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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 = 196.56 km (122.14 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
4Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4
6Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller2-stroke1.5S-12
8Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller2-stroke1.5S-12
10Herbert WimmerA. ZollerZoller2-stroke1.5S-12DNA - did not appear
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. StößerBMWs/c1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
32Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschMG"Magic Midget"0.7S-4
34Walter BäumerWalter BäumerAustin"Duck"0.7S-4
36Werner BäumerWalter BäumerAustin7 Ulster0.7S-4
38Adolf BrudesR. KohlrauschMGJ40.7S-4


Veyron wins the Avus 1500 cc race for the second time

by Hans Etzrodt
The International Avusrennen was a very popular event in Berlin. The 1500 cc race began the activities. Of the 16 starters, 11 were German, two came from France, two from Italiy and one from Czechoslovakia. Veyron, the French winner in the previous year's event, won again unchallenged with his Bugatti. The German Burggaller, also in a Bugatti, again finished in second place. Castelbarco (Maserati) from Italy was third ahead of five Germans, Simons (Bugatti), Fork (MG), Briem (Amilcar), Seibel (Bugatti) and Brudes (MG). The two Zoller two-stroke cars, which were the only German cars in the field, retired early. There were six other retirements.
The cars had to complete 10 laps or 195.561 km. The Avusrennen counted towards the newly created German Racecar Championship. The race was endowed with 11,500 Mark in prize money. The winner received 5,000 Mark, second place 3,000, third 2,000, fourth 1,000 and fifth 500 Mark. A more detailed introduction to the Avusrennen is found in the report for the main race.
Entries:
Only two German cars were entered, two of the 1449 cc Zoller double piston two-stroke cars. It was a new design making its first public appearance. The drivers were Gerhard Macher and Ernst von Delius. A third Zoller could not be completed in time for the race. The supercharged BMW of Eugen Stösser was another German car, but it was not allowed to start as the driver had not taken part in practice. Earl Howe practiced with his green 1500 Delage but did not start with it since he wanted to race in the following main event with his Bugatti. A complete list of entries is at the beginning of this report.
Practice:
Official practice was held on Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Some 1500 cars were seen practicing on Thursday. There was significantly more activity during Friday's practice. Earl Howe practiced with his green Delage. The much talked about Zoller two-stroke cars arrived only at the last moment on Saturday and were evidently not yet ready judging by their practice laps. The cars were being tested for the first time as they had not been run previously. Scrutineering was on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
Race:
The Avusrennen began at 2:00 PM on Sunday with the race for the 1500 cc cars over 10 laps. The starting grid was reduced to 16 cars, where positions had been decided by ballot. The grid contained one empty place in the sixth row to indicate the location of Earl Howe who was a non-starter.
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

