I GROSSER PREIS DER SCHWEIZ
Bremgarten- Bern (CH), 26 August 1934
70 laps x 7.280 km (4.524 mi) = 509.60 km (316.65 mi)
Stuck wins the Swiss Grand Prix with Auto Union
by Hans Etzrodt
The first Swiss Grand Prix was held over 70 laps on the fast Bremgarten circuit with 16 cars at the start. The race started in the rain with Stuck (Auto Union) leading unchallenged from start to finish. Nuvolari (Maserati)
held second place for twenty laps, but in between was then overtaken by Chiron (Alfa Romeo) who held the position for four laps. Then Dreyfus (Bugatti) was second until lap 65 when he stopped to refill his radiator.
Momberger (Auto Union) passed into second behind Stuck and with Dreyfus finishing third. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz) and Varzi (Alfa Romeo) were just not fast enough to keep up with the leading group. The three Alfa Romeos
of Varzi, Chiron and Ghersi finished fourth, fifth and seventh. Fagioli placed sixth and Biondetti (Maserati) came eighth, four laps behind. Earl Howe (Maserati) and Geier in Caracciola's car were too far behind to be
counted as finishers. The retirements included Hartmann, zu Leiningen, Nuvolari, Balestrero and von Brauchitsch. The unfortunate Hamilton died in a crash seconds before the finish.
The first races held in the Bremgarten Forest between 1931 and 1933 were motorcycle races but the course used was only in part identical to the later race track. In 1934 during bad economic times in Bern, in order to
generate jobs, the circuit was constructed with a grandstand, pits and a timing structure at a cost of 1,040,000 Franks. The Swiss Grand Prix was held for the first time on August 26 on the new 7.28 km long circuit,
which consisted of regular asphalt traffic roads 8 to 12 m wide. One half led along the outer border of the large Bremgarten Forest and the other cut through the middle of the stately and lofty forest. Along the
course which was in excellent condition were 13 marshalling posts equipped with telephones. The drivers agreed that the new circuit was fast and interesting and despite seeming easy it was actually difficult and the
track surface had good grip.
The prize money was tempting. The winner received the substantial sum of 15,000 Swiss francs, second 10,000, third 5,000, fourth 2,500 and fifth 1,000 francs.
Separately before the Grand Prix race a shorter race over 14 laps was held for the 1500 cc voiturette racecars.
Practically the entire elite of Grand Prix racing had placed entries for 20 drivers, representing five of the large racing teams plus some independents. Daimler-Benz with team manager Alfred Neubauer entered cars for
Rudolf Caracciola, Luigi Fagioli, Manfred von Brauchitsch and Hanns Geier as reserve. For Brauchitsch this was his first race after his practice crash at the German Grand Prix six weeks earlier where he broke an arm,
a shoulder blade, a collarbone and five ribs. Auto Union with team manager Willi Walb was to the start with Hans Stuck, Prince Hermann zu Leiningen and August Momberger. Both cars for Stuck and Momberger had
rebuilt engines with updated pistons.
The Comminges Grand Prix was run in France the same day so Scuderia Ferrari split their effort and started in both races. They entered Alfa Romeo Type B/P3 models for Louis Chiron, Pietro Ghersi and Achille Varzi.
Bugatti arrived from Molsheim with team manager Meo Costantini and one of their new T59 cars with a 3300 cc engine after Dreyfus had no success with it at the preceding Nice GP. Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio entered
an 8C-3000 Maserati, based on a 26M chassis, for Clemente Biondetti with photographic evidence provided by Adam Ferrington. Tazio Nuvolari was the most famous of the independent drivers with his Maserati 8CM. Other independents included Earl Howe, Hans Rüesch and Hugh Hamilton who all drove 8CM Maseratis.
Gruppo San Giorgio entered an Alfa Romeo Monza for Renato Balestrero and a similar Monza was due to start with Luigi Soffietti. In addition, there was the 8C-2300 Alfa Romeo of Clifton Penn-Hughes and the 2300 Bugatti
of Hungarian Laszlo Hartmann. A complete list of entries is at the beginning of this report.
The rules required that every driver had to complete at least 10 laps before the race. On Thursday, the first practice day, the weather was warm and sunny when the Grand Prix cars practiced from 2:00 until 5:00 PM.
