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I PRIX DE BERNE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Bremgarten- Bern (CH), 26 August 1934
14 laps x 7.280 km (4.524 mi) = 101.92 km (63.33 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

42Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1
44Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-8
46Johann HummelJ. HummelAmilcarC6
48Bobby KohlrauschB. KohlrauschMGK31.1
50Heinz KrebsH. KrebsMGMidget0.7
52Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4
54Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1
56Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8
58Pierre VeyronP. VeyronBugattiT51A1.5S-8
60Cholmondley-TapperCholmondley-TapperBugattiT37A1.5S-4
62Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15S81.5S-8
64Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
66Roberto MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CMS-4
68Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5
70XOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA
72Raffaele TotiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati4CMS-4
74Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1
76Marie-Louise von KozmianMrs. von KozmianBugattiT37A1.5S-4
78B. KesslerB. KesslerMaserati4CM1.5S-4
80Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati4CS
82Bruno SojkaF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-8
84Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight Ltd.MGK3 Magnette1.1
86Richard SeamanWhitney Straight Ltd.MGK3 Magnette1.1
88László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT37A1.5S-4



Seaman's astonishing victory

Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:
This was the main Voiturette race of the year. The race started 10.30 AM in pouring rain.
Pole Position
46
Hummel

Amilcar

76
von Kozmian

Bugatti

74
Herkuleyns

MG

62
Howe

Delage

58
Veyron

Bugatti

66
Malaguti

Maserati

82
Sojka

Bugatti

54
Girod

Salmson

78
Kessler

Maserati

52
Simons

Bugatti

48
Kohlrausch

MG

64
Castelbarco

Maserati

44
Burggaller

Bugatti

60
Cholmondley

Bugatti

80
Rüesch

Maserati

42
Briem

Amilcar

88
L Hartmann

Bugatti

50
Krebs

MG

56
Rose-Itier

Bugatti

72
Toti

Maserati

68
L Platé

Talbot

84
Hamilton

MG

86
Seaman

MG

This was the main Voiturette race of the year. The race started 10.30 AM in pouring rain. To the disappointment of the crowd the Swiss driver Kessler (Maserati) had to retire while in first position leaving Malaguti (Maserati) to take over the lead. Seaman (MG) was working his way up from his back row start position, finally to pass Veyron for second place. Then Malaguti got engine problems and Seaman went on to a sensational win in his 1100cc car against the 1500cc field. This was the first international victory for the until then almost unknown Seaman.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.86Richard SeamanWhitney Straight Ltd.MGK3 Magnette1.1 1450m43.8s 
2.58Pierre VeyronP. VeyronBugattiT51A1.5S-81451m05.8s+ 23.0s
3.44Ernst BurggallerE.G. BurggallerBugattiT51A1.5S-81451m11.4s+ 29.6s
4.82Bruno SojkaF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-81451m41.0s+ 58.2s
5.62Earl HoweEarl HoweDelage15S81.5S-81451m53.6m+ 1m10.8s
6.64Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati4CM1.5S-41452m18.4s+ 1m35.6s
7.54Armand GirodA. GirodSalmson8C1.1 1452m58.6s+ 2m15.8s
8.60Cholmondley-TapperCholmondley-TapperBugattiT37A1.5S-41453m20.4s+ 2m37.6s
9.56Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-81454m00.4s+ 3m17.6s
10.76Marie-Louise von KozmianMrs. von KozmianBugattiT37A1.5S-41454m20.0s+ 3m37.2s
?68Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5    
?72Raffaele TotiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati4CM S-4   
?42Willi BriemW. BriemAmilcarC61.1    
?88László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT37A1.5S-4   
?50Heinz KrebsH. KrebsMGMidget0.7    
?80Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati4CS     
?48Bobby KohlrauschB. KohlrauschMGK31.1    
?52Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4   
?66Roberto MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CM S-4   
?46Johann HummelJ. HummelAmilcarC6     
?74Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1    
DNF84Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight Ltd.MGK3 Magnette1.1 6engine 
DNF78B. KesslerB. KesslerMaserati4CM1.5S-43  
Fastest lap: B. Kessler (Maserati) in 3m04s = 142.4 km/h (88.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 120.5 km/h (74.9 mph)
Weather: heavy rain.



