VIII GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
Péronne (F), 5 June 1932.
25 laps x 9.655 km (6.0 mi) = 241.4 km (150.0 mi)
An easy victory for Etancelin
by Leif Snellman
When Falchetto (Bugatti) retired early in the race there was no one else who could challenge Etancelin (Alfa Romeo). So Etancelin took an easy vicory, while Bugatti drivers
Bussienne and Cattneo finished second and third. In the all Bugatti voiturette class Lister took the victory while his main opponent Vagniez retired.
This minor French event was run on the narrow triangular road course outside Peronne the same weekend as the J.C.C. 1000 Mile was held at Brooklands and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The event
included motorcycle races, an 11 lap race for 1100cc cars (Note 1) and three wheelers and a 25 lap race for 1500cc and formula libre cars.
This was an all French affair, and the list of competitors actually starting in the race was less impressive than the long entry list. The free formula cars had even race numbers and the 1500cc
class cars odd numbers.
In the bigger class Philippe Etancelin and Pierre Félix entered an Alfa Romeo Monza each and Charles Montier and his son Ferdinand came with their A-Ford based Montier speciales. The rest of the
class consisted of Bugatti entries. The hardest opposition to Etancelin was Benoit Falchetto with his T51. Older Bugattis were raced by Pierre Bussienne, Jean Cattaneo, Charles Druck, Max Fourny
and someone called Delrue.
In the 1,500cc class it seems to have been a non supercharged T37 Bugatti raced by Marcel Lister against six supercharged T37As driven by voiturette drivers André Vaginez, Alain Guilbaut,
Herbeaux and Delommez and unknown names George Bulteau and Robaut.
The weather was not the best but still a lot of spectators turned up for the event.
The event started off with 175cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc motor bike races.
Then there was an 11 lap race for 1100cc voiturettes and three wheelers (called cycle cars in this event) won by Armand Girod in a Lombard in 1h00m11.4 s equalling 105.9 km/h (65.8 mph) from Druck
in an Amilcar while the cycle car class was won by Laroque in a Darmont in 1h10m15.4s equalling 90.7 km/h (56.4 mph).
The main event had 17 competitors.
As the flag was dropped Etancelin took the lead of the race closely followed by Falchetto. But the race was decided early as Falchetto after two laps had made a pit top because of a puncture. When
he got another puncture on the next lap he gave up. With Falchetto retired Etancelin had no problem to dominate the race. Bussienne was far behind him in second position, followed by Druck, Cattaneo,
Felix, Charles and Ferdinad Montier and Delrue. The road must have been in bad condition that day because Druck also had a puncture, falling down to fifth. Apart from that the positions were unchanged
till the end.
Etancelin took the chequered flag having lapped everyone else. Bussienne's second position was equally unthreatened as he finished 3 1/2 minutes in front of Cattaneo.
In the voiturette class, Vagniez took an early lead followed by Lister, Guilbaut and Delommez. Bulteau was an early retirement. On the fourth lap Lister passed Vagniez to take over the lead while
Vagniez soon afterwards retired with a broken axle. Delommez also retired which meant that the order now was Lister, Guilbaut, and Robaut. And that was how they finished, Lister winning by almost two
minutes over Guilbart while Robaut was flagged off after 23 laps.