The activities went very well without any problems. The best times from Thursday were:
|Stuck (Auto Union)||2m58s|
|Momberger (Auto Union)||3m01s|
|Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||3m05s|
Friday practice took place at the same times as on Thursday. It was another warm sunny day. Dreyfus made a time of 2m54 at a speed of 150.621 km/h which proved to be the fastest time of the day.
|Stuck (Auto Union)||2m56s|
|Momberger (Auto Union)||2m56s|
|Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||2m59s|
|Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||3m02s|
|Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)||3m13s|
|Leiningen (Auto Union)||3m16s|
|Balestrero (Alfa Romeo)||3m35s|
Saturday practice from 2:00 to 3:00 PM was for the small cars and from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for the Grand Prix cars. Stuck drove a new best time in 2m50.4s at an average speed of 153.8 km/h. Dreyfus was close and drove
several laps in succession at around 2m54s. After practice the Mercedes team realized that their final drive had the wrong gearing, but it was too late to make a change. The best times of the day were as follows:
|Stuck (Auto Union)||2m50.4s|
|Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||2m58s|
|Momberger (Auto Union)||2m58s|
|Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||2m59s|
|Earl Howe (Maserati)||3m24s|
Scrutineering had been planned for 3:00 PM on Saturday but was delayed until 5:00 PM, because at that time the cars were still practicing. The grand prix cars were weighed at the new railroad yard where a scale was
available. To participate in the race the cars had to weigh 750 kg or less without tires, fuel and water. Earl Howe had a problem getting his Maserati passed, but after draining the fuel tank completely, his
Maserati passed successfully. The Mercedes of Caracciola and Brauchitsch each weighed 745 kg and Fagioli's car 746 kg. Scuderia Ferrari's Alfa Romeos were only around 720 kg.
At 10:30 AM in rainy weather, the race for the 23 cars of the voiturette class was started over 14 laps or 101.92 km. Richard Seaman (MG Magnette) finished first after 50m43.4s, followed by the Bugattis of Veyron
and Burggaller with seven more finishers.
Stuck was assigned the first place on the grid while the remaining places were decided by lots on Friday after practice had ended. A little over 50,000 spectators watched the Swiss Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
When the 16 cars lined up on the starting grid at 12:30 PM, Rüesch did not start in his Maserati in the second row because during the morning's voiturette race a wound from a burn in Italy had opened up again.
As soon as the cars were arranged on the grid, it began to rain and the mechanics covered the drivers' seats with umbrellas and the engines' hoods with blankets. With only one minute to go, the mechanics left the
grid and the roar from the engines and their superchargers grew to hurricane strength.
Exactly at 1:00 PM race manager Huber lowered the flag and with an ear-splitting metallic noise the wild pack pulled away. Stuck took off like a cannon ball which must have been one of the best starts of his life, taking
the lead with Nuvolari and Chiron chasing after him followed by the rest of the field. Earl Howe was left on the grid with a stalled engine but he left 10 seconds later. As the cars left the grid it began to rain again.
At the end of the first lap Stuck passed the grandstand comfortably ahead of the field then 10 seconds later Chiron and Nuvolari appeared, separated by less than 20 meters. Caracciola was eight seconds further back, after
a short gap there was Varzi and Biondetti, then Dreyfus, Ghersi, and a gap to Fagioli, Leiningen, Hamilton, Brauchitsch, Momberger, Balestrero, Hartmann and Howe. Stuck's car was hugging the wet road as if he was driving
on rails while the other cars passed like making a slight dance.
