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Veyron (Bugatti)Burggaller (Bugatti)Castelbarco (Maserati)

IV INTERNATIONALES AVUS-RENNEN
(Voiturette 1500cc)

AVUS - Berlin (D), 27 May 1934
10 laps x 19.573 km (12.162 mi) + 831 m (0.516 mi) start = 196.561 km (122.14 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Category up to 1500 cc
2Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
4Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4
6Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller1.5S-12
8Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller1.5S-12
10Herbert WimmerA. ZollerZoller1.5S-12DNA - car not ready
12Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15S81.5S-8DNS - did not start
14Pierre VeyronAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8
16Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1S-6
18André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-8
20Guglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati261.5S-8
22Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
24Bruno SojkaF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-8
26Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4
28Theodor ForkT. ForkMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
30Eugen StößerE. StößerBMW1.1DNA - did not appear
 
Category up to 800 cc
32Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschMGJ40.7S-4
34Walter BäumerWalter BäumerAustin"Duck"0.7S-4
36Werner BäumerWalter BäumerAustin7 Ulster0.7S-4
38Adolf BrudesR. KohlrauschMGJ40.7S-4



No one can stop Veyron

Entries:
The AVUS Voiturette race vas held before the main Formula Libre race. Of the well known Voiturette names Howe was a non starter as he was racing in the main race.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
26
Seibel

Bugatti

20
Sandri

Maserati

16
Briem

Amilcar

6
Macher

Zoller

14
Veyron

Bugatti

8
von Delius

Zoller

36
We Bäumer

Austin

32
Kohlrausch

MG

22
Castelbarco

Maserati

34
Wa Bäumer

Austin

24
Sojka

Bugatti

38
Brudes

MG

28
Fork

MG

18
Vagniez

Maserati

*



2
Burggaller

Bugatti

4
Simons

Bugatti


* 12 Howe (DNS)

(Note 1)

The weather was cloudy but it had not started to rain yet. Veyron took the lead from the start and held it to the end in a rather dull race. Burggaller was able to keep up with Veyron's speed for the first half of the race but then fell back.
      It was a disappointing start for the new German 2-stroke Zoller cars,driven by Macher and von Delius, which retired because of overheating.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.14Pierre VeyronAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h04m36.0s 
2.2Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h05m09.1s+ 33.1s
3.22Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati4CM1.5S-4101h08m08.4s+ 3m32.4s
4.4Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4101h12m16.1s+ 7m40.1s
5.28Theodor ForkT. ForkMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6101h12m16.2s+ 7m40.2s
6.16Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1S-6101h13m46.0s+ 9m10.0s
7.26Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4101h21m59.1s+ 17m23.1s
8.38Adolf BrudesR. KohlrauschMGJ40.7S-4101h22m12.0s+ 17m36.0s
DNF32Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschMGJ40.7S-45driver ill 
DNF34Walter BäumerWalter BäumerAustin"Duck"0.7S-45mechanical 
DNF8Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller1.5S-124overheating 
DNF24Bruno SojkaF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-84overheating 
DNF18André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-82 
DNF36Werner BäumerWalter BäumerAustin7 Ulster0.7S-40mechanical 
DNF20Guglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati261.5S-80differential 
DNF6Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller1.5S-120overheating 
Fastest lap: Pierre Veyron (Bugatti) in 6m20.5s = 185.2 km/h (115.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 182.6 km/h (113.4 mph)
Weather: cloudy



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IV INTERNATIONALES AVUS-RENNEN

AVUS - Berlin (D), 27 May 1934
15 laps x 19.573 km (12.162 mi) + 831 m (0.516 mi) start = 294.426 km (182.95 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

42Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
44Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
46August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
48Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8
50Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8
52Eugenio SienaScuderia SienaMaserati26M3.0S-8
Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8streamliner
66Peter de PaoloP. de PaoloMiller5.0V-8
68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-4DNA
Piero TaruffiOfficine A. MaseratiMaseratiV54.92x8DNA
Robert BenoistAutomobiles E. BugattiBugatti2.8S-8DNA
Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA
René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA
Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA



Spectacular Auto Union debut but Moll scores in the end

Entries:
Worried by his rival Varzi's victories, Nuvolari decided to enter at AVUS with his leg still in plaster. He had the pedals of his Maserati altered so that he could reach them all with his left foot.
      It should have been the debut race for both Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz. Caracciola turned up for practice an did a few fast laps under considerable pain from his wounded hip.
      To the disappointment for the German spectators Mercedes-Benz decided to withdraw their cars after practice because of fuel pump problems.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
68
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

48
Howe

Maserati

62
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

*



42
Stuck

Auto Union

50
Nuvolari

Maserati

60
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

66
de Paolo

Miller

*



44
Leiningen

Auto Union

64
Moll

Alfa Romeo

46
Momberger

Auto Union

*



52
Siena

Maserati

(Note 2)