|1.||12||Philippe Etancelin||P. Etancelin||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||25||1h55m43.6s|
|2.||6||Pierre Bussienne||P. Bussienne||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||25||2h00m42s||+ 4m58s|
|3.||8||Jean Cattaneo||J. Cattaneo||Bugatti||T35B||2.3||S-8||25||2h04m10s||+ 8m26s|
|4.||20||Pierre Félix||P. Félix||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||25||2h05m24s||+ 9m40s|
|5.||2||Charles Druck||C. Druck||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||25||2h05m29s||+ 9m45s|
|6.||29||Ferdinand Montier||F. Montier||Montier Ford||Speciale||3.3||S-4||25||2h08m39s||+ 12m55s|
|7.||23||Marcel Lister||M. Lister||Bugatti||T37||1.5||S-4||25||2h14m08s||+ 18m24s|
|8.||11||Alain Guilbaut||A. Guilbaut||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||25||2h16m02s||+ 20m18s|
|9.||27||Charles Montier||C. Montier||Montier Ford||Speciale||3.3||S-4||24|
|10.||9||Robaut||Robaut||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||23|| || |
|11.||25||Herbeaux||Herbaux||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||13|| || |
|DNF||19||Delommez||Delommez||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||8|| || |
|DNF||22||Max Fourny||M. Fourny||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||3|
|DNF||1||André Vagniez||A. Vagniez||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||3||axle|| |
|DNF||28||Benoît Falchetto||B. Falchetto||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||2||puncture|
|DNF||15||George Bulteau||G. Bulteau||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||1|| || |
Fastest lap: Etancelin in 4m23.2s = 132.1 km/h (82.1 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 125.1 km/h (77.8 mph)
Weather: cloudy, rainy?
For this race I had to lean much on Paul Sheldon's A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing, vol 3 as I was unable to find any contemporary newspaper with a decent race report.
1. Both 1100cc cars and three wheelers did a 11 lap race, the former did NOT do a 15 laps race as should be obvious from results and medium lap speed, but for some reason 15 laps was
reported to the press so all newpapers had 15 laps in their results.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
L'Écho de Paris, Paris
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Petit Nicois, Paris
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
18 June 1932: The B.A.R.C. Inter-Club Meeting was held at Brooklands.|
The handicap races were won by Mrs S Tolhurst (Riley 1.1 litre), C. T. Osborne (Lea-Francis 1.5 litre) - 2 races, M. W. Stonard (Riley 1.1 litre),
W. M. Lloyd Roberts (Talbot 2.3 litre), Miss G. Hedges (Talbot 2.3 litre) and R. J. Munday (Rover 2.6 litre).
18-19 June 1932: The private Alfa of Raymond Sommer / Luigi Chinetti (Alfa Romeo 2.3 litre) wins the Les 24 Heures du Mans
sports car race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France from the works car of Franco Cortese / Giovanni Battista Guidotti (Alfa Romeo 2.3 litre)
with Brian Lewis / Tim Rose-Richards (Talbot 3.0 litre ) finishing third.
I GRAND PRIX MIASTA LWOWA
Lwów (PL), 19 June 1932.
66 laps x 3041m (1.89 mi) = 200.71 km (124.7 mi)
Caracciola dominates Lwów street race
by Leif Snellman
Four Grand Prix cars and four voiturettes took part in the racing class of the 1932 Lwów Grand Prix. Caracciola dominated the race with his Alfa Romeo,
leading from start to finish, while his only serious rival Hans Stuck had to retire his Mercedes. German Mercedes privateer Albert Broschek managed to
come back to finish second after initial problems. Hungarian Lazlo Hartmann was a lucky winner of the voiturette class after local driver Ripper
suffered a whel problem.
Lwów (Lviv) is a city in the region of Galicia in eastern Europe with a stormy history. Founded in the 13th century by Daniil, King of Haliziya
(modern Western Ukraine), it has belonged to Poland, Austria, USSR and nowadays Ukraine as well as being occupied several times by other countries.
In the era between the World Wars it was a part of Poland but in the contemporary racing literature it is often referred to under its German name Lemberg.
Between 1930 and 1933 the Malopolski Klub Automobilowy (M.K.A.) in Lwów, affiliated to the Automobilklub Polski in Warszawa, held four races in Lwów on
a tight street type circuit, of which the last two were for grand prix cars
The 1932 race was initially scheduled for 12th June but that would have
clashed with the Kesselberg hill climb. The organizers considered moving the event back a week, but in that case it would instead have clashed with a
local event. Finally the M.K.A. asked Automobilklub Polski (A.P.) to move the race to the backup date of 19th June. In that way Grand Prix Lwowa was to be
one of many sports events accompanying the Targi Wschodnie. Before the Grand Prix two concentration events were to be held, Zjazd Plakietowy for cars and
Zjazd Gwiazdzisty for motorcycles.