During the second lap the drizzle changed into a strong rain shower lasting a few minutes which slowed the pace of the cars. Stuck increased his lead over Nuvolari and Chiron who had changed positions. After a brief
pause Caracciola passed ahead of the duo of Varzi (Alfa Romeo) and Dreyfus (Bugatti) who had overtaken Biondetti. Fagioli, Leiningen, Ghersi, Hamilton, Momberger, Brauchitsch, Balestrero Hartmann and Earl Howe followed
On the third lap the rain stopped suddenly the same way that it had started. At the end of the lap, Stuck led Nuvolari and Chiron by 35 seconds. On lap four Dreyfus passed Varzi and Caracciola while Fagioli advanced
to seventh place. Balestrero stopped at the pits replacing a spark plug and restarted after 30 seconds. At the end of lap five Varzi had passed Caracciola while Ghersi had fallen towards the back. The order after
5 laps was:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||16m07s|
|3.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||16m59s|
|5.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||17m21s|
|8.||Leiningen (Auto Union)|
|10.||Momberger (Auto Union)|
Stuck soon lapped Balestrero who had dropped to last place with a defective third gear; Hartmann was the next to be lapped. On lap seven, Stuck lapped Earl Howe who was third from last. On this lap Caracciola stopped
at the pits to have his brakes checked. After 2ź minutes he restarted at the tail of the field. On lap eight, Stuck lapped the fourth from last car, Ghersi's Alfa Romeo, while Momberger passed Hamilton's Maserati.
On lap nine on a drying circuit Stuck drove the fastest lap up to that time in 3m08s at an average of 139.404 km/h. He was 55 seconds ahead of the second and third placed cars, Nuvolari and Chiron, who were now close
to each other. Caracciola stopped again at the pits. After a long talk with team manager Neubauer, he climbed out of the car and climbed awkwardly over the counter into his pit, while the reserve driver Hanns Geier
got into the cockpit. He joined the race but 70 seconds had been lost. Caracciola was prevented from continuing due to his leg which was not yet fully healed. The order after ten laps was:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||31m59.2s|
|3.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||33m01.4s|
|5.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||33m39.0s|
|7.||Leiningen (Auto Union)|
|8.||Momberger (Auto Union)|
The first ten drivers on the 10th lap were followed by Biondetti, Ghersi, Howe, Hartmann, Balestreo and Geier. On lap 11, Momberger passed his teammate Leiningen for seventh place. The weather was improving slowly.
On the paved section at the grandstand where timekeepers clocked the cars doing 230 km/h, the surface began to dry and two black trails of rubber left by the cars had become visible on the pavement. The cars now circulated
as if on rails. On lap 12 Stuck drove a new fast lap in 3m06s at an average of 140.903 km/h. His lead had grown continuously and was now 65 seconds. On lap 13, Hartmann retired his Bugatti at the Forsthaus turn with
an unknown mechanical problem. Balestrero had fallen to the tail of the field in 14th place with Geier one place ahead. On lap 15 Stuck made a new fast lap in 3m05 s at 141.64 km/h average. On lap 16 Chiron passed
Nuvolari to take second place. Leiningen in eighth place retired his Auto Union on lap 19 with a broken gearbox. This was the order was after 20 laps:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||1h03m21.0s|
|2.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||1h04m24.6s|
|6.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||1h05m12.4s|
|7.||Momberger (Auto Union)|
|10.||Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)|
On lap 21 Nuvolari repassed Chiron for second place. At the end of lap 28 Nuvolari stopped at his pit and climbed out of his car while his mechanic changed spark plugs and carburetor jets in 2˝ minutes. Nuvolari
then rejoined the race. Dreyfus passed him while he was in the pits, but he also passed Chiron to take second place. Fagioli was in fourth place followed by Momberger and Varzi in sixth place and Nuvolari in seventh.
