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III AVUSRENNEN
(Voiturette 1500cc)

AVUS - Berlin, 21 May 1933.
10 laps x 19.573 km (12.163 mi) + 831m (0.516 mi) starting straight = 196.56 km (122.14 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Class up to 1500cc
1Ernst BurggallerE. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
2Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6
3Louis JolyL. JolyMaserati26C1.5S-8DNS - crankshaft
4Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4
5Pierre VeyronAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8
6Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4
7Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15SB1.5S-8
8Adolf BrudesA. BrudesBugattiT37A1.5S-4
9Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1S-4
10Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
19Henken WidengrenH. WidengrenAmilcar1.1S-6
 
Class up to 800cc
11Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKW0.82xS-2
12Walter BäumerW. BäumerAustin0.7S-4DNA - did not appear
14Bobby KohlrauschSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4
15Charles GoodacreSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4
16Ernst von DeliusE. von DeliusBMW0.7S-4
17George EystonG. EystonMG0.7S-4DNA - did not appear
18Ron HortonR. HortonMGC0.7S-4
20James Donald BarnesSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4


Veyron vs. Burggaller

by Leif Snellman
The race was for 1500cc voiturettes with special prizes for the best 800cc cars. The 8-cylinder Bugatti T51As of Burggaller and Veyron were in their own class with Burggaller leading the first laps and then Veyron taking over to win with Burggaller following closely throughout the race. Howe was a distant third in his Delage and Rüesch fourth in a 6-cylinder Alfa Romeo. In the small class Macher in a special car with a DKW engine held the German hopes high until he had to fall back leaving Horton in a streamlined MG to win with Barnes in a works Austin close behind.
The voiturette season started on May 21st with the International Avus race and a race at Peronne the same day. Organized by Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) for the third time the race had already become a tradition. The voiturette race was 10 laps long but the start was positioned 831 meters before the finish line. (See the main race for details about the circuit.)
      While the race program did not divide the cars into classes, the way the cars were numbered and a note that there would be a special prize for the two best finishers with 800cc engines (700 and 500 Reichsmark) show that it indeed was considered to be combined race with two classes. In the overall competition the prizes for the top five finishers were 2500 RM, 100 RM, 800 RM, 600 RM and 400 RM.
Entries:
There were 15 cars taking part in the race. As the French drivers preferred to race in Peronne the only French driver who started in Berlin was Pierre Veyron, who raced his blue works 8-cylinder T51A (#51151). Former fighter pilot Ernst-Günther Burggaller raced his white T51A (#51134) rebuilt from a T35 to a single seater and it featured a headrest and a different exhaust than a standard Bugatti. German drivers Hans Simons, Willi Seibel and Adolf Brudes all raced white Bugatti T37As.
      Earl Howe entered his Grand Prix Delage. It was however not the same car that he had won the 1932 Avus race with, because that car had been totally destroyed during the 1932 Monza Grand Prix repechage, but the one he had bought from Robert Sénéchal. Swiss driver Hans Rüesch entered an Alfa Romeo 6C-1500, red with a white bonnet. There were two Amilcar entries, Willi Briem and "Henken" Widengren, Briem's car white, Widengren's dark colored.
      The Austin works team entered three cars in the 800cc class for Donald Barnes (#XA1012 registration OJ 9585), Charles Goodacre (#XA1010 registration OJ 0583) and Bobby Kohlrausch (#XA1013). Kohlrausch's car was white. Ron Horton raced a special bodied streamlined single seater MG Midget and Ernst von Delius a little white BMW. Gerhard Macher raced a streamlined "Eigenbau". The engine consisted of two DKW two-cylinder double piston two-stroke engines geared together and fed by a Zoller supercharger . The volume was 798 cc, compression 1:11 giving 80 hp at 6000 rpm.
Practice:
The Austin drivers as well as Veyron, Burggaller, Simons, Rüesch, Widengren and Macher, took part in the first official practice on Thursday. Otto Merz's fatal accident during Thursday practice overshadowed the Friday and Saturday sessions. Nonetheless more drivers now showed up zealous to do some practice laps. The grid positions were decided by ballot and no practice lap times are known.
Race:
Race day came with ideal weather, the sun shining over Berlin all day. During the morning hordes of Berliners went towards Grunewald and the AVUS, many probably taking the S-Bahn to Bahnhof Eichkamp next to the grandstand or to other stations along the circuit. The grandstands were soon packed to capacity. Numbers of up to 200,000 spectators were reported in the papers.
      Kronprinz Wilhelm of Preussia and his brother Prince August Wilhelm were present as were leading personalities of both the old and the new regimes: von Papen, Goebbels, Göring, Röhm, von Blomberg etc. RAC was represented by Colonel Frederic Lindsay Lloyd. Despite false claims in many books, the new Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler was NOT present at the race. He had however donated a trophy to the winner of the formula libre class.
      Despite the race was organized by ADAC the new Nazi regime was very much present with Reichwehr Major and SA-Obengruppenführer Adolf Hühnlein, leader of the NSKK, already deeply involved in the organization.
      After Ernst Henne at 1:30 p.m. had made a failed world record attempt with his motorcycle it was time for the voiturette race. The 15 cars lined up 3 and 2 on the grid, some 800 m from the grandstand and the finish line. The two-stroke engine of Macher's DKW was already blowing out huge clouds of smoke. At 1:50 p.m. Adolf Hühnlein dropped the flag and the race was on its way.
Pole Position
9?
Briem?

Amilcar

8?
Brudes?

Bugatti

6
Seibel

Bugatti

4
Simons

Bugatti

2
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo

1
Burggaller

Bugatti

19
Widengren

Amilcar

5
Veyron

Bugatti

11
Macher

DKW

16
von Delius

BMW

14?
Kohlrausch?

Austin

20?
Barnes?

Austin

7
Howe

Delage

20?
Horton?

MG

15?
Goodacre?

Austin

(Note 1)

Burggaller took the lead and was followed by Brudes and Simons as the cars passed the grandstand on their way southwards. At the rear of the field were the streamliners of Macher and Horton and the Amilcar of Widengren, who seems to have missed the start totally.
      The spectators had to wait for some six minutes before the cars became visible again as they passed the stands and turned into the Nordschleife. Burggaller was leading Veyron by some 80 meters while Howe was third some 18 seconds behind the duo. After another gap came Rüesch in his red-white Alfa. The others had already fallen a long way behind. Simons had to make a pit stop due to plug trouble, the first of what turned out to be three stops in a frustrating race for the Bugatti driver. Kohlrausch also had to stop to change plugs.
      Veyron's speed was announced as 176.2 km/h. If the start section was ignored that would correspond to a lap time of 6m40s.
      On the second lap Veyron passed Burggaller in the Südkurve to take the lead of the race. However, Burggaller did not give up but managed to stay close to the blue Bugatti. Earl Howe was not fast enough and fell steadily behind the two Bugattis.
      On the 2nd lap Kohlrausch had to retire his Austin due to a broken fuel line. On the 3rd lap Widengren, who after his bad start had advanced across the field, had to retire as well due to a broken piston.
      In the 800cc class a huge fight went on between the two remaining Austins and Horton's Midget. But Macher went faster and faster and passed both the Austins and the MG to take the lead of the 800c class on the third lap.
      The leading duo was dominating the race with Veyron keeping up a 180.8 km/h medium speed but unable to get away from Burggaller, who stayed 20 to 30 meters behind him. Halfway through the race they had already lapped the rest of the field apart from Howe and Rüesch. Briem stopped his Amilcar on the 5th lap with a smoking engine. Brudes retired his Bugatti with a fuel line problem and Simons also retired.
      On the 7th lap Macher, who had led the minor cars, started to struggle and had to let Horton and Barnes by. Rüesch stopped for refuelling on 9th lap without any risk of losing his fourth position.
      Who the winner would be was unknown until the very end. It was claimed that Veyron's tenth lap was the fastest of the race but Burggaller must have gone just as fast as at the flag the difference between the Bugattis was just 0.4 seconds. Howe finished third. The engine of his Delage had been rebuilt and was still not giving its best and a change of carburettor had also resulted in a slight loss of power. Rüesch finished a distant fourth, lapped by the winner.
      In the close duel in the 800cc class between Barnes and Horton the latter was able to take over the lead on the last lap to take the victory with Barnes just a second behind. Macher with his DKW that had emitted huge clouds of smoke throughout the race was third and best German car. The prizes to the drivers were presented by Adolf Hühnlein.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.5Pierre VeyronAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h04m54.8s 
2.1Ernst BurggallerE. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h04m55.2s+ 0.4s
3.7Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15SB1.5S-8101h08m24.2s+ 3m29.4s
4.2Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6101h16m14.0s+ 11m19.2s
5.18Ron HortonR. HortonMGC0.7S-4101h21m03.0s+ 16m08.2s
6.20James Donald BarnesSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4101h21m04.2s+ 16m09.2s
7.11Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKW0.7101h22m13.6s+ 17m18.8s
8.15Charles GoodacreSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4101h23m48.0s+ 18m53.2s
9.6Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4101h26m09.0s+ 21m14.2s
10.16Ernst von DeliusE. von DeliusBMW0.7S-4101h26m12.2s+ 21m17.4s
DNF4Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4?  
DNF9Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1S-44engine 
DNF8Adolf BrudesA. BrudesBugattiT37A1.5S-45fuel line 
DNF19Per-Viktor WidengrenP-V. WidengrenAmilcar1.1S-62piston 
DNF14Bobby KohlrauschSir Herbert AustinAustin70.7S-4?fuel line 
Fastest lap 1500cc: Pierre Veyron (Bugatti) in 6m17.8? = 186.52 km/h (115.9 mph)
Fastest lap 800cc: Ron Horton (MG) on lap 2 in 7m55.2s? = 148.28 km/h (92.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed 1500cc: 181.7 km/h (112.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed 800cc: 145.5 km/h (90.4 mph)
Weather: nice and sunny.