Adolf Hühnlein, the leader of German Motorsport for the NAZI Government, lowered the flag to release the field at exactly 2:00 PM. The air was filled with the sound of engines roaring as the 16 cars thundered away with Veyron in his blue Bugatti at the front of the pack.
      At the end of the first lap Veyron was leading at an average speed of 174.9 km/h about 300 meters ahead of Burggaller at 171.1 km/h who had started from the last row and had passed 13 cars. Sojka followed after a nine seconds gap. After a long gap Kohlrausch appeared in the MG "Magic Midget" world record car ahead of Castelbarco in the red Maserati, with a further gap to Fork in another MG and Simons in a Bugatti who were racing very close together. Briem with the Amilcar was in eighth place, then Seibel who stopped at the pits, Delius in a Zoller, Brudes, Vagniez and Walter Bäumer. Macher in the other Zoller retired with overheating at the 5.5 km marker. The Italian motorcycle rider Sandri who was making his debut in an older Maserati, had started with a damaged differential and retired on the first lap somewhere on the circuit with a broken differential. Werner Bäumer also retired on the circuit during the first lap due to gearbox damage on his Austin.
      After the second lap the French driver Vagniez retired his Maserati with a broken fuel tank and Seibel stopped for the second time at the pits.
      Delius, in ninth position, stopped after three laps at his pit with the Zoller overheating due to the cylinder head leaks and retired. Walter Bäumer in the Austin retired also on lap four following two previous stops at the pits.
      The battle continued but the lead appeared to be settled because Burggaller failed to close up to the Bugatti of Veyron, who lap after lap increased his lead.
      After the fifth lap Kohlrausch, who had led the 800cc group in his streamlined MG record car, stopped at the pits where he retired with cramp in his calf muscle. The seat of the MG-Magic was very primitive and so narrow that Kohlrausch had to drive with his knees drawn up, which caused the cramp. After being helped out of the car he received a leg massage on the pit counter, but the cramp did not abate and he had to retire. Adolf Brudes in another MG was now the only survivor in the special class for 800 cc cars.
      After the sixth lap the Czech driver Sojka in third place retired his Bugatti, and the Italian count Castelbarco in a Maserati inherited third place.
      After nine laps Veyron was leading at 182,6 km/h average and was about 35 seconds ahead of Burggaller's white single seat Bugatti, whose average speed was 180.8 km/h.
      After ten laps Veyron crossed the finish line first, 35 seconds ahead of Burggaller. Veyron's average lap time for the 10 laps was 6m2.76s and his average speed was 182.7 km/h. Count Castelbarco in the Maserati finished third. Simons, Fork and Briem were one lap behind in fourth, fifth and sixth places. On their tenth lap Fork (MG) and Simons (Bugatti) had an exciting final battle for fourth place. During the entire race Simons had followed Fork very closely and tried to pass him but to no avail. But on the last 800 meters long straight from the North Turn to the finish line Simons was able to catch Fork and crossed the finish line just about five meters ahead of the MG. Seibel and Brudes in seventh and eighth place were two laps behind.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.14Pierre VeyronAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h04m36.0s 
2.2Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8101h05m09.2s+ 33.2s
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
DNF24Bruno SojkaF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-86overheating 
DNF32Bobby KohlrauschR. KohlrauschMG"Magic Midget"0.7S-45driver sick 
DNF34Walter BäumerWalter BäumerAustin"Duck"0.7S-45mechanical 
DNF8Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller2-stroke1.5S-123overheating 
DNF18André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-81fuel tank 
DNF36Werner BäumerWalter BäumerAustin7 Ulster0.7S-40gearbox 
DNF20Guglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati261.5S-80differential 
DNF6Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller2-stroke1.5S-120overheating 
Fastest lap: Pierre Veyron (Bugatti) on lap 7 in 6m19.2s = 185.8 km/h (115.5 mph).
Winner's medium speed: 182.6 km/h (113.4 mph).
Weather: cloudy, dry.
In retrospect:
The time keepers did not publish intermediate times so none appeared in the press reports. We encountered many variations between the different accounts describing incidents, stops and retirements. We believe this report to be accurate.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
AZ-Motorwelt, Brno
Das Auto & Kraftrad, Berlin
DDAC Motorwelt, München
DDAC Wochenschrift, München
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
L'Auto, Paris
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
The Motor, London
Special thanks to: Giuseppe Prisco



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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 SienaMaserati8C-30003.0S-8
Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS - did not start
Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS - did not start
Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS - did not start
60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8streamliner
66Peter de PaoloFrank ScullyMiller308 4-WD5.2V-8
68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - did not start
Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-4DNA - did not appear
Piero TaruffiOfficine A. MaseratiMaseratiV54.92x8DNA - did not appear
Robert BenoistAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA - did not appear
Antonio BrivioAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA - did not appear
René DreyfusAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA - did not appear
Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8DNA - did not appear