A giant number of spectators turned up to see the debut of the German cars. The main opposition consisted of three Maserati 8CMs and three Scuderia Ferrari Alfas driven by Chiron, Moll and Varzi.
      Rain was falling as the GP class cars were lined up for the start. As the flag fell Stuck took the lead and after the first lap he had opened up a one minute gap (that's correct!) to Louis Chiron who was second. Moll was given a signal to go faster and as the track dried up he passed Varzi on lap 4 and Chiron on lap 7. Stuck continued to open up the lead to 85 seconds before coming in for new tyres on lap 10. Moll took over the lead with his Alfa Romeo streamliner. 2 laps later Stuck was out of the race with clutch failure. Moll could race the last laps without worrying about the opposition and took the flag one and a half minute ahead of team mate Varzi. Momberger's 3rd place was the best the Germans could do that day. It was definitely not the result the spectators had hoped for.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8151h26m03.0s
2.60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h27m30.3s+ 1:27.3s
3.46August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16151h27m48.3s+ 1:45.3s
4.48Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h35m18.3s+ 9:15.3s
5.50Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h39m09.0s+ 13:06.0s
6.68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8151h44m29.2s+ 18:26.2s
DNF42Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-1612cluch
DNF62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-89oil pipe
DNF44Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-167radiator
DNF66Peter de PaoloP. de PaoloMiller5.0V-85connecting rod
DNF52Eugenio SienaScuderia SienaMaserati26M3.0S-83
Fastest lap: August Momberger (Auto Union) in 5m12.0s = 225.8 km/h (140.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 205.3 km/h (127.6 mph)
Weather: rain

Footnote:
1. Grid reconstructed from pictures and descriptions from contemporary magazines and video from the start (thanks Simon Davis & Hans Etzrodt) and information from Axel Kirchner.

2. Grid reconstructed from pictures and descriptions from contemporary magazines and video from the start (thanks Hans Etzrodt & "McRonalds").



Decaroli (Bugatti)Girod (Salmson)Rose-Itier (Bugatti)

GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.765 km (6.068 mi) = 195.3 km (121.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-4
4Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8
6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1S-8
8?A. GirodSalmson8C1.1S-8DNA - did not appear
10Claude BonneauC. BonneauBugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT51A1.5S-8
14BuboisBuboisBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
16Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4
18Claude MélinantC. MélinantBugattiT37A1.5S-4
20Claude "Barowski"C. "Barowski"BugattiT51A1.5S-8
22Just VernetJ. VernetSalmsonDNA - did not appear
24Lucien DesvauxL. DesvauxSalmsonGP1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
26JahanJahanSalmsonGP1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
28Roger ResR. ResSalmsonGP1.1S-4DNA - did not appear



Decaroli wins as trouble strikes his opponents

by Leif Snellman
Girod (Salmson) took the start and opened up a small gap but then Cattaneo (Bugatti) closed in and the duo had a hard fight over the lead. Cattaneo led for two laps before Girod retook the lead. The fight continued until lap 12 when Girod got clutch problems and had to let Cattaneo and Decaroli (Bugatti) by. Cattaneo had to retire with a broken piston after 15 laps leaving Decaroli to win the race.
The Grand Prix de Picardie was organized by the AC of Picardie and the Alsne (ACPA) with the assistance of the newspaper Le Journal. Run on 27 May the date clashed with the Avusrennen, Berlin, and with the hope of seeing the new German cars for the first time in action the main attention of the newspaper concentrated on the latter race. (Considering there were rather few voiturette races on the international calendar it was odd that in July the Albi race and Coppa Ciano Junior would also clash.)
      The circuit had been improved with two new stands being built next to national highway 37 (nowadays D937), one at the Mesnil-Bruntel corner and the other at the Mons corner just before the finish line facing the new Bouriat-Trintignant memorial. A score board was erected in front of each stand. As a result of the terrible accidents at the 1933 race the organizers tried to lower the speeds of the cars by adding a straw bale chicane on both main straights. That changed the length of the circuit to 9.765 km. An extensive telephone net was built so that help immediately could be called in case of an accident. The event included two races, one for the 1500cc voiturette class and one for the Grand Prix or as it was called the over 2000cc class. Each race was 20 laps for a total of 195.3 km.
Entries:
Most interesting was the appearance of the rarely seen straight 8-cylinder Grand Prix Salmson with semi-desmodromic valves and Cotal electric gearbox. Armand Girod who owned the two cars that had been built in 1927 entered both but in the end only started himself. The rest of the entries were voiturette Bugattis. The 8-cylinder T51As were raced by Mme. Rose-Itier (#51142), Jean Cattaneo (ex T39A, #4824) and Claude Bossu racing under the name "Barowski" (#51154) while the other Bugattis were 4-cylinder T37As. French drivers included Alain Guilbaut, Louis Decaroli, and Claude Mélinant while Belgian Claude Bonneau was the only foreign driver in the race. Decaroli's car had been re-bodied as a single seater.
Race:
The race day had a superb weather and a huge audience gathered around the course to watch the event. César Marchand, at the wheel of the record breaking Citroën "La Petite Rosalie", opened the circuit. The race start for the voiturettes was at 1:30 p.m. The eight cars were probably lined up like this according to their race numbers:
Pole Position
6
Girod

