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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 = 196.561 km (122.14 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

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



No one can stop Veyron
Entries:
The AVUS Voiturette race vas held before the main Formula Libre race. Of the well known Voiturette names Howe was a non starter as he was racing in the main race.
Practice:

     
Race:

     


Pole Position
26
Seibel

Bugatti

20
Sandri

Maserati

16
Briem

Amilcar

6
Macher

Zoller

14
Veyron

Bugatti

8
von Delius

Zoller

36
We Bäumer

Austin

32
Kohlrausch

MG

22
Castelbarco

Maserati

34
Wa Bäumer

Austin

24
Sojka

Bugatti

38
Brudes

MG

28
Fork

MG

18
Vagniez

Maserati

*



2
Burggaller

Bugatti

4
Simons

Bugatti


* 12 Howe (DNS)

(Note 1)

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

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

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



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IV INTERNATIONALES AVUS-RENNEN

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



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

42Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
44Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
46August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
48Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8
50Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8
52Eugenio SienaE. SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8streamliner
66Peter de PaoloP. de PaoloMiller5.0S-8
68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA
Piero TaruffiOfficine A. MaseratiMaseratiV-55.02x8DNA
Robert BenoistAutomobiles E. BugattiBugatti2.8S-8DNA
Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT544.9S-8DNA
René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT544.9S-8DNA
Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT544.9S-8DNA



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

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
68
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

48
Howe

Maserati

62
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

*



42
Stuck

Auto Union

50
Nuvolari

Maserati

60
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

66
de Paolo

Miller

*



44
Leiningen

Auto Union

64
Moll

Alfa Romeo

46
Momberger

Auto Union

*



52
Siena

Maserati

(Note 2)

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

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.64Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8151h26m03.0s
2.60Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h27m30.3s+ 1:27.3s
3.46August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16151h27m48.3s+ 1:45.3s
4.48Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h35m18.3s+ 9:15.3s
5.50Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h39m09.0s+ 13:06.0s
6.68Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8151h44m29.2s+ 18:26.2s
DNF42Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-1612cluch
DNF62Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-89oil pipe
DNF44Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-167radiator
DNF66Peter de PaoloP. de PaoloMiller5.0S-85connecting rod
DNF52Eugenio SienaE. SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-83
Fastest lap: August Momberger (Auto Union) in 5m12.0s = 225.8 km/h (140.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 205.3 km/h (127.6 mph)
Weather: rain

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

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



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X GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.62 km (5.98 mi) = 192.4 km (119.6 mi)
(Note 1)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-4
4Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8
6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1
8Armand GirodA. GirodSalmsonDNA
10Claude BonneauC. BonneauBugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT51A1.5S-8
14BuboisBuboisBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA
16Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4
18Claude MélinantC. MélinantBugattiT37A1.5S-4
20Claude "Barowski"C. "Barowski"BugattiT37A1.5S-4
22Just VernetJ. VernetSalmsonDNA
24Lucien DesvauxL. DesvauxSalmsonDNA
26JahanJahanSalmsonDNA
28Roger ResR. ResSalmsonDNA



Decaroli wins as trouble struck his opponents
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     

GRID NOT AVAILABLE



Girod took the start and opened up a small gap but then Cattaneo (Bugatti T51A) closed in and the duo had a hard fight over the lead. Cattaneo led on laps 8 and 9 but but then Giroud retook the lead. The fight continued until lap 12 when Girod got clutch problems and had to let Decaroni by. Cattaneo in the lead had to retire with a broken piston after 15 laps letting Decaroni win the race.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4201h46m28s1h45m28.2s?
2.6Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1 201h47m36.6s+ 2m08.4s
3.4Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8201h48m41.0s+ 3m12.8s
4.2Alain GuilbautA. GuilbautBugattiT37A1.5S-4201h53m06.0s+ 7m37.8s
5.20Claude "Barowski"C. "Barowski"BugattiT37A1.5S-418  
6.18Claude MélinantC. MélinantBugattiT37A1.5S-418  
DNF12Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT51A1.5S-814piston 
DNF10Claude BonneauC. BonneauBugattiT37A1.5S-4   
Fastest lap: Louis Decaroli (Bugatti) in 5m04s = 113.9 km/h (70.8 mph) (Note 1)
Winner's medium speed: 108.4 km/h (67.3 mph)
Weather:



