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I DONINGTON PARK TROPHY

Donington Park (GB), 7 October 1933
20 laps x 3.518 km (21.86 mi) = 70.35 km (43.72 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Whitney StraightW. StraightMaserati26M2.5S-8DNA - engine
3Ron HortonR. HortonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNA - mechanical
4T.A.S.O. MathiesonT. MathiesonBugattiT35C2.0S-8
5Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT35B2.3S-8
9Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-8
18Eddie HallE. HallMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNS
20Freddie DixonF. DixonRiley9DNS - head Gasket
?Noel CarrN. CarrBugattiDNS


The smallest start field of the year
This proved to be a rather dull event with only three Bugattis participating. Of them only two went on to the finish with Earl Howe winning.
Donington Park circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England. It ended the race circuit monopoly the Brooklands had held since 1907. The circuit was situated in East Midlands, ten miles southeast of Derby, in the park near the 17th century Donington Hall.
      In 1931, Alderman John Gillies Shields JP, who lived at the Hall, entered discussions with Fred Craner of the Derby and District Motor Club to establish a race course on the grounds of the Hall. Fred Craner was a former motorcycle driver who had taken part in seven Isle of Man TTs and the energetic secretary of the Derby & District Motor Club. The first motor cycle race took place on Whit Monday 1931 on a 2 mile 327 yd (3518 m) circuit.
      For 1933 Craner obtained permission to build a permanent track. The current track was widened and tarmacked at a cost of £12,000, and the first car race was held on the 25th March, followed by three car meetings further that year. The track wad a different apperence in those early days with Starkey's Corner places close to what late would be Red Gate Corner and with the start and finish before the Hairpin Bend.
      The Donington Park Trophy was an invitation race for 3 litre cars as the fouth of six races during the last event at Donington of the season. It was a Saturday event with practice taking part at Thursday.
Entries and practice:
There were only seven entries for the race and of these only five turned up. There were three Bugatti entries, T.A.S.O. Mathieson with a T35C, Lindsey Eccles with a T35B and Earl Howe with a T35B. Freddie Dixon entered his Riley and Eddie Hall a MG Magnette while Ron Horton never turned up with his Magnette. Straight had engine trouble with his Maserati and did not arrive either. Then Dixon blew the head gasket on the Riley and the field was down to four.
Race:
Rain started as soon as the cars lined up for the first race of the day and continued in showers all afternoon. After races for 800cc, 1100cc and 1500cc cars it was time for the main event. With only four cars the race would not count for the BRDC Road Star championship so Eddie Hall decided to be a late non starter, and reversed out from the grid. Noel Carr also returned to the paddock with his Bugatti so the field was down to three.
5
Eccles

Bugatti

9
Howe

Bugatti

4
Mathieson

Bugatti

When the flag dropped Eccles made the best start to lead into the Hairpin Bend but at the end of the first lap Howe had taken over the lead from Eccles with Mathieson last, unable to keep contact with the duo. Aftet four laps Mathieson's car started to misfire and he stopped at Red Gate Lodge with flames coming out of the exhaust. He rejoined for a moment only to retire definitely after eight laps. During the later half of the race Eccles tried hard to keep up with the leader but lost ground and Howe could cruise home to take the flag.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.9Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-82043m06.0s
2.5Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT35B2.3S-82043m51.0s+45.0s
DNF4T.A.S.O. MathiesonT. MathiesonBugattiT35C2.0S-88Engine
Fastest lap: Earl Howe (Bugatti) in 2m06.6s = 100.0 km/h (62.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 97.9 km/h (60.9 mph)
Weather: Wet track, showers.
Other races:
In the other events that day Roy Eccles (Frazer-Nash 1.5L) won the 1500cc nonsuperchared race, A.H.C Eccles (Bugatti 2.3L) the 3000cc race and E.R. Hall (M.G Magnette 1.1L) the 1500cc supercharged race.



Star 8 October 1933: Manuel de Teffé (Alfa Romeo 6C 1750) wins the I GP Cidade do Rio de Janeiro at Gávea.