Salmson

4
Itier

Bugatti

2
Guilbaut

Bugatti

16
Decaroli

Bugatti

12
Cattaneo

Bugatti

10
Bonneau

Bugatti

20
Barowski

Bugatti

18
Mélinant

Bugatti



Guilbaut made a bad start and Girod took the lead of the race followed by Cattaneo and Itier. Bonneau was an early retirement. Decaroli made the fifth lap in 5m06s (114.8 km/h) closing in on Guilbaut. Girod had opened up a decent gap to the rest. The race order after 5 laps was:
1. Girod (Salmson)
2. Cattaneo (Bugatti)
3. Itier (Bugatti)
4. Guilbaut (Bugatti)
5. Decaroli (Bugatti)
6. Barowski (Bugatti)
7. Mélinant (Bugatti)

Cattaneo was speeding up getting closer and closer to race leader Girod. On the sixth lap they were separated by 18 seconds, but on the 7th lap they were wheel to wheel. During the same lap Decaroli was setting what was to be the fastest lap of the race with a time of 5m04s (115.6 km/h), but he seems to have remained still in fifth position. During the next laps however he passed both Guilbaut and Itier for third.
      On the eighth lap Cattaneo passed Girod for the lead and he held on to it on the next lap, but on the tenth lap Girod was back in the lead again. The situation halfway through the race thus looked like this with Girod leading by 3 seconds:
1. Girod (Salmson)53m19s (109.9 km/h)
2. Cattaneo (Bugatti)53m22s
3. Decaroli (Bugatti)54m20s
4. Itier (Bugatti)54m43s
5. Guilbaut (Bugatti)55m38s

On the twelfth lap Girod suffered clutch troubles and Cattaneo retook the lead. Girod was struggling and on the thirteenth lap Decaroli passed him for second position. Decaroli was 32 seconds behind the leader but his speed was much higher than that of Cattaneo, who obviously also was in trouble. At the start of the 14th lap the gap was down to just two seconds and during that lap Decaroli took over the lead while Cattaneo stopped and then slowly cruised back to the pit with a broken piston on the Bugatti.
      The race order was now Decaroli, Girod and Itier. Girod kept hanging on to his second position with his problematic clutch, knowing that a pit stop would be useless. There were no changes in the positions during the last part of the race. So Decaroli took the victory with his Bugatti single seater followed by Girod in the 8-cylinder Salmson and the Bugattis of Itier and Guilbaut. The reports don't mention Barowski" or Mélinant but one can assume that had been forced to make lengthy pit stops as they both lost two laps.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4201h46m28.2s 
2.6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1S-8201h47m36.6s+ 1m08.4s
3.4Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8201h48m41.0s+ 2m12.8s
4.2Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-4201h53m06.0s+ 6m37.8s
5.20Claude "Barowski"C. "Barowski"BugattiT51A1.5S-818  
6.18Claude MélinantC. MélinantBugattiT37A1.5S-418  
DNF12Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT51A1.5S-814piston 
DNF10Claude BonneauC. BonneauBugattiT37A1.5S-4< 5  
Fastest lap: Louis Decaroli (Bugatti) on lap 7 in 5m04s = 115.6 km/h (71.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 110.1 km/h (68.4 mph)
Weather: nice and sunny.
During the pause between the races a ceremony took place with sports dignitaries led by Philippe de Rothschild walking from the main stand to the Bouriat-Trintignant memorial at the inside of the last corner. For Philippe de Rothschild it was more than an official event because Bouriat had been his friend and team mate (see Bourgogne GP 1929).

Meanwhile another but not planned event took place at the Mesnil-Brentel corner. 140 meters of the grandstand collapsed. Medical help was immediately sent to the place and doctors took care of the injured. Ambulance personnel transported those in need of further care to a hospital in Peronne. Sixteen persons had been badly wounded while many more of the spectators had suffered from lighter wounds. The public prosecutor came to the scene and began an investigation.



Falchetto (Maserati)Sommer (Alfa Romeo)Brunet (Bugatti)

GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE

Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.765 km (6.068 mi) = 195.3 km (121.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
4Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8
6Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT512.3S-8
8Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
10Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
12"André Delmo"A. DelomBugattiT512.3S-8
14Jean BénéjeanJ. BénéjeanBugattiT512.3S-8
16Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-8
18Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Luigi ChinettiL. ChinettiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
22Victor MouretV. MouretBugattiT512.3S-8
24Willy LonguevilleW. LonguevilleBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
26Louis BraillardEcurie BraillardBugattiT512.3S-8