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X GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE

Peronne (F), 27 May 1934
20 laps x 9.62 km = 192.4 km ( mi)
(Note 2)



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
12Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-8
14Jean BénéjeanJ. BénéjeanBugattiT512.3S-8
16Charles MartinC. MartinBugattiT512.3S-8
18Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Luigi ChinettiL. ChinettiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA
22Victor MouretV. MouretBugattiT512.3S-8
24Willy LonguevilleW. LonguevilleBugattiT512.3S-8DNA
26Louis BraillardEcurie BraillardBugattiT512.3S-8



An easy victory for Falchetto
Entries:
Because of fatal accidents in the 1933 race (Note 3) the track had been slowed down by building chicanes. There were 11 starters including Jean Bénéjean, who had never before participated in any kind of racing but had bought Lehoux' Type 51 Bugatti.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
6
Delorme

Bugatti

4
Brunet

Bugatti

2
Sommer

Alfa-Romeo

14
Bénéjean

Bugatti

12
Delmot

Bugatti

8
Hellé-Nice

Alfa-Romeo

22
Mouret

Bugatti

18
Falchetto

Maserati

16
Marret

Bugatti

10
Zanelli

Alfa Romeo

Note: grid is wrong as Braillard is missing!

Falchetto in a 3 litre Maserati entered by Ecurie Braillard took the start followed by Zanelli and Sommer. While Falchetto dominated the race Sommer managed to pass Zanelli for second, the later then retired with rear axle problems. Brunet was making good progress through the field and finally managed to pass Braillard for third position. After 15 laps the inexperienced Bénéjean lost control when braking for the sharp Chicane de Brie. The car rolled over and the luckless driver was thrown out, suffering injuries that made him lose a leg. Falchetto took the victory in dominant style from Sommer and Brunet. According to some source the main grandstand seems to have collapsed during the race!

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.18Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8201h31m53.6s(Note 3)
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
5.16Charles MartinC. MartinBugattiT512.3S-819
6.6Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT512.3S-818
7.8Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-818
DNF12Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-816
DNF14Jean BénéjeanJ. BénéjeanBugattiT512.3S-815crash
8.22Victor MouretV. MouretBugattiT512.3S-815
DNF10Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-88rear axle
Fastest lap: Falchetto (Maserati) in 4m:27s = 129.7 km/h (80.6 mph) (Note 2)
Winner's medium speed: 125.6 km/h (78.1 km/h)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Counted with 9.62 km track length. With 9.765 km track length the total race length would be 195.3 km (121.4 mi), race speed 110.1 km/h (68.4 mph ) and fastest lap speed 115.6 km/h (71.9 mph)

2. Counted with 9.62 km track length. With 9.765 km track length the total race length would be 195.3 km (121.4 mi), race speed 127.5 km/h (79.2 mph ) and fastest lap speed 131.7 km/h (81.8 mph)

3. Louis Trintignant (Bugatti) during practice for the 1933 race and Guy Bouriat (Bugatti) during the race itself.

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



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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 StanilandTASO MathiesonBugattiT512.3S-8
2Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsBugattiT512.3S-8
3Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT512.3S-8
4Brian LewisN Rees & A FoxAlfa RomeoTipo B2.6S-8
5Whitney StraightW. StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
6"Buddy" FeatherstonhaughR. FeatherstonhaughMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
7Freddie DixonF W DixonRiley2000/61.8
8Cyril PaulF W DixonRiley2000/61.8
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 MaysH W CookERAA1.5S-6DNS



Brian Lewis and the Alfa Romeo Monoposto
Entries:
The course had been shortened for 1934. The most interesting car in the entry list was an Alfa Romeo Tipo B, rent from Ferrari by Noel Rees to be driven by Brian Lewis. There were also three Alfa Romeo Monzas with Charlie Dodson, Hamilton and Sameiro, two Rileys driven by Freddy Dixon and Cyril Paul and four Bugatti T51s for Eccles, Richards, Shuttleworth and Staniland.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
7
Dixon

