I° CIRCUITO DI MILANO
PARCO SEMPIONE - Milano (I), 28 JUNE 1936
60 laps x 2.57 km = 154.2 km, 17 starters.
Varzi persuaded Auto Union to enter a single car in the Milan GP. There he faced the Ferrari team led by Nuvolari. Varzi had been over-optimistic about his chances. The Auto Union car was not at its best on the twisty 2.6 km circuit round the Sempione park and Varzi suffered a humiliating defeat by Nuvolari, who after a long wheel-to-wheel duel took the chequed flag in his Alfa Romeo nine seconds in front of the Auto Union.
Results: 1 Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) 1:35:56.4 2 Varzi (Auto Union C *2) + 8.8 3 Farina (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) - 1 lap 4 Brivio (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L *) - 1 lap 5 Tadini (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L *) - 3 laps 6 Biondetti (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L *5) - 4 laps 7 Dusio (Maserati 6C-34 3.7L *4) - 7 laps 8 Banti (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L *5) - 8 laps 9 Battaglia (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L) - 8 laps DNF de Rham (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L *5) 0 laps crash (offset 1 1/2 seater) DNF Belmondo (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.3L) 0 laps crash DNF Siena (Maserati 6C-34 3.7L *4) * Entered by Scuderia Ferrari *2 Entered by Auto Union AG *3 Entered by Officine A Maserati *4 Entered by Scuderia Torino *5 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana Fastest lap: Varzi (Auto Union) 1:33.4
I° CIRCUITO DI MILANO
PARCO SEMPIONE - Milano (I), 28 JUNE 1936 VOITURETTE race before the main race
40 laps x 2.57 km = 102.8 km
The ERA drivers were preparing for the Nuffield handicap race at Donington so there was an all-Italian entry for the Milan Voiturette race run before the GP race with 6CM Maseratis for Trossi and Rovere. The race also saw a fine drive from the young newcomer Emilio Villoresi, brother of Luigi Villoresi.
DNA: 4 L Villoresi (Fiat), 12 L Platé (Talbot), 16 Meroni (Maserati), 20 Baruffi (Maserati), 28 Barbieri (Mserati) Results: 1 Trossi (Maserati 6CM *) 1:09:17.2 2 E Villoresi (Maserati 4C) + 1:18.0 3 Belmondo (Maserati 4C) + 1:35.2 4 Bianco (Maserati) - 1 lap 5 Rovere (Maserati 1.1L *) - 2 laps 6 E Platé (Maserati 4CM) - 3 laps 7 A Rosa (Maserati 4CM) - 3 laps DNF Gilera (Maserati) - 4 laps ? 8 Mrs. D´Avanzo (Maserati 4CS) - 6 laps 9 A Bianchi (Maserati 4CM 1.1L) - 7 laps 10 Carnevalli (Bugatti T39A) - 12 laps DNF Tenni (Maserati 4CM *) 6 laps gearbox * Entered by Officine Maserati *2 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana Fastest lap: Trossi (Maserati) 1:41.4
28 JUNE 1936: The GRAND PRIX DE l´AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE was this year held as
a sports car race on the Montlhéry track and was won by Wimille/Sommer in a Bugatti T57G. (Results)
5 JULY 1936: Wimille (Bugatti T57G) wins the GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE sports car race at
the Reims-Gueux track in France. (Results)
4 JULY 1936: Martin (ERA) wins the NUFFIELD TROPHY handicap race at
Donington Park, England.
11-12 JULY 1936: Sommer/Severi (Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A) wins the "LES 24 HEURES DE SPA" sports car race at
the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium. (Results)
GRANDE PRÊMIO DA CIDADE DE SÃO PAULO
JARDIM AMÉRICA (BR), 12 JULY 1936
60 laps x 4.2 km = 235 km !?
After the successful 1936 Rio de Janeiro GP all the entrants were invited next month to the São Paulo GP. Marinoni and Pintacuda raced Ferrari entered Alfa Romeo 2.9 litre sportscars and "Mlle. Hellé-Nice" her own blue Alfa Romeo "Monza". The rest of the field consisted of private drivers mostly in old Bugattis and American specials.
People turned up in masses for the until then largest automobile race in São Paulo. The start, announced for 9 o'clock, had to be delayed as the governor had difficulties to arrive at the place, due to traffic jams. When the flag finally fell, Pintacuda worked himself up the field to take the lead on the third lap followed by Marinoni. However, the later spun on the fourth lap but was able to rejoin and catch Pintacuda. They were followed by Hellé-Nice, Rio winner Vittorio Coppoli, Manoel of Teffé, Chico Landi and Benedito Lopes. Then Marinoni spun again, stalling his engine and losing 7 minutes before Pintacuda arrived and gave him a gentle push start with his own car. Eight laps later Marinoni was back up in second position. Hellé-Nice had to make a pit stop on lap 52 and dropped to fourth. She then catched de Teffe by five seconds per lap and caught the third positioned Alfa during the last lap. De Teffe went wide in the last corner and the two Alfa Romeo "Monza" cars came onto the main straight side by side.