An easy victory for Falchetto

by Leif Snellman
Falchetto (Maserati) took the lead followed by Zanelli and Sommer. While Falchetto dominated the race Sommer managed to pass Zanelli for second, and the latter then retired with rear axle problems. Brunet was making good progress through the field and finally managed to pass Braillard for third position. Falchetto took the victory in dominant style from Sommer and Brunet. The inexperienced Bénéjean crashed and suffered injuries that made him lose a leg.
The Grand Prix race that followed the voiturette race was 20 laps for a total of 195.3 km. For details about the circuit changes, see the voiturette race report above.
Entries:
There were 11 entries in the Grand Prix class for cars over 2000 cc. Ecurie Braillard entered a Maserati 8CM (#3009, known as "Paloma No. 1") for Benoît Falchetto and a Bugatti T51 for his brother-in-law Swiss Louis Braillard, who was the only non- French driver in the race. The cars were painted in the white-red Swiss colors.
      Three Alfa Romeo Monzas were raced by Raymond Sommer, French-Chilean Juan Zanelli and Mlle. "Hellé-Nice" in her familiar two-shade blue car (#231113).
      Robert Brunet from Bordeaux raced the ex Wimille Bugatti T51. Sommer, Brunet, "Hellé-Nice" and Zanelli came straight from Morocco where they had raced at the Casablanca Grand Prix the week before.
      The other five entries were also Bugattis . They included Victor Marret and André Delom from Nice, Delom racing under the pseudonym "Delmo", Jean Delorme, Victor Mouret and Jean Bénéjean.
      Bénéjean was French but living in Algeria. He had recently bought Marcel Lehoux' Bugatti T51 (#51144, the Dieppe GP 1933 winner). Fears were expressed when it turned out that neither had Bénéjean ever raced nor had he any idea of the standard pre race and start procedures. After the race L'Auto's reporter Maurice Henry rightly asked whether it is not the responsibility of a sports association to check that a person can hold a steering wheel before he is granted a race licence.
      Oddly the voiturettes and the GP cars used the same number series, i.e. starting from #2. Usually they used to be different.
Race:
The race was planned for 4 p.m. but due to the incident where a stand collapsed (see above) the start of the Grand Prix race was moved forward for half an hour. So at 4:30 p.m. the flag was dropped and the race was finally on its way.
Pole Position
6
Delorme

Bugatti

4
Brunet

Bugatti

2
Sommer

Alfa-Romeo

14
Bénéjean

Bugatti

12
Delmo

Bugatti

8
Hellé-Nice

Alfa-Romeo

22
Mouret

Bugatti

18
Falchetto

Maserati

16
Marret

Bugatti

26
Braillard

Alfa Romeo

10
Zanelli?

Alfa Romeo

Sommer made the best start but soon Falchetto took over the lead. Sommer kept on to the second position until the third lap when Zanelli passed him. At the end of the fifth lap the race order was like this:
1. Falchetto (Maserati)23m01s (127.3 km/h)
2. Zanelli (Alfa Romeo)
3. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)
4. Brunet (Bugatti)
5. Braillard (Bugatti)
6. Marret (Bugatti)
7. Delorme (Bugatti)
8. Bénéjean (Bugatti)

Falchetto's sixth lap was the fastest of the race with a time of 4m27.0s (131.7 km/h). After seven laps Falchetto had opened up a nineteen seconds gap to Zanelli. On the next lap Zanelli had to retire his Monza with a broken rear axle. Falchetto now held a lead of more than one minute over Sommer, who was back in second position. This was the situation halfway through the race (10 laps):
1. Falchetto (Maserati)45m30s (128.8 km/h)
2. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)46m38s
3. Braillard (Bugatti)47m58s
4. Brunet (Bugatti)48m13s
5. Marret (Bugatti)49m59s

Falchetto continued to dominate the race. He made 15 laps in1h08m04s (129.1 km/h) and now he had increased his lead over Sommer to almost 2 minutes.
      When the inexperienced Bénéjean braked for the chicane before the Brie curve he lost control of his Bugatti and crashed and the car rolled over several times ending up in the field. The driver was sent to hospital with a badly crushed thigh and there the decision was made to amputate the leg.
      Brunet was making good progress through the field and finally managed to pass Braillard for third position. After 16 laps "Delmo" having already made a pit stop retired his Bugatti because of ignition trouble.
      Falchetto eased up during the last laps and he took the chequered flag to win the race 1m39s in front of Sommer with Brunet third. Those three were to only ones to make all 20 laps. The remaining six cars were flagged off before the full distance.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.18Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8201h31m53.6s
2.2Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8201h33m32.6s+ 1m39.0s
3.4Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8201h36m26.0s+ 4m32.4s
4.26Louis BraillardEcurie BraillardBugattiT512.3S-819
5.16Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-819
6.6Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT512.3S-818
7.8Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-818
DNF12"André Delmo"A. DelomBugattiT512.3S-816ignition
DNF14Jean BénéjeanJ. BénéjeanBugattiT512.3S-815crash
8.22Victor MouretV. MouretBugattiT512.3S-815
DNF10Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-88rear axle
Fastest lap: Benoît Falchetto (Maserati) on lap 6 in 4m27s = 131.7 km/h (81.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 127.5 km/h (79.2 km/h)
Weather: nice and sunny.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
L'AUTO, Paris
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Journal, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
Motor Sport, London
Special thanks to::
Michael Müller

Star 22 May - 2 June 1934: Pintacuda/Nardilli (Lancia) wins the Giro d'Italia Automobilistico long distance race.
Star 30 May 1934: Cummings (Miller) wins the Indianapolis 500 race.
Star 1 June 1934: Black (MG K3) wins the Mannin Beg 1100cc voiturette race at Douglas - Isle of Man.



