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III SVERIGES VINTER GRAND PRIX

Rämen (S), 26 February 1933
8 laps x 46.25 km (28.7 mi) + 1.05 km (0.65 mi) start? = 371.95 km (231.2 mi)?



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-8
2Per-Viktor WidengrenP-V. WidengrenAlfa-RomeoMonza2.3S-8
3Erik LafrenzE. LafrenzChrysler
4Clemens BergströmC. BergströmChevroletDNS - practice crash
5Henken WidengrenH. WidengrenInvicta-Meadows4.5S-6
6Sven LindblomS. LindblomFordSpecial3.6V-8
7J. OhlssonJ. OhlssonVoisinDNS - practice crash
8Gunnar ThorsellG. ThorsellChevrolet
9Hans TorellH. TorellRiley91.1S-4
10John ForsbergJ. ForsbergFordSpecial3.6V-8
11"Olle" BennströmS. O. BennströmFordSpecial3.6V-8
12Anders OlssonA. OlssonChrysler4.6
14Martin StrömbergM. StrömbergChevroletSpecial3.2
15Axel LarssonA. LarssonFordSpecial3.4S-4
16Stig SöderlundS. SöderlundFord3.3S-4
17Ivor HastingsI. HastingsChevrolet3.2
18Harry LarssonH. LarssonFordSpecial3.9S-4
19Per NäsP. NäsNäsSpecial2.8
20Allan WesterblomA. WesterblomReo-Mercedes15.0S-6DNS - drive shaft
21G.H.A. LönnqvistG. LönnqvistChevroletDNA
22Bo LindhB. LindhHudsonSpecial4.2
23Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGJ20.8S-4
24Carl-Gustaf JohanssonC-G. JohanssonFordSpecial3.6V-8
25F. WeyerF. WeyerDodgeSpecial
26S.P.J. KeinänenS.P.J. KeinänenChryslerSpecial5.1S-6
27Karl EbbK. EbbMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-6
28Einar LundbergE. LundbergPaige
29Oscar WickbergO. WickbergBugattiT35C?2.0S-8
30Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
31Poul TholstrupP. TholstrupFordSpecial3.6V-8DNS- scrutineering
32K. RudolffK. RudolffNRW3.1
33Helmer AnderssonH. AnderssonDodge3.6
34Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNS - practice crash
35Erik BakeE. BakeBuick4.5
36Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-8
37Thure JohanssonT. JohanssonFordSpecial3.6V-8
38Axel JohnssonA. JohnssonBugattiT432.3S-8DNS - practice crash
39Börje DahlinB. DahlinMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-6



A Swedish 1-2-3
A big field, consisting mostly of rebuilt American specials, started in the Swedish Winter Grand Prix. Swedish driver P-V. Widengren grabbed the lead at the start and held it to the finish, never being serioulsy challenged. Finnish drivers Ebb and Keinänen were fighting for top positions but were both forced to retire. Norwegian Bjørnstad finished second but was later disqualified which meant that Johansson and Bennström in almost identical cars built by Ford Sweden were classified second and third.
The Swedish Winter Grand Prix was run for the third time on the demanding course in the woods around the lake Rämen north of the town of Ludvika in the county of Dalarna and onm the lake itself. The cars had to be of the open type and riding race mechanics were compulsory.
Entries:
P-V Widengren was to race a Monza while his brother Henken entered an green Invicta he had loaned from Britain. Norwegian Bjørnstad entered his Monza as did German Paul Pietsch, while another German driver, Herbert Wimmer, raced a ex-von Morgen ex-Pietsch Bugatti T35B #4948. As it was a last series car it had already the double fuel fillers which made it look like a T51. Finnish driver S.P.J. Keinänen entered his Chrysler and his countryman Karl Ebb his Mercedes-Benz SSK. Among the Swedish drivers Börje Dahlin had another SSK and K-G Sundstedt and Axel Johnsson drove Bugattis. Tore Wistedt was unable to get a C type MG Midget delivered in time and had to settle for a J2 type. Hans Torell was to race a British Riley 9 withan English mechanic named Kilby.
      The rest of the entries consisted mostly of local drivers with home built specials but also included such rarities as a Voisin, a NRW, and a Patge. Allan Westerblom entered his troublesome "locomotive" built in Eskilstuna by Henry Molin's workshop where Westerblom had his job. It consisted of a Reo chassis and a WW1 surplus 15 liter Mercedes airplane engine. An oddity among all the open cars was Sven Lindblom's Ford convertible with a canvas roof while Poul Tholstrup's car was not accepted as it was a Coupé.
Practice:
There were several incidents and crashes during practice. J. Ohlsson collided with Dahlin and became a non starter. The front supension was damaged on Dahlin's Mercedes. That was the first of several incidents involving Dahlin in 1933. Clemens Bergström, Axel Johnsson and Paul Pietsch also became non starters after having crashed their cars. Several of the entries used chains of a type developed by S.P.J. Keinänen. Pietsch, not used to race with studded tyres, selected a wrong type and crashed at high speed on the long straight, ending upside down in the woods with a small pine trunk through the radiator.
Race:
Unlike in 1932, when the high temperatures had turned the snow and ice into water, the conditions were excellent this time. It had been snowing during the days before the event and a track on the ice was plowed up as were the course in the wood.
      The length of the course was such that the spectators only were able to see the competitors every 30 minutes. That did not hinder a record number of almost 100,000 spectators to turn up, 11,000 arriving by extra train.
      The 31 cars lined up on the ice was an impressing sight. There could have been 32 starters but the universal joint on the special built drive shaft on Westerblom's Reo-Mercedes had failed.
Pole Position
1
Sundstedt