Footnote:
1. Grid reconstructed from pictures. Briem and Brudes started in the first row but the internal order is not totally clear as they are only seen in a picture a bit after the start. The positions of the four last drivers are also very much a guess for the same reason.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
ADAC Motorwelt, München
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
ADAC Motorwelt, München
L'Auto, Paris
The Motor, London
Motor Sport, London
Also:
Internationelles ADAC Autorennen AVUS Offizielles Program
Axel Kirchner: "Die AVUS"
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker



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III AVUSRENNEN

AVUS - Berlin, 21 May 1933.
15 laps x 19.573 km (12.163 mi) + 831m (0.516 mi) starting straight = 294.43 km (182.96 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

21Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz A.G.Mercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6
22Otto MerzDaimler-Benz A.GMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6DNS - fatal practice crash
23Luigi FagioliOfficine A. MaseratiMaseratiV55.0V-16DNA
24Charly JellenC. JellenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
25Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-8
26Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
27Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
28Louis ChironL. ChironAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
29László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8
30Hans StuberH. StuberBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - crashed one week earlier
31"Williams"Automobiles E. BugattiBugattiT545.0S-8
32Achille VarziAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT545.0S-8
33Stanisłas CzaykowskiS. CzaykowskiBugattiT545.0S-8
34Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
35Kaye DonK. DonBugattiT545.0S-8DNA


Varzi wins Europe's fastest race with the big Bugatti in a sensational end fight.

by Hans Etzrodt
On the first day of practice one of Germany's best drivers, Otto Merz, crashed to his death. This calamity overshadowed the entire event. The 1933 Avusrennen eclipsed all previous races at this track due to the impressive and exciting battle of Count Czaykowski and Varzi in their 5-liter Bugattis. The Count led every lap except the last two after Varzi passed him on the penultimate lap. Despite Czaykowski's great effort to regain the lead, Varzi won by a fraction of a second. With a speed of 206.9 km/h, the Avus staged the fastest race in Europe, established by Varzi with the 5-liter Bugatti.
The realization of the third International ADAC Avusrennen was in doubt for some time because the Berlin Police demanded improved safety precautions for spectators, which would have been too expensive for the organizers. In discussions between the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club), the local Government and Director Reiners from the Avus Administration it became possible by mid March to reduce the needed safety arrangements to a level acceptable to police and still ensure the safety of the spectators. For this year's event the Avus grandstand foundations were renewed and terrace-like standing places along the track installed to improve the vision for standing spectators. The Avus circuit on the outskirts of Berlin comprised two parallel straights joined at the Potsdam end by the slightly banked South Loop and at the Berlin end in the North by another 180-degree flat turn. This boring track permitted prolonged high speed driving. The track itself received a new surface between kilometer 4.6 and 5.6 to eliminate the uneven parts. In view of the importance of the Avusrennen, the organizers decided to deliver only personal invitations to prominent racing drivers at home and abroad. The prize money for first place was 10,000 mark, second place 6,000, third 4,000, fourth 2,000 and fifth 1,000 mark. As in the previous year, the event was split in two separate races; one for the small cars up to 1500 cc, which had to complete just 10 laps or 195.561 km and the second race for the big cars over 1500 cc, which had to do 15 laps equal to 294.426 km.
Entries:
The Picardie Grand Prix was held the same day at Peronne, France. The majority of the international French drivers preferred to race at Peronne, consequently entries for the Avusrennen were reduced. Two Mercedes-Benz streamlined heavy SSKL sports cars were entered by Daimler-Benz to defend the German colors. The first one was von Brauchitsch's 1932 victorious 270 hp Mercedes-Benz SSKL with streamlined silver color Vetter body, designed and built in a hurry for last year's race by Reinhard Koenig-Fachsenfeld. Early in 1933 Daimler-Benz had bought this car back from its owner Baron von Zimmermann, who had sponsored von Brauchitsch since 1929. Daimler-Benz now contracted von Brauchitsch to drive for them in nine races. The engine of the SSKL had just been reworked at Untertürkheim to deliver 300 hp at 3300 rpm. The extremely heavy car, 1800 kg race ready, was again appearing in silver color. It showed some small improvements for 1933, such as a refined tapered tail end and a continuous smooth undertray, rear wheel fairing discs and heavier wire wheels. The Daimler-Benz factory had also produced a streamlined SSKL of their own for 1933 with slightly more rounded body panels again produced by Vetter but this car was painted in traditional white. Since Caracciola was out of the running after his Monaco crash, veteran Mercedes driver Otto Merz was assigned to race once more before retiring from racing for good. The two best German drivers, Stuck and Caracciola, would follow the race from a safe distance. Stuck, whose Porsche-designed racecar was only expected to be completed in July, would watch the race as a radio reporter and Caracciola as a convalescent from a hospital bed, listened to the radio commentary.
      Three Alfa Romeo Monzas were entered by Scuderia Ferrari for Borzacchini, Nuvolari and Siena. At some races this year Nuvolari was to drive a specially manufactured Duesenberg. There was a real possibility that this car would be ready in time and that he would start with the Duesenberg at the Avus, however it was not to be. The Austrian Charly Jellen with his white-striped, brand new red Alfa and Louis Chiron arrived from Zittau in Saxony, where they had competed in the Lückendorf hill climb on May 14th. The German Rudolf Steinweg, who had bought Prince Leiningen's 2-liter Bugatti, and the Swiss Hans Stuber had also been at Lückendorf, where Stuber suffered brake defect at high speed and consequently destroyed his Bugatt against a tree. Luckily he escaped without any bodily harm but was not expected to show up at the Avus after his accident. Fagioli was entered in a Maserati, Varzi, Kaye Don, Count Czaykowski, "Williams" and Laszlo Hartmann in Bugattis. On May 5 Czaykowski had established new 1-hour and 100 km world records at the Avus, which must have been useful pre-race experience for him.
Practice:
On Thursday morning, the first official practice, not many drivers had made an appearance for their initial trial runs. The Italians with their Alfa Romeos and Maseratis were still missing and Chiron was there only as spectator. From the small car field, the Austins, Bugattis, Alfa Romeo, Amilcar and Macher's streamlined DKW were present. From the large cars, the Daimler-Benz team with Merz and von Brauchitsch and the Bugatti of "Williams" were doing practice laps. The morning was cool and rainy. At noon a heavy rain shower had soaked the track. Merz and von Brauchitsch wanted to take this opportunity to test the track in the wet, slippery condition. Team manager Alfred Neubauer left for the nearby Continental tire depot to obtain advise. In the meantime the car of Merz was fitted with tires with a tread designed to provide better adhesion in the wet. In order not to increase frictional resistance unnecessarily, only two of these tires were mounted tentatively one in front and the other at the rear but on the other side. With those tires Merz was to complete a few careful trial laps on the wet course.
      When von Brauchitsch and Merz left for their test lap after the rain, it was already noticeable that both cars slid and went into a skid but they both caught the cars and pulled away at rapid speed. Only two km away from the start Merz's Mercedes-Benz left the track on the straight. Exactly how it happened was not known and only one SA-trooper saw this accident, witnessed however from a greater distance, when the car suddenly overturned several times. Brauchitsch had not noticed the accident because he had driven down the straight at high speed ahead of Merz but on his way back down the return straight he must have seen the crashed car. Brauchitsch, pale and shocked, was the first to bring the news to the start line minutes after one o'clock. Seconds later, the standby ambulance and entire Mercedes team headed to the scene of the accident. By that time team manager Alfred Neubauer had returned from the Continental tire depot. Competent specialists understood that Merz was still accelerating the car at the place where he met with his fatal accident. When shifting into top gear, the limit of adhesion was exceeded, one rear wheel gripped more than the other, causing the car to go sideways. At the place where Merz' car was found, the rough concrete pavement of the Avus changed over into asphalt. Unexpectedly the clearly visible tire tracks of the car came to a sudden end and only reappeared 36 meters further where the racecar struck the ground. The car then left the track up the slope and finally shattered a kilometer-stone. The track at that part was not as smooth as the rest of the course and as a result the cars tended to leap at high speed over several small bumps, which may have contributed to Merz' difficulties. It was peculiar that no signs of braking were to be seen. The Mercedes-Benz now raced off the track to the right up a soft, high slope. Merz, who was cool-headed and physically strong, brought the car down from the slope, but when he again reached the track, the impact bounced the car up the slope again. The tire marks led once more downwards, so the car was still on its four wheels and partially under control of the driver. The car's final deathblow was a kilometer-stone at the lower part of the slope. As a result of the impact with this stone the car toppled over and then overturned several times, finally coming to rest upside down. Merz was hurled out of the car and was found lying on the race track with severe skull and spine fractures. SA-troopers rushed to the scene and carefully carried the driver to the eight meter wide median separating the two straights. He was unconscious but gave signs of life. The ambulance men speedily brought the injured driver with the car to the Charlottenburg Hildegard Hospital. But all help came too late. The doctors could only determine that he was already dead.
      This grave accident overshadowed all further practice also on Friday and Saturday. Nonetheless more drivers now showed up. The Italians Nuvolari, Borzacchini and Siena were practicing in their red Alfa Romeos, Chiron was doing some remarkable laps and Count Czaykowski showed that he would be a very formidable competitor. The small cars were also eagerly practicing. The fastest lap was put up by Manfred von Brauchitsch in his streamlined 7.1-liter Mercedes-Benz SSKL at 214.8 km/h. During the practice days many spectators were in attendance and displayed great interest in the proceedings.
Race:
The Avusrennen on Sunday was a major event for the people of Berlin. The mass migration to the famous race track began during the morning hours. Long before the start of the race, the grandstands were tightly packed and sold out. The starting place was crawling with semi and full officials, drivers and authorities. Along the entire track numerous groups of curious spectators shoved their way. This year's Avusrennen could lay claim to be a race with a huge crowd attendance of 120,000 registered spectators and 50,000 non-paying onlookers behind the fences. Many officials and leading personalities of the new Nazi government were present.
      A clear blue sky stretched over the entire city of Berlin. The proceedings opened at 1:30 PM with a high speed demonstration by the fastest man on two wheels, Ernst Henne on the solo world record BMW. But the weather was already too hot to improve on his records set early Saturday morning. Then Major a. D. Adolf Hühnlein, leader of the NSKK, started the exciting 1500 cc car race over ten laps, which Veyron won at 181.8 km/h.
      The sensational race of the small cars was a foretaste of things to come. Kaye Don and Fagioli did not appear at the start of the big car race, so the grid was reduced to 11 cars, where positions had been distributed by drawing lots. It was already in late afternoon when Adolf Hühnlein lowered the flag for the second time to release the field for the race over 15 laps. Manfred von Brauchitsch, the fastest driver during practice, was placed with his streamlined Mercedes at the end of the starting grid, a position decided by ballot.
Pole Position
24
Jellen