Surprisingly, Varzi established a new fastest lap in 2m58s at 144.243 km/h average speed. Over the last ten laps Stuck's average lap time had been 3m04s. The field was down to 14 cars in the following order after 30 laps:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||1h33m55.2s|
|3.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||1h35m28.6s|
|5.||Momberger (Auto Union)||1h36m39.6s|
|6.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||1h36m54.0s|
|7.||Nuvolari (Maserati)||1h38m07.0s||1 lap behind|
|8.||Hamilton (Maserati)||1h38m13.6s||1 lap behind|
|9.||Biondetti (Maserati)||1h39m34.8s||1 lap behind|
|10.||Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)||1h41m18.6s||2 laps behind|
|11.||Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)||1h46m04.2s||3 laps behind|
|12.||Geier (Mercedes-Benz)||1h48m00.6s||4 laps behind|
|13.||Earl Howe (Maserati)||1h49m24.0s||5 laps behind|
|14.||Balestrero (Alfa Romeo)||1h52m35.2s||6 laps behind|
At the end of lap 31 Fagioli stopped at the pits with a steaming radiator which was refilled with water dropping him from fourth to seventh place. As a result, on lap 32 Momberger inherited fourth place. This was the
halfway point of the race and the leading drivers stopped at the pits to refuel. Tires were not changed, because tire wear had been minimal during the rain. On lap 36 Stuck needed 1m07s for his refueling stop but he
did not lose his position to Dreyfus who took 1m29s. Chiron required 1m20s but Momberger took only 51 seconds. Nuvolari's Maserati ran into trouble with flames shooting from his the exhaust. On lap 36 he stopped at
his pit and retired. Over the last ten laps Stuck's average lap time had been 3m13s. The field was now down to 13 cars after 40 laps in this order:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||2h06m02s|
|3.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||2h08m26.0s|
|4.||Momberger (Auto Union)||2h09m27.2s||1 lap behind|
|5.||Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)||2h09m39.8s||1 lap behind|
|6.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||2h10m15.2s||1 lap behind|
|10.||Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)|
|11.||Earl Howe (Maserati)|
|13.||Balestrero (Alfa Romeo)|
Stuck maintained the lead and continually increased the gap to Dreyfus. Fagioli still battled with Momberger and repassed the Auto Union on lap 43. However, when Fagioli's engine overheated on lap 46 he stopped at
the pits to refill with water and dropped to sixth place. On lap 48 Balestrero retired with a broken gearbox following two prior stops for spark plugs and carburetor adjustments. Over the last ten laps Stuck's
average lap time had been was 3m04s. The field was now down to 12 cars in the following order after 50 laps:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||2h36m37.0s|
|3.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||2h40m03.4s||1 lap behind|
|4.||Momberger (Auto Union)||2h40m04.0s||1 lap behind|
|5.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||2h40m53.0s||1 lap behind|
|6.||Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)||2h41m14.4s||1 lap behind|
|7.||Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)||2h46m53.0s||3 laps behind|
|8.||Biondetti (Maserati)||2h47m11.4s||3 laps behind|
|9.||Hamilton (Maserati)||2h47m13.8s||3 laps behind|
|10.||Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)||2h50m11.6s||4 laps behind|
|11.||Earl Howe (Maserati)||-----|
|12.||Geier (Mercedes-Benz)||2h56m55.6s||6 laps behind|
On lap 51 Momberger passed Chiron to gain third place. Brauchitsch passed the pits on lap 52 with white smoke exiting from both sides of his hood. He retired at his pit on the following lap with a broken oil pipe.
At the turn past the grandstand which was often taken without dropping speed at up to 230 km/h, several drivers now passed with a slight hesitation and the precision of their cornering technique had waned. Several
drivers now started to brake earlier before taking the turn at the Kiesgrube. It appeared that some drivers had become tired but it was more likely their brakes had faded and they simply had to brake earlier,
explaining also the hesitation. Over the last ten laps Stuck's average lap time was 3m03s. The field was now down to eleven cars and positions were as follows after 60 laps:
|1.||Stuck (Auto Union)||3h07m07.4s|
|3.||Momberger (Auto Union)||3h10m33.2s||1 lap behind|
|4.||Varzi (Alfa Romeo)||3h11m26.4s||1 lap behind|
|5.||Chiron (Alfa Romeo)||3h11m47.0s||1 lap behind|
|8.||Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)|
|10.||Earl Howe (Maserati)|
On lap 62 Momberger in third place behind Stuck and Dreyfus, drove the fastest lap of the race at 151.5 km/h in 2m53s at 151.494 km/h. After lap 65, just five laps from the finish, Dreyfus stopped at his pit to
refill water into his steaming radiator, which had sprung a leak. Although his stop was just 50 seconds, it was enough to let Momberger pass into second place. As much as Dreyfus tried to catch the Auto Union,
he did not succeed and Momberger finished second close behind Stuck, but one lap in arrears. Stuck had driven another fast lap in 2m53s at 151.49 km/h average speed, equaling Momberger's record set on lap 62.
Stuck finished the race after 3h37m51.6s at an average speed of 140.350 km/h. With a large laurel-wreath on the back of the car Stuck drove a slow lap of honor around the course which was flooded by spectators.