Moll wins at Avus with Alfa Romeo, Auto Union third with Momberger

by Hans Etzrodt
The formula libre Avusrennen was of very great interest in Germany because the new German racecars started here for the first time. During practice the fastest Auto Union was timed at 252 km/h for one lap and the Mercedes-Benz at 245 km/h. After practice the Mercedes engineers decided to withdraw their cars which were not yet fit for the race. The battle was then reduced to between Auto Union and Alfa Romeo. Stuck in the Auto Union was fastest and led the first 10 laps. He then pitted and overstressed his clutch to retire two laps later. Chiron (Alfa Romeo) who held an early second place, retired after nine laps. His teammate Moll was in second place on lap seven and took the lead when Stuck pitted. Varzi in the third Alfa finished second and Momberger in the only surviving Auto Union finished third. Earl Howe drove steadily in his Maserati, finishing fourth, followed by the heroic Nuvolari in another Maserati with his broken leg in plaster. The independent Pietsch finished sixth in his Alfa Romeo. The American DePaolo in a 4WD Miller retired as did Siena (Maserati) and Leiningen (Auto Union.)
The fourth International Avusrennen was in doubt for some time. The newly formed DDAC (Der Deutsche Automobil Club), which took over from the ADAC, functioned as the organizer of this event and had originally scheduled the race on May 27. But then the Berlin event in the new National Socialist Third Reich was supposed to overshadow the preceding races and a postponement of the race to June 17 was requested by the AIACR. Since the 24-Hours of Le Mans, the Penya Rhin race, and the Pontedecimo-Giovi hill climb and Kesselberg hill climbs were already due to take place on that date, the AIACR in Paris declined the request. The postponement had been initially requested when the Avus was still undergoing re-construction and improvements. The work at the Avus had progressed in the meantime, so that it was possible to hold the race on May 27.
      The race was not held to the new 750 kg formula regulations but to Formula Libre. The event was again split into 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 large cars over 1500 cc, which had to do 15 laps equal to 294.426 km. The Avusrennen counted towards the newly created German Racecar Championship.
      The promoter installed three additional stands for a total of 4000 seats and the course was further improved to produce even higher speeds. 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 track permitted prolonged high-speed driving and was the fastest racetrack in Europe.
      The race was endowed with 26,000 Mark in prize money. The winner received 10,000 Mark, second place 6,000, third 4,000, fourth 3,000 fifth 2,000 and sixth 1,000 Mark.
Entries:
Auto Union entered three cars for Stuck, zu Leiningen and Momberger. This new car was designed by Professor Ferdinand Porsche and was officially called the "P-Wagen" but is listed in this report as type "A". Technical details were not released to the press at this race. Auto Union was extremely secretive and released no information about their cars. Neither did Daimler-Benz who also entered three cars, named by the press as Mercedes-Benz 750 kg but listed in this report as type W25. The drivers were von Brauchitsch, Fagioli and Caracciola. The Mercedes and Auto Union racecars were all painted silver, and described by the press as unpainted silver metallic, proof of which could be seen in some photographs.
      Three Alfa Romeo Type B/P3 were entered by Scuderia Ferrari. Varzi and Chiron drove the regular 2.9-liter models while Moll was assigned a special P3 with streamlined body designed by engineer Pallavicino. This car raced at Avus with a rounded radiator cowl, a headrest with a long fin attached and fairings behind each of the four wheels. The engine was enlarged to 3.2-liters, raising the power to 265 hp. During a preceding test on the Milan-Bergamo Autostrada by Moll and Varzi, the Italian did not like the way the car drove and refused to drive it in the race, so Moll became the designated driver.
      Bugatti entered a team of four cars for Benoist, Brivio, Dreyfus and Wimille. A few days before the race, Bugatti withdrew their cars since they were still busy modifying them.
      Nuvolari had planned to enter the race with the 16-cylinder Maserati but since this car had crashed in Tripoli, three weeks earlier, it was no longer available because it could not be repaired in the short time. Nuvolari decided to race again, although he had not yet recovered from his accident in Alessandria five weeks earlier with a double fracture of his left leg. He had to find another Maserati 8CM because his own had been damaged in the crash. Nuvolari was determined to start, despite the fact that his leg was not yet fully healed. He practiced and raced with his broken left leg in plaster and had the pedals of his Maserati altered so that he could reach them all with his right leg.
      Maserati had intended to start with Taruffi but since he had crashed at Tripoli, his place became vacant, and Zehender took his place in a 4-cylinder 26M Maserati.
      The American Peter DePaolo made arrangements with Frank and Al Scully, wealthy Chicago sportsmen, to drive their Miller cars with Lou Moore at Tripoli. While Moore returned to America for the Indy 500, DePaolo headed to Berlin where he drove the 308 4WD Miller with a V-8 engine of 5200 cc producing 300 hp at 5500 RPM and a top speed of 260 km/h.
      Siena was one of the independents with a 3000 Maserati. Paul Pietsch drove his white 2600 Alfa Romeo and Hans Rüesch practiced in a streamlined 8CM Maserati but did not start for unknown reasons.