Alfa Romeo

25
Steinweg

Bugatti

28
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

29
Hartmann

Bugatti

27
Borzacchini

Alfa Romeo

31
"Williams"

Bugatti

32
Varzi

Bugatti

26
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

33
Czaykowski

Bugatti

34
Siena

Alfa Romeo

21
von Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

The air was filled with the sound of engines screaming and roaring as the 11 cars took off in a cloud of bluish oil and fuel haze. Borzacchini, Chiron and Jellen were the first ones to pull away. After a few minutes a faint thunder announced the arrival as the cars neared the starting area. The rumbling rose and rose until Count Czaykowski thundered like lightning past the grandstand in his 5-liter Bugatti, followed by Varzi's similar car, Nuvolari's long red Alfa Romeo and von Brauchitsch's unwieldy silver Mercedes already fourth. Chiron had to retire after the first lap with a broken valve.
      On lap two two the order remained the same except Brauchitsch arrived last at a slow speed and had to stop for 40 seconds because his right rear tire had thrown a thread, unable to cope with the high speeds. Altogether, Brauchitsch had to stop five times, namely on laps 2, 4, 7, 10 and 13. The tires were replaced every time in great haste and the German always left with great enthusiasm, but had fallen near the end of the field. The reason why the Mercedes had lost the treads of the rear tires and had to change the right rear tire four times was attributed to the Mercedes' extreme weight of 1800 kg. But higher temperature and the possibility of a new compound and tread may also have contributed. Brauchitsch had to drive slower than last year to assure that the tires would last at least three laps. When Steinweg retired on lap two with a broken oil pipe, only nine cars were left in the race.
      The lead had developed into a duel between the 5-liter Bugattis of the fast Count Czaykowski and Varzi, both outdistancing the rest of the field. The 2.6-liter Alfas of Nuvolari and Borzacchini were unable to keep up with the very fast 5-liter Bugattis and were placed constantly behind in third and fourth place. Then "Williams" and Siena were next. Count Czaykowski completed the fourth lap at an average speed of 209.71 km/h. Brauchitsch made his second tire stop and fell again to last place. After the fifth tour the Count was leading with 29m37.4s, an average speed of 199.8 km/h and was eight seconds ahead of Varzi. Nuvolari and Borzacchini followed next with "Williams" in fifth place. On lap six Brauchitsch passed Hartmann to gain eighth place without trouble, only to stop the following lap for a third tire change in 46 seconds. In the following rounds Czaykowski maintained a small lead over Varzi. They completed each lap at an ever faster pace and the average speed rose continuously. The second group of cars was led by the Alfa Romeos of Nuvolari and Borzacchini, then "Williams" and Siena. "Williams", who had driven a steady race in his Bugatti until lap eight, came crawling out of the North Turn with a heavily smoking engine before the end of that lap. Officially a broken fuel pipe ended his race, but in reality it may have been caused by an engine fire. After lap eight the leaders Czaykowski and Varzi lapped Brauchitsch and Hartmann. Nuvolari and Borzacchini in third and fourth place were leading the second group, followed by Siena.
      After ten laps the Count led with 58m0.8s at an average speed of 203.3 km/h with Varzi following four seconds behind. At this stage Borzachini was just over three minutes further back (1h01m03s), followed by Nuvolari. Siena who had held fifth place until the end of lap ten retired his Alfa Romeo with a broken oil pipe. Jellen now inherited fifth position and was lapped by the two fast moving 5-liter Bugattis. Hartmann had to stop after round 10 to change tires and Brauchitsch made his fourth tire stop. On lap 12 Czaykowski set a new track record of 211.35 km/h and 213 km/h on the following lap. Brauchitsch made his fifth stop for tires on lap 13. Just before the end of lap 14, the experienced Varzi who had stayed right behind the count, caught up, passed Czaykowski and became the leader. During his attack Varzi finished lap 14 at an average speed of 219.23 km/h. In order to keep up with his feared rival, Count Czaykowski went even faster than before and set the best lap of the race on the last round at 221.72 km/h. Despite the Count's great effort, Varzi succeeded in keeping the lead, being at the finish only 1/5 of a second ahead of Czaykowski, who had driven one of the greatest races of his life. The two leading cars had already lapped all other drivers at least once. Therefore Nuvolari and Borzacchini had to carry on driving another lap to complete the 15 lap distance, which was required if a driver was to be counted. The Italians crossed the line in a dead heat in third place, Jellen finished in fifth, von Brauchitsch was sixth and the Hungarian, Hartmann, was seventh and last.

