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I GEORGE VANDERBILT CUP RACE

Roosevelt Raceway - New York (USA), 12 October 1936 (Monday)
75 laps x 6.437 km (4.0 mi) = 482.8 km (300.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Bill CummingsH. C. HenningMiller FD-Offenhauser4.4S-8
3Wilbur ShawW. ShawShaw-Offenhauser4.2S-4
4Emil AndresJoe LenckiStewens-Offenhauser4.2S-4
5William "Shorty" CantlonW. CantlonMiller4.0S-4
6Chuck TaborC. GardnerDuesemberg-Offenhauser4.2S-4
6"Chet" GardnerC. GardnerDuesemberg-Offenhauser4.2S-4DNS - Raced car #17
7Billy WinnJ. M. WinnMiller4.2S-4
8Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
9Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
10Nino FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
Attiloio MarinoniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNS - practice only
12Fred McEvoyF. J. McEvoyMaserati6CM1.5S-6
14Frank BriskoElgin Piston Pin Co. Inc.Miller-Brisko4.2S-4
15"Deacon" LitzArtha Benson LitzMiller3.6S-4
16Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
17"Chet" GardnerC. GardnerMiller3.6S-4
17Frankie BeederC. GardnerMiller3.6S-4DNS - alternative driver
18Jean-Pierre WimilleJ.-P. WimilleBugattiT594.7S-8
19Zeke MeyerMichael DebeatsRigling-Offenhauser4.3S-8DNS - did not try to qualify
21Babe StappH. J. Topping Jr.Shaw FD-Offenhauser3.8S-4
22Ted HornHarry HartzWetteroth-Miller3.0S-8
23Russ SnowbergerJoe Thorne Inc.Thorne-Offenhauser4.2S-4
24Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaseratiV8RI4.8V-8
25Floyd DavisJoe Thorne Inc.Rigling-Offenhauser4.2S-4
26Phil "Red" ShaferP. ShaferMiller-Buick4.7S-8
27George ConnorWilliam S. WhiteWeil-Miller4.0S-4
28David EvansMcClure HalleyBugattiT512.3S-8
29"Raph" "Raph"MaseratiV8RI4.8V-8
32Mauri RoseLou MooreMiller-Offenhauser4.4S-4
33Rex MaysD. A. JenkinsAdams-Sparks3.9S-4DNS - practice crash
34Al PutnamMagnee and NowiakStudebaker4.1S-8
35Freddie WinnaiMcClure HalleyMercedes3.6S-4DNA -did not appear
36Bruce CarewDon CampbellRigling-Carew3.5S-4
37Brian LewisT. H. MorrisERAB1.5S-6
37Sidney CottonT. H. MorrisERAB1.5S-6DNS - car raced by Lewis
38Joe ThorneJ. Thorne Inc.Sparks-Miller4.4S-4
39Emil AndresJ. Thorne Inc.Dreyer-Miller5.6S-8DNA - raced car #4
39Frank McGurkJ. Thorne Inc.Dreyer-Miller5.6S-8DNS - practice crash
42Tony WilmanM. DurayStevens-Miller3.6S-4
43Jimmy SnyderMid West Racing TeamStevens-Offenhauser4.2S-4
44Tony GulottaM. DurayStevens-Miller3.6S-4
45Earl HoweEarl HoweERAB1.5S-6
46Pat FairfieldP. G. FairfieldERAA1.5S-6
47Brian LewisB. LewisBugattiT593.3S-8DNS - cylinder head
48Teddy RaysonA. T. G. GardnerMaserati4CM1.5S-4
48Goldie GardnerA. T. G. GardnerMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNS - car raced by Rayson
49Overton PhillipsO. PhillipsBugattiT35B?2.3S-8
51Bob SwansonR. RastelliHogan-Miller1.7S-4
51Billy DevoreDan F. HoganHogan-Miller1.7S-4DNS - car raced by Swanson
52Lewis BalusVirgil WilliamsDuesemberg4.4S-8
53Louis TormeiR. RastelliWetteroth-Offenhauser1.7S-4
53Bob SwansonR. RastelliWetteroth-Offenhauser1.7S-4DNS - raced car #51
56Benny BradfonB. BrandfonDuesemberg4.4S-8DNS - did not start
57Ted ChamberlainG. WingerterDuesemberg-Miller4.9S-8
57Georg WingerterG. WingerterDuesemberg-Miller4.9S-8DNS - car raced by Chamberlain
59Rick DeckerR. DeckerDuesemberg-Miller2.8S-8
61John CebulaJohn L. BuckleyDuesemberg-Miller3.9S-4DNQ - too slow
62Milt MarionM. MarionMiller3.6S-4
63Frank WearneJames M. WinnMiller4.2S-4DNA - did not appear
64Michael CarusoMichael CarusoMercedes-Ford2.0S-4DNQ - too slow
64Bob SallMichael CarusoMercedes-Ford2.0S-4DNS - car driven by Caruso
65Henry BanksLouis KimmelMiller2.9S-8
66Gustave ZarkaWilliam WattsAmbler5.9S-4
66Chuck TaylorWilliam WattsAmbler5.9S-4DNS - raced car #6
67Roy LakeRobert B. LynchAmbler5.9S-4
68Lem LaddL. R. LaddOakhill-Miller3.6S-8DNA - did not appear
69George ConnorsJoe MarksAdams-Miller4.2S-4DNS - raced #27
71?Murell BelangerStewens-Miller4.0S-8DNA - did not appear
72?John FellFellDNA - did not appear
73John MorettiNicholas StironeDuPont5.6S-4DNA - did not appear
74Don Moore?D & M5.6S-4DNA - did not appear