Stuck was not yet back from his lap of honor when the loudspeakers announced the bad news that Hamilton had left the track due to tire damage and possible fatigue and had been killed.
On the last lap as Stuck crossed the finish line, Hamilton on his 65th lap crashed his fast Maserati, shortly before the Forsthaus turn, 1500 meters before the finish and about 20 seconds before the end of the
race. At a speed of about 150 km/h, it is believed that his left front tire had gone flat. The car was zigzagging and left the track out of control. It felled a pine tree and careened on for about 20 meters
before being stopped by a mighty tree where the car broke apart. The front axle was found without its wheels which lay some meters away. The radiator was crushed and like the car's body was pushed rearwards.
The seat was severely bent and the steering wheel demolished. At the impact the driver suffered chest and internal injuries which must have caused his immediate death. A branch from the tree fell on the head
of a spectator, who was taken to Insel Hospital with a fractured skull. At Hamilton's funeral the following Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 PM in Bern his mother and stepfather came to give their last respects as
did his fiancé who had attended most of his races that season. Hugh "Hammy" Caulfield Hamilton was only 29. He was born in Ireland and was buried at the Bremgarten Cemetery in Bern.
|1.||6||Hans Stuck||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||A||4.4||V-16||70||3h37m51.6s|
|2.||4||August Momberger||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||A||4.4||V-16||69||3h27m54.4s|
|3.||14||René Dreyfus||Automobiles E. Bugatti||Bugatti||T59||3.3||S-8||69||3h38m10.2s|
|4.||32||Achille Varzi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||69||2h39m53.4s|
|5.||28||Louis Chiron||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||69||3h40m35.6s|
|6.||12||Luigi Fagioli||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W25||3.4||S-8||68||3h38m34.4s|
|7.||30||Pietro Ghersi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||66||3h38m50.0s|
|8.||26||Clemente Biondetti||Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio||Maserati||8C-3000||3.0||S-8||66||3h38m58.4s|
|DNF||40||Hugh Hamilton||Whitney Straight Ltd.||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||64||fatal crash|
|DNC||16||Earl Howe||Earl Howe||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||63||3h40m46.8s|
|DNC||10||R. Caracciola / H. Geier ||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W25||3.4||S-8||62||3h39m59.2s|
|DNF||8||Manfred von Brauchitsch||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W25||3.4||S-8||52||oil pipe|
|DNF||24||Renato Balestrero||Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||47||gearbox|
|DNF||20||Tazio Nuvolari||T. Nuvolari||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||35||engine|
|DNF||2||Hermann zu Leiningen||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||A||4.4||V-16||18||gearbox|
|DNF||38||László Hartmann||L. Hartmann||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||13||mechanical|
Fastest lap: August Momberger (Auto Union) on lap 62 in 2m53.0s = 151.5 km/h (94.1 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 140.3 km/h (87.2 mph)
Weather: rain during the first laps.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
Kölnische Zeitung, Köln
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
MOTOR SPORT, London
MOTOR UND SPORT, Pössneck
Special thanks to:
August 1934: Auto Union had a pre-GP test at Monza and Varzi made some laps in Stuck's car.
Possibly Varzi there and then signed for Auto Union for the 1935 season.
1 September 1934: The RAC Tourist Trophy sports car handicap race is held at Ards near Belfast:
|1. Dodson||MG Magnette|
|3. Fotheringham||Aston Martin|
|6. Dricoll||Aston Martin|
I CIRCUITO DI BIELLA
Biella (I), 2 September 1934
3 heats x 25 laps x 2.2 km (1.367 mi) = 55.0 km (34.2 mi)
Final 40 laps x 2.2 km (1.367 mi) = 88-0 km (54.7 mi)
Trossi and Varzi dominate the Biella Street Race
by Hans Etzrodt
The 1934 race at Biella over 40 laps was a minor national event. From 21 entries only 18 cars faced the starter, nine Alfa Romeos, five Maseratis, two Bugattis, a BMP and a Talbot. The race consisted
of three Heats and a final. Trossi won the first Heat ahead of Minozzi both in Alfa Romeos. The second Heat went to Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) followed by Farina (Maserati) and the third Heat was won by
Varzi (Alfa Romeo) ahead of Brivio (Bugatti). Seven drivers advanced to the Final, which was won by Trossi ahead of Varzi, Farina, Brivio and Balestrero fifth. Nuvolari and Minozzi retired.