Results 1500cc

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.32Achille VarziAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT545.0S-8151h25m24.4s
2.33Stanisłas CzaykowskiS. CzaykowskiBugattiT545.0S-8151h25m24.6s+ 0.2s
=3.27Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8151h30m55.8s+ 5m35.4s
=3.26Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8151h30m55.8s + 5m35.4s
5.24Charly JellenC. JellenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8151h35m33.4s+ 10m09.0s
6.21Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz A.G.Mercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6151h39m42.6s+ 14m18.2s
7.29László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8151h44m14.0s+ 18m49.6s
DNF34Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-810broken oil pipe
DNF31"Williams"Automobiles E. BugattiBugattiT545.0S-87broken fuel pipe, (fire ?)
DNF28Louis ChironL. ChironAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81broken valve
DNF25Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-81broken oil pipe
Fastest lap: Stanisłas Czaykowski (Bugatti) in 5m17.8s = 221.7 km/h (137.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 206.9 km/h (128.5 mph)
Weather: sunny
In retrospect:
While von Brauchitsch was the only driver who encountered never ending tire problems with his 1800 kg heavy Mercedes-Benz, the Continental tires of Burggaller and Macher lasted through the whole race. The Dunlops and Engleberts of the French and Italian teams also lasted the entire race. After the race, engineers from Daimler-Benz, Continental and representatives from the AvD and Avus carried out detailed tests on the Avus track using remote thermometers fitted to the same racecar driven by Manfred von Brauchitsch. These top speed tests determined that the heat from the exhaust gasses was absolutely meaningless to affect the tire temperature. As a result the tire failures were not brought about by a faulty routing of exhaust gasses.
      Thursday was the only time that it had rained during practice and the race. The brief rain shower contributed to the death of Otto Merz.
      Statements to the effect that Hitler attended the Avusrennen on May 21, 1933 are pure fiction by misinformed writers of later times and false proclamations; one scribe perhaps copying the other. In fact Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels presented the victorious Achille Varzi with the trophy of the Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler. The Wuppertaler General Anzeiger reported that Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler had indeed visited the Avus - but that happened on May 2, 1933. Hitler in company of Minister Dr. Goebbels and other important government officials showed up at the Avus when the participants of the 9. ADAC Reichsfahrt arrived for a special stage of two laps around the Avus. The writers might have mixed up the Avusrennen with the Reichsfahrt only three weeks earlier without crosschecking the dates.
      As a member of the Scuderia Ferrari, Tazio Nuvolari participated at Tunis, Mille Miglia, Monaco, Alexandria, Tripoli and Avus. He then announced that from now on he would race on his own, independently. By the end of May he received an Alfa Romeo, which he had ordered from the factory.
      In the middle of May, the Algerian driver Guy Moll switched from Bugatti to a 2336 cc Monza Alfa Romeo.



Itier (Bugatti)Vagniez (Maserati)Desvaux (Maserati)

IX GRAND PRIX de PICARDIE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Péronne (F), May 21, 1933.
15 laps x 9.765km (6.068 mi) = 146.5 km (91.0 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-8
4Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-4
6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1S-8
8Anne-Cécile Rose-ItierMme Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8
10"Gé""Gé"BugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Lucien DesvauxL. DesvauxMaserati261.5S-8
14Norbert MahéN. MahéBugattiT37A1.5S-4
16R. ToniR. ToniBugattiT37A1.5S-4


Lady victory at Péronne

by Leif Snellman
In this little voiturette race with eight competitors Mme. Itier with her Bugatti T51A was in her own class. She took over the lead on the first lap from Vagniez (Maserati) and held it to the end winning by over 7 minutes. Despite an early pit stop Vagniez finished second with Desvaux (Maserati) third.
The European voiturette season started with a clash of events; the Avusrennen in Berlin and the Picardie Grand Prix at Péronne in northern France were run on the same day. Arranged by the Automobile Club Picardie-Artois the voiturette event for cars below 1500cc was run for 15 laps on the 9765 m circuit for a total of 146.5 km.
      Prizes in the 1500cc class were 2000, 1000, 1000 (sic) and 500 Fr for the top four finishers.
Entries:
Mme. Ann-Cécilie Itier entered her new 8-cylinder Bugatti T51A, which she had received in March (#51142, rebuilt from T35 #4827). There were four T37A entries: Alain Guilbaut, "Ge", Norbert Mahé and R. Toni. André Vagniez now raced his own Maserati Tipo 26 (in 1932 the car had been raced by Veyron). Lucien Desvaux entered another Maserati Tipo 26. Armand Girod had bought both existing 8-cylinder Salmson cars in 1932 and refitted them with Cotal epicyclic self-changing gearboxes. He entered one of the cars at Peronne.
Race:
The fatal crash of Louis Trintignant during practice already put a dark cloud over the event. The voiturette race preceded the main event and started at 2 p.m.
Pole Position
4
Guilbaut

Bugatti

2
Vagniez

Maserati

8
Rose-Itier

Bugatti

6
Girod

Salmson

12
Desvaux

Maserati

10
"Ge"

Bugatti

16
Toni

Bugatti

14
Mahé

Bugatti

Vagniez made a good start from the front row to take the lead of the race. Next to him Guilbaut stalled his Bugatti and it took several minutes before he was able to join the event.
      Passing the village Mesnil-Bruntel Itier passed Vagniez for the lead and at the end of the first lap she had already opened up a gap to Vagniez, who was followed by "Ge" and Mahé.
      After the second lap Itier had already increased her lead to over 30 seconds. Vagniez made a pit stop and Mahé took over second position.
      No one was able to challenge Itier and the 8-cylinder Bugatti. She made the fastest lap of the race with a time of 4m54s (119.6 km/h). Her time for the first five laps was 24m50.4s (117.9 km/h). Mahé was second followed a long distance back by "Ge", Desvaux and Girod.
      Itier increased her lead for each lap even when she eased off a bit. Her time for 10 laps was 50m14.8s (116.6 km/h).
      After 15 laps she took the chequered flag to win the race by a huge margin of over seven minutes. After his pit stop Vagniez was able to make his way back through the field to eventually finish second with Desvaux finishing third almost 14 minutes behind Itier.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.8Anne-Cécile Rose-ItierMme Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8151h15m56.2s 
2.2André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-8151h23m32s+ 7m36s
3.12Lucien DesvauxL. DesvauxMaserati261.5S-8151h29m49s+ 13m53s
4.10"Gé""Gé"BugattiT37A1.5S-4151h33m20s+ 18m26s
5.4Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-414  
DNF16R. ToniR. ToniBugattiT37A1.5S-4?  
DNF14Norbert MahéN. MahéBugattiT37A1.5S-4?  
DNF6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1S-8?  
Fastest lap: Mme. Anne Rose-Itier (Bugatti) in 4m54.0s = 119.6 km/h (74.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 115.7 km/h (71.9 mph)
Weather: ?

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
L'Auto, Paris
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
The Motor, London





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IX GRAND PRIX de PICARDIE

Péronne (F), May 21, 1933.
20 laps x 9.765km (6.068 mi) = 195.3 km (121.4 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCar TypeEngine

2Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
4Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
6Marcel LehouxM. LehauxBugattiT512.3S-8
8Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8
10Pierre FélixP. FélixBugattiT35C2.0S-8
12Guy BouriatG. BouriatBugattiT512.3S-8
14Benoît FalchettoB. FalchettoBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - did not appear
16Raoul MiquelR. MiquelBugattiT35B2.3S-8
18"Eric Lora""Eric Lora"BugattiT35C2.0S-8
20Pierre BussienneP. BussienneBugattiT512.3S-8
22Guy MollG. MollBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
24BernasconiBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
26Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT35C2.0S-8
28Julio VillarsEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
30Horst von Waldthausen Equipe Villars-Waldthausen Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
32Willy LonguevilleB. LonguevilleBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
34Louis TrintignantL. TrintignantBugattiT35C2.3S-8DNS - fatal crash
36Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8


A sad weekend for France and for Grand Prix racing.