Europeans dominate at the new Vanderbilt Cup

The season ended in the revived Vanderbilt Cup in New York. William K. Vanderbilt had sponsored road races at Long Island 1904 - 1910. His nephew George took up the idea anew in the late 1930s. The race was run to American Automobile Association "Class E" - non stock cars with engines of 366 cubic inches (5.998 litre) or less.
      The race was to be held at Columbus day, Monday 12th October.
Entries:
The Scuderia Ferrari sent Nuvolari, Brivio and Farina to New York to take part. Other European entries included the V-8RIs of Etancelin and "Raph", Sommer in his private Tipo B Alfa, Wimille's Bugatti T59 works ERAs for Fairfield and Earl Howe and Major Cotton's R1A for Brian Lewis.
      The rest of the field were made up of Americans in Indy and dirt track cars mostly with two-speed gearboxes.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
9
Brivio

Alfa Romeo
17m54.15s

7
Winn

Well
18m01.77s

3
Shaw

Stevens-M
18m13.92s

69
Connor

Adams-M
18m23.22s

15
Litz

Stevens-M
19m26.86s

34
Putnam

Nowiak-M
19m28.17s

26
Shafer

Rigling-M
20m16.09s

8
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
17m09.62s

10
Farina

Alfa Romeo
17m24.40s

51
Swanson

Wetteroth-O
18m05.54s

5
Cantlon

Adams-M
18m08.96s

6
S Gardner

Duesemberg-M
18m12.20s

17
C Gardner

Miller-M
18m27.07s

18
Wimille

Bugatti
18m28.02s

42
Wilman

Stevens-M
18m32.92s

29
"Raph"

Maserati
18m41.80s

66
Zarka

Ambler-M
18m42.93s

43
Snyder

Stevens-M
18m46.62s

16
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
18m49.10s

20
Marion

Miller-M
18m50.04s

22
Horn

Stevens-M
18m50.24s

59
Decker

Duesemberg-D
18m53.45s

46
Fairfield

ERA
19m02.53s

32
Rose

Stevens-M
19m04.15s

53
Tormei

Wetteroth-O
19m15.81s

2
Commings

Miller-O
19m28.11s

4
Andres

Diedt-M
19m34.34s

21
Stapp

Viglioni-M
19m50.03s

25
Davis

Rigling-M
19m50.34s

12
McEvoy

Maserati
19m51.50s

67
Lake

Ambler-M
19m53.94s

24
Etancelin

Maserati
19m55.97s

36
Carew

Rigling-M
19m56.88s

28
Evans

Bugatti
20m01.61s

65
Banks

Diedt-M
20m05.61s

48
Rayson

Maserati
20m06.40s

14
Brisko

Miller-M
20m06.43s

23
Snowberger

Rigling-M
20m07.93s

38
Thorne

Miller-M
20m24.88s

57
Chamberlain

Duesemberg-M
20m36.37?s

45
Howe

ERA
20m35.63?s

37
Lewis

ERA
20m46.53s

44
Gulotta

Stevens-M
20m54.31s

49
Phillips

Bugatti
21m00.13s

52
Balus

Duesemberg-D
21m13.08s?