The M.K.A. wanted the race to be the national Polish Grand Prix, but was unable to come to an agreement with the A.P. and that is why they decided to
compromise on the name Grand Prix miasta Lwowa (Grand Prix of the city of Lwów).
Some M.K.A. members visited the 1931 Brno and 1932 Monaco races to acquire knowledge about organizing a Grand Prix event. As a result it was
decided to scratch a planned touring car race and to hold races for racing cars and sports cars at same time.
The selected track was roughly triangular shaped and had a length of 3041 m. The start/finish line was at Pelczynska Street. After some 600 m the
track took a double right turn at Swietej Zofii square, then continued upwards through the winding Stryjska street, turned in on Kadecka Street and
continued downwards, then after a sharp bend returned to Pelczynska Street. The difference between the lowest and highest point of the track was 55 m.
The track was very demanding because it went through narrow streets with sharp turns and partly paved slippery road surfaces with tram rails.
The course was bordered by houses, lamp-posts and trees. All dangerous sections were protected with sand bags to avoid serious accidents.
On race day 500 policemen ensured protection. There were six marshalling posts, all of them with a telephone, and four ambulances were on alert.
Five grandstands were built - two near the start/finish line for 1800 and 600 spectators and three others for 500 spectators each. Shortly before
the race 700 m of the track surface was remade with money from the city council.
The main source of the budget for the race came from the city of Lwów even if M.K.A. club members put in 500 zloty each (1 USD = 8,86 zl) while Citröen as main sponsor
contributed 15 000 franc. The winner of the GP event would receive 5000 zloty, second 2000 zl; the winners of the voiturette and sports car events 1000 zl each and another 1000 zl was awarded to the best Polish driver
to tempt local participation.
Ticket prices were 3-12 / 4-15 zl for the grandstands (practice/race) and 1zl / 2 zl for standing places. The tickets included a lottery with 10 bicycles to be won and 130 tickets were
reserved for the press.
Initially there was a good entry list with a total of 30 drivers (20 for the racing cars race) but in the end just four Grand Prix drivers and four
Voiturette drivers arrived with another seven drivers taking part in the sports car class.
The organizers were lucky to get Caracciola to participate. His works supported Alfa Romeo was white colored with a red radiator shell. To challenge
him the organizers wanted von Brauchitsch on any of his terms but in the end von Brauchitsch for some reason decided not to come. Also as Heinrich-Joachim
von Morgen and Prince Lobkowicz had fatal accidents, the quality of the field was suffering much and the organizers thus tried to convince 1931 race
winner Hans Stuck, who initially had made a provisional entry to the sports cars race, to enter the GP race with his Mercedes SSKL instead. As Stuck liked
the circuit and the organization very much, he agreed even accepting the original smaller amount of starting money.
German Albert Broschek from Cologne in a Mercedes-Benz SSK and Czech Josef Šťastný with a Bugatti completed the Grand Prix class entries.
In the last minute the Czechoslovakian Bugatti drivers Florian Schmidt and Jan Kubiček decided to switch to the sports cars class.
The Voiturette class featured an all Bugatti T37A field with Polish drivers Jan Ripper and Stanisław Hołuj challenged Hungarian László Hartmann and Chech
driver Bruno Sojka. Ripper's car was white with a red tail.
All drivers were accommodated at the Georges' hotel. Practice sessions were scheduled as early as 4 a.m. each day and were commented as was the race
on radio while loudspeakers around the track kept the spectators informed. The first unofficial session was run on Wednesday, 15 June, with only
local sports car drivers Bogucki and Cienski taking part. During the day the Czech drivers arrived: Šťastný (who made a mini-show of his arrival),
Sojka, Schmidt and Kubicek, the latter after having first got lost on the Polish roads!
The Thursday timed practice was cancelled due to rain. On that day Polish drivers Hołuj and Ripper arrived. Late in the evening Stuck, on his way
to the event, run over and killed a 5 year old boy who was playing on the road. Stuck finally arrived at Lwów near midnight.
On Friday there was finally some serious practice with several drivers, including Stuck, Horwill and Kubicek, taking part in front of a huge crowd.