by Leif Snellman
The minor race near Péronne was overshadowed by two fatal accidents involving notable international drivers. During practice Louis Trintignant, older brother of the later well known Maurice Trintignant, crashed against a kilometre stone when swerving to avoid a gendarme on the track. During the race itself Guy Bouriat, who was fighting for the lead with Philippe Etancelin, crashed into a tree after loosing control while lapping a slower car. Etancelin in a private Alfa Romeo Monza won the ill-fated race from Raymond Sommer and Marcel Lehoux.
At the same time as the Avusrennen was held in Berlin the minor Picardie Grand Prix took place just south of the city of Péronne in northern France. That annual event was held as usual on the triangular circuit connecting the little villages of Mesnil-Bruntel, Mons-en-Chausseé and Brie, near the first world war Somme battlefields. The Automobile Club Picardie-Artois had upgraded the narrow 9765 m circuit with new, supposedly adequate barricades.
      Races were to be run in three classes, 1100cc, 1500 cc (15 laps) and over 1500cc (20 laps). Except for the class prizes the overall winner would also receive a special premium of 10,000 franc.
Entries:
As expected when two races take place on the same a weekend, entries for both events suffer. Not unexpectedly the majority of the French drivers preferred to race at Péronne rather than being outperformed by the Bugatti T54's on the long straights of Berlin's AVUS.
      With Scuderia Ferrari and Automobiles Ettore Bugatti concentrating on the Avus race, the Picardie entries were scaled down to privateers, even though drivers like Bouriat surely had some kind of work support. Bugatti T35s and T51s dominated the entry list but there were Alfa Romeo Monzas for Etancelin, Sommer, and Equipe Villars-Waldthausen.
      From the 14 Bugatti entries, Bugatti T51 drivers included Lehoux, Gaupoillat, Bouriat, Bussienne, and Brunet.
      Louis-Aimé Trintignant, a vineyard owner from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, raced a Bugatti T35C (#4941) with the engine of the Bugatti T51 (#51128). Félix, "Eric Lora" and Delorme turned up with 2 litre T35C Bugattis and Raoul Miquel in a 2.3 litre T35B. Four Bugatti entries failed to appear including Guy Moll and Benoît Falchetto. (In simple words, Falchetto had no longer access to Mlle. Saquier's Bugatti after the lady had kicked him out of her bed.)
Practice:
During Saturday morning practice Louis-Aimé Trintignant lost control of his Bugatti T35C at high speed when he tried to avoid a gendarme, who suddenly had stepped out on the road near the Mons-en-Chausseé curve. The car hit a kilometre stone, overturned and rolled for 50 meters. The unfortunate young driver was thrown forward and killed instantly as his throat was cut open by the glass windscreen. Trintignant's body ended up lying by the roadside where frustrated spectators covered the corpse with newspapers until it was removed.
      Trintignant had been showing considerable promise especially in hill climbs. His calm and mature driving had left the impression as a "coming man" in motor racing.
      With Merz' crash at the Avus this was the second fatal accident during the weekend and sadly the misfortunes did not end there.
Race:
The Grand Prix cars lined up according to their starting numbers.
Pole Position
6
Lehoux

Bugatti

4
Sommer

Alfa Romeo

2
Etancelin

Alfa Romeo

10
Félix

Alfa Romeo

8
Gaupillat

Bugatti

18
"Eric Lora"

Bugatti

16
Miquel

Bugatti

12
Bouriat

Bugatti

26
Delorme

Bugatti

20
Bussienne

Bugatti

36
Brunet

Bugatti

30
Waldthausen

Alfa Romeo

28
Villars

Alfa Romeo

When the flag dropped, the highly popular Guy Bouriat in a Bugatti T51 made an excellent start from the third row and took the lead. He was soon challenged by Etancelin, who had started with his Alfa Romeo Monza from pole position. The duel between Bouriat and Etancelin continued for the first half of the race. On lap 11 Etancelin finally managed to pass Bouriat for the lead.
      On lap 16 Etancelin was still leading and had managed to open up a slight margin, to Bouriat. When they came up to lap the Swiss driver Villars in an Alfa Romeo Monza, Villars gave way and Etancelin passed without problem. What then happened is a bit unclear but probably Bouriat was keen to pass as soon as possible to rejoin the fight with Etancelin. Bouriat might have taken chances, while Villars was unaware that there had been two cars behind rather than just one and turned back into the slipstream of Etancelin. Anyway, the wheels of Villars' Alfa and Bouriat's Bugatti slightly touched with the result that the Bugatti performed a series of ever widening slides until the car went off the track and hit a tree at approximately 150 km/h. The result of the impact was horrible as the car burst into flames while Bouriat was crushed and died instantly. The fire was violent and the body of the unfortunate Bouriat was found badly charred.
      The race went on with Etancelin, not realizing of what had happened, carrying on at full speed. Several minutes behind him were Sommer and Lehoux fighting for second position.
      Soon afterwards Robert Brunet crashed his Bugatti T51 but escaped with a broken ankle. There were other retirements but details about the reasons could not be found; these were Gaupillat, Miquel, Felix, von Waldthausen and Delorme. Thus the field was reduced to less than half of what it was at the start.
      Etancelin took the flag almost three minutes ahead of Sommer who barely won the duel for second place. Lehoux was third and the lapped Villars and Bussienne continued to finish fourth and fifth, while "Eric Lora" was flagged off in sixth position, one lap behind.
      However, the results didn't matter much as competitors and spectators alike were shocked about the horrible fate of Guy Bouriat, who had been extremely popular in France.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8201h25m36.2s
2.4Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8201h28m24.0s+ 2m47.8s
3.6Marcel LehouxM. LehauxBugattiT512.3S-8201h28m28.0s+ 2m51.8s
4.28Julio VillarsEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8201h35m11.0s or 1h30m11.0s?
5.20Pierre BussienneP. BussienneBugattiT512.3S-8201h35m44.4s+ 10m08.2s
6.18"Eric Lora""Eric Lora"BugattiT35C2.0S-819
DNF26Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF30Horst von Waldthausen Equipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
DNF36Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8crash
DNF10Pierre FélixP. FélixBugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF12Guy BouriatG. BouriatBugattiT512.3S-810fatal crash
DNF16Raoul MiquelR. MiquelBugattiT35B2.3S-8
DNF8Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8
Fastest lap: Philippe Etancelin (Alfa Romeo) in 4m10.8s = 140.2 km/h (87.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 136.9 km/h (85.1 mph)
Weather: ?
In retrospect:
This was one of the darkest weekends of the 1933 season, comparable only with the "Black Day of Monza", with the loss of three drivers in Grand Prix races and two further fatalities at the Indy 500 qualifying. The Automobile Club Picardie-Artois eventually erected a memorial for Trintignant and Bouriat at the Mons-en-Chasusseé corner near the start line.
      Louis Trintignant's Bugatti would continue its racing life in the hands of his brother Maurice. The car would take Maurice to many victories and fame, then spend the second world war dismantled in a barn only to be raced again in the post war era. Rat droppings found after the war storage in the fuel tank gave its owner the nickname "Le Petoulet" while the car itself would be known as the "Le Grandmere".
      There exists contradicting information on which lap the Bouriat accident had happened. Some sources place the accident on lap 10 and others on lap 16. As there is other information indicating that Etancelin took over the lead from Bouriat only on lap 11, I have decided to use the latter version.
      I thought earlier that the track was rebuilt with new chicanes for the 1934 race because of the 1933 accidents and that the length thus was increased to 9.765km. However, it is now clear that the 1933 track already had a length of 9.765km (Automobil-Revue 25 April 1933) so further research has to be made on that subject.


Star 25 May 1933: The XIII Wiesbaden Turnier automobile, airplane and motorcycle tournament was held on Ascension Day at the Wiesbaden-Erbenheim airfield. Apart from touring cars there were three starts for race cars 800cc, 1500 cc and over 1500cc. All races were 10 laps x 2 km = 20 km.
Results 800cc (9 starters):
1. Ernst von DeliusBMW14m02.1s (85.5 km/h)
2. Hans SimonsDKW15m10.1s
3. Walter BäumerAustin 716m14.3s
DNF Bobby KohlrauchAustin4 laps engine
? G. SiefertMG
? von MünchhausenDKW

Results 1500cc (8 starters):
1. E-G. BurggallerBugatti T35/5114m32.2s (82.6 km/h)
2. Willi SeibelBugatti T37A16m20.1s
3. J. HummelAmilcar17m59.2s

At 4:49 a clock a three-seater Klemm-Argus VL26 Va (D-2250) airplane from Baden-Pfälzerwald Luftfahrt-Verein started from the airfield for its flight home. Immediately after the start, at too low speed, it went into a steep left turn. To avoid crashing into the grand stand the plane went straight nose down from a height of 15 meters. The pilot Dipl.Ing Hugo Herr was seriously injured while passengers Rudolf Thiele and Helmut Keck immediately were killed. After that the main race for cars over 1500cc was canceled.