Black (MG)Dodson (MG)Euston (MG)

MANNIN BEG
(1500cc u/s 1100cc s/c)

Douglas - Isle of Man (GBM), 30 May 1934 (Wednesday)
50 x 5.889 km (3.659 mi) = 294.4 km (182.95 mi)
(Note 1)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Ron HortonR. HortonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
2Patrick DonkinP. DonkinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
3Eddie HallE. HallMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
4Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
5George Manby-ColegraveG. Manby-ColegraveMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNA - car not ready
6Humphrey CookH. W. CookERAA1.1S-6DNA - car not ready
7Henry LairdH. LairdMcEvoySpecial1.5S-6u
8George EystonG. EystonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
9Walter HandleyW. HandleyMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
10Charlie DodsonC. DodsonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
11Roy EcclesR. EcclesMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
12Charles MartinC. MartinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
14Teddy RaysonE. RaysonRiley91.1S-4uDNA - car not ready
15Bill EverittW. EverittMGJ40.7S-4
16Brian LewisA. W. FoxSingerLe Mans1.5S-6u
17F. AllenF. AllenMGJ40.7S-4DNQ
18Victor GillowV. GillowRiley91.1S-4u
19Pat FairfieldP. FairfieldRiley91.1S-4u
20Freddie DixonF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u
21Cyril PaulF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u
22Norman BlackN. BlackMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
23Kaye DonK. DonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNS - crash
24R. GibsonA. P. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
25Bobbie BairdW. R. BairdRiley91.1.S-4u
26Dudley FroyD. FroyJamesonSpecial1.1.S-?tDNA - car not ready



M.G. dominates

Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
8
Eyston

MG

4
Hamilton

MG

20
Dixon

Riley

9
Handley

MG

22
Black

MG

15
Everitt

MG

10
Dodson

MG

1
Horton

MG

21
Paul

Riley

12
Martin

MG

2
Donkin

MG

19
Fairfield

Riley

11
Eccles

MG

3
Hall

MG

16
Lewis

Singer

18
Gillow

Riley

24
Gibson

MG

25
Baird

Riley

7
Laird

McEvoy



10 laps:
1. Dixon (Riley)30m50s (72.19 mph) (Note 2)
2. Eyston (MG)30m55s
3. Hamilton (MG)31m06s
4. Black (MG)31m07s
5. Paul (Riley)31m35s
6. Dodson (MG)31m50s

20 laps:
1. Dixon (Riley)1h00m43s (72.31 mph)
2. Eyston (MG)1h01m38s
3. Hamilton (MG)1h01m40s
4. Black (MG)1h01m41s
5. Dodson (MG)1h03m01s
6. Horton (MG)1h03m30s

30 laps:
1. Dixon (Riley)1h30m37s (72.68 mph)
2. Black (MG)1h32m09s
3. Eyston (MG)1h34m05s
4. Dodson (MG)1h34m23s
5. Donkin (MG)1h35m41s
6. Martin (MG)1h36m52s

40 laps:
1. Dixon (Riley)2h01m10s (72.48 mph)
2. Black (MG)2h03m35s
3. Eyston (MG)2h05m17s
4. Dodson (MG)2h05m20s
5. Martin (MG)2h08m57s
6. Eccles (MG)2h11m18s


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Norman BlackN. BlackMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h34m37s+
2.10Charlie DodsonC. DodsonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h36m20s+
3.8George EystonG. EystonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h36m57s+
4.12Charles MartinC. MartinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h41m05s+
5.11Roy EcclesR. EcclesMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h44m22s+
6.21Cyril PaulF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u502h44m25s+
7.1Ron HortonR. HortonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h44m54s+
8.15Bill EverittW. EverittMGJ40.7S-4502h48m03s+
DNC19Pat FairfieldP. FairfieldRiley91.1S-4u49  
DNF20Freddie DixonF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u45  
DNC7Henry LairdH. LairdMcEvoySpecial1.5S-6u43  
DSQ18Victor GillowV. GillowRiley91.1S-4u40  
DNF2Patrick DonkinP. DonkinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-637  
DNC25Bobbie BairdW. R. BairdRiley91.1.S-4u36  
DNF4Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-622  
DNF3Eddie HallE. HallMGK3 Magnette1.1S-68  
DNF16Brian LewisA. W. FoxSingerLe Mans1.5S-6u4  
DNF9Walter HandleyW. HandleyMGK3 Magnette1.1S-61  
DNF24R. GibsonA. P. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-60  
Fastest lap: George Eyston (MG) in 2m57s = km/h ( mph)
Winner's medium speed: km/h ( mph)
Weather: fine



