 55m35s, Münz 57m56s, Kerver 69m21s, Müller 106m11s and Loge 184m37s. On the second lap Loge had driven too fast through a turn, spun his car over the embankment where it plunged down and bent the axle. After lengthy repairs, taking about two hours, he re-joined the race. On the third lap Momberger skidded sideways for 10 meters in one of the turns at Hasenfeld and retired with an unrepairable defect with the front brakes of his NSU. Volkhardt likewise called it quits with a faulty clutch. Münz was now in the lead with the field down to four cars after three laps:
1.Münz (Ford Spezial)1h35m35s
2.Kerver (Opel)1h44m41s
3.Müller (NSU)2h15m49s
4.Loge (AGA)3h38m00s

After four laps Münz was leading in 2h02m01s with Kerver second in 2h18m18s Müller third in 2h44m41s and Loge last in 4h10m05s. After five laps Münz led after 2h28m11s with Kerver 2h53m09s, Müller 3h12m03s and Loge 4h41m36s. After the next lap Münz was received at the finish line with thunderous applause because he was now leading the fastest sports cars with the times as follows after six laps:
1.Münz (Ford Spezial)2h58m25s
2.Kerver (Opel)3h28m06s
3.Müller (NSU)3h39m06s
4.Loge (AGA)5h13m00s

After seven laps Münz was still in the lead in 3h30m33s with Kerver second in 4h02m37s, Müller third in 4h09m15s and Loge last in 5h43m50s. After eight laps Münz led in 4h02m13s, although he had stopped twice with tire failures. Müller was now second in 4h36m34s after he had passed Kerver who was third in 4h37m29s. Loge retired on lap eight after he did not make a turn and crashed over an embankment bending the axle. Kerver in his 1100 Opel finished his race after completing the required eight laps in 4h37m29s. There were only two racecars left after nine laps:
1.Münz (Ford Spezial)4h30m21s
2.Müller (NSU)5h03m54s

After lap 10, Münz led after 5h18m09s, followed by Müller in 5h31m23s. On the next lap Münz still held first place after 5h48m22s and Müller made up some time with 5h58m51s. Münz crossed the finish line as the winner and was cheerfully greeted by the mainly local crowd.

Results, race cars

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.53Gustav MünzG. MünzFordSpezial3.0S-4126h07m07s
2.62Josef MüllerNeckarsulmer FahrzeugwerkeNSU6/60 s/c1.5S-6126h26m06s+ 18m59s
3.68Hans Ulrich KerverH. U. KerverOpel4/14 hp1.1S-484h37m26s 
DNF61Willi LogeAG für AutomobilbauAGA6/30 hp1.5S-47crash, bent axle
DNF63August MombergerNeckarsulmer FahrzeugwerkeNSU6/60 s/c1.5S-62crash, front brake
DNF64Kurt VolkhardtK. VolkhardtBugattiRabag T131.5S-42clutch 
DNF56Hans von TrützschlerBaron H. v. T. z. FalkensteinBugattiT352.0S-81engine bearing
DNF54Huldreich HeusserH. HeusserSteyrVI Klausen4.5S-6 0piston 
Fastest lap: Gustav Münz (Ford Spezial) on lap 5 in 26m10s at 76.13 km/h (47.30 mph).
Winner's average speed: Gustav Münz (Ford Spezial) in 6h07m07s at 65.10 km/h (40.46 mph).
Weather: sunny, warm and dry.
In retrospect:
Four days later a celebration was held by the Dürer Automobil and Motorcycle Club and ADAC to honor Gustav Münz and the various other winners. At 9:00 in the evening when Münz entered the large hall filled with a capacity crowd, everyone rose from their seats as one man and gave him a rousing reception. After various speeches Münz received the highest award from the club, the golden pin of honor. For his car he received a golden plaque and a gigantic wreath. His riding mechanic, Breuer, was likewise awarded with a medal. Later, Gustav Münz was asked to talk about the race. He unleashed peals of laughter when he described the start of the race, where he was placed after all cars as the last car to start and he said, "But the last will be the first, I thought, and then we drove on a pleasure trip."

Primary sources researched for this article:
ADAC Motorwelt, München
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Automobil-Welt, Berlin
BZ am Mittag, Berlin
Der Nürburgring, Adenau
DÜRENER VOLKSZEITUNG, Düren
Generalanzeiger für Barmen & Elberfeld, Wuppertal
MOTOR, Berlin
Wiener Sport-Tagblatt, Wien
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker
Michael Müller
Simon Davis



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