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XI ADAC EIFELRENNEN
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Nürburgring (D), May 28, 1933.
1500cc: 15 laps x 22.810 km (14.173 mi) = 342.15 km (212.6 mi)
800cc: 12 laps x 22.810 km (14.173 mi) = 273.72 km (170.1 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Class up to 1500cc
22Ernst BurggallerE. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
23Joseph ZigrandJ. ZigrandBugattiT37A1.5S-4
24Earl HoweLord HoweDelage15S81.5S-8
26Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT37A1.5S-4
27Anne-Cécile Rose-ItierMme. A. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8DNA - did not appear
28Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
29Heinz KrebsH. KrebsMathis1.1
30Pierre VeyronAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8
31Edith FrischFrl. E. FrischBugattiT37A1.5S-4
32Mathilde SchulzFrl. SchulzBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
33Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4
34Adolf BrudesA. BrudesBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
35Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6
 
Class up to 800cc
41Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschAustinRubber Duck0.7S-4
42Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKW0.72xS-2
43SchulzSchulzDKW0.5DNA - did not appear
44Walter BäumerW. BäumerAustinSeven0.7S-4
45Ernst von DeliusE. von DeliusBMW0.7
46Felix SeifertF. SeifertDKW0.6
47Willi ZinnW. ZinnBMW0.7
48Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMGJ40.7S-4
49LützowLützowBMW0.7
50Hans SimonsH. SimonsDKW0.7


Howe wins at Nürburgring

by Leif Snellman
There were nine starters in both the 1500cc voiturette and the 800cc cycle car class, which both raced together with the Grand Prix class. The 15 lap 1500cc class race proved to be an extremely tight fight an in the end Earl Howe (Delage) took the victory with Burggaller (Bugatti) just one second behind him. In the 12 lap 800cc class only two cars made it to the chequered flag Hamilton (MG) winning over Kohlrausch (Austin) by almost 10 minutes.
The Avusrennen was followed a week later by the XI. International ADAC Eifelrennen. The race was divided into three classes. The Grand Prix cars made 15 laps (342.2 km) as did the cars of the 1500cc voiturette class, while the cars of the 800cc cycle car class did 12 laps (273.7 km).
      The winner of the 1500cc class received 2,300 Mark and the winner of the 800cc class 900 Mark. Both also received the 2,550 Mark honour prize of the Nürburgring for their class victory.
Entries:
The voiturette entries were similar to those of the Avusrennen one week earlier. Earl Howe entered his Grand Prix Delage and Pierre Veyron raced his blue works 8-cylinder T51A (#51151). Ernst-Günther Burggaller raced his white T51A (#51134) rebuilt from a T35 to a single seater. Joseph Zigrand from Luxembourg raced a Bugatti T37A as did German driver Willi Seibel and Czechoslovakian driver Bruno Sojka.
      Heinz Krebs, dentist from Lilienthal near Bremen, entered a Mathis. (Mathis S.A. was a French automobile manufacturer in Alsace). The race program listed the engine size as 1096cc. Swiss driver Hans Rüesch again raced a red-white Alfa Romeo 6C-1500.
      There were three lady drivers in the entry list but in the end only one took part in the race. Freulein Edith Frisch from Berlin made her race debut with a Bugatti.
      In the 800cc cycle car class Hugh Hamilton raced a new 746cc MG J4 improved type with larger brakes and Powerplus supercharger. This was the first race appearance of the J4.
      All the other drivers in the class were German. Gerhard Macher raced his streamlined DKW "Eigenbau" with a Zoller supercharger. Veteran driver Felix Seifert from Neckarsulm had changed his usual NSU for a 584cc DKW for possibly his last car race and Hans Simons also raced a DKW (749cc). Bobby Kohlrausch entered an Austin Seven Special Rubber Duck (works entry?) and Walter Bäumer an Austin Seven Monoposto. Ernst von Delius, Willi Zinn and Lützow raced BMWs.
Race:
This report only deals with the 1500cc voiturettes and 800cc cycle cars. For the Grand Prix cars, see the separate report below.
      Race day came with rainy weather but the rain ended just before the planned 2:00 p.m. car race. The track was drying but the sky remained overcast. According to the original plan the nine cars of the 800cc class were to start first, four minutes later the nine cars of the 1500 cc class and finally the Grand Prix cars, but in the end all cars lined up together in front of the grandstand with the Grand Prix cars in front, the 1500cc class race cars in the middle and the little cars at the rear.
Pole Position
24
Howe

Delage

22
Burggaller

Bugatti

26
Sojka

Bugatti

23?
Zigrand?

Bugatti

Rest of 1500cc grid unknown



Pole Position

?

?

41
Kohlrausch

Austin

44
Bäumer

Austin

42
Macher

DKW

48
Hamilton

MG

Rest of 800cc grid unknown

In the voiturette class Howe took the lead followed closely by Burggaller while Veyron did his best to keep up with the duo. After five laps Howe was leading Burggaller by 52 seconds and Veyron by 1m14 seconds. After 10 laps the gap between Howe and Burggaller was 41 seconds while Veyron had dropped 2m23 seconds behind the leader.
      After 12 laps Veyron had to make a refuelling stop and dropped further back. Burggaller however closed in on Howe during the last laps by eight seconds a lap but Howe, who was suffering from a sticking clutch and failing fuel pressure, managed to keep on to his lead to win the race by just one second over Burggaller. Unsure if the race was over the duo made one more lap with Burggaller ahead of Howe. Veyron finished third, Sojka fourth and Seibel fifth. Howe said afterwards that he thought it had been the hardest race of his career.

In the cycle car class Hamilton with his MG dominated a rather boring race. The DKWs of Macher and Simons, who were expected to challenge him, were early retirements. In the end there were just two drivers who made the full distance, Hamilton winning over Kohlrausch by almost 10 minutes.

Results 1500cc

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.24Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15S81.5S-8153h17m42s 
2.22Ernst BurggallerE. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8153h17m43s+ 1s
3.30Pierre VeyronAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8153h23m36s+ 5m54s
4.26Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT37A1.5S-4153h29m37s+ 11m55s
5.33Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4153h39m52s+ 22m10s
DNF31Edith FrischFrl. E. FrischBugattiT37A1.5S-4  
DNF23Joseph ZigrandJ. ZigrandBugattiT37A1.5S-4  
DNF29Heinz KrebsH. KrebsMathis1.1  
DNF35Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6  
Fastest lap: not available
Winner's medium speed: 103.8 km/h (64.5 mph)

Results 800cc

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.48Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMGJ40.7S-4122h50m15s 
2.41Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschAustinRubber Duck0.7S-4123h00m14s+ 9m59s
DNF46Felix SeifertSeifertDKW0.6    
DNF47Willi ZinnW. ZinnBMW0.7    
DNF49LützowLützowBMW0.7    
DNF44Walter BäumerW. BäumerAustinSeven0.7S-4   
DNF45Ernst von DeliusE. von DeliusBMW0.7   
DNF50Hans SimonsH. SimonsDKW0.72?  
DNF42Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKW0.72xS-20  
Fastest lap: not available
Winner's medium speed: 96.5 km/h (59.9 mph)
Weather: rain had stopped before the beginning of the race with the circuit drying and the sky overcast.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Dunlop Zeitung, Hanau
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
Wuppertaler General-Anzeiger, Wuppertal
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Offizielles Programm für des XI. Internationale Eifelrennen
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker
Otto Grabe
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XI ADAC EIFELRENNEN

Nürburgring (D), May 28, 1933.
15 laps x 22.810 km (14.173 mi) = 342.15 km (212.6 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
2Louis ChironL ChironAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
3Luigi FagioliOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz A. G.Mercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6
5Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
6Piero TaruffiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
7László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT35B2.3S-8
8Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-8
9Julio VillarsEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
10Horst von WaldthausenEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
11Norbert SinnerN. SinnerBugattiT512.3S-8DNS - did not start
12Charly JellenC. JellenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
14Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
15Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-8
16George EystonG. EystonAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
?Jean-Marie de TexidorJ.M. de TexidorBugattiT35B2.3S-8late entry


Nuvolari wins unrivaled at the Nürburgring.