No one seems to be sure what happend next. Some say an overexcited de Teffe fan pushed a straw bale out on the track in front of Hellé-Nice, some say a policeman walked out on the track trying to control the crowd, some say Hellé-Nice made a simple mistake, but anyway at a speed of 160 km/h she hit something and lost control, the Alfa Romeo somersaulted twice and crashed into the main stand resulting in four (six?) dead and thirty-four injured. The driver herself flew through the air and fell straight upon a soldier, who absorbed the full impact. Hellé-Nice survived even if she had to spend over two months at hospital with a fractured skull while the poor soldier was less fortunate, succumbing to his injuries. A deeply shocked Hellé-Nice gave up GP racing.
No grid or race numbers available Results: 1 Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo 2.9L sports) 60 laps 104.45 km/h 2 Marinoni (Alfa Romeo 2.9L sports) 3 de Teffé (Alfa Romeo Monza) (4)Mlle. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo Monza) crash DNF 5 Rosa (Hispano-Suiza)
GP DE L´ALBIGEOIS
LES PLANQUES - Albi (F), 12 JULY 1936 VOITURETTE
2x20 laps, 13 Starters
Both Seaman and Mays were unable to race, the former without a car and the latter busy. The Works ERA's were driven by Lehoux, Howe and Fairfield. Lehoux took the lead on heat one but had to see himself passed by Bira after 16 laps. Howe had to retire and McEvoy totally destroyed his Maserati 6CM when it started to burn after rolling over. Final order: Bira, Lehoux, Fairfield.
Both Lehoux and Fairfield were in trouble in heat two leaving Bira with the only remaining ERA to win the heat with ease in front of Veyron and Rüesch and that was also the overall order.
DNA: 20 F Barbieri (Maserati), 30 L Villoresi (Maserati *2) 32 Featherstonhaugh (Maserati *2), 34 Todd (Arkus), Curtis (Salmson) Heat 1:Grid:
Results: 1 "B Bira" (ERA B) 1:11:02.4 2 Lehoux (ERA B *3) + 36.6 1:11:39 3 Fairfield (ERA A *3) + 2:30.6 1:13:33 4 Bianco (Maserati 4CM) + 2:39.6 1:13:42 5 Veyron (Bugatti T51A) - 1 lap 1:11:15 6 Rüesch (Maserati 4CS) - 1 lap 1:14:25 7 L Hartmann (Maserati 6CM *2) - 1 lap 1:14:43 8 Tongue (ERA B) - 5 laps 1:11:40 DNF Wüstrow (Bugati T37A) 8 laps DNF Uboldi (Maserati spl.) DNF Durand (Maserati 4CM) DNF McEvoy (Maserati 6CM) 1 lap crash DNF Howe (ERA B *3) 1 lap gearbox Fastest lap: "B Bira" (ERA) / Lehoux (ERA) 3:29 Heat 2:Grid:
Results: 1 "B Bira" (ERA B) 1:13:08.2 2 Veyron (Bugatti T51A *) - 1 lap 1:13:54 3 Rüesch (Maserati 4CS) - 1 lap 1:14:27 DNF Tongue (ERA B) DNF Bianco (Maserati 4CM) DNF Fairfield (ERA A *3) DNS Lehoux (ERA B *3) DNS L Hartmann (Maserati 6CM *2) * Entered by Automobiles Bugatti *2 Entered by Officine Maserati *3 Entered by H W Cook Fastest lap: N/A Results aggregate: 1 "B Bira" (ERA B) 2:24:10.4 2 Veyron (Bugatti T51A *) - 2 laps 2:25:09 3 Rüesch (Maserati 4CS) - 2 laps 2:28:52
13 JULY 1936: Bernd Rosemeyer got married to Elly Beinhorn. They deliberately choose 13th
as their wedding day as both regarded 13 as their lucky number.
JULY 1936: Both the Le Mans race and the Belgian GP were cancelled due to strikes.
I GRAND PRIX DE DEAUVILLE
Deauville (F), 19 JULY 1936
100 x ? = 372 km, 16 starters
The Deauville GP was held on the streets of the French resort. Many drivers however thought that the circuit was too narrow to be safe.
It turned out to be a tragic race. French ex-Salmson driver Chambost crashed his Maserati 8CM and received such bad injuries that he died a few days later. Near the end of the race Farina (Alfa Romeo - Ferrari) led from Wimille's Bugatti and Lehoux's works ERA (with a 2 litre engine). When Farina tried to lap Lehoux the cars collided, the Italian escaped with minor injuries but the ERA overturned and caught fire. Lehoux was thrown out, recieved a fractured skull, and died at hospital. At the end there were only three finishers, Wimille taking home his Bugatti to a joyless victory. The Deauville track was never used again.