Although the track layout was incredibly twisty, the Americans were sadly totally outclassed by the GP cars once the European drivers came to terms with the very loose dirt track surface. Even with the fact that Nuvolari's 12 cylinder Alfa Romeo was running on only 11 cylinders the ""Flying Mantuan" was to dominate the race completely winning by 9 minutes from Wimille's Bugatti. Brivio was third from Sommer with Trossi fifth in his V-8RI, Etancelin's Maserati having retired.
      The first American home was Rose in his Burd Piston Special finishing sixth almost 25 minutes behind Nuvolari.
     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.8Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12754h32m44.4s
2.18Jean-Pierre WimilleJ.-P. WimilleBugattiT594.7S-8754h40m55.94s+ 8m15.89s
3.9Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12754h45m44.40s+ 13m00.35s
4.16Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8754h46m59.51s+ 14m15.46s
5.46Pat FairfieldP. G. FairfieldERAA1.5S-6754h56m48.53s+ 24m04.48s
6.12Fred McEvoy/Carlo TrossiF. J. McEvoyMaserati6CM1.5S-6754h57m25.82s+ 24m41.77s
7.2Bill CummingsH. C. HenningMiller FD-Offenhauser4.4S-8754h57m43.11s+ 24m59.06s
8.32Mauri RoseLou MooreMiller-Offenhauser4.4S-4754h57m35.27s+ 25m01.22
9.24Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaseratiV8RI4.8V-8754h59m05.52s+ 26m21.17s
10.15"Deacon" Litz/Tony WilmanArtha Benson LitzMiller3.6S-4755h01m05.82s+ 28m21.77s
11.6Chuck TaborC. GardnerDuesemberg-Offenhauser4.2S-4755h04m06.69s+ 31m22.64s
12.4Emil AndresJoe LenckiStewens-Offenhauser4.2S-4755h05m54.97s+ 33m10.92s
13.45Earl HoweEarl HoweERAB1.5S-6755h06m11.75s+ 33m27.70s
14.28David EvansMcClure HalleyBugattiT512.3S-8755h07m42.54s+ 34m58.49s
15.37Brian LewisT. H. MorrisERAB1.5S-6755h08m17.27s+ 35m33.22s
16.59Rick DeckerR. DeckerDuesemberg-Miller2.8S-8755h08m18.63s+ 35m34.58s
17.34Al PutnamMagnee and NowiakStudebaker4.1S-874
18.48Teddy RaysonA. T. G. GardnerMaserati4CM1.5S-474
19.67Roy LakeRobert B. LynchAmbler5.9S-473
20.65Henry BanksLouis KimmelMiller2.9S-872
DNF27George ConnorWilliam S. WhiteWeil-Miller4.0S-472engine
21.17"Chet" GardnerC. GardnerMiller3.6S-472
22.66Gustave ZarkaWilliam WattsAmbler5.9S-471
23.51Bob SwansonR. RastelliHogan-Miller1.7S-471
24.44Tony GulottaM. DurayStevens-Miller3.6S-469
25.26Phil "Red" ShaferP. ShaferMiller-Buick4.7S-869
26.36Bruce CarewDon CampbellRigling-Carew3.5S-465
27.14Frank BriskoElgin Piston Pin Co. Inc.Miller-Brisko4.2S-465
28.52Lewis BalusVirgil WilliamsDuesemberg4.4S-865
29.57Ted ChamberlainG. WingerterDuesemberg-Miller4.9S-865
30.53Louis TormeiR. RastelliWetteroth-Offenhauser1.7S-465
DNF7Billy WinnJ. M. WinnMiller4.2S-464rear axle
DNF23Russ SnowbergerJoe Thorne Inc.Thorne-Offenhauser4.2S-461brakes
DNF38Joel ThorneJ. Thorne Inc.Sparks-Miller4.4S-449universal joint
DNF21Babe StappH. J. Topping Jr.Shaw FD-Offenhauser3.8S-448fuel tank
DNF22Ted HornHarry HartzWetteroth-Miller3.0S-845stalled
DNF43Jimmy SnyderMid West Racing TeamStevens-Offenhauser4.2S-440fuel tank
DNF5William "Shorty" CantlonW. CantlonMiller4.0S-435valve
DSQ25Floyd DavisJoe Thorne Inc.Rigling-Offenhauser4.2S-430DSQ - car towed
DNF42Tony WilmanM. DurayStevens-Miller3.6S-421steering
DNF10Nino FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-817steering
DSQ29"Raph" "Raph"MaseratiV8RI4.8V-89DSQ - push start
DNF49Overton PhillipsO. PhillipsBugattiT35B?2.3S-88connecting rod
DNF62Milt MarionM. MarionMiller3.6S-43clutch
DNF3Wilbur ShawW. ShawShaw-Offenhauser4.2S-42crash
***
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) in 3m25.42s = 112.8 km/h (70.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 106.2 km/h (66.0 mph)
Pole position lap speed (5 lap average): 112.5 km/h (69.9 mph)
Weather:
In retrospect:
This is a hard race as, not because of lack of information, but rather that the availaible information differs so much.
There is an excellent web site Vanderbilt Cup Races that I highly recommend that shows pictures of most the cars that took part in the race.