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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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
3Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8practice car
4August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
6Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
8Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8
10Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8
12Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8
14René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
16Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Clifton Penn-HughesC. Penn-HughesAlfa Romeo8C-23002.3S-8DNA - did not appear
20Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8DNA - did not appear
24Renato BalestreroGruppo San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
26Clemente BiondettiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4C 25002.5S-4
28Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
30Pietro GhersiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
32Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
34XXXDNA - did not appear
36Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - did not start
38László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-8
40Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8



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.
Entries:
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. Maserati entered a 4C 2500 Maserati to be driven by Clemente Biondetti. 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.
Practice:
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
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3m02s
Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3m02s
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.
Dreyfus (Bugatti)2m54s
Stuck (Auto Union)2m56s
Momberger (Auto Union)2m56s
Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2m59s
Nuvolari (Maserati)3m00s
Chiron (Alfa Romeo)3m02s
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3m04s
Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)3m13s
Leiningen (Auto Union)3m16s
Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3m18s
Hartmann (Bugatti)3m29s
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
Dreyfus (Bugatti)2m54s
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2m55s
Nuvolari (Maserati)2m56s
Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2m56s
Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2m58s
Momberger (Auto Union)2m58s
Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2m59s
Hamilton (Maserati)3m02s
Rüesch (Maserati)3m06s
Biondetti (Maserati)3m17s
Earl Howe (Maserati)3m24s
Hartmann (Bugatti)3m43s

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.
Race:
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.
Pole Position
26
Biondetti

Maserati

32
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

6
Stuck

Auto Union

28
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

24
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

20
Nuvolari

Maserati

38
L Hartmann

Bugatti

30
Ghersi

Alfa Romeo

10
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

2
Leiningen

Auto Union

40
Hamilton

Maserati

8
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

12
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz

14
Dreyfus

Bugatti

16
Howe

Maserati

4
Momberger

Auto Union

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 further behind.
      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
2.Nuvolari (Maserati)16m49s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)16m59s
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)17m11s
5.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)17m21s
6.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)
7.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)
8.Leiningen (Auto Union)
9.Hamilton (Maserati)
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
2.Nuvolari (Maserati)32m54.6s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)33m01.4s
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)33m21.0s
5.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)33m39.0s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)
7.Leiningen (Auto Union)
8.Momberger (Auto Union)
9.Hamilton (Maserati)
10.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)

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
3.Nuvolari (Maserati)1h04m39.0s
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)-----
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h05m10.6s
6.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h05m12.4s
7.Momberger (Auto Union)
8.Hamilton (Maserati)
9.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)
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
2.Dreyfus (Bugatti)1h35m21.0s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h35m28.6s
4.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h35m42.4s
5.Momberger (Auto Union)1h36m39.6s
6.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h36m54.0s
7.Nuvolari (Maserati)1h38m07.0s1 lap behind
8.Hamilton (Maserati)1h38m13.6s1 lap behind
9.Biondetti (Maserati)1h39m34.8s1 lap behind
10.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h41m18.6s2 laps behind
11.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)1h46m04.2s3 laps behind
12.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)1h48m00.6s4 laps behind
13.Earl Howe (Maserati)1h49m24.0s5 laps behind
14.Balestrero (Alfa Romeo)1h52m35.2s6 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
2.Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h07m58.2s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h08m26.0s
4.Momberger (Auto Union)2h09m27.2s1 lap behind
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h09m39.8s1 lap behind
6.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2h10m15.2s1 lap behind
7.Hamilton (Maserati)
8.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)
9.Biondetti (Maserati)
10.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)
11.Earl Howe (Maserati)
12.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)
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
2.Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h38m34.0s
3.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h40m03.4s1 lap behind
4.Momberger (Auto Union)2h40m04.0s1 lap behind
5.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2h40m53.0s1 lap behind
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h41m14.4s1 lap behind
7.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h46m53.0s3 laps behind
8.Biondetti (Maserati)2h47m11.4s3 laps behind
9.Hamilton (Maserati)2h47m13.8s3 laps behind
10.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)2h50m11.6s4 laps behind
11.Earl Howe (Maserati)-----
12.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h56m55.6s6 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
2.Dreyfus (Bugatti)3h09m23.0s
3.Momberger (Auto Union)3h10m33.2s1 lap behind
4.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)3h11m26.4s1 lap behind
5.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)3h11m47.0s1 lap behind
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)
7.Hamilton (Maserati)
8.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)
9.Biondetti (Maserati)
10.Earl Howe (Maserati)
11.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)

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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.6Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16703h37m51.6s
2.4August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16693h27m54.4s
3.14René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8693h38m10.2s
4.32Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8692h39m53.4s
5.28Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8693h40m35.6s
6.12Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8683h38m34.4s
7.30Pietro GhersiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8663h38m50.0s
8.26Clemente BiondettiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4C 25002.5S-4663h38m58.4s
DNF40Hugh HamiltonWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-864fatal crash
DNC16Earl HoweEarl HoweMaserati8CM3.0S-8633h40m46.8s
DNC10R. Caracciola / H. Geier Daimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8623h39m59.2s
DNF8Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-852oil pipe
DNF24Renato BalestreroGruppo San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-847gearbox
DNF20Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM3.0S-835engine
DNF2Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-1618gearbox
DNF38László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT512.3S-813mechanical
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
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
Kölnische Zeitung, Köln
L'AUTO, Paris
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
MOTOR SPORT, London
MOTOR UND SPORT, Pössneck
Special thanks to:
Giuseppe Prisco



