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").
GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.765 km (6.068 mi) = 195.3 km (121.4 mi)
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.
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.
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:
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.
|1.||16||Louis Decaroli||L. Decaroli||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||20||1h46m28.2s|| |
|2.||6||Armand Girod||A. Girod||Salmson||8C||1.1||S-8||20||1h47m36.6s||+ 1m08.4s|
|3.||4||Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier||Mme. Rose-Itier||Bugatti||T51A||1.5||S-8||20||1h48m41.0s||+ 2m12.8s|
|4.||2||Alain Guilbaut||A. Guilbaut||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||20||1h53m06.0s||+ 6m37.8s|
|5.||20||Claude "Barowski"||C. "Barowski"||Bugatti||T51A||1.5||S-8||18|| || |
|6.||18||Claude Mélinant||C. Mélinant||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||18|| || |
|DNF||12||Jean Cattaneo||J. Cattaneo||Bugatti||T51A||1.5||S-8||14||piston|| |
|DNF||10||Claude Bonneau||C. Bonneau||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-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
GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.765 km (6.068 mi) = 195.3 km (121.4 mi)
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1.||18||Benoît Falchetto||Ecurie Braillard||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||20||1h31m53.6s|
|2.||2||Raymond Sommer||R. Sommer||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||20||1h33m32.6s||+ 1m39.0s|
|3.||4||Robert Brunet||R. Brunet||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||20||1h36m26.0s||+ 4m32.4s|
|4.||26||Louis Braillard||Ecurie Braillard||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||19|
|5.||16||Victor Marret||V. Marret||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||19|
|6.||6||Jean Delorme||J. Delorme||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||18|
|7.||8||Mlle "Hellé-Nice"||Mlle "Hellé-Nice"||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||18|
|DNF||12||"André Delmo"||A. Delom||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||16||ignition|
|DNF||14||Jean Bénéjean||J. Bénéjean||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||15||crash|
|8.||22||Victor Mouret||V. Mouret||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||15|
|DNF||10||Juan Zanelli||J. Zanelli||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||8||rear 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:|
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Journal, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
Motor Sport, London
Special thanks to::
22 May - 2 June 1934: Pintacuda/Nardilli (Lancia) wins the Giro d'Italia Automobilistico long distance race.
30 May 1934: Cummings (Miller) wins the Indianapolis 500 race.
1 June 1934: Black (MG K3) wins the Mannin Beg 1100cc voiturette race at Douglas - Isle of Man.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1.||4||Brian Lewis||N Rees & A Fox||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.6||S-8||50||2h25m41s|
|2.||9||Charlie Dodson||John Cobb||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||50||2h29m05s||+ 3m24s|
|3.||8||Cyril Paul||F W Dixon||Riley||2000/6||1.8||50||2h37m13s||+ 11m32s|
|DNF||3||Lindsay Eccles||L. Eccles||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||39||rear axle|
|DNF||12||Vasco Sameiro||E F Abecassis||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||38||connecting rod|
|DNF||11||Dick Shuttleworth||R. Shuttleworth||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||29||connecting rod|
|DNF||7||Freddie Dixon||F W Dixon||Riley||2000/6||1.8||20||bearings|
|DNF||10||Hugh Hamilton||Kaye Don||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||16||exhaust pipe|
|DNF||2||Tim Rose-Richards||T. Rose-Richards||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||14||water pump|
|DNF||1||Christopher Staniland||T.A.S.O. Mathieson||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||2||gearbox|
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
Barré Lyndon: "Grand Prix"
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.