Lewis (Alfa Romeo)Dodson (Alfa Romeo)Paul (Riley)

II MANNIN MOAR

Douglas - Isle of Man (GBM), 1 June 1934 (Friday)
50 x 5.889 km (3.659 mi) = 294.4 km (182.95 mi)
(Note 1)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Christopher StanilandT.A.S.O. MathiesonBugattiT512.3S-8
2Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsBugattiT512.3S-8
3Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT512.3S-8
4Brian LewisN Rees & A FoxAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.6S-8
5Whitney StraightWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
6"Buddy" FeatherstonhaughWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati26M2.5S-8DNA - car not ready
7Freddie DixonF W DixonRiley1500/61.8S-6u
8Cyril PaulF W DixonRiley1500/61.8S-6u
9Charlie DodsonJohn CobbAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
10Hugh HamiltonKaye DonAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
11Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthBugattiT512.3S-8
12Vasco SameiroE F AbecassisAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
14Raymond MaysEnglish Racing Automobiles Ltd.ERAA1.5S-6DNS - suspension



Brian Lewis dominates with an Alfa Romeo Monoposto

by Leif Snellman
Brian Lewis in an Alfa Romeo on rent from Scuderia Ferrari dominated the race. He lost third gear early on but was never pushed, his job made easier as most of his opponents had technical problems, Rose-Richards (Bugatti), Dixon (Riley) and Portuguese driver Sameiro (Alfa Romeo) all in turn retiring from second position. In the end only three cars made it to the finish, Lewis winning from Dodson (Alfa Romeo) and Paul (Riley).
The Mannin Moar was raced on Friday 1 June, two days after the Mannin Beg. The races were subsidized by a grant of £1500 from the Manx goverment with further support from local guarantors.
      The course had been shortened for 1934 and made much faster. The 3.659 mile course consisted of long straights and three tight corners. Starting at the centre of the Central Promenade with its tramline tracks the course turned sharply right and ascended up Broadway in a 6 degrees climb and continued left on York Road, a change in the road level at the fork made the cars jump into the air. Upwards York Road and over the crest the course then continued downwards on Stoney Road. At the bottom of the hill a sharp right hand hairpin led to the long straight upwards along the bumpy Bray Hill, another 6 degrees climb, followed by Glencruchery Road. It continued past the Motor Cycle TT stands and on and along the bumpy Governor's Road to the Governor's Bridge, where there was a sharp dip in the road. Another sharp right hand corner, the Onchan Hairpin, led to Summer Hill, an 8 degrees downhill back to the beach and the finish line along Hague Road, Burnt Mill Hill and Queen's Promenade. The circuit proved to be rough and it broke up in places but most agreed it was a great improvement over the 1933 course.
Entries:
The most interesting car in the entry list was an Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3, rented from Scuderia Ferrari by Noel Rees after months of negotiating to be driven by Brian Lewis. The Scuderia had sent two mechanics over with the car. The Tipo B/P3 was of the old narrow bodied type with the blowers showing and with a bonnet strap added to comply with British rules. It was raced in original red colours with the rampant stallion logo. Rees had not only to pay hire fees and transport, half of the prize money would go to Scuderia Ferrari.
      There were also three Alfa Romeo Monzas entered by Kaye Don, John Cobb and George Abecassis. Abecassis' car would be raced by Portuguese champion Vasco Sameiro, the only non British driver in the race. The yellow car had a white "P" in a black circle written on its tail.
      On Monday 28 May Kaye Don, after testing his MG Magnette for the Mannin Beg, had complained of poor steering. The mechanic Francis "Frank" Tayler made changes to the car and at 10 p.m. Don with Tayler as passenger took the car out for another test on public roads. The car had no head lights, number plates or insurance. In a corner it crashed with a black Buick cab (which in England is called a "hackney carriage"). While the six persons in the taxi survived uninjured the MG shot up the bank, careered along the hedge and crashed back into the road. Don and Tayler were hospitalized and the latter died from his injuries the following morning. Tayler had been one of the mechanics for the M.G. concern right from the beginning in 1923 and as racing mechanic to Norman Black he had won the 1931 Tourist Trophy at Ards. Don was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to four months in prison. Hugh Hamilton took over the black colored Alfa Romeo Monza that Don had entered for the race.
      John Cobb was called back to England due to the illness of his brother Capt. Rhodes Stanley Cobb who would die on 29 May. Charlie Dodson took over Cobb's grey painted Monza that was the ex Noel Rees/Brian Lewis car (#2211130).
      T.A.S.O. Mathieson had bought a Bugatti T51 (#51148) for the 1934 season and it was delivered new to him through the Bugatti agency Col. Sorel at London. However, Mathieson had suffered a very serious case of diphtheria. He had taken a cruise to Jamaica and South America to recuperate and hoped to be racing again in 1935. Chris Staniland had taken over Mathieson's Bugatti for the race.
      There were other Bugattis T51 in the race entered by Lindsay Eccles (#51150 black colour), Tim Rose-Richards (#51145), and "Dick" Shuttleworth (#51140).
      The new ERA was meant to make its debut. The car, R1A, proved to be fast during practice but Mays was not satisfied as the car showed alarming handling problems. After Tim Rose-Richards also had tested the car and had the same opinion as Mays the car was withdrawn. Whitney Straight had also withdrawn his two Maserati entries.
      Two un-supercharged silver coloured "Dixonised" Rileys driven by Freddie Dixon and Cyril Paul completed the entry list. It was the same cars as used at the Mannin Beg. During the two day interwal the mechanics replaced the 1486 cc engines with 1808 cc engines.
Practice:
There were two practice sessions from 5 to 7 a.m. Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th. Staniland was fastest during the first day setting in a time of 2m49s followed by Lewis 2m51s and by Rose-Richards 2m52s. Dixon spun twice in the Bray Hill hairpin but then set at time of 2m58s. Dodson did a 3m03s and Hamilton a 3m08s lap. Mays had carburetion trouble with his ERA.
      During the second practice session Dixon made a 2m44s lap as did Lewis. Dodson made a time of 2m51s.
Race:
Just as at the Mannin Beg race two days earlier the weather was hot. The cars were lined up on the grid two and two according to their practice times with Lewis and Dixon in the front row. Half of the field, Lewis, Dixon, Dodson, Eccles and Paul, had already raced at the Mannin Beg two days earlier.
      At 10 o'clock legendary Brooklands timekeeper Albert Victor "Ebby " Ebblewhite raised his Manx flag and then dropped it. The race was on its way.
Pole Position
4
Lewis