Bugatti

2
P Widengren

Alfa Romeo

3
Lafrenz

Chrysler

5
H Widengren

Invicta

6
Lindblom

Ford

8
Thorsell

Chevrolet

9
Torell

Riley

10
Forsberg

Ford

11
Bennström

Ford

12
Olsson

Chrysler

14
Strömberg

Chevrolet

15
A Larsson

Ford

16
Söderlund

Ford

17
Hastings

Chevrolet

18
H Larsson

Ford

19
Näs

Näs


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22
Lindh

Hudson

23
Wistedt

MG

24
C-G Johansson

Ford

25
Weyer

Dodge

26
Keinänen

Chrysler

27
Ebb

Mercedes-Benz

28
Lundberg

Patge

29
Wickberg

Bugatti

30
Bjørnstad

Alfa Romeo

32
Tholstrup

Ford

33
Andersson

Dodge

35
Bake

Buick

36
Wimmer

Bugatti

37
T Johansson

Ford

39
Dahlin

Mercedes-Benz


* Westerblom



The start was done with a warning cone dropped from a mast yard 10 seconds before the start followed by a ball. When the ball dropped P-V Widengren immediately took the lead followed by his brother while Wimmer stalled and only rejoined the race far behind the others. There had been worries about the ballot type start grid with slow and fast cars intermixed and the narrow course that permitted few opportunities for overtaking but it proved that the cars managed to sort themselves out quite well on the ice. Entering the woods the order was: P-V Widengren, H. Widengren, Strömberg, Olsson, Sundstedt, Keinänen, Bennström, T. Johansson, Lafrenz, Bjørnstad, C-G Johansson, Torell, Ebb, Lindh, H. Larsson, Näs, Dahlin and Forsberg.
      Sundstedt was soon in trouble and had to stop for repairs, dropping down the field. Ebb had problems to get the supercharger to work on his SSK and was struggling during the first lap while his countryman Keinänen was in great shape and advanced to fourth before having to retire as a universal joint overheated. Back in the field Wistedt, racing the M.G. for the first time, was loosing out on the straights as he was using third gear, unaware that the little car had a four gear box!
      P-V Widengren finished his first lap with a time of 31m06s followed by his brother Henken at 31m52.1s. Then came Olsson, Bennström, Bjørnstad, C. G. Johansson and Ebb. Lafrenz retired his Chrysler with a broken piston and Torell retired after having bent his front axle after having slided into a rock. Dahlin had also retired because of the front suspension damage the Mercedes had received during practice and Weyer was out as he had had no money to buy spare tyres!
      A struggling Wimmer gave up after having been lapped by P-V Widengren who was still leading after three laps. Olsson had moved up to second position as Henken Widengren's invicta had come to a standstill with magneto problems. on the third lap Thorsell was alos out of the race after having run his Chevrolet into the ditch. Ebb sorted out his supercharger problems and began to advance in the field. He was eventually able to pass Bjørnstad and Johansson for second and took up the chase on P-V Widengren, who by now had a huge lead.
      At half distance the order was:
1. P-V. Widengren (Alfa Romeo)2h06m57.1s
2. Ebb (Mercedes-Benz)2h15m27.0s
3. Olsson (Chrysler)2h15m30.7s
4. Bjørnstad (Alfa Romeo)2h15m34.8s
5. C.G. Johansson (Ford)2h18m40.2s
6. Bennström (Ford)2h16m48.0s
7. Forsberg (Ford)2h27m19s
8. T Johansson (Ford)2h27m20s
9. Lindh (Hudson)2h33m52.4s
10. Sundstedt (Bugatti)2h35m37.2s
11. A. Larsson (Ford)2h35m47.9s
12. Bake (Buick)2h36m06s
13. Hastings (Chevrolet)2h38m13s
14. Söderlund (Ford)2h44m13s
15. Wistedt (M.G.)2h47m45.6s
16. Lindblom (Ford)2h47m57.9s
17. H. Larsson (Ford)2h50m05s
18. Andersson (Dodge)2h53m06s
19. Näs (Näs)2h57m28s
20. Wickberg (Bugatti)3h12m30.8s
21. Rudolff (NRW)3h17m18.3s