Practice:
Before official practice in May, on March 6, 1934, Hans Stuck drove an Auto Union for 12 laps at Avus and broke the one-hour world record at 217.110 km/h also the records for 100 miles and 200 km.
      On Friday April 27th, four weeks before the race, both the new Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union for the first time together, tested their cars at Avus joined by a team from Continental with the main objective to test the efficiency of the tires. At 5 in the morning under supervision of Engineer Neubauer, Manfred von Brauchitsch did the first laps. Fagioli drove next and reached high lap speeds. Because the cars showed problems, the tests were then continued only on Saturday. Brauchitsch drove the fastest lap in 5m26s. For comparison, Hans Stuck during his World Record attempt was only 4 seconds faster on his fastest lap. Immediately after Mercedes ended their practice, the P-Wagen of Auto Union took to the track. Momberger drove first and on his second lap reached a time of 5m28s. Price zu Leiningen who drove later obtained the same speed. Since the tests were conducted at cool temperatures in the early morning, they were not suitable for such tire tests and showed no strong wear.
      On Friday, May 18th Mercedes returned with their new cars to Avus. They practiced during the greatest noon heat to test the tires. Photographs of these early tests could not be found to determine the color of the cars, which later became a contentious issue.
      With his record car Hans Stuck appeared for official practice which was set for Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Early Thursday morning at 6:00 AM Caracciola appeared suddenly and hurriedly donned his race overalls before taking off in one of the new Mercedes-Benz. On the first lap the German had to get acquainted with the car in which the seat and pedals had been made comfortable for Caracciola during busy night work. After his third fully completed lap he reached an average of 230 km/h. With that lap Caracciola proved that he was still able to drive after his serious accident over a year ago. Several small cars were also seen on Thursday.
      During Friday's practice there was significantly more activity. Auto Union with Stuck, Momberger and Prince zu Leiningen practiced with their long racecars. Mercedes also unloaded their three cars and Nuvolari appeared with his red Maserati. Rüesch was out with his streamlined Maserati, as was Earl Howe with the green Delage. Earl Howe must have practiced also in his Bugatti but it was not reported. All drivers had to practice in their racecar as was required by the rules. Chiron and Varzi appeared with their old type Alfa Romeos, but Moll's streamlined car caused a stir. Caracciola was out again, likewise Fagioli and von Brauchitsch. Excellent speeds were achieved especially by the Auto Unions. Stuck reached a top speed of 308 km/h on the straight with a lap at 245 km/h average speed, but his fastest lap in 4m48s was at an average speed of 252.0 km/h, something the world had not seen before. The fastest lap made by a Mercedes was in 5m02s with Fagioli driving at 244.9 km/h.
      On Saturday before scrutineering from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Daimler-Benz withdrew their cars when they realized that they could not correct the fuel pump problem on all three cars, which was not delivering a sufficient amount of fuel at high speed.
Friday practice times, published by L'Auto:
Stuck (Auto Union)4m48s
Leiningen (Auto Union)4m49s
Momberger (Auto Union)4m54s
Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)5m02s
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)5m03s
Varzi (Alfa Romeo)5m08s
Moll (Alfa Romeo)5m09s
Chiron (Alfa Romeo)5m10s
Race:
The Avusrennen on Sunday was a major event for the people of Berlin, a repetition of the 1933 event. The mass migration to the famous race track began during the early morning hours. Long before the start of the race, the grandstands were tightly packed and sold out. The starting area was crawling with semi and full officials, drivers and authorities. Around the entire track numerous groups of spectators made their way. One week before the race all seats had been sold out. This year's Avusrennen laid claim to being a race with a huge spectator attendance of 200,000 but probably 150,000-175,000 might be more correct. Many officials and leading personalities of the Nazi government were present.
      The sky was full of dark rain threatening clouds. The proceedings began at 2:00 PM with the race for the 1500 cc cars over 10 laps, which was won by Veyron in his blue Bugatti, which was a foretaste of things to come.
      When it was announced that Mercedes-Benz would not start, the crowd was very disappointed. The Swiss driver Rüesch would also not start. With the loss of Mercedes and Bugatti, the battle was limited to Auto Union and the Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos which reduced the importance of the event. The starting grid was reduced to 11 cars, where positions had been decided by ballot. Slowly the cars were pushed onto the grid just as the black cloud above emptied out and let loose a barrage of hail to the horror of the spectators. The prospect of a fast and interesting race disappeared, instead the risk suddenly was very great. The drivers stolidly watched the rattling hail while the cars were protected under tight blankets. All the cars had been mounted with special tires for the wet track. The meadows along the edge of the racetrack, which were crowded with countless standing spectators, turned into a morass. It was still raining when the cars were made ready for the start.
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