DNA: 2 Cholmondley-Tapper (Maserati), 8 "Raph" (Maserati) 20 McEvoy (Maserati), 26 Delorme (Bugatti)Grid:
Results: 1 Wimille (Bugatti T59 *2) 2:57:44.0 2 Martin (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.9L) + 1:27.6 3 de Villapadierna (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.9L *4) + 2:03.6 DNF Sommer (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L) 80 laps rear axle DNF Farina (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L *) 59 laps crash DNF Lehoux (ERA-B 2.0L *3) 58 laps fatal crash DNF Benoist (Bugatti T59 *2) 56 laps crash DNF Étancelin (Bugatti T51 *2) 45 laps DNF A Dobson (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.9L) 20 laps crash DNF Chambost (Maserati (CM 3.0L) 7 laps fatal crash DNF Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L *) 4 laps supercharger * Entered by Scuderia Ferrari *2 Entered by Automobiles Bugatti *3 Entered by H W Cook *4 Entered by Scuderia Villapadierna Fastest lap: de Villapadierna (Alfa Romeo) 1:10.3 ??
IX GROßER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND
NÜRBURGRING (D), 26 JULY 1936
22 laps x 22.810 km = 501.82 km Weather: Cool, windy, cloudy.
Varzi never turned turn up for the German GP, so Auto Union let Hasse make his GP debut instead. This started off several rumours of what was wrong with Varzi.
The Mercedes-Benz team was as usual fully prepared for their home Grand Prix entering a full five car team. British driver Seaman raced the Scuderia Torino V-8RI, Trossi driving an 2.5 litre 4 cylinder car instead.
Practice times: Caracciola 10:03, von Brauchitsch 10:05, Rosemeyer 10:07 Lang 10:09
Grid, positions drawn by ballot:
Race: A record number of about 350,000 spectators turned up for the German GP expecting to see a new fight between Nuvolari, Rosemeyer and Caracciola. For the race Rosemeyer and the Ferrari team selected a two-stop strategy, most of the other went for a one-stop strategy.
At 11 AM the lights turned to green and off they went, von Brauchitsch taking the lead. Rosemeyer came up from third row to take second place and Lang, who had decided to try to follow Rosemeyer, took the third place. Behind them came Caracciola, Stuck, Nuvolari, Fagioli and Chiron. On lap two Rosemeyer took the lead and Lang followed up to second place. The Mercedes driver was however in trouble as he had broken a finger on the first lap while changing down a gear at Brünnchen. Von Brauchitsch was also in trouble coming into the pits slowly for a 8 minute pitstop. Stuck passed Nuvolari at the Südkehre and the order was: Rosemeyer, who by making the first ever sub 10 minutes lap on the Nürburgring had opened up a 20 seconds gap, Lang Caracciola and Stuck. Caracciola had to retire on the next lap continuing the misfortunes of the Mercedes team.
On lap 7 Rosemeyer came in for a 42 second stop for tyres and tanking followed by Nuvolari, Trossi, Brivio and von Delius.
Half race gone the rest of the drivers went for their pit stop. Lang, who had been leading in a GP for the first time, gave over his car to Caracciola, the spectators loudly showing their displeasure with boos and hisses until the loudspeakers explained that Lang needed medical attention.
Von Brauchitsch gave up and Lang, with a splint on the finger, volunteered to race on with that car. After 12 laps Rosemeyer, who still was driving flat out, had a 2 1/2 minute lead over Nuvolari with Caracciola third.
At lap 13 Chiron had a high speed crash at Antoniusbuche when the car spun to the left and overturned. The driver was sent to hospital with wounds on his head and shoulders. Fortunately he was not seriously wounded but it was his last race for Mercedes-Benz.
On lap 14 both Rosemeyer and Caracciola made their second stops and Nuvolari retired from his second place with plug trouble. Seaman, who had retired with brake problems, took over Trossi's car. Brivio made his second stop and von Delius came in with hands full of blisters but was forced to continue as there were no reserve drivers.
Caracciola retired with Lang's car. When Fagioli was lapped by Rosemeyer the Italian entered the pit to tell Neubauer what he thought about the Mercedes cars. Neubauer answered by ordering Fagioli out of the car and Caracciola took over. Rosemeyer could take it easy on the last laps, greeting the spectators, to take the flag 4 minutes in front of team mate Stuck. Brivio took his Alfa to a fine third place followed by Hasse making a strong GP debut and Caracciola as best Mercedes driver. Then came two drivers in pain, von Delius with bleeding hands and Lang, who had regretted that he had returned to the race. The result was no surprise to Rosemeyer, after all the victory came 13 days after the wedding!
2. Grid order from photographic evidence with thanks to Alessandro Silva.
3. The two first rows on grid changed to mirror image from photographic evidence with thanks to Richard Armstrong. It is possible that the other rows should be changed too but the picture seems to indicate Benoist started on the right side.
4. There seems to have been a last second change in race numbers of Dreyfus/Severi. Thanks to Bernhard Völker I have got access to press report and picture that confirmes that the numbers and grid positions shown here are correct.