Riley

4
Lewis

Alfa-Romeo

12
Sameiro

Alfa-Romeo

2
Rose-Richards

Bugatti

1
Staniland

Bugatti

11
Shuttleworth

Bugati

9
C Dodson

Alfa Romeo

*



10
Hamilton

Alfa-Romeo

3
Eccles

Bugatti

8
Paul

Riley

* 14 Mays (ERA) DNS

When the flag dropped at 10 a.m. Lewis immediately took the lead. He was followed by Rose-Richards in his Bugatti. Order after 10 laps:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)29m11s
2. Rose-Richards (Bugatti)29m27s
3. Dixon (Riley)29m54s
4. Sameiro (Alfa Romeo)30m07s
5. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)30m09s
6. Eccles (Bugatti)30m12s

Rose-Richards had to retire leaving over the second position to Dixon. Sameiro was in third position followed by Dodson, Eccles and Shuttleworth. Order 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

Order after 30 laps:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)1h27m02s
2. Sameiro (Alfa Romeo)1h28m34s
3. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)1h28m46s
4. Eccles (Bugatti)1h28m59s
5. Paul (Riley)1h35m02s

One after another the competitors were forced to retire, Sameiro with a broken connecting rod, Dixon with bearing failure and the Bugatti drivers with rear axle problems and with ten laps top go the field was down to three cars:
1. Lewis (Alfa Romeo)1h56m18s
2. Dodson (Alfa Romeo)1h58m08s
3. Paul (Riley)2h05m50s

Lewis took the flag a lap ahead of Dodson with Paul a further 8 minutes behind finishing last, but it had not been an easy victory as the Alfa had lost a gear early in the race.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Brian LewisN Rees & A FoxAlfa RomeoTipo B2.6S-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 StanilandTASO 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:

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.



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VIII ADAC EIFELRENNEN

Nürburgring (D), 3 June 1934
15 laps x 22.810 km (14.17 mi) = 342.15 km (212.6 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
2Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
3August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
4Per-Wiktor WidengrenP-W WidengrenAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8monoposto
5Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
6Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
7Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
8Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6?S-8monoposto
9Eugenio SienaScuderia SienaMaserati8C3.0S-8
10Giovanni MinozziScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNS
11Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-8
14László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8
15Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8
16Ulrich MaagU. MaagAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
17Clifton Penn-HughesC. Penn-HughesAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
18Helmut StolzeH. StolzeBugattiT35C2.0S-8
19Emil FranklE. FranklBugattiT512.3S-8
20Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8
21Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8DNS
22Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8
23Hugh HamiltonH. HamiltonMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
24Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8



Mercedes-Benz wins first time out
Entries:
Mercedes made its debut proper in the Eifel GP at the Nürburgring. Mercedes-Benz only entered two cars as Caracciola was not yet fit enough to race on this demanding track. The leading Maserati drivers were also absent.
      This is the race when according to Alfred Neubauer in his book "Männer, Frauen und Motoren" the Silver Arrows legend was born as the Mercedes-Benz cars were stripped of their white paint to clear the 750 kg weight limit. It is now established that the 1934 race was in fact run as a Formula Libre event with no weight limits and that Neubauer's story is DEFINITELY fictous.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
5
Hellé-Nice

Alfa Romeo

20
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

4
Widengren

Alfa Romeo

15
Gaupillat

Bugatti

11
Rüesch

Maserati

17
Penn-Huges

Alfa Romeo

18
Stolze

Bugatti

14
L Hartmann

Bugatti

19
Frankl

Bugatti

6
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

16
Maag

Alfa Romeo

9
Siena

Maserati

12
Steinweg

Bugatti

8
Pietsch

Alfa Romeo

1
Stuck

Auto-Union

24
Nuvolari

Maserati

7
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

2
Leiningen

Auto-Union

22
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz

3
Momberger

Auto-Union

(Note 1)

The start was delayed for several hours because of fog, rain showers and hail. At 3 PM the race was finally started with 44 cars in 3 classes flagged of after each other.
A bunch of cars arrived together into the Südkehre on the first lap and Austrian driver Emil Frankl (Bugatti) touched another car and went, with damaged wheel, into a wild spin just missing the Mercedes cars, before overturning, killing the unfortunate driver.
      After the first lap it was Fagioli in front of von Brauchitsch, Stuck, Chiron, Tadini, Penn-Hughes, zu Leiningen and Pietsch. Then Neubauer gave order to Fagioli to let the other Mercedes car by and at Bergwerk on the second lap von Brauchitsch took over the lead from his team mate. On the third lap Momberger was out of the race with fuel pump failure and the problems for the Auto Union team continued. A flying stone has created a leak in zu Leiningen's fuel tank and he fell far back while the tank was repaired and refilled.
      Von Brauchitsch had opened up a 46 second lead over Fagioli who was ferociously attacked by Stuck. Nuvolari was out of the race after a series of technical problems.
Order after 7 laps.
1. Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)
2. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)
3. Stuck (Auto Union)
4. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)
5. Pietsch (Alfa Romeo)
6. Penn-Hughes (Alfa Romeo)
7. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)