Kubicek escaped from a minor accident.
Caracciola arrived by train and after having checked out the circuit, he held a press conference where he said he was satisfied with the preparations
while his wife Charly expressed her worries about sports cars racing together with the much faster grand prix cars.
The last practice on Saturday was darkened by the fact that motorcycle racer Edward Josef Kustanowicz had a sudden heart attack and died within an hour.
All drivers participated in the final practice. Caracciola set the fastest time of 2m03s. Broschek crashed his Mercedes-Benz SSK into a lamppost and
damaged the left fender, suspension and radiator. Caracciola assisted Broschek, who had a minor head injury, to the nearest medical car and Stuck's
mechanics towed the damaged car back to the paddock. Broschek received a plaster over his left eye and a 70 Reichsmark bill from the doctor!
The grid for the racing cars was situated 100 m before the finish line with the sports cars grid 50 m further behind. The sport cars were to start 30
seconds after the racing cars. The cars were to be lined up in order of acceptance of entry application, i.e. in number order. However, Caracciola
having race number 6 was dissatisfied of being placed on the third row behind the voiturettes so after some discussions the organizers agreed to
re-arrange the grid so that the GP class started in front of the voiturettes.
On a sunny day 50 000 to 60 000 spectators turned up including the Mayor, Governor of province and other dignitaries.
The motor cycle race started at half past two while the car race was scheduled for 16:15.
Caracciola's nimble Alfa Romeo was the recognized favorite over the huge Mercedes SSKs on the narrow streets. In the sports cars class there was an
immediate upset as the engine of favorite Maurycy Potocki's Bugatti stalled on the way to the grid so he was not even able to start.
The start was given with both a flag and by a cannon shot. As the cannon roared Caracciola immediately took the lead followed by Stuck, Broschek,
Šťastný, Hartmann, Hołuj, Ripper and Sojka. Broschek's SSK immediately suffered from ignition troubles and on the second lap he was forced to enter
the pits for adjustments.
As expected Caracciola soon opened up a small gap to Stuck. By lap five Ripper passed Hołuy for 6th position and went on to challenge Hartmann.
Soon Broschek was once again back into the pits. Caracciola was leading comfortably with Stuck some 250m behind, followed by Šťastný, Hartmann
On the 12th lap Šťastný made a mistake while trying to lap Florian Schmidt's sports car and crashed into a lamppost, badly damaging his Bugatti but
the driver luckily escaped without any injuries.
From about the 15th lap Stuck made a serious effort to close the gap to Caracciola, but Caracciola answered by setting the fastest lap of the race of
in 2min2.85s. Stuck continued to do his best to keep up the pace even if he was unable to challenge the Alfa driver. At the 36th lap the gap was 17
seconds and on the next lap the big Mercedes came slowly rolling back to the pits with a broken radiator.
With Stuck gone there was no one left who had a chance to challenge Caracciola. Hartmann in second position with his voiturette Bugatti was already 4 laps
down. After having done a further three pit stops Broschek had finally got the ignition on his Mercedes to work as he wanted and he started to climb up
in the results list passing car after car On lap 50 he caught Hartmann, who was suffering from ignition problems, and overtook him for 2nd position.
Pushed on by the spectators, Polish driver Jan Ripper had also started an inspired drive and caught Hartmann on the 58th lap and overtook him on the next
causing the crowd to go wild.
But then on the next lap: catastrophe! Ripper looked back on his right rear tyre. Reports says he had a puncture but probably the problem was a loose wheel nut and he was
forced to stop on the track. He managed to fix the problem himself in less than two minutes and was able to save third position. Hołuj who by then had nearly
caught him was obviously confused by the scoreboard that hung from the walkover bridge near the finish line as it gave wrong number of laps so he didn't understand
he was racing for position.