The field got thinner as drivers pulled out. Rudolff retired his N.R.W., local driver "Mas" Harry Larsson got carburettor trouble. Wickberg got his Bugatti into a snow wall and was unable to dig it out. The camshaft failed on Näs' special and Lindh and Andersson retired as well.
      Olsson fell back by a puncture while Ebb, who was followed closely by Bjørnstad, was closing in on Widengren by a minute per lap. But on lap six Ebb made a mistake while taking a drink from a bottle of sugar water and crashed into the woods near Ulvshyttan. The car climbed a stone fence and went down a steep three meter slope on the other side. Ebb hit his jaw in the windscreen and was knocked out but soon recovered while his mechanic was saved from any injuries by an early type of race helmet thar Ebb had forced upon him.
      P-V Widengren and his riding mechanic Erik Eriksson went on unchallenged to take the victory of the race. Bjørnstad finished 4m12s behind with Johansson third, a further 7m37s behind.
      After the race a protest was made. Johansson had tried to pass Bjørnstad on the long straight on the sixth and seventh laps but had been blocked. Somehow they managed to convince the organizers that the Ford was faster than the Alfa and Bjørnstad was disqualified with the motivation that his riding mechanic had failed to inform his driver that a faster car was trying to pass. Obviously Johansson had been pushed to do the protest (no love lost between Swedes and Norwegians) and was rather embarrassed by the situation.

(A news film from the race can be found here).


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Per-Viktor WidengrenP-V. WidengrenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-884h27m32.0s
DSQ30Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-884h31m47.2s+ 4m15.2s
2.24Carl-Gustaf JohanssonC-G. JohanssonFordSpecial3.6V-884h39m24.9s+ 11m52.9s
3.11"Olle" BennströmS. O. BennströmFordSpecial3.6V-884h40m46.0s+13m14.0s
4.12Anders OlssonA. OlssonChrysler4.684h44m01.0s+ 16m29.0s
5.37Thure JohanssonT. JohanssonFordSpecial3.6V-884h45m56.6s+ 18m24.6s
6.10John ForsbergJ. ForsbergFordSpecial3.6V-884h45m56.6s+ 18m24.6s
7.15Axel LarssonA. LarssonFordSpecial3.4S-484h58m18.2s+ 30m46.2s
8.35Erik BakeE. BakeBuick4.585h11m28.5s+ 43m56.5s
9.1Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-885h12m27.2s+ 44m55.2s
10.17Ivor HastingsI. HastingsChevrolet3.285h15m04.2s+ 47m32.2s
11.23Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGJ20.8S-485h30m29.4s+ 1h02m57.4s
12.6Sven LindblomS. LindblomFordSpecial3.6V-885h36m47.0s+ 1h09m15.0s
DNF27Karl EbbK. EbbMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-66crash
DNF33Helmer AnderssonH. AnderssonDodge3.66
DNF22Bo LindhB. LindhHudsonSpecial4.25rear axle
DNF16Stig SöderlundS. SöderlundFord3.3S-44crash
DNF19Per NäsP. NäsNäsSpecial2.83engine
DNF29Oscar WickbergO. WickbergBugattiT35C?2.0S-84crash
DNF18Harry LarssonH. LarssonFordSpecial3.9S-44carburettor
DNF32K. RudolffK. RudolffNRW3.14
DNF8Gunnar ThorsellG. ThorsellChevrolet3crash
DNF5Henken WidengrenH. WidengrenInvicta-Meadows4.5S-62magneto
DNF25F. WeyerF. WeyerDodgeSpecial2tyre
DNF36Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-81tyre
DNF39Börje DahlinB. DahlinMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-61suspension
DNF9Hans TorellH. TorellRiley91.1S-41crash, front axle
DNF3Erik LafrenzE. LafrenzChrysler1engine
DNF26S.P.J. KeinänenS.P.J. KeinänenChryslerSpecial5.1S-60drive shaft
DNF14Martin StrömbergM. StrömbergChevroletSpecial3.20crash
DNF28Einar LundbergE. LundbergPaige0crash
Fastest lap: Per-Viktor Widengren (Alfa Romeo) in 30m49.3s = 90.03 km/h (56.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 83.0 km/h (51.6 mph)
Weather: sunny, cold.