Halfway through the race the Mercedes cars came in for tanking and a furious Fagioli started a bilingual verbal fight with team leader Neubauer over the team orders. Fagioli went off again but then, with one lap to go, simply abandoned his Mercedes on the track in disgust, giving Neubauer a taste of things to come.
      The Alfas did not need to come in for refueling but they were not able to keep up with the superior roadholding of the German cars.
      The Nürburgring took its tolls, Maserati drivers Rüesch och Siena were out with engine problems and zu Leiningen was also out, leaving only one Auto Union in the race. However, Stuck was now in the lead and opened up a gap of almost one minute to von Brauchitsch. The Mercedes team was worried: Was Stuck trying to do a nonstop race? Finally Stuck went in for tanking, tyres and new plugs and after a lengthy pitstop he rejoined the race 87 seconds behind von Brauchitsch. With such advantage the Mercedes driver had no problem to keep the lead from then on and he went on to win. He could hardly have got off to a better start as a works driver. Neither could the Mercedes-Benz team have had a better comeback, winning the first time out.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.20Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8152h47m36.8s
2.1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16152h48m56.2s+ 1m19.4s
3.6Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8152h53m20.2s+ 5m43.4s
4.8Paul PietschP. PietschAlfa RomeoMonza2.6?S-8153h04m05.2s+ 16m28.4s
5.17Clifton Penn-HughesC. Penn-HughesAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8153h04m34.2s+ 16m57.4s
6.16Ulrich MaagU. MaagAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8153h08m14s+ 20m37s
7.14László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8153h20m40s+ 33m03s
8.15Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8153h22m22s+ 34m45s
DNF22Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-814giving up/misfiring?
DNF2Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16mechanical
DNF5Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
DNF9Eugenio SienaScuderia SienaMaserati8C3.0S-8engine
DNF12Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT35C2.0S-8rear axle
DNF18Helmut StolzeH. StolzeBugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF24Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-85driver ill
DNF7Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-83
DNF11Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-82?
DNF3August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-161fuel feed
DNF19Emil FranklE. FranklBugattiT512.3S-80fatal crasch
DNF4Per-Wiktor WidengrenP-W WidengrenAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-80engine
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 122.5 km/h (76.1 mph)
Weather: wet after rain.



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VIII ADAC EIFELRENNEN
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Nürburgring (D), 3 June 1934
12 laps x 22.810 km (14.17 mi) = 273.72 km (170.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

31Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
32Bobby KohlrauschB. KohlrauschMGJ4DNA/DNS
33Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4
34Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5
35Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA/DNS
36Theodor ForkT. ForkMGK3DNA/DNS
37Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15S81.5S-8DNA/DNS
38Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-8
39Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller1.5
40Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller1.5
41Herbert WimmerA. ZollerZoller1.5
42Eugen StößerE. StößerBMW0.7
43Henri DurandH. DurandBugattiT37A1.5S-4
44Guglielmo SandriG. SandriRoccaDNA/DNS
45Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT51A1.5S-8
46André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-8
47Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8
48Otto SchlichtO. SchlichtAmilcar6CDNA/DNS
49Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4
50Raymond de SaugéR. de SaugéBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA/DNS
51Heinz KrebsH. KrebsMGK3DNA/DNS



Castelbarco chased by Bugattis
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
?
?

?

42
Stößer

B.M.W.