Caracciola took the flag after 66 laps, being totally dominant while Broschek in second place was the only other driver in the GP class and finished
six laps behind. Hartmann won the voiturette race from Ripper who was closely followed by Hołuy. Soijka was the last finisher.
|1.||6||Rudolf Caracciola||R. Caracciola||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||66||2h19m53.410s = 86.08 km/h (53.49 mph)|
|2.||5||Albert Broschek||A. Broschek||Mercedes-Benz||SSK||7.1||S-6||60||2h34m21.495s|
|3.||4||László Hartmann||L. Hartmann||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||58||2h37m05.440s|
|4.||8||Jan Ripper||J. Ripper||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||58||2h38m22.9s|
|5.||7||Stanisław Hołuj||S. Hołuj||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||58||2h38m29s|
|6.||3||Bruno Sojka||B. Sojka||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||57||2h42m24s|
|DNF||1||Hans Stuck||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||SSKL||7.1||S-6||37||radiator|
|DNF||2||Josef Šťastný||J. Šťastný||Bugatti||T35B||2.3||S-8||12||crash|
Fastest lap: Caracciola (Alfa Romeo) in 2m02.85s = 89.11 km/h (55.37 mph)|
Winner's medium speed:
Weather: sunny, warm
After the race Caracciola praised the organization, making comparisons to Monaco, and said that he had had full control over the race, never considering Stuck to be a real challenge.
The sports car event, lasting 33 laps, was won by Florian Schmidt.
The celebrations and prize ceremonies took part in the evening but by then both Caracciola and Brocheck were already on the train for the 18-hour long journey home to Berlin.
The main sources have been Arten Atoyan's excellent "Grand Prix Lwowa 1930-1933", Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung and Paul Sheldon's
A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing. A great thanks to Oleksiy Hrushko for all his assistance including
translating sections of Atoyan's book from Ukrainian for me. A great thanks for Andrzej Jakubaszek for sorting up some errors.
Also thanks to Michael Müller for showing me the picture of Ripper looking at the wheel.
I GRAND PRIX DE LORRAINE
Seichamps -Nancy (F), 26 June 1932.
23 laps x 5.5 km (3.4 mi) 126.5 km (78.6 mi)
|Cars up to 1500 cc engine capacity:|
|62||Ladurantie||Ladurantie||Toril||Speciale||DNA - did not appear|
|70||Pierre Veyron||P. Veyron||Maserati||26||1.5||S-8|
|86||Alain Guilbaut||A. Guilbaut||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|90||Marcel Lister||M. Lister||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|92||Antonio Valette||A. Valette||Maserati||26||1.5||S-8|
|104||Robert Gauthier||R. Gauthier||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|106||Claude Ozannat||C. Ozannat||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|Cars up to 1100 cc engine capacity:|
|64||André Jahan||A. Jahan||Salmson||1.1||S-4|
|68||José Scaron||J. Scaron||Amilcar||MC 0||1.1||S-6|
|88||Wernet||Wernet||Caban||Speciale||DNA - did not appear|
|Cars up to 750 cc engine capacity:|
|78||de la Place||de la Place||Rosengart||-Austin||0.7||S-4|
Veyron in a Maserati wins the Voiturette race
by Leif Snellman
There were 20 starters in the voiturette/cycle car race. Scaron (Amilcar) held an early lead until he retired and Veyron then took over and led the rest of the race to win. Behind him Ozannat (Bugatti) held second position
until he also had to retire and in the end the second position was shared between Guilbaut and Lister (both Bugatti), who crossed the finish line side by side.
L'Automobile Club et le Motor Club de Lorraine held an event with races for motorcycles (175, 250, 350 and 500cc) and cars at the Seichamps road circuit on the 26th June. The event also included a rally and a
The car event was divided into three races, a main race for the free formula supported by a 2 litre race and a voiturette race. The voiturette race in turn was divided into three classes, 1500cc, 1100cc and 750cc.
In the 1500cc class the Maseratis of Casablanca winner Pierre Veyron and "Antonio" Valette were challenged by five Bugatti T37As. Drivers included the Picardie winner, British driver Marcel Lister, Alain Guilbaut,
and Herbeaux, who had also taken part in the Picardie voiturette race. Claude Ozannat, who had been on many of the entry lists during the year but who had not taken part in a race since Tunis, was also present and
Robert Gauthier completed the list of starters in that class.