A great thanks to Tomas Karlsson for his assitance with the entry and results lists and grid.





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III SVENSKA ISLOPPET

Hemfjärden - Örebro (S), 5 March 1933.
2 heats of 10 laps x 5.2 (3.23 mi) km = 52 km (32.3 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGJ20.8S-4
2K. RudolffK. RudolffNRWDNA
3F. WeyerF. WeyerDodgeSpecialDNS - crack in chassis
4Arnold LarssonA. LarssonFordSpecial3.6V8DNS - practice crash
5Walter GörtzW. GörtzFordSpecial3.6S-4DNS - mechanical
6Harry LarssonH. LarssonFordSpecial3.6S-4
7Ivor HastingsI. HastingsChevrolet
8Martin StrömbergM. StrömbergChevroletSpecial3.2
9Axel KarlssonA KarlssonBuickSpecial3.2
10Artur JohanssonA JohanssonChandler
11Allan WesterblomA. WesterblomReo-Mercedes15.0S-6DNA
12S.P.J. KeinänenS.P.J. KeinänenChryslerSpecial5.1S-6
14Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-8
15Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
16Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-8
17Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8


The Germans master the ice.
The Swedish Ice race was run in two heats on the icy lake Hjälmaren. Pietsch and Wimmer took a double victory for Germany while Norwegian Bjørnstad lost his second place when challenging for the lead.
Hjälmaren is the fourth biggest lake in Sweden. Situated in the Närke and Södermanland counties in central Sweden west of Stockholm the lake is some 50 km long and 20 km wide. The western part of the lake is separated from the rest of the lake by an oblong island. That western part of the lake is known as Hemfjärden (home bay) and it was there, near the 17th century Esplunda mansion on the Northern beach, some 5 km from the town of Örebro, where the third Svenska Isloppet or The Swedish Ice Race was held.
      Unlike most earlier ice racing tracks that were mostly oval shaped, the race was run on a real GP or TT type of track on ice. Its length was 5.2 km.
Entries:
Cars were entered in three classes, AA, BA and CA, and the race took part in two heats.
      Of the 16 entries several had been present at Swedish Winter GP a week earlier including Wistedt, Rudolff, Weyer, "Mas-Harry" Larsson, Hastings, Strömberg, Westerblom, Keinänen, Sundstedt, Wimmer and Bjørnstad.
      Paul Pietsch had his Monza back to working order after his Rämen practice crash. Arnold Larsson had borrowed Thure Johansson's Ford. Local driver Walter Görtz entered a Ford and there were also Axel Karlsson with a Buick and Artur Johansson with a Chandler.
      Westerblom obviously had not managed to get his airplane engined "locomotive" repaired and did not appear. Rudolff's NRW was another DNS and Weyer's Dodge was not permitted to race as a crack was found in the chassis of his Dodge.
Practice:
Arnold Larsson managed to crash Thure Johansson's Ford during practice.
Heat 1:
Cars number 1 to 8 started in the first heat and cars 9 to 17 in the second. The first heat was already down to five cars and they soon became four when Walter Görtz' mechanic managed to crash the Ford while moving it to the start line. So an angry Walter Görtz and a hardly amused Thure Johansson had to stand and watch as the first heat started.
Pole Position
1
Wistedt

MG

6
Larsson

Ford

7
Hastings

Chevrolet

8
Strömberg

Chevrolet

As the flag dropped Harry Larsson was first away but was soon challenged by Strömberg. Strömberg managed to push himself up into the lead but soon afterwards engine trouble forced him to retire. So Larsson won from Hastings and Wistedt.
Results, heat 1

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Harry LarssonH. LarssonFordSpecial3.6S-41033m05.6s
2.7Ivor HastingsI. HastingsChevrolet1033m41.7s+ 36.1s
3.1Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGJ20.8S-41040m04.5s+ 6m58.9s
DNF8Martin StrömbergM. StrömbergChevroletSpecial3.2engine
Fastest lap: not available
Winner's medium speed: 94.3 km/h (58.6 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:
Second heat was immediately sent to the starting grid and the cars were ready for start with engines running when it was realized that Wistedt from the first heat was still racing. So not to overheat the engines the cars in the second heat had to make the start while moving in circles on the grid, a maneuver seen now and then in trotting handicaps but hardly ever in motor racing.
Pole Position
9
Karlsson