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X GRAND PRIX DU COMMINGES

St Gaudens (F), 26 August 1934
35 laps x 11.005 km (6.838 mi) = 385.2 km (239.3 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Whitney StraightWhitley StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-8
4"Buddy" FeatherstonhaughWhitley StraightMaserati26M2.5S-8
6Raymond SommerEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
8Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
10Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
14José ScaronEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA
16José de VillapadiernaComte de VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-8
22Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
24Genaro Léoz-AbadG. Léoz-AbadBugattiT512.3S-8DNA
26R. BlondiauxR. BlondiauxBugattiT512.3S-8DNA
28Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-8
30Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
32Marcel LehouxScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
34Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8



Comotti victorous for Scuderia Ferrari

The Comminges GP was held the same day as the Swiss GP. The German teams of course concentrated their efforts on the Swiss event but both Scuderia Ferrari and the Whitney Straight entered cars at both races.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
18
Etancelin

Maserati
4m23s

32
Lehoux

Alfa Romeo
4m29s

2
Straight

Maserati
4m32s

34
Comotti

Alfa Romeo
4m33s

6
Sommer

Maserati
4m37s

8
Wimille

Bugatti
4m41s

4
Featherstonhaugh

Maserati
4m52s

30
Zanelli

Alfa Romeo
4m55s

10
Zehender

Maserati
5m05m

16
de Villapadierna

Maserati
5m06s

28
Brunet

Bugatti
5m13s

12
Falchetto

Maserati
5m20s

22
Hellé-Nice

Alfa Romeo
5m41s

20
Delmot

Bugatti
5m53s

Order after 5 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)21m53s
2. Straight (Maserati)21m55s
3. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)21m56s
4. Etancelin (Maserati)21m56s
5. Zehender (Maserati)22m18s
6. Falchetto (Maserati)
7. Zanelli (Alfa Romeo)
8. Featherstonhaugh (Maserati)45m58s
9. Brunet (Bugatti)
10. Villapadierna (Maserati)
11. Delmot (Bugatti)
12. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)
13. Wimille (Bugatti)

Order after 10 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)43m25s
2. Etancelin (Maserati)43m30s
3. Straight (Maserati)43m58s
4. Lehoux (Alfa Romeo)44m19s
5. Zehender (Maserati)44m21s
6. Falchetto (Maserati)45m46s
7. Featherstonhaugh (Maserati)45m58s
8. Brunet (Bugatti)
9. Villapadierna (Maserati)
10. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)
11. Delmot (Bugatti)
12. Wimille (Bugatti)

Order after 15 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h04m45s
2. Straight (Maserati)1h05m48s
3. Zehender (Maserati)1h06m00s
4. Falchetto (Maserati)1h07m55s
5. Featherstonhaugh (Maserati)1h08m32s
6. Villapadierna (Maserati)
7. Brunet (Bugatti)
8. Wimille (Bugatti)
9. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)

Order after 20 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h26m42s
2. Zehender (Maserati)1h29m11s
3. Straight (Maserati)1h29m27s
4. Falchetto (Maserati)
5. Villapadierna (Maserati)
6. Brunet (Bugatti)
7. Wimille (Bugatti)
8. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)

Order after 25 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h49m54s
2. Zehender (Maserati)1h51m01s
3. Straight (Maserati)1h51m48s
4. Falchetto (Maserati)
5. Brunet (Bugatti)
6. Wimille (Bugatti)
7. Villapadierna (Maserati)
8. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)
9. Featherstonhaugh (Maserati)

Order after 30 laps:
1. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)2h11m21s
2. Zehender (Maserati)2h12m58s
3. Straight (Maserati)2h14m23s
4. Falchetto (Maserati)
5. Wimille (Bugatti)
6. Villapadierna (Maserati)
7. Brunet (Bugatti)
8. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo)