Adolf Hühnlein, the leader of German Motorsport for the NAZI Government, walked from car to car and shook each driver's hand to wish them a good race. The grid contained four empty places indicating the location of the four non-starters. Exactly at 4:00 PM Hühnlein lowered the flag for the second time to release the field. The air was filled with the sound of engines screaming and roaring as the 11 cars thundered away in a white cloud of spray. Chiron in the Alfa Romeo took the lead and shortly afterwards Stuck in an Auto Union passed into first place.
      At the end of the first lap Stuck held the lead with 206 km/h average speed. No other cars were seen or could be heard. Such an advantage was absolutely unbelievable. But then, finally after 48 seconds Chiron appeared followed 12 seconds later by Varzi, ahead of Moll and Nuvolari with his left leg in plaster, then Leiningen, DePaolo, Earl Howe, Momberger, Pietsch and Siena who stopped at the pits.
      On the second lap Stuck slowed his pace, nevertheless his lead increased to 73 seconds. He was followed by Chiron, Varzi and Moll in fourth place. His P-Wagen, though hidden in a white cloud of water spray from the wheels, chased with amazing regularity around the course as if it was tied to the track. Meanwhile Leiningen was able to pass Nuvolari to gain 5th place and Momberger passed Earl Howe. Siena at the tail end stopped at the pits again.
      Stuck led the third lap, speeding along the straights and was still trailing a large cloud of white spray more than any of the other cars. He lapped Pietsch in last place. Chiron and Varzi still followed with Moll in fourth place, who was closing up on Varzi. Nuvolari was closing up on Moll. Siena had started the third lap but did not return and retired somewhere on the track.
      By lap four the threatening dark clouds had moved away and the rain had stopped; the first rays of sunshine were seen in the sky. Stuck's lead over Chiron was down to around 60 seconds and 80 seconds to Moll who had passed Varzi for third place. Leiningen was fifth ahead of Nuvolari. Momberger had passed DePaolo for seventh place with Earl Howe and Pietsch forming the tail of the field.
      On the 5th lap the track began to dry and Stuck in first place maintained his lead. Moll in the streamlined Alfa attacked Chiron in second place. Varzi was fourth ahead of Leiningen, Nuvolari and Momberger. DePaolo in eighth place never played a significant role as did the other independents Earl Howe and Pietsch.
      After six laps Stuck had increased his lead to 1½ minutes over Chiron with Moll following only 50 meters behind. Varzi was still in fourth position with Leiningen fifth followed by Momberger and DePaolo. Nuvolari had fallen behind and was now only slightly ahead of Earl Howe with Pietsch last.
      On the seventh lap the sky had cleared and the track had almost dried. When Chiron in second place stopped briefly at the pits he was passed by Moll and dropped to third place, followed by Varzi a few seconds behind, then Leiningen and Momberger. DePaolo retired along the track when two connecting rods let go. Leiningen stopped at the pits after having lost a lot of water, which he replenished. Stuck's average lap time for the first 7 laps was 5m43,7s and his average speed was 206.2 km/h with the following times after 7 laps.
1.Stuck (Auto Union)40m06.2s
2.Moll (Alfa Romeo)41m29.8s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)41m34.2s
4.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)
5.Leiningen (Auto Union)
6.Momberger (Auto Union)
7.Nuvolari (Maserati)
8.Earl Howe (Maserati)
9.Pietsch (Alfa Romeo)