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VI MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklands (GB), 17 October 1936 (Saturday)
10 laps x 1.883 km (1.170 mi) = 18.8 km (11.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
2Austin DobsonA. DobsonAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
3Charles MartinC. MartinAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
4Ms. Kay PetreMs. PetreRiley1500/61.5S-6
5Charlie DodsonLord AustinAustin70.7S-4
6Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAB2.0S-6
7Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
8John WakefieldJ. WakefieldAlta1.5S-4
9Cholmondley-TapperMiss E. EllisonMaserati8CM3.0S-8
10Alexander CormackA. CormackAlta1.5S-4
11Austin DobsonP. F. JuckerAlta1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
12Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
14Denis ScribbansD. ScribbansERAB1.5S-6
15"B Bira"Prince Chula of SiamMaserati8CM3.0S-8
16Alfred FaneH. J. AldingtonFrazer-Nash-Gough1.5S-4



Mays, finally!

After a miserable season the work ERA team and Mays finally was victorious in the 10 lap Mountain Championchip race at Brooklands. The ERA proved more nimble than Rüesch's big Alfa Romeo and the Swiss driver finished in a disappointing second position after a bad start. Bira (Maserati) moved up to third in ther results after Martin (Alfa Romeo) was penalized for a jump start.
The Mountain Championship was a scratch race that was included in the B.A.R.C. Authumn meeting at Brooklands. The meeting included three races on the outer circuit and seven races on the Mountain circuit.
Entries:
Hans Ruesch entered his Alfa Romeo 8C-35 (500013) and Charles Martin and Austin Dobson raced their Alfa Romeo P3s (50005 and 50003). Prince Chula had bought Whitney Straight's old 3 litre Maserati (#3011) from Harry Rose on 7 September for Prince Bira to drive. Another Maserati (#3013) was enter by Miss E. Ellison for Thomas Cholmondley-Tapper. It was the Ex. Ealr How car, repainted green.
      There were three ERA entries, Raymond Mays with the black works car (R4B) with a 2 litre engine, Arthur Dobson with his white car (R7B) and Denis Scribbans with his cream colored R9B.
      There were two of the early offset Altas in the entry list, Cormack (52S) and Wakefield (56S).
Race:
The Saturday weather was fine but miserably cold. Still there was a big croud following the event. The event started off with the three outer circuit handicap races, Norton Bracey (M.G), Baker-Carr (Bentley 4.5 litre) and Appleton (Appleton-Riley) being the winners. The Mountain Championship was the third of the Mountain circuit races. The first two were won by Harry Bowler (Bentley 3 litre) and G. Bagratouni (M.G. Magnette).
      Then it was time for the Mountain Championship race. The cars were lined up side by side across the starting area with the starter to the extreme right.

Start in one line

At the start Martin took the lead followed by Mays, Bira, Scribbans, Tapper and Rüesch. Soon Mays took over the lead from Martin. Rüesch had made a bad start and more unfamiliar to the Mountain Circuit than the other drivers he seemed to struggle during the first lap of the race but then came charging through the field moving up to fourth on lap two. On the 9th lap Bira and Rüesch took the fork hairpin close together and went up the straight side by side, Rüesch moving up to third. Mays took the victory but behind him just before the finish line Rüesch passed Martin to take second position with a margin of 0.4s. Bira finished fourth.
      After the race Rüesch did a protest against Mays jumping the start but it was refused by the Stewards. However the Stewards found that both Alfa Romeo P3 driers Charlie Martin and Austin Dobson had had their front wheels over the line at the start and they were penalized one minute each, Martin dropping from 3rd to 10th and Dobson from 6th to 11th.