46
Vagniez

Maserati

34
Castelbarco?

maserati


Rest of grid unknown



The 1500cc & 750 cc cars started in separate groups after the GP cars had been flagged away. The German Zoller cars were overheating again and soon out of the race. After racing for over two and a half hours Count Castelbarco took the victory in his Maserati 29 seconds in front of Schmidt with Burggaller a further 38 seconds back. Adolf Brudes von Breslau took the victory in the 750cc class.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.34Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5 122h36m23.1s 
2.38Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-8122h36m52.4s+ 29.3s
3.31Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8122h37m30.2s+ 1m07.1s
4.33Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4122h39m04.2s+ 2m41.1s
5.45Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT51A1.5S-8122h45m54.5s+ 9m31.4s
6.49Willi SeibelW. SeibelBugattiT37A1.5S-4122.54m35.4s+ 18m12.3s (7th in race)
7.47Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8122h55m30.4s+ 19m07.3s (8th in race)
8.42Eugen StößerE. StößerBMW 0.7 123h00m35.4s+ 24m12.3s (9th in race)
9.43Henri DurandH. DurandBugattiT37A1.5S-4123h11m01.4s+ 34m38.3s (10th in race)
10.46André VagniezA. VagniezMaserati261.5S-8122h21m29.3s+ 45m06.2s (11th in race)
DNF41Herbert WimmerA. ZollerZoller 1.5 12  
DNF40Ernst von DeliusA. ZollerZoller 1.5 12  
DNF39Gerhard MacherA. ZollerZoller 1.5 12  
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 105.0 km/h (65.3 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Grid reconstructed from pictures (thanks "McRonalds") and video from the start. Additional corrections with thanks to Otto Grabe.



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I GRAND PRIX DE MONTREUX

Montreux (CH), 3 June 1934
90 laps x 3.320 km (2.063 mi) = 298.8 km (185.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
4Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
6Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
8Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A MaseratiMaserati8CM2.5S-8
10Whitney StraightWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8
14Pierre VeyronP. VeyronBugattiT512.3S-8
16Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Louis BraillardEcurie BraillardBugattiT512.3S-8
20Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
24Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8



Street circuit specialist Trossi takes up the chase
Entries:
The Montreux "round the houses" street race was a new addition to the GP calendar. Unfortunly it was run the same weekend as the Eifelrennen but Ferrari entered the trio of Varzi, Moll and Trossi. The main opposition consisted of some private Maseratis and Bugattis.
Practice:

     
Race:
On race day not only every grandstand but also every window and balcony of downtown Montreux was filled with spectators. There had been a storm before the race but the track had had time to dry out.
Pole Position
10
Straight

Maserati
1m57s

16
Etancelin

Maserati
1m54s

20
Falchetto

Masersti
1m58s

2
Moll

Alfa Romeo
1m57s

6
Trossi

Alfa Romeo
1m59s

12
Hamilton

Maserati
1m59s

4
Varzi

Alfa Romeo
2m00s

24
Soffietti

Alfa Romeo
2m:00s

22
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
-

14
Veyron

Bugatti
-

8
Zehender

Maserati
-

18
Braillard

Bugatti
-

Etancelin had been fastest in practice with his own blue painted Maserati and when the starter dropped the flag at 2 p.m. Etancelin took the lead followed by Straight, Moll and Falchetto. Moll was soon up to second position but on lap 11 he had to do a lengthly pitstop with oil feed problems, spoiling any chances for a good position. Varzi was going well, climbing to 3rd followed by teammate Trossi and Hamilton.
      By half distance Étancelin held a 65 seconds lead over Varzi with Trossi a further 13 seconds behind. Straight had dipped to fourth as oil from a leak sprayed over his goggles and he had been forced to do several pit stops to clear them. The Ferrari duo was catching Étancelin, who had brake troubles. But at lap 69 Varzi had to make a fast pit stop, falling down to third position.
      With five laps to go Étancelin was still leading with 13 seconds but an inspired Trossi, always at his best on street circuits, was catching him fast, making faster laps than the pole time, and on the last but one lap he passed the Maserati to the flag from Étancelin with Varzi's Ferrari entered Alfa third. Maserati cars driven by Straight, Hamilton and Zehender took the next places.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8902h57m25.6s
2.16Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-8902h57m33.0s+ 7.3s
3.4Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8892h58m18.2s
4.10Whitney StraightWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8892h48m56.0s
5.12Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8882h57m47.2s
6.8Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A MaseratiMaserati8CM2.5S-8882h58m04.0s
7.14Pierre VeyronP. VeyronBugattiT512.3S-8862h59m21.0s
8.22Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8842h57m52.0s
DNF2Guy MollScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-842oil feed
DNF24Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-827brakes
DNF20Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-821brakes
DNF18Louis BraillardEcurie BraillardBugattiT512.3S-815mechanical
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Alfa Romeo) in 1m52.8s = 106.0 km/h (65.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 101.0 km/h (62.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 104.8 km7h (65.1 mph)
Weather: sunny, dry between two showers.