On the eighth lap the order remained Stuck, Moll, Chiron and Varzi. Leiningen in fifth place retired at Kilometer marker 14 after the car lost more water, so much that he could not proceed. Momberger who had followed Leiningen had raised his pace and passed Varzi in fourth place, relegating the Italian to fifth position. Nuvolari was sixth ahead of Earl Howe and Pietsch. With Leiningen gone, the field was down to eight cars.
      On the ninth lap Stuck was leading Moll while Chiron in third place stopped at the pits at the beginning of the lap due to overheating. He filled up with water and rejoined the race but at a slow speed. As the track had dried up, Momberger made the fastest lap of the race in 5m12.0s at 225.843 km/h average speed and passed Chiron, gaining third place. Varzi also passed the slow Chiron, demoting him to fifth place ahead of Nuvolari, Earl Howe and Pietsch.
      On lap ten the order remained unchanged with Stuck ahead of Moll, Momberger and Varzi fourth. When Chiron retired at the beginning of lap 10, the field was down to seven cars. Nuvolari was still leading the tail-end group ahead of Earl Howe and Pietsch.
      Following a preconceived plan Stuck stopped at the pits at the beginning of lap 11 to refuel and change rear wheels. The stop took 1m22s, but while he was in the pits the red Alfa of Moll, which had been only 30 seconds behind, passed into the lead. Stuck re-started the chase with great acceleration. Momberger also stopped to refuel and change rear wheels and though it only took 45 seconds, it enabled Varzi to pass him for third place. So, the order had changed to Moll in the lead, followed by Stuck, Varzi and Momberger in fourth place with the tail group still Nuvolari, Earl Howe and Pietsch. At the end of lap 11, Moll had a lead of one minute to Stuck, who arrived slowly at the pits with a slipping clutch. He stopped for a brief talk then carried on slowly without great speed. Supposedly he had ruined the clutch in the South Turn as a result of acceleration when he was only 400 meters behind Moll whom he was trying to catch. Another version suggested that Stuck ruined the clutch when accelerating from his pit stop.
      On lap 12 Moll held the lead ahead of Varzi and Momberger. The German stopped at his pit again and had a brief talk about the gear shift which had been damaged during the chase. He was told to drive in fourth gear only and take the South Turn without shifting gears. At the end of lap 12, Stuck who was fourth, reached his pit two minutes after Moll. He climbed out of his car and retired. With Nuvolari, Earl Howe and Pietsch the field was down to six cars.
      On lap 13, the race was still controlled by Moll, whose pace remained fast and regular. Varzi held second position ahead of Momberger's Auto Union.
      On his 14th lap the order of the first three did not change. However, Nuvolari stopped at the pits to change wheels to ensure that he would finish the race. While he was in the pits Earl Howe was able to pass the Italian into fourth place.
      On lap 15 the white cords of Varzi's tires could be seen, the result of overstraining. On the last lap the cover of his right rear tire was flung off only a few hundred meters before the finish. However, he was able continue, albeit at reduced speed.
      Moll finished first ahead of Varzi and Momberger. The remaining three finishers were all lapped, Earl Howe once, Nuvolari twice and Pietsch three times. The Italian flag was hoisted, the Giovannezza was played and Moll received congratulations from Adolf Hühnlein. After the race had ended it began raining again. The race manager Dr. Feuereissen drove the winners around the track for the lap of honor.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8151h26m03.0s
2.60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h27m30.6s+ 1m27.6s
3.46August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16151h27m48.6s+ 1m45.6s
4.48Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h35m18.6s+ 9m15.6s
5.50Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h39m09.0s+ 13m06.0s
6.68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8151h44m29.4s+ 18m26.4s
DNF42Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-1612clutch
DNF62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-89oil pipe
DNF44Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-167radiator
DNF66Peter de PaoloFrank ScullyMiller308 4-WD5.2V-85connecting rods
DNF52Eugenio SienaScuderia SienaMaserati8C-30003.0S-82mechanical
Fastest lap: August Momberger (Auto Union) on lap 9 in 5m12.0s = 225.8 km/h (140.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 205.3 km/h (127.6 mph)
Weather: raining during first four laps.
In retrospect:
The time keepers did not publish intermediate times so none appeared in the press reports. We encountered many variations between the different accounts describing incidents, stops and retirements. We believe this report to be accurate.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
AZ-Motorwelt, Brno
Das Auto & Kraftrad, Berlin
DDAC Motorwelt, München
DDAC Wochenschrift, München
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
L'Auto, Paris
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
The Motor, London
Special thanks to: Giuseppe Prisco