José Scaron was the favourite in the 1100cc class while the rest of the entries of that and the smaller 750cc class consisted of rather unfamiliar names.
During Saturday practice there was a bad accident as the motorcycle racer Jean Richard ended up in coma at hospital after a severe head wound.
Altogether there were no less than 20 starters in the voiturette/cycle car race.
Scaron took the lead followed by Lister, Jahan, Veyron, Ozannat, Guilbaut and Gauthier. Jahan soon fell back while Veyron on the third lap advanced to second position with Ozannat, Lister and Guilbaut following him.
Scaron however had been able to open up a gap and seemed to have situation in control until the 9th lap when he had to retire his Amilcar with a broken cylinder. It seems odd that Scaron would have kept the 1.5 litre
Maserati behind him and David Venables speculates whether Scaron might have had an enlarged engine for this race while Paul Sheldon however lists him in the 1100cc class.
Veyron now took over the lead followed by Ozannat and Guilbaut, who were having a fierce duel, Valette and Lister. On the12th lap Rochat went wide at the Virage du Tronc qui Fume, and crashed into a straw barricade.
On the 19th lap the duel for second position was temporarily resolved as Ozannat crashed into a
sandbank at Virage de Pulnoy. But Lister had retaken third position from Valette and soon Guilbaut found himself into a new fight with him for second position. Lister managed to pass only to be repassed by Guilbaut.
Meanwhile Veyron in his Maserati increased his lead to win the race by almost a lap. Guilbaut and Lister passed the chequered flag side by side and it was declared a dead heat, both getting the 2nd position.
Valette was fourth in the other Maserati and Jahan fifth overall and winner of the 1100cc class while Arnould took the 750cc class victory.
|1.||70||Pierre Veyron||P. Veyron||Maserati||26||1.5||S-8||23||1h18m07.8s|| |
|2*.||86||Alain Guilbaut||A. Guilbaut||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||23||1h20m56.0s||+ 2m48.2s|
|2*.||90||Marcel Lister||M. Lister||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||23||1h20m56.0s||+ 2m48.2s|
|4.||92||Antonio Valette||A. Valette||Maserati||26||1.5||S-8||23||1h21m15.0s||+ 3m07.2s|
|5.||64||André Jahan||A. Jahan||Salmson|| ||1.1||S-4||23||1h22m50.4s||+ 4m42.6s|
|7.||98||Dupont||Dupont||Salmson|| ||1.1||S-4||22||1h21m49s|| |
|10.||66||Lagroličre||Lagroličre||Salmson|| ||1.1||S-4||19||1h22m44s|| |
|11.||78||de la Place||de la Place||Rosengart||-Austin||0.7||S-4||19||1h23m25s|| |
|DNF||106||Claude Ozannat||C. Ozannat||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||18||crash|| |
|DNF||82||Rochat||Rochat||Salmson|| ||1.1||S-4||11||crash|| |
|DNF||102||Jarand||Jarand||Amilcar|| ||1.1||S-6||8|| |
|DNF||68||José Scaron||J Scaron||Amilcar||MC 0||1.1||S-6||8||piston|| |
|DNF||74||Gauthier||Gauthier||Rosengart||-Austin||0.7||S-4||8|| || |
|DNF||104||Robert Gauthier||R. Gauthier||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||?|| || |
|DNF||84||Chevallier||Chevallier||Chevallier||Ruby|| || ||?|| || |
Fastest lap: Pierre Veyron (Maserati) in 3m06s = 106.5 km/h (66.1 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 97.1 km/h (60.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed 1100cc: 91.6 km/h (56.9) mph
Winner's medium speed 750cc: 79.9 km/h (49.6 mph)
I GRAND PRIX DE LORRAINE (2000cc)
Seichamps -Nancy (F), 26 June 1932.
26 laps x 5.5 km (3.4 mi) = 143.0 km (88.9 mi)
Shortened to 9 laps x 5.5 km (3.4 mi) = 49.5 km (30.8 mi)
Trintignant's joyless victory
by Leif Snellman
On the fourth lap Emile Tetaldi crashed at Virage du Pulnoy killing three spectators and injuring eleven. After nine laps the race was stopped
and current leader Trintignant was declared the winner.