Buick

10
Johansson

Chandler

12
Keinänen

Chrysler

14
Sundstedt

Bugatti

15
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

16
Wimmer

Bugatti

17
Bjørnstad

Alfa Romeo

Pietsch took the start followed by Wimmer and Bjørnstad. A charging Bjørnstad soon passed Wimmer but was unable to do anything to Pietsch, whose studded tyres worked perfectly.
      Keinänen had initially problems with overheating and was passed even by Johansson's Chandler, but eventually he got the car going and re-passed Johansson. Keinänen then also passed Sundstedt, who had supercharger problems with his Bugatti, then he caught up with Wimmer and had a hard fight with the German who refused to let himself be passed by the Finn.
      Meanwhile Bjørnstad made a huge effort to pass Pietsch, but the German held his line and forced the Norwegian to take the outside which resulted in a hit with a snow wall and a spin. Bjørnstad eventually managed to rejoin the race but was unable to reach higher than third position. So Pietsch took the flag as winner, having led throughout the race. Wimmer made it into a surprise German 1-2.
Results, heat 2

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.15Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81028m49.2s
2.16Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-81029m52.4s+ 1m03.2s
3.17Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81031m10.8s+ 2m21.6s
4.12S.P.J. KeinänenS.P.J. KeinänenChryslerSpecial5.1S-61031m15.2s+ 2m26.0s
5.14Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-81032m12.7s+ 3m23.5s
6.10Artur JohanssonA JohanssonChandler1036m24.2s+ 7m35.0s
DNF9Axel KarlssonA KarlssonBuickSpecial3.2
Fastest lap: Paul Pietsch (Alfa Romeo) in 2m48.0s = 111.4 km/h (69.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 108.3 km/h (67.3 mph)
Weather:
Adding the results from the two heats Pietsch was the overall winner while the class results were as follows:

AA: 1 Wistedt
BA: 1. Pietsch, 2 Wimmer, 3 Bjørnstad, 4 Sundstedt, 5 Larsson, 6 Hastings
CA: 1. Keinänen; 2 Johansson

This was a rather odd race especially how the results were counted. Of course it was its position just one week after the Rämen race that guaranteed there were some international entries for both races.

Results, aggregate:

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.15Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81028m49.2s
2.16Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-81029m52.4s+ 1m03.2s
3.17Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81031m10.8s+ 2m21.6s
4.12S.P.J. KeinänenS.P.J. KeinänenChryslerSpecial5.1S-61031m15.2s+ 2m26.0s
5.14Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-81032m12.7s+ 3m23.5s
6.6Harry LarssonH. LarssonFordSpecial3.6S-41033m05.6s+ 4m16.4s
7.7Ivor HastingsI. HastingsChevrolet1033m41.7s+ 4m52.5s
8.10Artur JohanssonA JohanssonChandler1036m24.2s+ 7m35.0s
9.1Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGJ20.8S-41040m04.5s+ 11m15.3s
DNF8Martin StrömbergM. StrömbergChevroletSpecial3.2engine
DNF9Axel KarlssonA KarlssonBuickSpecial3.2
Fastest lap: Paul Pietsch (Alfa Romeo) in 2m48.0s = 111.4 km/h (69.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 108.3 km/h (67.3 mph)
Weather:

A great thanks to Tomas Karlsson for his assitance with this race.


Star 11 March 1933: The B.A.R.C. Opening Meeting was held at Brooklands. The handicap races were won by L. T. Delaney (Lea-Francis 1.5L), C. le Strange Metcalfe (Abbot-Nash 1.5L), K. D. Evans (M.G. 0.7L), G. P. H. Noble (Salmson 1.1L), P. M. Walthers (Riley 1.1L) , R. L. Bowes (Bugatti 2.3L ), H. J. Aldington (Frazer-Nash 1,5L), A. L. Baker (Minerva 6.0L) & F. W. Dixon (Riley 1.1L)
Star 20 March 1933:Bill Thompson (Riley) wins the 200 mile Australian Grand Prix handicap event at Philip Island.
Star 25 March 1933: Derby and District M.C. held an event at the new Donington Park circuit. K. Hutchison (Bugatti 1.5L) wins the 1500cc unsupercharged race , R. T. Horton (M.G 1.1L) the 15000cc supercharged race and F.W Dixon (Riley 1.1L) the 1500cc any trim race.