After the street races in Monte Carlo, Montreux, Vichy and Nice, the small Italian town of Biella staged their first street race. Located in Piedmont, north-east of Turin, it was the hometown of Trossi
and Brivio, two well-known race drivers. At short notice an interesting event was organized, but eight days before the race, it was still doubtful if they could stage it, since some bureaucrats
threatened to place obstacles in the way of the event. Added to this uncertainty came the possible cancellations of Varzi and Nuvolari. Eventually Varzi's appearance was guaranteed, but Nuvolari still
had no car at his disposal. This complication was finally settled when Scuderia Siena made an Alfa Romeo available for Nuvolari.
For the Italian drivers this race was a trial run before the upcoming race at Monza. The RACI managers of Biella with their vice-commissioner Commendatore Adolfo Rivitti and race director Cavaličre
G. M. Basini organized the race which was split into three Heats and a Final. Each Heat was over 55 km. The first two drivers in each Heat, plus the fastest third placed driver advanced to the Final
over 88 km. No more than seven cars were allowed to start in any of the four races.
The 2.200 km circuit proved to be as interesting as it was difficult. The following description uses present day street names, since most of the streets have been renamed since 1934. The circuit
was on the eastern side of Biella with the start on Via Italia bordering the east side of Piazza Vittorio Veneto. After 60 meters along Via Italia there was a sharp left turn into a short straight
on Via Bertodano, then another sharp left turn into Via Repubblica. This was followed by a sharp right turn into Via Cernaia, which led downhill through a wide left curve heading north along Via
Cernaia to the hairpin at Via Milano. The circuit then turned back along Viale Garducci, parallel to Via Cernaia but uphill, through a wide right curve into Viale Matteotti. Finally, there was a
sharp left turn back into Via Italia to the start and finish line.
The total prize money amounted to 50,000 lire with 3,800 lire allotted to each Heat. The winner received 1,500, second 1,000, third 800 and fourth 500 lire. A special prize for the first car over
2000 cc received 2,000 lire, second 1,500, third 1,000 and fourth 500, a total of 5,000 lire. The driver, who made the fastest lap in each Heat, received 1,000 lire. The prize money in the Final
amounted to 24,000 lire. The winner received 8,000 lire, second 6,000, third 4,000, fourth 2,000. A special prize for the first car after 20 laps received 2,000 lire. The driver, who made the
fastest lap in the Final, received 2,000 lire. There were additional minor prizes.
Of the 21 entries, 11 were Alfa Romeos. Scuderia Ferrari entered three 2.9-L Tipo B/P3 for Gianfranco Comotti, Carlos Felice Trossi and Achille Varzi. Renato Balestrero drove a 2600 Monza entered by
Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio. The independent Giovanni Cornaggia Medici entered an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 spider, the Mille Miglia version, and Luigi Pages' Alfa Romeo Monza was fitted with lights and
fenders. Scuderia Siena made a 2300 Monza available for Nuvolari and a 2600 type for Giovanni Minozzi. Carlo Restelli had one of the rare 6C-1900 GS of 1934, a bored out 6C 1750. Scuderia Subalpina
entered a 2600 Alfa Romeo Monza for Gino Rovere while Gianni Arezzi entered a 6C-1750.
Clemente Biondetti had an 8C-2800 Maserati on a 26M chassis, entered by Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio. Luigi Castelbarco drove a 1500 4CM Maserati while Count Giovanni Lurani arrived with a 1500 4CS.
Giuseppe Farina drove a 1500 cc 4CM which he had bought from the factory only two days before the race and which was entered by Scuderia Subalpina. Umberto Casareto drove a 1500 Maserati 26.