Star 10 June 1934: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Felsbergrennen hillclimb in Germany.



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V° GRAN PREMIO DE PENYA RHIN
II COPA AUTOBILISTA BARCELONA

Circuit de Montjuďc - Barcelona (E), 17 June 1934
70 laps x 3.791 km (2,356 mi) = 265.37 km (164.89 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Marcel LehouxScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
4Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8
6Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
6Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliNacional PescaraS-8DNS - alternative car
8Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8
10Joaquín PalacioConde de VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
14Peter de PaoloEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - practice crash
16Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
18Esteban TortE. TortNacional Pescara3.0S-8
20Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8
22Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
24Edgar de MorawitzE. de MorawitzBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
26José de VillapadiernaConde de VillapadiernaMaserati4C 25002.5S-8
28Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-8



A Scuderia Ferrari parade
The German teams did not enter the Penya Rhin, so the race developed into another battle between the Scuderia Ferrari team of Varzi, Chiron and Lehoux, and Nuvolari in a Maserati. When Nuvolari, still not fit from his Alessandria crash started to struggle the race turned into a Ferrari parade the trio lapping the rest of the field three times. Varzi was the winner while Chiron had made the fastest lap of the race.
The fifth Penya Rhin also known as the second Copa Barcelona was held on a renovated Montjuďc circuit. The narrow downhill section after the chicane past Font del Gat to the Palace of Agriculture had proved to be troublesome during the 1933 race but as the event otherwise had been a great success the organizers had managed the convice the city to pay for the rebuilding of the section for the 1934 race. The width of the section had been only 5 meters but was now rebuilt to a width of 9 meters. (See the 1933 race for a circuit description and also the 1933 footnote about the circuit length).
      With financial backing from the Spanish state sports fund, backing from the Catalonian regional goverment and extras from organizing club memnbers own pockets the event was on solid financial ground.
      The usual grandstands and a bridge over the track to get access to the park were installed for the event.
      According to Il Littoriale, the organizers also asked Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI) of AIACR for the race to be run to the new formula, getting the event officially an international status.
      Prizes for the race were as follows: 12.000, 7.000, 4000, 2.500 and 1.500 pesetas for the top five with 1.000 pesetas each for best Spanish driver and car if they were positioned outside top five with half the amount if they were positioned 3rd-5th.
      Entrance fee for the spectators was one peseta for practice and three for the race with 6 pesetas for an unnumbered and 9 for a numbered place on the stands and 60 pesetas for a seat at the main grandstand. (A peseta was about 13 US cent or six and a half pennies back then).
Entries:
The German teams did not enter the Penya Rhin (they were at the Kesselberg hillclimb). Their international debut would be in France a fortnight later. The Penya Rhin also clashed with the 24 Heures du Mans, thus losing potential entries like the Bugatti team and Philippe Etancelin.
      Scuderia Ferrari entered three P3 Alfa Romeos for Achille Varzi, Louis Chiron and Marcel Lehoux. Lehoux was possibly selected as he was familiar with the circuit after the 1933 race. The main challenger was Tazio Nuvolari in his own 3 litre Maserati (#3018). Nuvolari's leg was finally out of plaster, but he was still not fully fit after his leg fracture from the Alessandria crash on 22 April.