Alfa-Romeo

7
Dixon

Riley

12
Sameiro

Alfa-Romeo

2
Rose-Richards

Bugatti

1
Staniland

Bugatti

11
Shuttleworth

Bugatti

9
C Dodson

Alfa Romeo

14
DNS



10
Hamilton

Alfa-Romeo

3
Eccles

Bugatti

8
Paul

Riley

When the flag dropped Lewis immediately took the lead. He was followed by Rose-Richards in his Bugatti and Dixon in the Riley. Behind them Shuttleworth and Hamilton passed Sameiro for fourth and fifth positions. Up Broadway Dodson got the best acceleration and going almost up on the kerb passed Hamilton and Shuttleworth and just be fore the York Road bump went past Dixon as well for third poition. Lewis made the first lap in some three minutes. Behind him followed Rose-Richards, Dodson and Dixon. Dixon went up on the side of Dodson on the promenade and passed him at the Broadway corner for third position.
      On the next lap Dixon came into the Onchan hairpin at high speed with brakes squealing. Instead of turning to keep his position and create a collision Rose-Richards a slowed down to let the Riley by. Dixon had no chance to take the corner and entered the escape road, dropping down to seventh position. A large dog run on to the course, but was quickly captured.
      At the end of the second lap Staniland retired Mathieson's Bugatti to the pit with a broken gearbox layshaft. Lewis made the lap in 2m54s (75.68 mph) pulling away from the rest of the field without effort. Shuttleworth missed overshot at Broadway corner and had to take the escape road.
      After three laps Lewis was already leading by ten seconds. But soon the selector locking mechanism for third gear had ceased to work and Lewis would drive the rest of the race with only second and fourth gears.
      After seven laps Lewis led by 12 seconds over Rose-Richards after having done the lap in 2m53s (76.12 mph). Behind Dixon was driving flat out to regain positions lost at the hairpin incident. For half a lap he struggled to pass Eccles before succeding. Sameiro overshot his Monza at the Broadway corner on the 8th lap, Dixon narrowly avoiding him as he passed for fifth place. On the next lap he overtook Dodson moving back to third position. Dixon made the 9th lap in 2m52s (76.56 mph) the fastest lap of the race so far. The race order was now Lewis, Rose-Richards, Dixon, Dodson, Eccles, Sameiro, Shuttleworth, Hamilton, who had only had half-an-hour's practise on Kaye Don's Monza, and Cyril Paul, who already was a lap down.
      Shuttleworth's Bugatti was making smoke and he had to stop in the pit to clear a choked fuel pipe. The race order after 10 laps for the top six competitors looked like this:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)29m11s  (Note 2)
2. Rose-Richards (Bugatti)29m27s
3. Dixon (Riley)29m54s
4. Sameiro (Alfa Romeo)30m07s
5. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)30m09s
6. Eccles (Bugatti)30m12s