Luigi Premoli drove his BMP (Bugatti/Maserati/Premoli) equipped with lights and fenders. It was a hybrid with a 3.0-L, 8-cylinder Maserati engine in a Bugatti T35 chassis. Castelbarco's mechanic,
Giuseppe Aldo "Tino" Bianchi, entered a 1500 8-cylinder T39A Bugatti. Antonio Brivio drove a white T51 Bugatti 2300 in sports car trim. A list of all the entries is at the beginning of this report.
on Saturday saw Varzi making the fastest lap on the circuit with its short straight stretches and seven turns. All drivers made several laps and Varzi's best time was 1m36.6s at an average of 81.987 km/h.
Trossi's best lap was in 1m37s at an average of 81.649 km/h and Nuvolari's best was in 1m38.4s at 80.487 km/h average. Count Lurani made his best lap in 1m38.4s, Biondetti 1m39.2s, Brivio 1m40s, Comotti
1m40s, Farina 1m41s and Castelbarco 1m48s.
Since the Alfa Romeos of Restelli and Arezzi did not start, only five cars lined up on the grid in this order:
At 2:00 PM the cars were flagged away. After the 1st lap Premoli held the lead but shortly afterwards he spun in the sharp turn after the grandstand and his car left the track. He fell far behind before
he could rejoin the race. On the 4th lap Casareto took the turn at Via Cernaia too fast, left the track and had to retire. Minozzi had taken the lead on the 2nd lap which he held until the 5th lap when
Trossi passed him for first place. Trossi maintained his lead until the end and finished with a lead of over 40 seconds to Minozzi. Biondetti came third followed by Premoli who towards the end had to
drive without brakes.
Heat 1 Results
|1.||4||Carlo Felice Trossi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||25||40m44.2s|
|2.||36||Giovanni Minozzi||Scuderia Siena||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||25||41m26.8s||+ 42.6s|
|3.||10||Clemente Biondetti||Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio||Maserati||8C-2800||2.8||S-8||25||42m09.6s||+ 1m25.4s|
|4.||28||Luigi Premoli||L. Premoli||BMP||3.0||S-8||23|
|DNF||34||Umberto Casareto||U. Cesareto||Maserati||26||1.5||S-8||3||crash|
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Alfa Romeo) on lap 7 in 1m33.6s = 84.6 km/h (52.6 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 81.0 km/h (50.3 mph)
Weather: fine, dry.
Six cars lined up on the grid as follows:
The second Heat was flagged away at 3:00 PM. Nuvolari immediately took the lead in the borrowed Alfa Romeo, followed by Farina, Balestrero, Comotti, Castelbarco and Pages. Farina in his new Maserati
drove like a seasoned professional. Until the 7th lap, he resisted the attacks of Comotti magnificently. Comotti then dropped behind. Balestrero drove a regular and fast race turning his best lap in
1m37.2s and advancing to the final. Castelbarco had to change a tire on the 8th lap, which dropped him one lap behind. He made his best lap in 1m38.4s. Comotti who near the end spun his car in one
of the turns, lost much time getting restarted and dropped to fourth place. Pages finished last with a best lap in 1m42.6s. Farina, the sensation of the day, finished second behind Nuvolari with
Balestrero in third place.
Heat 2 Results
|1.||20||Tazio Nuvolari||Scuderia Siena||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||25||40m19.0s|
|2.||26||Giuseppe Farina||Scuderia Subalpina||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||25||40m39.4s||+ 20.4s|
|3.||8||Renato Balestrero||Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||25||41m26.6s||+ 1m27.6s|
|4.||2||Gianfranco Comotti||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||25||42m02.2s||+ 1m43.2s|
|5.||14||Luigi Castelbarco||L. Castelbarco||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||24|
|6.||32||Luigi Pages||L. Pages||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||24|
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) on lap 18 in 1m33.4s = 84.8 km/h (52.7 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 81.9 km/h (50.9 mph)
Weather: fine, dry.
The seven cars lined up as follows:
At 4:00 PM the third Heat was flagged away. Varzi dominated the race with his Alfa Romeo, leading from start to finish. He finished a minute and a half ahead of Brivio in his white, works supported
Bugatti sports car. A battle developed between Lurani and Cornaggia which was later joined by Rovere, who eventually finished in third place. He made the best lap in1m36.6s, Cornaggia in 1m39.6s
and Lurani in 1m39.8s. Bianchi with his 1500 Bugatti was not fast enough and dropped two laps behind.