At the start of the race Straight went into the lead and held it for a few laps but then he was passed by both Comotti (Alfa Romeo) and Étancelin (Maserati). The French driver was, however, forced to retire with mechanical troubles so Straight went back into second place. But during an extra pitstop he had to see himself passed by Zehender. So with Ferrari's top drivers Varzi and Chiron away at the Swiss GP, Comotti, who had taken over the late Moll's place in the team, got the chance to lead home another Ferrari triumph at St. Gaudens. His team mate Lehoux retired in his last race for Ferrari with a broken valve after having made the fastest lap of the day.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.34Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8352h33m49.8s
2.10Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8CM3.0S-8352h35m05s+ 1m15s
3.2Whitney StraightWhitley StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-8352h36m45s+ 2m55s
4.12Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-834
5.8Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT593.3S-833
6.16José de VillapadiernaComte de VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-832
7.28Robert BrunetR. BrunetBugattiT512.3S-831
8.22Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-827
DNF4"Buddy" FeatherstonhaughWhitley StraightMaserati26M2.5S-822starting handle
DNF20Louis DelmotL. DelmotBugattiT512.3S-813mechanical
DNF32Marcel LehouxScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-813valve
DNF30Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-812mechanical
DNF18Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-812fuel feed
DNF6Raymond SommerEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-85mechanical
Fastest lap: Jean-Pierre Wimille (Bugatti) in 4m12s = 157.2 km/h (97.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 150.2 km/h (93.3 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 150.6 km/h (93.6 mph)
Weather:

Star 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.
Star 1 September 1934: The RAC Tourist Trophy sports car handicap race is held at Ards near Belfast:
1. DodsonMG Magnette
2. HallBentley
3. FotheringhamAston Martin
4. LewisLagonda
5. HindmarshLagonda
6. DricollAston Martin



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I CIRCUITO DI BIELLA

Biella (I), 2 September 1934
3 heats x 25 laps x 2.199 km (1.366 mi) = 54.98 km (34.17 mi)
Final 40 laps x 2.199 km (1.366 mi) = 87.96 km (54.66 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
4Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
6Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
8Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
10Clemente BiondettiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati26M2.5S-8
12Giuseppe BianchiScuderia BrianzaBugattiT39A1.5S-8
14Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
16Giovanni LuraniCount LuraniMaserati4CS1.5
18G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
20Tazio NuvolariScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
22Carlo RestelliC. RestelliAlfa Romeo6C1.7DNS
24Antonio BrivioA. BrivioBugattiT512.3S-8
26Giuseppe FarinaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
28Luigi PremoliL. PremoliBMP - Maserati2.3
30Gino RovereScuderia SubalpinaAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
32Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
34Umberto CasaretoU. CasaretoMaserati261.5S-8
36Giovanni MinozziScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
38Giulio AyminiG. AyminiMonacoDNA
40Gianni ArezziG. ArezziAlfa Romeo6C-17501.7DNS
42Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot700



Trossi for the third time

The first Biella race was held on a little circuit through the streets of the town with the same name. The race was run in three heats and a final.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Heat 1:

     
Pole Position
28
Premoli

PBM

10
Biondetti

Maserati

4
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

34
Casareo

Maserati

36
Minozzi

Alfa Romeo

In the first heat Minozzi (Alfa Romeo "Monza") took an early lead but he was soon passed by the works Alfa of Trossi, who went on to win. Minozzi finished second and Biondetti (Maserati) third.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-82540m44.2s
2.36Giovanni MinozziScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-82541m26.8s+ 42.6s

3.10Clemente BiondettiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaseratiT26M2.52542m09.6s+ 1m25.4s
4.28Luigi PremoliL. PremoliBMP - Maserati2.323
DNF34Umberto CasaretoU. CesaretoMaserati261.5S-83crash
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Alfa Romeo) in 1m35.6s = 82.8 km/h (51.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 81.0 km/h (50.3 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:

     
Pole Position
20
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

8
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

2
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

26
Farina

Maserati

14
Castelbarco

Maserati

32
Pages

Alfa Romeo

In the second heat Nuvolari shined in Scuderia Siena's 2.3 litre "Monza" winning from Farina's 1.5 litre Alfa and Balestrero's 2.6 litre "Monza".

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.20Tazio NuvolariScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-82540m19.0s
2.26Giuseppe FarinaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.5S-42540m39.6s+ 20.6s
3.8Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-82541m26.6s+ 1m27.6s

4.2Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-82542m02s+ 1m43s
5.14Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5S-424
6.32Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-824
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) in 1m33.4s = 84.8 km7h (52.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 81.8 km/h (50.8 mph)
Weather:
Heat 3:

     
Pole Position
30
Rovere

Alfa Romeo

24
Brivio

Bugatti

6
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

12
Bianchi

Bugatti

18
Cornaggia

Alfa Romeo

16
Lurani

Maserati

42
L Platé

Talbot

Varzi dominated the last heat with his Ferrari-entered Alfa, finishing a minute and a half ahead of Brivio's works Bugatti with Rovere (Monza 2.6 litre) in third place.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-82539m42.0s
2.24Antonio BrivioA. BrivioBugattiT512.3S-82541m25.4s+ 1m43.4s