by Hans Etzrodt
The international Eifelrennen was the only major race at the Nürburgring in 1933 but the organization and meaning of the event held now on the North Loop portrayed that of an earlier German Grand Prix. Initially Chiron held the lead until his car gave trouble. Then Nuvolari took over from lap two onwards, never to relinquish the lead. Brauchitsch drove a magnificent steady race without a stop and finished second with the heavy Mercedes-Benz. Chiron, who had to pit four times, wound up fourth behind Taruffi who was new to the difficult Nürburgring. Concurrently with the 13 grand prix cars battled nine racecars of the voiturette class and a bunch of nine cycle cars. Each class was started at short interval after the preceding group.
The XI. International ADAC Eifelrennen followed seven days after the Avusrennen. Since the German Grand Prix had been moved to the Avus, the Eifelrennen would be the only major event of the year to be staged at the Nürburgring. The race for cars at the 22.810 km North Loop was divided into three classes. Cars up to 800 cc had to cover 12 laps or 273.72 km and those over 800 cc had to do 15 laps or 342.15 km. The winner of the 800 cc racing cars received 900 mark and the honor prize of the Nürburgring of 2,550 mark, awarded to each class winner. In the class over 800 cc the winner received 2,300 mark plus the honor prize of the Nürburgring. The winner of the large car class over 1500 cc received 3,500 mark and the honor prize of the Nürburgring, the second received 2,300, third 1,400 and fourth 1,000 mark.
Entries:
Most drivers who had participated at the Avus headed for revenge to the Eifel Mountains on the following weekend. Since the large Bugattis were unsuitable for the Nürburgring, they wisely stayed away. Borzacchini raced at the Targa Florio, so no serious competition was left for Tazio Nuvolari. Eugenio Siena and new man Piero Taruffi, who was impressed by the countless corners of the Nürburgring, were additional Scuderia Ferrari drivers. Louis Chiron arrived from the Avusrennen with his repaired 2.3-liter Alfa Romeo Monza. Daimler-Benz entered a large Mercedes-Benz SSKL for Manfred von Brauchitsch but not the streamlined version raced at the Avus. Herbert Wimmer was to start in the 2.3-liter Bugatti T35B 4948, which he had bought at the end of 1932 from Paul Pietsch. Pietsch sold it because he had changed over to an Alfa Romeo Monza, which he also entered for the Eifelrennen. Pietsch had teamed up with Charly Jellen in another Alfa Romeo Monza, painted in red with white stripes along the body sides, while Pietsch's Alfa was white with red stripes. Rudolf Steinweg came with his old 2-liter Bugatti and the Swiss Equipe Villars-Waldthausen entered Julio Villars and Baron Horst von Waldthausen, both in Alfa Romeo Monzas. Another driver from the Avusrennen was the Hungarian László Hartmann who was to appear in a Bugatti T35B. Officine A. Maserati had entered an 8CM for Luigi Fagioli and George E. T. Eyston an Alfa Romeo Monza. Norbert Sinner from Luxembourg arrived with a 2.3-liter twin-cam Bugatti and a late Bugatti entry was accepted by Spanish driver Jean-Marie de Texidor, living in Belgium.
Practice:
On Thursday, the first day of practice, it was rather quiet at the Nürburgring because of heavy rains. Most drivers then appeared on Friday and the circuit was busy by midday. Nuvolari, Siena, Taruffi and Chiron put up fast times in the Alfa Romeos as did von Brauchitsch with the huge Mercedes-Benz. AUTOMOBIL-REVUE stated that the Swiss Villars and Baron von Waldthausen also drove some fast laps. Practice was completed without any incidents and Nuvolari was generally seen to have the best chance of victory.
Race:
Since the early morning hours on Sunday countless motorists and pedestrians headed for the Nürburgring in expectation of the various battles; 100,000 spectators had come to watch. While it had rained for the most part during the 10:00 AM motorcycle races, it ended just before the cars assembled for the planned 2:00 PM start. The track was drying but the sky remained overcast all day. According to the original plan the nine cars of the class up to 800 cc were to start first for 12 laps around the North Loop. Four minutes later the nine cars of the 1500 cc class were to follow for 15 laps and finally the 13 big cars. But this was all changed at the time of the race, when all cars lined up together in front of the grandstand with the 13 grand prix cars in front. Behind them stood the 1500 cc class race cars and the little cars at the end.
Pole Position
1
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

2
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

4
v.Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

5
Siena

Alfa Romeo

6
Taruffi

Alfa Romeo

7
Hartmann

Bugatti

8
Steinweg

Bugatti

9
Villars

Alfa Romeo

10
v.Waldthausen

Alfa Romeo

12
Jellen

Alfa Romeo

14
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

15
Wimmer

Bugatti

?
Texidor

Bugatti

Three cars had failed to show up, those of Fagioli, Sinner and Eyston. The start was delayed due to a brief memorial service held in memory of Albert Schlageter, an early Nazi member and Party hero, who was court-martialed by the French ten years earlier and executed on May 26, 1923. Then Ministerpräsident Hermann Göring arrived with other Nazi luminaries, protected by SS and SA troupes present. The field of 13 grand prix cars was finally released at 2:30 PM on a drying circuit. Taruffi had the best start, shadowed by Chiron, then Brauchitsch, Nuvolari and Siena. Chiron arrived in the lead at the end of lap one, which he finished in 12m36s, an average speed of 108.5 km/h. Nuvolari followed closely in second place and after a while came von Brauchitsch, Taruffi, Jellen and Pietsch.
      Nuvolari attacked the Frenchman constantly and finally found a way past on lap two. He then continued to extend his lead over Chiron, who was followed by von Brauchitsch in third place.
      On lap five Chiron headed for the pits and lost second place. Thereafter he had to make three further stops because his tank had sprung a leak and was unable to regain his earlier position. Chiron stopped again at his pit on lap eight, when the steady driving von Brauchitsch in the huge Mercedes held second place. The German did not have to change tires during the race and stayed ahead of Taruffi, Chiron, Pietsch and Jellen.
      Steinweg had to retire his Bugatti early on with defective valves and Villars parked his Alfa after encountering engine problems. Wimmer ended with his Bugatti in a roadside ditch. Since Nuvolari had the fastest car, he had no problem distancing himself from the rest. Taruffi was learning the Nürburgring, it was his first time there. Chiron's Monza was similar to Nuvolari's but since he had only a 2.3-liter engine, his car was slower and could not keep up with Nuvolari's pace.
      Nuvolari completed lap after lap in his steady fast pace, his lead increasing continuously, even though his first place was never in danger. Brauchitsch was second, followed by Chiron who had to stop on lap 12 for the third time with a leaking tank and fell back to fourth place behind Taruffi. Two laps later Chiron had to stop once more. Nuvolari finished with an average speed of 113.4 km/h, far ahead of von Brauchitsch in second place, Taruffi third, the unlucky Chiron fourth and Hartmann fifth. The Hungarian erroneously drove one additional lap and on this 16th lap he crashed at the South Loop but did not injure himself. Pietsch and Siena, who were one lap behind Nuvolari, carried on driving to complete the full distance of 15 laps. The fate of the remaining six drivers could not be fully verified, because the reports hardly mentioned them. It cannot be ascertained at which stage drivers retired or if others were still cruising way behind the seven finishers to be flagged off. However, 'Der Nürburgring' magazine reported that the German Steinweg was driving in a wild senseless zigzag along the circuit. He barely reached his pit and as he climbed out of his car he collapsed unconsciously. The fuel line had sprung a leak and the gases rushed towards the driver. Because of the rain Steinweg had his face covered with a plastic shield under which the gases got stuck and slowly anaesthetized the unknowing driver.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.1Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8153h00m59s
2.4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz A. G.Mercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6153h06m54s+ 5m55s
3.6Piero TaruffiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8153h09m09s+ 8m10s
4.2Louis ChironL ChironAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8153h11m48s+ 10m49s
5.7László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT35B2.3S-8153h12m12s+ 11m13s
6.14Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8153h13m29s+ 12m30s
7.5Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8153h18m11s+ 17m12s
DNF8Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-8?fuel leak
DNF9Julio VillarsJ. VillarsAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8?engine trouble
DNF10Horst von WaldthausenEquipe Villars-WaldthausenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8?
DNF12Charly JellenC. JellenAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8?
DNF15Herbert WimmerH. WimmerBugattiT35B2.3S-8?crash
DNF?Jean-Marie de TexidorJ.M. de TexidorBugattiT35B2.3S-8?
Fastest lap not available. (Presumably Nuvolari must have established the fastest lap, which apparently was not recorded.)
Winner's medium speed: 113.4 km/h (70.5 mph)
Weather: rain had stopped before the beginning of the race with the circuit drying and the sky overcast.
In retrospect:
Since no printed starting grid could be found at the time of this writing, a wrong grid was unknowingly assembled first with the help of photographs. This grid had portrayed the most likely scenario but at the same time it was pointed out that it might contain errors especially some cars at the rear might be in their wrong position. The starting grid now shown is finally correct, two years later, with the help of two additional pictures found in September 2009.
      Earl Howe in his 1500 cc Delage won the voiturette class in 3h17m42s at 103.7 km/h and would have placed ahead of Siena's Alfa in seventh place, no mean feat for a 1.5-liter car built in 1927. In second place followed Burggaller (Bugatti) 3h17m43s and Veyron (Bugatti) 3h23m36s came third. Howe and Burggaller both drove one lap too much and in this last lap Burggaller was able to pass his opponent. After the German finished lap 16 in first place he was told that he was second in the decisive 15th lap.
      The class up to 800 cc over 12 laps was won at ease by Hamilton (MG) in 2h50m15s, ahead of Kohlrausch (Austin) 3h14m32s and Seifert (DKW).
      After the race Ministerpräsident Hermann Göring of the new Germany held a speech addressing the large crowd at the start and finish area, also broadcasted in Germany. Thousands of brown shirted SA troupers paraded along the wide starting area in front of Göring and political SA leaders. This was followed with the prize giving, Göring presenting Earl Howe, Nuvolari and the other winners with their trophies.