Heat 3 Results
|1.||6||Achille Varzi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||25||39m42.0s|
|2.||24||Antonio Brivio||A. Brivio||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||25||41m25.4s||+ 1m43.4s|
|3.||30||Gino Rovere||Scuderia Subalpina||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||25||42m41.8s||+ 2m59.8s|
|4.||18||G. Cornaggia-Medici||G. Cornaggia-Medici||Alfa Romeo||8C-2300 spider||2.3||S-8||25||42m44.0s||+ 3m02.0s|
|5.||16||Giovanni Lurani||Count Lurani||Maserati||4CS||1.5||S-4||24|
|6.||12||Giuseppe Bianchi||Scuderia Brianza||Bugatti||T39A||1.5||S-8||23|
|DNF||42||Luigi Platč||L. Platč||Talbot||1.5||S-8||1||mechanical|
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Alfa Romeo) on lap 25 in 1m31.2s = 86.8 km/h (53.9 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 83.1 km/h (51.7 mph)
Weather: fine, dry.
The first two finishers in each Heat advanced into the Final plus the fastest third placed driver which was Balestrero. After the finish of the third Heat, the Marquis Parisio completed an inspection
tour of the circuit. The cars lined up for the Final in the following order:
At 5:10 PM the Duchess of Pistoia gave the starting signal to the seven drivers who were in a tight group at the entry to the first corner. Minozzi and Farina managed to lead the pack, but Varzi was
quick to attack and passed Farina, with Minozzi leading at the end of the first lap in 1m39s.
On the 2nd lap Varzi passed Minozzi for the lead with Farina still third, followed by Trossi, Nuvolari, Brivio and Balestrero. On the 4th lap Trossi passed Farina for third place and then attacked
Minozzi in 2nd position. On the same lap Nuvolari experienced difficulties due to the poor grip of his tires and a broken rear shock absorber, which caused him to skid off the track. He lost much
time getting back on the track and fell to last place. Brivio's Bugatti was no longer performing at peak efficiency and he was circulating slowly.
On the 5th lap Trossi caught Minozzi and passed him for 2nd place. The two Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos were now in front and drove a cat and mouse game. On the 12th lap Trossi passed Varzi for the
lead but two laps later Varzi passed Trossi to regain the lead with a lap in 1m31s. Further behind, Farina caught up with Minozzi and passed him with a lap in 1m33.8s when Minozzi retired with
On lap 25 Trossi once again passed Varzi for first place but three laps later Vazi regained the lead, only to be re-passed by Trossi on the next lap. After a stop at the pits Nuvolari retired on
lap 25. On the 28th lap, Varzi again passed Trossi. On the 29th lap the Biellese was again ahead of Varzi. The crowd was excited by the two drivers engaged in such an entertaining duel, which from
the 30th lap forward ended because Varzi was now content to follow his fearless Scuderia Ferrari President. On the last lap, in full view of the finish, Trossi slowed down and waited until Varzi was
level with him. Trossi crossed the finish line as the winner no more than the width of a wheel ahead of Varzi.
In the class for 1500 cc cars Farina finished first ahead of Lurani and Castelbarco, all three in Maseratis, followed by Bianchi's Bugatti.
|1.||4||Carlo Felice Trossi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||40||1h02m57.2s|
|2.||6||Achille Varzi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||40||1h02m57.4s||+ 0.2s|
|3.||26||Giuseppe Farina||Scuderia Subalpina||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||40||1h03m44.4s||+ 1m47.2s|
|4.||24||Antonio Brivio||A. Brivio||Bugatti||T51||2.3||S-8||40||1h04m10.6s||+ 2m13.4s|
|5.||8||Renato Balestrero||Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||39|
|DNF||20||Tazio Nuvolari||Scuderia Siena||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||25||shock absorber|
|DNF||36||Giovanni Minozzi||Scuderia Siena||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.6||S-8||18||engine|
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Alfa Romeo) on lap 24 in 1m29.8s = 88.2 km/h (54.8 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 83.8 km/h (52.1 mph)
Weather: fine, dry.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Domenica Sportiva, Milano
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
RACI settimanale, Roma
The Motor, London
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