3.30Gino RovereScuderia SubalpinaAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-82542m41.8s+ 2m59.8s
4.18G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-82542m44.0s+ 3m02.0s
5.16Giovanni LuraniCount LuraniMaserati4CS1.524
6.12Giuseppe BianchiScuderia BrianzaBugattiT39A23
DNF42Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001mechanical
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Alfa Romeo) in 1m31.2s = 86.8 km/h (53.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 83.0 km/h (51.6 mph)
Weather:
Final:

     
Pole Position
26
Farina

Maserati

20
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

6
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

8
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

24
Brivio

Bugatti

4
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

36
Minozzi

Alfa Romeo

When the flag dropped in the final Minozzi went into the lead followed by Varzi and Farina. During the race Farina with his Voiturette car was almost able to keep the same pace as the GP cars. Nuvolari had to retire with a broken rear suspension and Minozzi had also to retire leaving Varzi and Trossi to fight for the lead with Farina in third place. Trossi proved once again that he was the street circuit master, making the fastest lap (1:29.8) and taking the flag just 1/5 of a second in front of his team mate.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8401h02m57.2s
2.6Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8401h02m57.4s+ 0.2s
3.26Giuseppe FarinaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.5S-4401h03m44.4s+ 1m47.2s 1st voiturette
4.24Antonio BrivioA. BrivioBugattiT512.3S-8401h04m10.6s+ 2m13.4s
5.8Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-839
DNF20Tazio NuvolariScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-825shock absorber
DNF36Giovanni MinozziScuderia SienaAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-818
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Alfa Romeo) in 1m29.8s = 88.2 km/h (54.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 83.8 km/h (52.1 mph)
Weather:



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XII° GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA

Autodromo di Monza (I), 9 September 1934
116 laps x 4.310 km (2.678 mi) = 499.96 km (310.66 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8
4Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
6Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
8Tazio NuvolariOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6C-343.2S-6
10Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
12Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8
14Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
16Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-8
18Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
22Ernst HenneDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8
24Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
26Whitney StraightWhitney StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-8
28Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
30Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
32Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8



Caracciola back among the winners without taking the flag

As a result of the terrible accidents at Monza GP 1933, that cost the lives of Campari, Borzacchini and Czaykowski the authorities overreacted by reducing the track length from 10 km to 4.3 and filling the track with chicanes.
Entries:
The Mercedes-Benz team arrived to Monza without von Brauchitsch. After the Swiss GP von Brauchitsch suffered from pain in his eye and medical tests showed that he in fact had fractured his skull in the Nürburgring accident. He was sent back to the hospital bed for a ten weeks complete rest. He was not even allowed to listen to the GP race on radio.
      At Monza Nuvolari gave the new Maserati model 6C-34 its debut. The new car was heavy and all fluid including the brake fluid had to be drained before the car passed the 750 kg limit. (compare this to Eifelrennen!) This maneuver would be significant for the race results!
      After practice ended and the track shut down Fagioli's car was sent to the Milan autostrada. There Fagioli's mechanic, an ex. motorcycle racer named Hermann Lang had his first taste of driving a racing car in 200km/h while running in the new brakes.
Practice:

     
Race:
Before the start of the race the cars and drivers paraded past the grandstands raising their arms in a fascist salute.
Pole Position
2
Caracciola