The 2 litre class had a decent field of 10 Bugattis with the usual mix of well known and less known drivers: Stanislas Czaykowski, the most experienced of them, Louis Trintignant, who was becoming a
regular Grand Prix driver, Pierre Bussienne, who had been second at the Picardie GP, "Mlle. Helle-Nice", Charles Druck, Emile Tetaldi, who had raced Amilcars and Bugattis but never seemed to be able
to finish a race, and Ricardo Bernasconi. And then Gilbert Ralph, de Villancourt and Gavillon with unknown abilities as race drivers.
Trintignant took the lead at the start and was followed by Tetaldi, Druck and Chaykowski. Chaykowski soon passed Druck for third position.
According to Motor Sport the road was wet. That is not mentioned in any of the French newspapers and the race speed during the day seems to have been normal.
Among the spectators at the Virage du Pulnoy was bicyclist Lucien Lange, who had particpated in the 1928 and 1930 Tour de France. His wife held their 8 year old son Louis up in her arms, watching
the race, while Lucien sat down in the grass (obviously no wet grass there).
The clock was about 3:30 p,m. when Tetaldi, trying to pass another car while coming up to Virage du Pulnoy, realized he had left his breaking too late. He braked too hard. The car slid, left the road, crashed straight
against a tree and was then catapulted into the crowd of spectators. Seven years old Jean Bernard died immediately as did Louis Lange and Louis' parents both got their legs crushed. Around them several
others were injured as well.
The race went on and Czaykowski was closing in on Trintignant. With just telephones it took some time to explain what had happened but once the seriousness of the catastrophe became clear, the organizers
made the only correct decision. About 15 minutes after Tenaldi's crash the order came to stop the race or what in modern terms is called a "red flag situation".
A dozen ambulances were sent to the scene to take care of the wounded. So instead of race results there were lists of injured in the next day's newspapers. Soldiers Lecat and Delfolie and artilleryman
Herter were sent to the army hospital Sédillot in Nancy while the civilians were sent to the central hospital. Apart from M. and Mme. Lange they were M. and Mme. Roule, Mme. Raynaud, M. Pierre Charton,
Mme. Jeanne Guesdon, Mme. Yvonne Lhuillier and so on. And there was of course also Emile Tetaldi, who had been pulled out of the wreck with a broken leg, a fractured thigh and severe bruises. Reports
say 11 injured in total. Four could leave hospital the same day after treatment but in the evening Mme. Lange succumbed to her injuries - the third victim of the crash.
There were some discussions whether the race should be resumed, possibly after the main race, but the drivers, having seen the catastrophe site, did not have their heart in it anymore and there was also the time factor. The race was
run on public roads and they had to be re-opened at a specified time. So the results were declared as at 9 laps with Trintignant the winner.
I GRAND PRIX DE LORRAINE
Seichamps - Nancy (F), 26 June 1932.
30 laps x 5.5 km (3.4 mi) = 165.0 km (102.5 mi)
by Leif Snellman
Lehoux (Bugatti) took the start but was then passed by Swiss driver Stuber (Bugatti). However, Wimille with his new Alfa Romeo Monza soon came through the filed to dominate the rest of the race.
Stuber retired and Lehoux had a good fight with Gaupillat for second position until the latter also retired with brake failure. That put Czaykowski (Bugatti) up in third position behind Wimille and
Lehoux and that is how the finished the race.
There was a very interesting entry list for the main race for the free formula with a lot of familiar names as several of the best French drivers were present. Jean-Pierre Wimille had realized that
the Alfa Romeos had the edge over the Bugatti T51, so Wimille and his mentor, madame Mareuse, had visited Portello, coming back 75,000 lire poorer with an Alfa Romeo Monza (#2111043), possibly an
ex-works car. Philippe Etancelin entered his own Alfa Romeo Monza.