      The new team "Vipal" (Villapadierna-Palacio) had ordered two new 3 litre cars, a wide bodied and a narrow bodied one, from the Maserati factory, so for their debut race the team had a brand new yellow painted Maserati (#3019) to be driven by Joaquín Palacio. It looks like the Maserati factory, unable to get the other ordered car ready, had lent their red painted four cylinder 2.5 litre car (raced by Taruffi in Monaco) to the team for de Villapadierna to drive. American Peter de Paolo, who had tried a Miller at Tripoli and Avus, had obviously come to the conclusion that he might be more successful in a European car, so he had recently made arrangements with Nelly Braillard to do a full European GP season for Ecurie Braillard. He was to drive one of the team's blue Maserati 8CMs (#3015) at Penya Rhin, Benoit Falchetto driving the team's other car (#3009). Hugh Hamilton was to race the white-blue Maserati (#3016) for Whitney Straight Ltd.
      Just like in 1933 local driver Esteban Tort entered a Nacional Pescara. The Nacional Pescara was a government supported Spanish car factory. The yellow 610 kg heavy race car had a 3 litre straight 8 engine reported to give 160 hp. Chilean Juan Zanelli had the option to race either his 1933 race winning Alfa Romeo "Monza" or another Nacional Pescara.
      Two French drivers entered T51 Bugattis, Louis Delmot, possibly racing under the pseudonym "Delmo", and Robert Brunet with his ex-Wimille car. Austrian Edgar de Morawitz had entered a Bugatti as well but seems not to have appeared.
Practice:
There were three practice sessions, afternoons 5 -7 p.m. on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th and on morning 10-12 a.m. at Saturday 16th. Practice did not have any signinficance on the grid as the positions were determined by the race numbers.
      During Thursday practice the Ferrari team immediately proved the speed of the monopostos, Varzi with a time of 2m11s and Lehoux with 2m13s, both going under Nuvolari's 2m13.1s lap record from 1933. Chiron did some fast laps as well and Palacio was able to do 2m16s with the new Maserati.
      On Friday Hamilton, Falchetto and Nuvolari joined practice as well. Nuvolari was fastest with his Maserati equalling Varzi's Thursday time of 2m11s. Varzi and Chiron did 2m12s laps with their Alfas, Falchetto did a 2m14s lap with the Ecurie Braillard Maserati and Hamilton also in a Maserati managed to do a time of 2m15s.
      At third practice on Saturday morning Nuvolari lowered the best time to 2m10.0s. Next up were Varzi 2m10.2s, Lehoux, 2m11.8s. Hamilton 2m12s, Palacio 2m14s and de Paolo 2m14s. Delmot with 2m17s was the fastest Bugatti driver.
      With just five minutes remaining of the practice session de Paolo lost control of his car in the curves before Poble Espanyol. It has been claimed that he had tried to avoid some children, who had run onto the track. The Maserati went straight into a lighting column and pulled it out of its fundament. The car ended up upside down without its left front tire. De Paolo was rushed to the Corachan hospital from where the initial reports were grim. Apart from injuries to his right forearm the driver had a skull fracture and was unconscious. After having been unconscious for two days de Paolo eventually recovered but the crash put an end to his career as racing driver. Peter de Paolo was the 1925 Indy 500 winner and nephew of the famous Ralph de Palma. He returned to racing as car owner and team manager for the 1935 Indy 500 champion Kelly Petillo and in the 1950s he run a succesful NASCAR team.
Race:
The race was announced for 10:30 on Sunday morning and about that time the track was closed off for traffic. The park was filled with spectators, including Catalonian president Lluís Companys (who would be executed by Franco in 1940).
      After a little delay to correct something on the circuit, the cars and drivers were lined up and ready to go about 11 a.m. The cars were lined up according to their drawn race numbers with gaps for de Paolo and de Morawitz, but for some reason the two first lines were lined up from left to right and the next two from right to left.
      Zanelli, not satisfied with the Nacional Pescara, obviously made a last minute decision to race his Monza instead. A rough "6" was added with white paint to each side of the car.
Pole Position
2
Lehoux