Mercedes Benz

4
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

*



8
Nuvolari

Maserati

10
Stuck

Auto Union

12
Fagioli

Mercedes Benz

14
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

16
Howe

Bugatti

18
Zehender

Maserati

20
Momberger

Auto Union

22
Henne

Mercedes Benz

24
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

26
Straight

Maserati

28
Leiningen

Auto Union

30
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

32
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo

* 6 Brivio (Bugatti) DNS

When the flag fell Stuck took the lead followed by Fagioli, Varzi and Caracciola. The Mercedes-Benz cars of Henne and Fagioli were soon out with mechanical problems. Caracciola took his car up to second and Nuvolari was well up with the leaders, having an giant duel with Varzi (who else?) but soon his brakes began to fade. The drained brake system had not been properly refilled!
      At 10 laps the order was Stuck, 20 seconds from Caracciola and 26 from zu Leiningen, who soon had to retire, and Momberger. After 20 laps Caracciola had closed the gap to 13 seconds and 10 laps later to 10 seconds. But five laps later the gap was up to 35 seconds the Mercedes driver having problems with his leg. Somehow Caracciola still managed to come back, closing the gap down to 12 seconds again.
      After leading for 59 laps Stuck took the car into the pits. The radiator had burnt his feet and zu Leiningen took over while Stuck was getting medical care.
      Due to the many chicanes the drivers had to take some 1600 corners during the race that took 4 3/4 hours. Caracciola was the new leader but the constant gear changing and braking was too much for his hip wound and when he came in for his pit stop on the next lap he almost fainted and had to be lifted from his car. The car was handled over to his team mate and greatest rival Fagioli.
      The track was brutal for the drivers. Comotti was forced to give over to Marioni, later Comotti in his turn took over from Trossi. After a ten lap rest Stuck took his car back from zu Leiningen and started to try to better his fourth position.
      Fagioli had led the second half of the race and went on to his second victory for Mercedes-Benz. Varzi was going well in second place until he struck gearbox problems and had to retire with 20 laps to go. Trossi held second place for a while but he fell back when he made a last pitstop leaving over the car to Comotti. Now it was Stuck's turn to take the second place, one lap behind Fagioli, and he finished in that position. Nuvolari's brakes had now gone completely and he braked the car with the gearbox alone. Still he did not give up and forced his car to finish in a honorable fourth place.
      Later Rüesch was disqualified as he had run out of fuel on the track and an assistant had met him outside the pit with a filled can.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.2R. Caracciola / L. FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-81164h45m47s
2.10H. Stuck / H. zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-161154h47m25.2s
3.14C. Trossi / G. ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-81144h45m49.4s
4.24Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-81134h45m49.2s see "In retrospect"
5.8Tazio NuvolariOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6C-343.2S-61134h46m46.4s
6.30G. Comotti / A. MarinoniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-81134h47m27.8s
7.20A. Momberger / W. SebastianAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-161124h47m27.2s
8.26Whitney StraightWhitney StraightMaserati8CM3.0S-81124h47m27.6s
DSQ32Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8105DSQ - outside assistance
9.16Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT512.3S-81044h48m28.6s
DNF4A. Varzi / M. TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-897gearbox
DNF18Goffredo ZehenderG. ZehenderMaserati8CM3.0S-854brakes
DNF28Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-1654out of fuel
DNF12Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-813supercharger
DNF22Ernst HenneDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-82overheating/supercharger?
DNF6Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-80supercharger
Fastest lap: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) on lap 5 in 2m13.6s = 116.2 km/h (72.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 105.0 km/h (65.2 mph)
Weather:
In retrospect:
After the race Chiron found to his great surprise that the had been classified 6th, 4 laps behind the winner. According to the team's unofficial lap table made by a lady whose ability was held in highest regard (most likely Alice "Baby" Hoffman) Chiron cleary was 4th. As a gentleman, Chiron however did not want to make a protest. A later control by the Monza time keepers confirmed they had lost a lap earlier and that Chiron indeed was 4th. As the reversed results were published only several days after the race many books have the preliminary incorrect results.



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I GRAND PRIX DE L´U.M.F.

Montlhéry Paris (F), 9 September 1934
18 laps x 5.0 km (~3.1 mi) = 90.0 km (55.9 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Albert PerrotA. PerrotBugattiT35S-8
2Roger CésureR. CésureBugattiT371.5S-4
3André VagniezA. VagniezBugattiT371.5S-4
4Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT35S-8
5GouxGouxBugattiT35S-8
6Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT512.3S-8
7"Sim Devil""Sim Devil"BugattiT35S-8
8Jean RenaldiJ. RenaldiBugattiT35S-8
9JaminJaminBugattiT35S-8
10Robert BrunetR. BrunetAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
11Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8#12? Motor Sport p 557
12XEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA
14Andre TestutA. TestutBugattiT35S-8
15Bernard ChaudeB. ChaudeBugattiT35S-8
16Max FournyM. FournyBugattiT35S-8
17Genaro Léoz-AbadG. Léoz-AbadBugattiT512.3S-8
18Albert ChambostAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT59S-8
19Charles MontierC. MontierMontier-Ford



Falchetto dominates the car class in a motorcycle event

Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
 
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The "Union Motocycliste Française" held a series of races for different motorcycle and car classes at the Montlhéry combined oval and road track. The minor car race that has often incorrectly been called the "Grand Prix de France" is not to be confused with the French GP!
      The GP class was easily won by Falcetto in his Ecuire Braillard entered Maserati 8CM with a huge margin before Brunet's Alfa.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.11Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-81838m36.5s
2.10Robert BrunetR. BrunetAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-81840m36.2s+ 1m57.7s
3.17Genaro Léoz-AbadG. Léoz-AbadBugattiT512.3S-817
4.6Jean CattaneoJ. CattaneoBugattiT512.3S-817
5.8Jean RenaldiJ. RenaldiBugattiT35S-817
?1Albert PerrotA. PerrotBugattiT35S-8
?2Roger CésureR. CésureBugattiT371.5S-4
?3André VagniezA. VagniezBugattiT371.5S-4
?4Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT35S-8
?5GouxGouxBugattiT35S-8
?7"Sim Devil""Sim Devil"BugattiT35S-8
?9JaminJaminBugattiT35S-8
?14Andre TestutA. TestutBugattiT35S-8
?15Bernard ChaudeB. ChaudeBugattiT35S-8
?16Max FournyM. FournyBugattiT35S-8
?19Charles MontierC. MontierMontier-Ford
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 139.9 km/h (86.9 mph)
Weather:

Star 16 September 1934: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Mt. Ventoux hillclimb in France.
Star 22 September 1934: Dixon (Riley 2.0L) wins the B.D.R.C. 500 Mile handicap race on a rainy Brooklands track.



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IX° GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAŃA

Lasarte - San Sebastian (E), 23 September 1934
30 laps x 17.315 km (10.759 mi) = 519.45 km (322.8 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8
4Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
6Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
8Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
8Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8DNS - alternative driver
10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Tazio NuvolariAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
14René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT592.8S-8
16Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8
18Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8
20Marcel LehouxWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Whitney StraightWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - alternative driver
22Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16
22August MombergerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16DNS - alternative driver
22Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16DNS - testing
24Robert BrunetEcuire BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
26Benoît FalchettoEcuire BraillardMaserati8CM2.0S-8
28Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT592.8S-8
30Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNS - car too heavy
?Ernst HenneDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25AS-8DNS - reserve, practised



Stuck fastest but Mercedes still takes a double victory

Entries:
Auto Union driver Momberger was not able to take part because of arthritis. Norwegian driver Bjørnstad had taken his Alfa Romeo "Monza" all the way to Spain only to fail the weight-in as the car was found to be too heavy.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
2
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

4
Wimille

Bugatti

6
Stuck

Auto Union

8
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

10
Soffietti

Maserati

12
Nuvolari

Bugatti

14
Dreyfus

Bugatti

16
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

18
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz

20
Lehoux

Maserati

22
Leiningen

Auto Union

24
Brunet

Maserati

26
Falchetto

Maserati

28
Brivio

Bugatti

Stuck took the lead of the race, making the first lap in 6m36.4s. Stuck maid the flying kilometre past the stands in 17.7s corresponding to a speed of 203.4 km/h following stuck came Caracciola, Wimille, Fagioli, Chiron, Dreyfus, Varzi, Nuvolari, Falchetto, Lehoux, Brivio, zu Leiningen, Soffietti and Brunet. Stuck did the second lap in 6m34s and this time the kilometre in 16.8s (214.3 km/h). Behind him zu Leiningen had passed Lehoux for 10th while Brivio had dropped to 13th. Stuck cut one second from his previous lap time on lap three. Nuvolari with his Bugatti found a way past Varzi's Alfa Romeo for 7th and Brivio took 11th position from Lehoux. But Stuck failed to appear after four laps as he had to retire after only three and a half laps at Andoain with a broken oil pipe. The lead was taken over by Caracciola followed by Wimille and Fagioli. The Bugatti team had at last found some speed on the car and the French driver made a great effort to split the Mercedes cars. Caracciola made the fifth laps in 6m32s Nuvolari passed Dreyfus for fifth and Soffietti made a stop dropping to last. Race order after 5 laps:
1. Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)33m01s
2. Wimille (Bugatti)33m15s
3. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)33m24s
4. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)33m51s
5. Nuvolari (Bugatti)33m52s
6. Dreyfus (Bugatti)33m54s
7. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)34m06s
8. Leiningen (Auto Union)35m07s
9. Brivio (Bugatti)35m37s
10. Lehoux (Maserati)35m37s
11. Falchetto (Maserati)36m14s
12. Brunet (Maserati)39m10s
13. Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)39m30s

Stuck managed to get the Auto Union going again and came slowly to the pit to retire. The Bugattis were doing an impressive race with Wimille still holding on to second position and Nuvolari passing Chiron for fourth on lap 6. Dreyfus was sixth while Brivo on the other hand had to surrender his ninth position to Lehoux. On the ninth lap zu Leiningen who obvioully was ill was lifted off his Auto Union, Stuck taking his place. Order after 10 laps:
1. Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h05m52s
2. Wimille (Bugatti)1h06m09s
3. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h06m21s
4. Nuvolari (Bugatti)1h06m47s
5. Dreyfus (Bugatti)1h06m53s
6. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h07m39s
7. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h07m43s
8. Stuck (Auto Union)1h10m19s
9. Lehoux (Maserati)1h10m26s
10. Falchetto (Maserati)1h11m51s
11. Brivio (Bugatti)1h14m53s
12. Brunet (Maserati)1h18m51s
13. Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)1h19m19s