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V GRAND PRIX de TUNISIE

Carthage - Tunis (F), 26 March 1933
37 laps x 12.714 km (7.9 mi) = 470.4 km (292.3 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Frédéric ToselliF. ToselliBugattiT51(A)2.3?S-8
4Guy MollG. MollBugattiT35C2.0S-8
6László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8DNS
8Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
12Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8
14Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
16Stanisłas CzaykowskiS. CzaykowskiBugattiT512.3S-8
18Louis BraillardL. BraillardBugattiT35B2.3S-8
20Jean GaupillatJ. Gaupillat BugattiT512.3S-8
22Luigi PremoliL. PremoliPBM3.0S-8
24Raymond SommerR. SommerMaserati8CM3.0S-8
26Benoît FalchettoB. FalchettoBugattiT35B2.3S-8
28Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
30Julio VillarsEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
32Horst von WaldthausenEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
34Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8C 28002.8S-8
36Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
38Achille VarziAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT512.3S-8
40Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-8
42Luigi FagioliOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8C 30003.0S-8
44Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
Pierre VeyronAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - did not appear
Louis JolyL. JolyBugatti or MaseratiDNA - did not appear
Pietro GhersiP. GhersiBugattiDNA - did not appear

Regarding starting numbers and grid information see note.



Nuvolari victorious at Tunis without trying hard
by Hans Etzrodt
The Tunis Grand Prix on the Carthage road circuit formed the opening of the new international racing season. Nuvolari dominated the race in the 2.6-liter Alfa Romeo followed by his teammate Borzacchini with a 2.3-liter sister car. When their most feared opponent Varzi in the 2.3-liter Bugatti retired after 11 laps, the lead of both Scuderia Ferrari Alfas remained uncontested till the end. During the second half of the race a thunderstorm soaked the circuit and speeds dropped noticeably due to a slippery track. Zehender finished third in his Maserati and Swiss newcomer, Baron von Waldthausen, came fourth in his Monza despite delays not of his own doing.
After the February meeting at Pau, the next great circuit race took place in North-Africa where the Grand Prix of Tunis was staged for the fifth time in Tunisia, which at that time was a French protectorate. First organized in 1928 and 29 on the Bardo course, since 1931 the event was held on the very flat triangular 12.714 km Carthage circuit with high-speed corners connecting the long straights, except for the sharp hairpin leading into the 3.5 km finish straight, which contained a chicane to slow the cars down just before the finish line. The event took place near the site of the ancient city of Carthage. The race consisted of 37 laps, giving a total of over 470 kilometers. The circuit itself and regulations had not changed from the previous year, but new for 1933 was the promoter's decision to select the drivers by invitation only, the way it was done at the Monaco Grand Prix. The special trademark of the Tunis Grand Prix was that it was run to Formule Libre, without engine capacity or weight restrictions. This excluded the smaller cars right from the start so that the race would take place only amongst the heavy cars. The overall winner was to receive 40,000 French Fr, second 25,000, third 15,000, fourth 8,000 and fifth 5,000.
Entries:
While the first race for large capacity cars at Pau was effectively a local race due to the absence of Italian drivers, the entry list for the Tunis Grand Prix showed 24 competitors of high international standing, placing a stamp of importance on the Tunisian event. The Italian cars were shipped from Genoa, while Sommer had his 8CM Maserati monoposto dispatched from Naples, as did stable mate Zehender his Maserati 8C 2800 biposto. Another Maserati for Fagioli, an 8C 3000 biposto, was however a factory entry. Pietsch also left from Naples with his white Alfa Romeo Monza. The Scuderia Ferrari entered Monzas for Borzacchini and Nuvolari, the latter's being bored out to 2.6-liters to gain a few extra horses. Varzi, who had won here in the prior two years, had his factory Bugatti shipped from Marseille. As could be seen from these contenders alone, the strongest international opponents were going to face each other at Tunis. Three Swiss drivers were also entered, namely Braillard with his Bugatti and Villars and Baron von Waldthausen both in Alfa Romeo Monzas. Private Bugatti entries arrived from Hungarian László Hartmann, Algerians Lehoux and Moll, and from France came Count Czaykowski, Brunet, Gaupillat, Falchetto, Toselli and Veyron. Further Alfa Romeo Monzas were entered by Frenchman Etancelin and Chilean Zanelli while the Italian Ghersi was to start in another Bugatti and his countryman Count Premoli in his PBM. Joly was to start either in a Bugatti or Maserati, depending which source is to believed.
Practice:
Thursday was the first day of practice on the fast macadam course where speed and power were needed to win. Count Czaikowski had to interrupt his running to carry out lengthy repairs. Lehoux also ran into trouble when his Bugatti needed to have its pistons replaced. This kept his team busy for two days and nights. On Friday it was chilly, which was good for drivers and tires alike. Swiss Baron von Waldthausen lapped at over 140 km/h average. After a few rounds Villars had to stop due to a water leak that was soon repaired. Nuvolari unofficially broke the existing record when he completed one lap at an average of 155 km/h, although it was doubtful if he could maintain this speed on a hot day. The new Maserati monoposto had been anticipated with great interest, but it disappointed Sommer due to poor road-holding. Braillard, Zanelli, Brunet, Zehender, Hartmann, Borzacchini, Fagioli and Premoli were also active. Toselli, a driver from Nice, turned his car over, but suffered no injuries and was expected to start in the race. Judging by the practice results, Nuvolari in the 2.6-liter Alfa Romeo Monza was the favorite for victory.
Race:
The start was set for 1:30 on Sunday afternoon where grid positions had been distributed by drawing of lots forming a grid of seven rows, each holding three cars. The cars lined up in numerical order, however, the place for the number 6 car in the first row remained vacant.
Pole Position
4
Moll