Contradictions:
It could not be determined with certainty whether Sinner (Bugatti) or Texidor (Bugatti) did not start. But by conjecture it appears that de Texidor started the race. The outcome of the non-finishers remains uncertain due to incomplete reporting in the various publications available.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ADAC Motorwelt, München
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Der Nürburgring, Adenau
Dunlop Zeitung, Hanau
Freiburger Zeitung, Freiburg
MOTOR, Berlin
MOTOR SPORT, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
Neues Wiener Tageblatt, Wien
The Autocar, London
The Motor, London
Wuppertaler General-Anzeiger, Wuppertal
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker
Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive
Otto Grabe



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XXIV° TARGA FLORIO

Piccolo Circuito Madonie - Palermo (I), 28 May 1933.
7 laps x 71.85 km (44.65 mi) = 503.0 km (312.5 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaBugattiT371.5S-4
2Agostino GiardinaA. GiardinaBugattiT371.5S-4
3V Lo BueV. lo BueAlfa Romeo6C 17501.8S-6
4Renato BalestreroR BalestreroAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
5Guglielmo CarraroliScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
6Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
7Giuseppe VirgilioG. VirgilioAlfa Romeo6C1.8S-6
8Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
9Remo D'AlessioR. D'AlessioAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
10Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
11Lillo NapoliL. NapoliAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
12Carlo GazzabiniC. GazzabiniAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
13Pietro GhersiP. GhersiAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
14Salvatore CasanoG. BrucatoBugattiT352.0S-8DNS - initial entry
14Francesco ToiaG. BrucatoBugattiT352.0S-8replaced Casano


Just Alfa Romeos.

by Leif Snellman
Clashes in the calendar meant that the Targa Florio entry list was the weakest in many years with only 14 Italian drivers and with Scuderia Ferrari as the only team. What looked to be a foregone conclusion turned to a surprise when Borzacchini who was dominating the race crashed, handing the victory to his team mate Ghersi.
When a landslide in 1931 made the 108 km long "Medio Madonie" route unusable the Targa Florio was moved back to the original 148 km "Grande Madonie" route, first used back in 1906. But that was only a temporary measure. The "Grande Madonie" was in even worse condition than the Medio Madonie and more prone to future landslides. The only solution was to build a new section of road bypassing the most dangerous points. Financed by the Fascist government a new sector was built among the remote mountains, leaving the old track near Caltavuturo and going downwards to meet the Medio Madonie route halfway down to Collesano. The new 71.75 km "Piccolo Madonie" was ready for the 1932 Targa Florio.
      Initially the 24th Targa Florio was planned to be run on 14th May 1933 on the same route as in 1932 as a seven lap event "pro", a five lap "1st category" and a three lap "amateur" race. That plan was later changed to a single seven lap event with no classes to keep up the "Classicissima" status of the race.
      The Reale Automobile Club d'Italia in Palermo had reserved 150,000 lire for prize money. The winner would receive 50,000 lire and a gold medal, the second placed 30,000 lire and the third placed 15,000 lire. Each other driver who managed to take the flag would receive 2000 lire while those being able to do at least four laps would receive 1,500 lire.
      When Tripoli GP, initially scheduled for 19th March, was moved to 7th May the Targa Florio organizers found themselves in a dilemma. With the money filled Tripoli being highly popular among the Italian drivers and as transporting the teams from Libya to Sicily in a week proved impossible Targa Florio had to be moved. A gap was found in the calendar at 28th May as the Premio Reale di Roma race had been cancelled. However, now the Targa would clash with Eifelrennen and it was also more or less impossible for competitors from Avusrennen and Picardie GP a week earlier to reach Sicily in time.
Entries:
So when the deadline came on 7th May the organizers were faced with the fact that just 14 entries had been received, all of them Italians. Adding to that, most of the drivers were more or less unknown amateurs. There were 11 Alfa Romeos in the list and 3 Bugattis. The Swiss paper Automobil Revue did not hesitate to use the word "Fiasco". Luckily Scuderia Ferrari decided to split their effort between Targa Florio and Eifelrennen, otherwise it would have been a total catastrophe. Scuderia Ferrari sent three Alfa Romeo Monzas for Borzacchini, Brivio and the lesser known Carraroli. Of these three cars only Borzacchini's was of the upgraded 2.6 litre model.
      Of the other Alfa Romeo drivers only Ghersi and Balestrero can be considered as known names. The other six private drivers must be considered amateurs with a mix of 2.3 litre 8 cylinder and 1.75 litre 6 cylinder cars.
      The three Bugatti drivers Cusinotta, Giardina and Toia can hardly be called well known names either and the Bugattis were not very competitive T37s and a T35.
Race:
The weather was perfect with the sun shining over a cloudless sky when the cars lined up at 10 a.m. watched by 50000 spectators.
 
Cars started at intervals

the stat was given by S. E. Manareo, Under Secretary of State to the Minister of War. The first driver, Piccolo Cucinotta, was waved away in his Bugatti, followed by the others in three minute intervals.
      At the end of the first lap Borzacchini was leading with a time of 54m11s, followed by Brivio 1 minute 14s behind, then Magistri and Ghersi. Magistri was soon afterwards out of the race as was Giardina and Toia. On the second lap Borzacchini opened up his gap to Brivio to 2m15s with Ghersi another minute behind.
      After three laps the order was:
1. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)2h43m
2. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)2h45s
3. Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)2h48s
4. Carraroli (Alfa Romeo)
5. Balestrero (Alfa Romeo)
6. Gazzabini (Alfa Romeo)
7. Napoli (Alfa Romeo)
8. D'Alessio (Alfa Romeo)
9. Lo Bue (Alfa Romeo)
10. Virgilio (Alfa Romeo)
11. Cucinotta (Alfa Romeo)
12. Toia? (Bugatti)

Borzacchini continued to add to the gap making the fastest lap of the race. Everything looked set like a clear victory for the popular but unlucky man from Terni, but Targa Florio was always full of surprises. On the fourth lap Borzacchini got a puncture near Collesano and lost a lot of time, dropping 9 minutes behind Brivio who had taken over the lead. When Borzacchini tried to make up for the lost time he made a mistake and hit a stone wall near Collesano He managed to take the car back to the pits only to retire with broken suspension.
      Brivio was now leading, having done the four laps in 3h 54 min. 3s with Ghersi 1½ minute behind. So the interest was now turned to the possible duel between Brivio and Ghersi. That one proved to be fast resolved as Ghersi on the next lap had to give in with lubrication problems and Brivio, now having a big gap to Balestrero, could concentrate on bringing this Alfa to the finish. He took the flag with 20 min. margin to Balestrero and Carraroli took the remaining Scuderia Ferrari car to third followed by Gazzabini and D'Alessio while Cusinotta was too far behind to be classified.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

18Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-876h35m06.2s
24Renato BalestreroR BalestreroAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-876h55m52.6s+ 20m46.4s
35Guglielmo CarraroliScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-877h07m45.0s+ 32m38.8s
412Carlo GazzabiniC. GazzabiniAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-877h21m02.6s+ 45m56.4s
59Remo D'AlessioR. D'AlessioAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-877h34m11.0s+ 59m04.8s
NC1Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaBugattiT371.5S-477h51m02.0s+ 1h15m55.8s
DNF11Lillo NapoliL. NapoliAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-85mechanical
DNF7Giuseppe VirgilioG. VirgilioAlfa Romeo6C1.8S-65mechanical
DNF3V Lo BueV. lo BueAlfa Romeo6C 17501.8S-65
DNF13Pietro GhersiP. GhersiAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-84lubrication
DNF10Mario U. BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-83crash, leaf spring
DNF14Francesco ToiaG. BrucatoBugattiT352.0S-81engine
DNF6Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-81head gasket
DNF2Agostino GiardinaA. GiardinaBugattiT371.5S-41mechanical
Fastest lap: Mario U. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo) in 54m11s = 79.6 km/h (49.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 76.4 km/h (47.5 mph)
Weather: sunny
In retrospect:
Brivio's speed of 76.5 km/h can be compared to Nuvolari's 79.2 km/h in 1932.
      Cusinotta's T37 was the last Bugatti to ever finish at the Targa Florio, a race that the marque won five times in a row in the 1920s.

Star 30 May 1933: Louis Meyer (Tydol Special Miller) wins the Indianapolis 500.



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