Alfa Romeo

4
Hamilton

Maserati

6
Zanelli

Alfa Romeo

8
Nuvolari

Maserati

10
Palacio

Maserati

12
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

*



16
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

**



22
Falchetto

Maserati

20
Brunet

Bugatti

18
Tort

Nacional Pescara

28
Delmot

Bugatti

26
Villapadierna

Maserati

* 14 de Paolo (Maserati) DNS
** 24 de Morawitz (Bugatti) DNS

Hamilton had his front wheels over the line before the flag dropped but it was Nuvolari from the right of the grid who took the start to lead after the first lap followed by the Alfa Ferraris driven by Chiron, Varzi, and Lehoux. Behind the Alfas followed Zanelli, Falchetto, Palacio, Brunet, Delmot, Villapadierna and Tort. Hamilton, already in trouble with his Maserati, came in to the pit.
      On the second lap Chiron passed Nuvolari to take the lead of the race. They were followed by Varzi, Lehoux and the others. There were no changes in the top positions on lap three. Nuvolari's injured leg was already giving him pain and after a brave fight he was forced to let the Ferrari duo of Varzi and Lehoux by on lap four. The order was now: Chiron, Varzi, Lehoux, Nuvolari, Falchetto, Palacio, Brunet, de Villapadierna, Zanelli, Delmot, Tort and Hamilton.
      Zanelli had to make a pit stop after four laps for adjustments and was back in the pit again a lap later. Tort also had to make a pit stop.
      At the front Chiron had opened up a small gap by soing the 8th laps in 2m08s but Varzi answered on the next lap by putting in 2m08s as well to catch the Monégasque. To the disappointment of the spectators Tort had to retire his Nacional Pescara on the same lap. After 10 laps the classification at the top was:
1. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)21m44.2s
2. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)21m45.2s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)21m48.4s
4. Nuvolari (Maserati)21m53s

After 11 laps Hamilton, after having done a new pit stop, retired the oil leaking Whitney Straight Maserati. After 14 laps Nuvolari stopped in the box for 2m15s to refuel and to adjust the spark plugs, returning to the race in seventh position. After 18 laps Delmot retired his Bugatti.
      On the 19th lap Varzi took over the lead from his team mate Chiron. The order after 20 laps:
1. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)42m32s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)42m34s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)42m54s

On the 23rd lap there was an incident when Villapadierna spun his Maserati 180° at the turn before the grandstand in front of Lehoux with Nuvolari following right behind. A serious crash seemed to be unavoidable but somehow both Lehoux and Nuvolari managed to squeeze by with millimeters to spare. Nuvolari had climbed back to fourth position, having passed Brunet, Palacio and Falchetto.
      On lap 29 the miserable weekend for Ecurie Braillard ended when Falchetto after having done a good race gave up as he was feeling ill.
      Classification after 30 laps:
1. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h05m17s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h5m39s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)1h5m51s

After 32 laps Nuvolari gave up with this leg in bad shape. That gave Palacio fourth position behind the three Ferrari Alfas. Only seven cars were still in the race. Varzi was pulling away doing 2m12s laps against 2m14s laps for Chiron with Lehoux in third position holding Varzi's speed. As the rest of the drivers were doing laps around 2m20s or slower it is no wonder they became lapped for the second time.
      At mid-race after 35 laps the order was:
1. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h16m06s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h16m52s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)1h16m53s
4. Palacio (Maserati)1h21m29s
5. Brunet (Bugatti)1h21m36s
6. Zanelli (Alfa Romeo)1h21m52s

During the next laps Varzi continued even faster doing laps around 2m10s against his team mates' 2m13-2.14s After 50 laps the situation was thus:
1. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h48m35s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h50m08s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)1h50m32s
4. Palacio (Maserati)1h56m34s

With one and a half minute lead Varzi could well afford to slow down to times around 2m13s but with ten laps to go the gap was still 1m21s:
1. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2h10m45s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h12m06s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)2h12m51s

Varzi slowed down by another second a lap but he led the Ferrari parade home to the flag with the trio lapping the rest of the field three times. Varzi was the winner while Chiron had made the fastest lap of the race.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8702h33m02.0s
2.12Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8702h34m10.2s+ 1m08.2s
3.2Marcel LehouxScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8702h35m15.5s+ 2m13.5s
4.6Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8672h36m00.0s
5.10Joaquín PalacioConde de VillapadiernaMaserati8C3.0S-8672h37m24.8s
6.20Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8662h36m36.0s
7.26José de VillapadiernaConde de VillapadiernaMaserati4C 25002.5S-4652h36m24.0s
DNF8Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-832
DNF22Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-829driver
DNF28Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-818
DNF4Hugh HamiltonWhitney StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-811oil
DNF18Esteban TortE. TortNacional Pescara3.07
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 2m06s = 108.3 km/h (67.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 104.0 km/h (64.7 mph)
Weather: sunny.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
Le Figaro, Paris
IL Littoriale, Roma
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
The Motor, London
Special thanks to:
Nick Shipp

Star 16-17 June 1934: Etancelin / Chinetti (Alfa Romeo 2.3 litre) wins the Les 24 Heures du Mans sports car race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. (Results)
Star 17 June 1934: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Kesselbergrennen hillclimb in Germany.
Star 23 June 1934: Eyston (MG Magnette) wins the B.R.D.C. British Empire Trophy handicap race at Brooklands, England.



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