The Mountain Championship race was then followed by a handicap race won by Ms. Kay Petre (Riley), then the "Siam Cup", a 10 lap scratch race for ERAs only won by Raymond Mays (now in a 1.5 litre car) followed by Dobson and Scribbans and finally an "Oxford-Cambridge" race won by Reggie Tongue (ERA).

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAB2.0S-6108m41.4s
2.12Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8108m48.6s+ 7.2s
3.15"B Bira"Prince Chula of SiamMaserati8CM3.0S-8108m49.8s+ 8.4s
4.9Cholmondley-TapperMiss E. EllisonMaserati8CM3.0S-8108m49.8s+ 8.4s
5.5Charlie DodsonLord AustinAustin70.7S-4109m20.4s+ 39.0s
6.8John WakefieldJ. WakefieldAlta1.5S-4109m23.2s+ 41.8s
7.7Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6109m24.4s+ 4 3.0s
8.14Denis ScribbansD. ScribbansERAB1.5S-6109m28.8s+ 47.4s
9.4Ms. Kay PetreMs. PetreRiley1500/61.5109m42.6s+ 1m01.2s
10.3Charles MartinC. MartinAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8109m49.0s*+ 7.6s
11.2Austin DobsonA. DobsonAlta RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-81010m15.8s*+ 34.4s
DNF10Alexander CormackA. CormackAlta1.5S-49
DNF16Alfred FaneH. J. AldingtonFrazer-Nash-Gough1.5S-41
* Times include a 1 minute penalty
Fastest lap: Raymond Mays (ERA) in 50.6s = 134.0 km/h (83.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 130.0 km/h (80.8 mph)
Weather: sunny but very cold.



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GRAN PREMIO CIUDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Costanera Norte - Buenos Aires (RA), 18 October 1936
3 heats each of 12 x 2.65 km (1.65 mi) = 31.8 km (19.8 mi)
Final: 30 laps x 2.65 km (1.65 mi) = 79.5 km (49.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C2.9
Carlos ZatuszekC. ZatuszekMercedes-BenzSSKS-6
Luis BrosuttiL. BrosuttiMercedes-Benz
Manuel de TefféBaron de TefféAlfa Romeo
Enrique MoyanoE. MoyanoFord
Angel GarabattoA. GarabattoChrysler



A South American affair

This Argentinian race was run with 25 entries in three heats, the top 11 drivers going to the final. The entry list consisted of South American drivers. The race was run on Avenida Costanera in front of 50,000 spectators, the Minister of the Interior and municipal authorities.
Entries:
Heats:
The first heat was won by local driver Enrique Moyano (Ford) with a time of 18 minutes, second Rossi (sp?) 18m26s, third Taddie (sp?) 19 minutes 25.25s.

The second heat was won by Brazilian Manoel de Teffé (Alfa Romeo) 18m20s, second Augusto McCarthy in 18m27.5s

Argentinian Angel Garabato (Chrysler) won the third heat in 18m39.25s
Final:

      The Argentinians dominated the final, Arrzani took an immediate lead and also took the flag as winner followed by Zatuszek and Brosutti to give Argentina a triple victory. De Teffé was fourth as only non Argentinian in the top six, followed by Moyano and Angel Garabato (Chrysler)

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C2.93042m38.4s
2.Carlos ZatuszekC. ZatuszekMercedes-BenzSSKS-63043m05.4s
3.Luis BrosuttiL. BrosuttiMercedes-Benz3043m43s
4.Manuel de TefféBaron de TefféAlfa Romeo3044m01s
5.Enrique MoyanoE. MoyanoFord29
6.Angel GarabattoA. GarabattoChrysler28
Fastest lap: Zatuszek (Mercedes) in 1m20s = 119.3 km/h (74.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 111.9 km/h (69.5 mph)
Weather:

Star 25 October 1936: Juan Manuel Fangio, racing under the pseudonym "Rivadavia", enteres a A-type Ford in his first race, a local Argentinan event.
Star 20 December 1936: Costantino Magistri wins the Targa Florio Sports car race at Piccolo Circuito delle Madonie, Sicily.
Results:
1.Costantino MagistriLancia Augusta2h08m47.2s
2.Salvatore di PietroLancia Augusta2h14m25.8s
3."Gladio"Lancia Augusta2h17m21.0s
4.Bernardo CammarataLancia Augusta2h18m04.0s
5.Romano MalagutiFiat 15002h18m34.6s
6.Renato DaneseFiat 15002h20m00.4s
Star 26 December 1936: O. Cranston (Ford V8 Spl) wins the Australian GP handicap race at Victor Harbour.



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