On the 11th lap Fagioli had cought Wimille and he passed the Bugatti for second position on the next lap and started closing in on Caracciola. Chiron's Alfa Romeo had gearbox troubles and Chiron stopped and handled the car over to Comotti. Nuvolari and Dreyfus made thir planned pit stop s after 14 laps. Fagioli had caught Caracciola with Wimille third 11s behind. After 15 laps Wimille came in to makre his pit stop as well:
1. Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h38m49s
2. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h38m49s
3. Wimille (Bugatti)1h39m04s
4. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h40m57s
5. Dreyfus (Bugatti)?
6. Nuvolari (Bugatti)1h41m41s
7. Lehoux (Maserati)1h45m52s
8. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h46m21s
9. Falchetto (Maserati)1h50m39s
10. Brunet (Maserati)1h51m57s
11. Brivio (Bugatti)1h52m27s
12. Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)1h52m55s

Situation after 20 laps:
1. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h12m39s
2. Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) 2h12m57s
3. Wimille (Bugatti)2h13m48s
4. Nuvolari (Bugatti)2h14m38s
5. Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h14m50s
6. Varzi (Alfa Romeo) 2h15m32s
7. Stuck (Auto Union) 2h16m24s
8. Lehoux (Maserati) 2h21m08s
9. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)2h25m18s
10. Brivio (Bugatti) 2h28m18s
11. Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)2h31m06s
12. Brunet (Maserati)2h38m13s
13. Falchetto (Maserati)

Sadly Wimille's effort came to nothing as the Bugatti developed carburettor problems and he had to slow down. Situation after 25 laps:
1. Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h46m20s
2. Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) 2h46m44s
3. Nuvolari (Bugatti)2h47m08s
4. Varzi (Alfa Romeo) 2h48m35s
5. Stuck (Auto Union) 2h48m52s
6. Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h50m17s
7. Wimille (Bugatti)2h53m39s
8. Lehoux (Maserati) 2h55m58s
9. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)3h01m32s
10. Brivio (Bugatti) 3h03m48s
11. Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)3h08m15s

Caracciola was now able to open up a comfortable lead from his team mate and Neubauer ordered both drivers to ease up. Caracciola followed the orders but Fagioli just went faster and was able to catch the leading Mercedes-Benz. When Fagioli challenged his team mate for the lead a surprised and tired Caracciola gave up and for the rest of the race just held on to a second place.
      Nuvolari, now racing for Bugatti, could not do much about the Mercedes cars but did a solid effort and finished a fine third.
      Stuck, who had taken over zu Leiningen's Auto Union after retiring his own car, put in some fast laps and advanced from 10th place to finish 4th.

Fastest laps of the race:
Dreyfus (Bugatti)6m10son lap 2
Nuvolari (Bugatti)6m13son lap 3
Stuck (Auto Union)6m20.8son lap 28, car #22
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)6m24son lap 8
Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)6m24.6son lap 11
Wimille (Bugatti)6m28son lap 6
Stuck (Auto Union)6m32.8son lap 2, car #6
Lehoux (Maserati)6m40son lap 2
Chiron (Alfa Romeo)6m40.2son lap 2, car #16
Brivio (Bugatti)6m42son lap 2
Falchetto (Maserati)6m42son lap 2
Soffietti (Alfa Romeo)7m05son lap ?
Brunet (Maserati)7m35son lap 6
Varzi (Alfa Romeo)
Leiningen (Auto Union)


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.18Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8303h19m41.6s
2.2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25S-8303h20m24.4s+ 42.8s
3.12Tazio NuvolariAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8303h20m48.0s+ 1m07.4s
4.22H. zu Leiningen / H. StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-16303h21m03.0s+ 1m22.4s
5.8Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-8303h21m49.0s+ 2m08.5s
6.4Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8303h26m21.8s+ 6m41.2s
7.14René DreyfusAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT592.8S-8293h20m50s
8.20Marcel LehouxWhitney Straight LtdMaserati8CM3.0S-8293h22m31s
9.10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CMS-8292h22m51s
10.16L. Chiron / G. ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9?S-829?3h30m50s
11.28Antonio BrivioAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT592.8S-8283h24m35s
DNF24Robert BrunetEcuire BraillardMaserati8CM3.025crash
DNF26Benoît FalchettoEcuire BraillardMaserati8CM3.023
DNF6Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.4V-163oil pipe
Fastest lap: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) in 6m20.0s = 164.0 km/h (101.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 156.1 km/h (97.0 mph)
Weather:



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