There were four French Bugatti T51s entered by the Casablanca GP winner Marcel Lehoux, by the Nimes GP winner Benoît Falchetto, by Count Czaykowski, who also competed in the 2 litre class, and by
Jean Gaupillat. Swiss driver Hans Stuber had found his way across the border with another T51 as had German Albert Broschek with a Mercedes-Benz SSK. Finally there was René Ferrant, who entered a
Peugeot, one can assume the same car he had shared with Louis Rigal at the 1931 French Grand Prix.
With no spare time available the main race was to take place as soon as the road was clear from the 2 litre race catastrophe. Count Czaykowski who had finished 2nd now changed his T35C for his T51.
The nine cars lined up on the grid and the flag was dropped.
Lehoux took the best start to lead the race. At the end of the first lap the Bugattis of Lehoux and Swiss Stuber passed the grandstand side by side. Behind them came Czaykowski, Etancelin, Gaupillat,
Wimille, Falchetto, Broschek and Ferrant.
Stuber took over the lead and opened up a 3 second gap on the second lap. It is not known if Wimille had had a bad grid position or had made a bad start but anyway, from his sixth position he now charged up
through the field. After the second lap he had passed Gaupillat, Czaykowski and Etancelin, on the third lap he passed Lehoux and on the fourth he went by Stuber as well to take the lead of the race. Soon
afterwards Stuber had to retire with a broken wheel.
Wimille was in great form and on the next lap he opened up a 14 second gap to Lehoux, who was closely followed by Gaupillat and Czaykowski. The fight continued for many laps between Lehoux and Gaupillat,
while Czaykowski eventually fell back. At the front, however, leader Wimille continued to open up the gap to Lehoux by 3-4 seconds a lap.
On the 17th lap Gaupillat finally found a way by Lehoux but Gaupillat obviously had a brake problem and on the 19th lap he had a bad skid in a corner and Lehoux sneaked past again. The problem got worse and
two laps later Gaupillat stopped in the pit and retired his Bugatti because of brake failure.
That settled the positions in the race as the gaps between the drivers were quite long. There were no more changes to the race order so Wimille took the chequered flag, 1m50s before Lehoux with Czaykowski
third another 1 ˝ minute behind and lapped by Wimille. Etancelin was fourth after an uninspired race (possibly due to some problem?). Broschek finished fifth with the SSK, Falchetto finished sixth
(another disappointing result) and Ferrant was not unexpectedly last.
This was Wimille's second victory of the 1932 season and he had rapidly established himself as the man to beat in the French race events even if his critics said his driving style was too wild.
|1.||16||Jean-Pierre Wimille||J-P. Wimille||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||30||1h29m14.6s|
|2.||2||Marcel Lehoux||M. Lehoux||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||30||1h31m04.6s||+ 1m50.0s|
|3.||8||Stanisłas Czaykowski||S. Czaykowski||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||30||1h32m38.4s||+ 3m23.8s|
|4.||14||Philippe Etancelin||P. Etancelin||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||30||1h33m32.4s||+ 4m17.8s|
|5.||12||Albert Broschek||A. Broschek||Mercedes-Benz||SSK||7.1||S-6||30||1h34m48.8s||+ 5m42.2s|
|6.||18||Benoît Falchetto||B. Falchetto||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||29|
|7.||4||René Ferrant||R. Ferrant||Peugeot||174S||4.0||S-4||27|
|DNF||6||Jean Gaupillat||J. Gaupillat||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||21||brakes|
|DNF||20||Hans Stuber||H. Stuber||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||3?||wheel|
Fastest lap: Wimille (Alfa Romeo) in 2m55.0s = 113.1 km/h (70.3 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 110.9 km/h (68.9 mph)
Primary sources researched for this article:|
La Croix, Paris
Echo de Paris, Paris
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Petit Nicois, Nice
Motor Sport, London
2 July 1932: The L.C.C. Guy's Gala in aid of Guy's hospital was held at Brooklands.|
The handicap races were won by Rose-Richards (Talbot), Sir Henry Birkin (Bentley 4.4 litre), Miss Eileen Ellison (Bugatti 1.5 litre), Francis Ashby (Riley 1.1 litre) and
J. Elwes (Austin).