Bugatti

2
Toselli

Bugatti

12
Brunet

Bugatti

44
Zanelli

Alfa Romeo

8
Borzacchini

Alfa Romeo

18
Braillard

Bugatti

16
Czaikowski

Bugatti

14
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

24
Sommer

Maserati

22
Premoli

PBM

20
Gaupillat

Bugatti

30
Villars

Alfa Romeo

28
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

26
Falchetto

Bugatti

36
Etancelin

Alfa Romeo

34
Zehender

Maserati

32
Waldthausen

Alfa Romeo

42
Fagioli

Maserati

40
Lehoux

Bugatti

38
Varzi

Bugatti

(Note 1)



AUTOMOBIL-REVUE reported that Braillard made the fastest start in his Bugatti and held the lead for the first half lap. Then Borzacchini passed him and was in front for a few laps until Nuvolari took command. He dominated the race with Borzacchini in second place, both in Alfa Romeo Monzas. Early in the race Nuvolari set a lap at 149.089 km/h average. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers drove in a disciplined fashion but at an enormous speed, way ahead of the field without ever battling for the lead.
      The fast pace soon demanded its victims. Braillard had to stop several times at his pits and drove part of his race on seven cylinders. Sommer's debut in his new Maserati monoposto was not impressive and his race ended after five laps with a broken magneto drive. Czaykowski had to give up after six laps with a broken oil pump drive and Lehoux on the same lap with a broken piston. On lap seven Nuvolari established the fastest lap of the day in 5m05s at an average speed of 150.066 km/h. Count Premoli's race ended on lap nine with a broken transmission. When Varzi retired his Bugatti with a broken drive shaft on lap 12, the Scuderia Ferrari no longer had to fear a threat from behind. The leading pair remained the same and Nuvolari was to keep his advantage throughout the race. After several visits to his pits, Fagioli finally gave up after 12 laps with a broken magneto drive, the same problem, which had cost Sommer his race seven laps earlier. Brunet retired his Bugatti on lap 15 as did Gaupillat when the oil pressure disappeared in their Bugatti engines. At that time Nuvolari was out front, leading Borzacchini, Etancelin, Villard, Waldthausen, Zehender, Zanelli, Moll and Pietsch.
      Nuvolari completed the first 20 laps in 1h46m26s at an average speed of 143.446 km/h. Etancelin had to retire after 21 laps with a broken rear axle. Baron von Waldthausen, after refueling on lap 21, came to a sudden stop a short distance past the grand stands because one of his crew forgot to open the fuel cock after refueling the car. Precious minutes were lost until his mechanic Herrman Schwarz came running the 300 meters from the pits to the stranded car and found the cause of the involuntary stop. This error would eventually cost Waldthausen third place at the finish.
      The race would have picked up in speed had it not been for a severe thunderstorm, which began on lap 25. The first-rate circuit, which was very suitable for high speeds, became rather slippery as a result of scattered showers and strong winds. Due to this bad weather all the cars had to reduce their speed substantially. For this reason and the lack of competition for the lead, the previous year's lap record of 5m03s by Chiron could not be broken. Villars, who had been in fourth position for some time, lost one or two laps when he slid off the track in one of the corners and his car got bogged down in the rain-soaked field. Later he again spun his car on the track when he was surprised by a sudden rain shower. The German Pietsch in his white Alfa Romeo Monza maintained third place for some time.
      After 30 laps Nuvolari led with an average speed of 136.75 km/h. Borzacchini chased four seconds behind, followed by Zehender's Maserati and the Alfas of Waldthausen, Pietsch and Moll. Later in the race Pietsch could not keep up with Waldthausen and fell behind. Nuvolari, who had always maintained a large advantage slowed down on the last lap, which enabled Borzacchini to close up with the leader, finishing just a fifth of a second behind his team mate. A genuine wheel to wheel finish it was not, but it made for a very close finale as they crossed the finish line, cheered loudly by the large crowd. Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers had lapped the entire field at least once. By driving a steady race, Zehender, who had made his debut with Maserati, came third but was already 12 minutes behind and had to keep on driving to complete the 37 laps. Baron von Waldthausen followed just three seconds behind in fourth place. The race was not yet over since Falchetto, Toselli, Pietsch and Zanelli in eighth place carried on circulating until they also completed the required 37 laps to be counted as finishers.
      Moll, who ran out of fuel on the penultimate lap and was stranded somewhere on the circuit, did not complete 37 laps but was still classified as ninth by AUTOMOBIL-REVUE. Similarly, the stragglers Villars and Braillard could apparently not complete the 37 laps and were flagged off. Interestingly, they were also shown as finishers by AUTOMOBIL-REVUE. (Race promoters usually allowed extra time for stragglers to complete the full distance, long after the winner had finished the race. Those unable to comply were then flagged off and did not classify. This rule was evidently not applied for this race.)