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: Carlo Pintacuda/Mario Nardilli (Lancia) wins the Giro d'Italia Automobilistico long distance race.
Star 27 May 1934: The one hour Circuit d'Orleans race is held at Circuit d'Orleans in France:
750cc ss / 1100cc u/s
1.   5 BlanchardDarmont21 laps in57m56s
2.   ? Viale?
3.   4 BouchyB.N.C.
4.   2 RémyDarmont
1100cc ss / 1500cc u/s
1.   14 ScaronAmilcar27 laps in58m19s
2.   9 MestivierAmilcar
3.   13 DruckSalmson
4.   10 MartinAmilcar
1500cc s/s
1.   16 LéozBugatti25 laps in58m05s
> 1500cc
1.   18 FournyBugatti28 laps in58m44s
2.   20 CazeautBugatti
3.   21 RoumaniBugatti

Star 30 May 1934: Bill Cummings (Miller) wins the Indianapolis 500 race.



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
5Gerard 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

by Leif Snellman
Dixon with a Riley was challenged by a huge number of MGs. Handley (MG) took the lead at the start but crashed after only one lap. Eyston (MG) then held the lead until the tenth lap when Dixon passed him and soon opened up a huge gap to the rest of the field. Behind him several MG drivers were fighting for second position. Eyston fell back when he made a refuelling stop, Hamilton (MG) crashed and eventually Black (MG) took over second position followed by Eyston. With five laps to go Dixon ran out of fuel and Black went on to take a surprise victory with Dodson (MG), who had passed Eyston late in the race, second and Eyston third.
The Mannin Beg voiturette race and the Mannin Moar race for unlimited cars organized by the R.A.C. were subsidized by a grant of fifteen hundred pounds from the Manx Government. The second Manning Beg (the name means the "Small Man") was held on Wednesday 30 May, two days before the Mannin Moar. As in 1933 it was a race for 1100 cc supercharged and 1500cc unsupercharged cars. For 1934 however the organizers had decided to allow single seat cars. Two mechanics were allowed in the pit for each competitor while riding mechanics were no longer allowed. The course had been shortened for 1934 and made much faster (see the Mannin Moar report below). The race distance was the same as for the Mannin Moar, 50 laps for a total of 182.95 miles. The Mannin Beg trophy was donated by Lord Wakefield.
Entries:
There were no starting fees, and as the prizes were not high the race had an all British entry list with no foreign drivers interested in doing a long trip. Freddie Dixon entered two modified 1.5 litre Rileys, each with a black-painted frame and a low, squat aluminium body, for himself and for Cyril Paul. Teddy Rayson, Victor Gillow and Pat Fairfield raced 1.1 litre unsupercharged Riley 9s.
      There were no less than twelve supercharged M.G. Magnettes, three of them single seaters: Ron Horton's red car, Hugh Hamilton's aluminium coloured streamliner, both with the driver sitting alongside the transmission, and George Eyston's two shade brown car with off-set engine and transmission.
      Motorcycle racer Walter Handley and Charlie Dodson entered identical brown-cream coloured M.G.s and Eddie Hall a green M.G. Kaye Don, Patrick Donkin, Roy Eccles, Charlie Martin, Norman Black and R. Gibson were also M.G. Magnette drivers. Donkin entered only his second race.
      Bill Everitt and F. Allen raced 0.7 litre supercharged M.G. Midgets. Henry Laird raced a 1.5 litre McEvoy Special, a modified Wolseley Hornet. Brian Lewis entered a racer bodied Singer Le Mans. The 1.1 litre ERA failed to appear as did the two stroke Jameson Special.
Practice:
The practice sessions were on Monday and Tuesday 28th and 29th April between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. The grid order was decided according to practice times but the only known fact about the practice is that Handley took pole position with a time of 2m56s. According to The Motor C. Allen had failed to qualify his M.G.
      On Monday Kaye Don, after testing his M.G. Magnette, had complained about 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 headlights, 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 M.G. 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.
Race:
Race day came with a heat haze out on the sea but at Douglas the weather was perfect. At 9:50 a.m. the cars were lined up on the Promenade in front of a grandstand. At 10 o'clock the starter dropped the red Manx flag and the race was on its way.
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



Handley did the best start and followed by Eyston, Dodson and Dixon he led the field into the Broadway corner. Gibson's gearbox has seized in top gear and with the help of mechanics the car was pushed aside without having raced a meter. Behind race leader Handley the positions were constantly changing. At Governor's Bridge Dixon took over third position and Hall passed Dodson for fourth at the Orchan Hairpin. Handley had already opened up a hundred meters lead. At the end of the first lap the order was Handley, Eyston, Dixon, Hall, Dodson, Black and Hamilton.
      Handley came too fast into the Broadway corner and went wide crashing into the sandbags which guarded a lamp pillar. The car bounced into the air in a cloud of sand and stopped. It was badly damaged and Handley had to retire. Eyston led the field past the crash site. He was closely followed by Dixon, Hall, Hamilton and Black. Behind them the field had spread out. Horton, Donkin and Martin had an internal fight. Eyston and Dixon went through Bray Hill Hairpin almost side by side but Eyston kept the lead. Fairfield had to make a long pit stop.
      Eyston did the third lap in 3m06s (70.8 mph) and managed to open up a small gap to Dixon, who now was challenged by Hall. On the fourth lap Hall passed Dixon for second position, 8 ½ seconds behind leading Eyston. Behind them Black and Hamilton were fighting for fourth position.
      On the fifth lap Dixon re-passed Hall and Hall now came under the treat from Hamilton, who had beaten Black. At the end of the lap Lewis made a pit stop.
      The race order after five laps was: Eyston 15m32s with Dixon 6 seconds, Hall 9 seconds, Hamilton 11 seconds, Black 13 seconds and Paul 33 seconds behind.
      Eyston made the seventh lap in 3m05s (71.2 mph), but was unable to pull away from Dixon. The order and distances behind remained more or less the same. Dixon answered Eyston on the 8th lap with a 3m02s (72.4 mph) lap. On the same lap Hall had to retire his M.G. as the fuel tank came adrift.
      Paul's petrol tank also came adrift and Paul made a 6 minutes stop to secure it and to add 14 gallons of fuel. Laird in the McEvoy Special made a pit stop because of clutch trouble.
      On the 10th lap Eyston was beginning to lap the slower cars. Dixon took the chance and making a 2m59s (73.6 mph) lap he took over the lead and opened up a six seconds gap to Eyston. The race order after 10 laps looked like this:
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

Dixon made the 12th lap in 3minutes and the next one in 2m59s. Eyston had no chance to answer and was instead challenged by Hamilton. After 13 laps Dixon was leading by 20 seconds, after the 14th by 22 seconds and after the 15th by 29 seconds.
      Dixon made the 19th lap in 2m58s (73.98 mph) to lead by 49 seconds as Eyston concentrated on keeping his second position. On the straights Hamilton tried to push his aluminium coloured car in front of Eyston but he always failed. Soon Black in fourth position also joined the fight for second position.
      The situation after 20 laps with Dixon leading by 55 seconds was:
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