At the end of the 13th lap second positioned Rose-Richards came slowly to the pit with steam blowing from his radiator. The radiator was quickly refilled but the car refused to start until work had been done to the carburettor. Rose-Richards rejoined the race in last position, but on the next lap the radiator started to blow again and the car returned to the pit to retire with a broken water pump spindle.
      That put Dixon into second position 44 seconds behind Lewis. Sameiro was in third position some twenty seconds behind Dixon and was followed by Dodson, Eccles and Shuttleworth.
      Soon afterwards the exhaust pipe on Hamilton's Monza got loose on the Promenade. Hamilton stopped to secure it, but it fell off again on the next lap and the back wheels run over it bending it badly "into a funny shape". The pipe was irreparable and Hamilton had to retire.
      Seven cars remained in the race. Lewis increased his lead by several seconds each lap. He made his 19th lap in 2m51 s (77.01 mph) to lead by 55 seconds. The race situation after 20 laps:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)58m07s
2. Dixon (Riley)59m03s
3. Sameiro (Alfa Romeo)59m25s
4. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)59m026s
5. Eccles (Bugatti)59m33s
6. Shuttleworth (Bugatti)1h03m12s

After an astonishing performance keeping in front of Monzas and Bugattis with his non-supercharged 1.8 litre Riley, Dixon's race came to an end on the 21th lap as the car stopped at the York Road after an odd noise was heard from the engine. Dixon went back to the pit for tools and only after he had removed the sump he was willing to give up, as centre main bearing had failed.
      Lewis put in the fastest lap of the day with a time of 2m50s (77.46 mph). The race order was Lewis leading Samerio by 85 seconds. Then followed Dodson, Eccles, Shuttleworth and Paul, whose car now was running much better than earlier in the race a lap behind. Sameiro was running fast trying to open a gap over Dodson.
      Shuttleworth's car had been leaving a trail of blue smoke for several laps, and on the 30th lap he stopped the Bugatti with a broken connecting rod and walked back to the pits.
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)1h27m02s
2. Sameiro (Alfa Romeo)1h28m34s
3. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)1h28m46s
4. Eccles (Bugatti)1h28m59s
5. Paul (Riley)1h35m02s

Lewis eased down keeping his one and a half minute lead over Sameiro. Then water started to stream from the radiator of the latter's Monza and on the 38th lap he descended slowly down Summer Hill and was passed by Dodson as he pulled into the pit with a broken connecting rod. On the next lap Eccles tying to pass Dodson suddenly slowed down and came to the pit with odd noises from the rear axle. The back wheels were jacked up and mechanics spun them around and listened with the gear-lever in various positions. Satisfied Eccles climbed back into the car and started but immediately there was a series of nasty clanking and he had to retire with a broken crown wheel in the rear axle.
    &nbs With ten laps to go the field was down to three cars:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)1h56m18s
2. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)1h58m08s
3. Paul (Riley)2h05m50s

Lewis had an almost 2 minutes lead over Dodson on John Cobb's Monza and Paul on the Riley, two laps behind. There was an anxious moment as Paul went very slowly up York Road but the Riley was all right. Dixon, realizing that his team mate had to finish within 15 minutes of the winner to be classified, was waving a pit signal to Paul to speed up. Meanwhile Dodson had dramatically slowed down and Lewis put him a lap down passing him at Summer Hill on the 48th lap. In the end Lewis took the flag 3m24s in front of Dodson with Paul a further 8m08s behind, but it had not been such an easy victory as it looked like as the powerful Alfa Romeo had been hard to handle before Lewis learned the trick, and the car had lost a gear early in the race.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Brian LewisN Rees & A FoxAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.6S-8502h25m41s
2.9Charlie DodsonJohn CobbAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8502h29m05s+ 3m24s
3.8Cyril PaulF W DixonRiley2000/61.8502h37m13s+ 11m32s
DNF3Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT512.3S-839rear axle
DNF12Vasco SameiroE F AbecassisAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-838connecting rod
DNF11Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthBugattiT512.3S-829connecting rod
DNF7Freddie DixonF W DixonRiley2000/61.820bearings
DNF10Hugh HamiltonKaye DonAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-816exhaust pipe
DNF2Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsBugattiT512.3S-814water pump
DNF1Christopher StanilandT.A.S.O. MathiesonBugattiT512.3S-82gearbox
Fastest lap: Brian Lewis (Alfa Romeo) in 2m50s = 124.7 km/h (77.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 121.3 km/h (75.3 mph)
Weather: sunny and hot.

Primary sources researched for this article:
MG Magazine, Abingdon-on-Thames
Motor Sport. London
The Motor, London
Also:
Barré Lyndon: "Grand Prix"

Footnote:
1. For British races speeds and distances are of course always counted in miles and mph and then converted to km and km/h.

2. Intermediate times are approximate due to the curious British custom to give results as speed rather than as time and the circuit length as either 3.658 or 3.659 miles. I have used the latter number in the calculations.



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