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.28Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8373h29m15.4s
2.8Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8373h29m15.6s+ 0.2s
3.34Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8C 28002.8S-8373h41m13.4s+ 11m58.0s
4.32Horst von WaldthausenEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8373h41m16.4s+ 12m01.0s
5.26Benoît FalchettoB. FalchettoBugattiT35B2.3S-8373h41m34.0s+ 12m18.6s
6.2Frédéric ToselliF. ToselliBugattiT51(A)2.3?S-8373h45m09.6s+ 15m54.2s
7.14Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8373h46m32.6s+ 17m17.2s
8.44Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8373h48m22.6s+ 19m07.2s
9.4Guy MollG. MollBugattiT35C2.0S-836ran out of fuel
10.30Julio VillarsEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-836
11.18Louis BraillardL. BraillardBugattiT35B2.3S-835
DNF36Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-821rear axle
DNF20Jean GaupillatJ. Gaupillat BugattiT512.3S-815oil pressure
DNF12Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-814oil pressure
DNF42Luigi FagioliOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8C 30003.0S-812magneto drive
DNF38Achille VarziAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT512.3S-811drive shaft
DNF22Luigi PremoliL. PremoliPBM3.0S-88transmission
DNF16Stanisłas CzaykowskiS. CzaykowskiBugattiT512.3S-86oil pump drive
DNF40Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-86piston
DNF24Raymond SommerR. SommerMaserati8CM3.0S-85magneto drive
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) on lap 7 in 5m05s = 150.1 km/h (93.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 134.9 km/h (83.8 mph)
Weather: Dry at the beginning, from lap 25 thunder, strong winds and intermittent rain showers.
In retrospect:

      The Ferrari team members headed back to Italy in a flying boat to begin Mille Miglia practice in April.

Footnote:
1. The starting grid and race numbers are mostly the work of Michael Müller, who with the help of photographs proved, car by car, that a start order found in Italian newspaper "Il Littoriale" was correct for the first five rows. Of rows six and seven only Zehender is visible on the pictures but there is no reason to think "Il Littoriale" doesn't have the last rows correct as well.



Star 9-10 April 1933: Nuvolari/Compagnoni (Alfa Romeo) wins the VII Mille Miglia. Alfa Romeos took all the top ten positions.
Star 17 April 1933: The B.A.R.C. Easter Meeting was held at Brooklands. The handicap races were won by C. G. H. Dunham (Alvis 2.5L), R. Morgan (Invicta 4.5L), "Taso" Mathieson (Bugatti 2.0L), R. H. Eccles (Frazer-Nash 1.5L), C. J. Turner (Bentley 4.4L), W. Straight (Maserati 2.5L), J. H. Parsons (Alvis 1.5L) and D. N. Letts (M.G. 0.7L)


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