By doing a 2m57s (74.4 mph) lap, the fastest of the race, Eyston finally managed to shake off his rivals, but it was time for him to make his pit stop. He was one of the few drivers who were expected to stop for refuelling and he took on oil, water and 15 gallons of fuel in less than one minute.
      Hamilton was now second but did not hold that position for long. On the 22nd lap he came down Summer Hill to the promenade when he locked a wheel and crashed into a telegraph pole. The driver escaped unhurt. That gave Black second position with Eyston third. After 24 laps Dixon was more than a minute in front of Black, while Eyston was just as much behind Black.
      Dixon made 25 laps, the half-distance point of the race, in 1h15m40s followed by Black with a time of 1h17m01s. The surface was beginning to break up, particularly at Bray Hill, where a vast number of spectators gathered to see the cars slide wildly. Especially the Riley seemed to have difficulties in that corner but Dixon, who was relying upon a spare petrol tank mounted in the cockpit and who did not plan to stop, continued to dominate the race. Behind him followed six M.G. Magnettes: Black, Eyston, Dodson, Horton, Donkin and Martin.
      On the 29th lap fifth positioned Horton made a pit stop as the car sounded strange. On the next lap he stopped again. He had been losing water through a defective pump and the repairs delayed him by several minutes. After 30 laps Dixon was leading by 1m37s. The situation looked like this:
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

Dixon continued to do fast laps. After 36 laps he was leading Black by 2m22s while Eyston was 53 seconds behind Black. Baird retired his Riley. Donkin lost control and hit the kerb at Broadway corner damaging a wheel and had to give up. Gillow hit the sandbags at Bray Hairpin and after that his driving became erratic. After a series of slides and a spin he was black flagged by the officials. After 40 laps Dixon was still leading by well over 2 minutes:
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

The weather had turned hot and the drivers were making more and more mistakes. On the 43rd lap Dixon almost lost it at the Broadway corner but somehow avoided to crash and was able to continue in his lead. On the 45th lap in the same corner the engine of the Riley misfired a little. It picked up again, spluttered once again on the way uphill and the car finally came to a halt without fuel at St. Ninian's Church right after Bray Hill. Unnoticed by the driver the spare tank in the cockpit had been leaking.
      Black took over the lead of the race with only five laps to go. Behind him Eyston and Dodson were fighting for second position. On the 47th lap Dodson, who was driving with goggles smashed from a stone and with pain in one eye from glass, refused to give up and passed Eyston for second place.
      Black took the chequered flag after 50 laps to win by 1m47 s over Dodson with Eyston losing 27 seconds to the latter during the last laps. Martin in fourth position and Eccles fifth completed the M.G. success. Paul was sixth in his Riley followed by Horton in yet another K3 Magnette.
      After Black had taken the flag the other cars had 15 minutes time to finish the race before they were stopped by a green flag. After a brilliant performance eighth positioned Everitt in his small M.G. made it to the end.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Norman BlackN. BlackMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h34m37s 
2.10Charlie DodsonC. DodsonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h36m20s+ 1m43s
3.8George EystonG. EystonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h36m57s+ 2m20s
4.12Charles MartinC. MartinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h41m05s+ 6m28s
5.11Roy EcclesR. EcclesMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h44m22s+ 9m45s
6.21Cyril PaulF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u502h44m25s+ 9m48s
7.1Ron HortonR. HortonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6502h44m54s+ 10m17s
8.15Bill EverittW. EverittMGJ40.7S-4502h48m03s+ 13m26s
DNC19Pat FairfieldP. FairfieldRiley91.1S-4u49  
DNF20Freddie DixonF. DixonRiley1500/61.5S-6u45fuel starvation
DNC7Henry LairdH. LairdMcEvoySpecial1.5S-6u43clutch? 
DSQ18Victor GillowV. GillowRiley91.1S-4u40dangerous driving
DNF2Patrick DonkinP. DonkinMGK3 Magnette1.1S-637crash 
DNC25Bobbie BairdW. R. BairdRiley91.1.S-4u36  
DNF4Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-622crash 
DNF3Eddie HallE. HallMGK3 Magnette1.1S-68fuel tank 
DNF16Brian LewisA. W. FoxSingerLe Mans1.5S-6u4valve 
DNF9Walter HandleyW. HandleyMGK3 Magnette1.1S-61crash 
DNF24R. GibsonA. P. HamiltonMGK3 Magnette1.1S-60gearbox 
Fastest lap: G. Eyston (MG) and F. Dixon (Riley) in 2m57s = km/h ( mph)
Winner's medium speed: km/h ( mph)
Weather: sunny



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.
      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.
      On Monday Kaye Don, was involved in a fatal accident (see Mannin Beg above).
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.
      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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