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III MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklands (GB), 21 October 1933
10 laps x 1.883 km (1.170) mi= 18.83 km (11.7 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1T.A.S.O. MathiesonT. MathiesonBugattiT35C2.0S-8
2Whitney StraightW. StraightMaserati26M2.5S-8
3Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsBugattiT512.3S-8
4Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT35B2.3S-8
5George DullerJ. StreetBugattiT512.3S-8DNA
6Ron HortonR. HortonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNS - crash
7Dick NashD. NashNash-Anzani1.5S-4DNA
8Piero TaruffiEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-8
9Raymond MaysR. MaysRiley"White"1.5S-6
10Malcolm CampbellSir M. CampbellSunbeamTiger4.0V12
11Brian LewisN. Rees & A. W. FoxAlfa-RomeoMonza2.3S-8


Eventful first lap robs Taruffi of the win.
Taruffi, racing Earl Howe's Bugatti, took the lead at the start. But then Campbell's Sunbeam stopped after a first corner crash and blocked part of the track. Unused to Brooklands customs Taruffi came to a stop at the place of the accident and was passed by three cars. Due to the shortness of the race Taruffi was unable to regain his lead so the victory went to Straight.
The B.A.R.C. Autumn Meeting, the last Brooklands event of the 1933 season, included the Mountain Championship scratch race. Heavy rain forced the event to be moved one week forward, the meeting finally taking place on 21 October.
Entries and practice:
Nuvolari turned up and practiced with Earl Howe's Bugatti trying out different lines in the curves but then urgent business forced him to go to Paris and for the race the car was taken over by Piero Taruffi. Other entries included Mays in the new "White Riley", Campbell in the rebuilt old V12 speed record Sunbeam, Straight in a 2.5 litre Maserati and some Bugattis.
Race:
After "Junior" and "Senior" long handicap events on the outer track the attention was moved to the Mountain track. Duller had crashed Street's green GP Bugatti during the "Senior long" event, the driver escaping with bruises, but was of course a non starter, so the field was down to eight cars.
     
 
Grid in line across the track

Taruffi took the lead but then Rose-Richards, trying to follow the speed of the GP driver, overdid it and spun in front of Campbell. The cars touched and Campbell's Sunbeam ended up immobile with the tail pointing up the banking. When Taruffi, leading from Lewis and Mays, came to the place on the second lap he found waving blue flags and some sixty persons fooling around on the track. Slowing down to a standstill Taruffi found himself passed by Straight and Mays. Taruffi took up speed anew but then Mays' "White Riley" slid to a standstill with a broken rotor arm in the distributor at the Fork just in front of him. Taruffi almost came to a new standstill before being able to drive round the white Riley. Having lost at least 11 seconds in the two incidents Taruffi tookup the chase of Straight and Lewis and passed the latter but was unable to reach the Maserati before the flag fell.
     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Whitney StraightW. StraightMaserati26M2.5S-8109m31.2s
2.8Piero TaruffiEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-8109m34.0s+ 2.8s
3.11Brian LewisN. Rees & A. W. FoxAlfa-RomeoMonza2.3S-8109m43.4s+ 12.2s
4.4Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT35B2.3S-81010m26.4s+ 55.2s
DNF9Raymond MaysR. MaysRiley"White"1.5S-61spin
DNF1T.A.S.O. MathiesonT. MathiesonBugattiT35C2.0S-80fuel starvation
DNF3Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsBugattiT512.3S-80crash
DNF10Malcolm CampbellSir M. CampbellSunbeamTiger4.0V120crash
Fastest lap: Straight (Maserati) & Taruffi (Bugatti) in 54.2s = 125.1 km/h (77.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 118.7 km/h (73.7 mph)
Weather:
Other races:
The winners of the handicap races that day were J. Aldington (Frazer-Nash 1.5L), R. F. Oats (Alvis 1.5L), R. F. Turner (Austin 0.7L), R. Mays (Riley 1.5L), F. W. Dixon 8Riley 1.1L), Miss R. Don (Riley 1.1L) and T.A.S.O. Mathieson (Bugatti 2.3L).





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