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VI ELÄINTARHANAJOT/DJURGĹRDSLOPPET
ELÄINTARHARATA - Helsinki (FIN), 9 MAY 1937, FORMULA LIBRE
25 laps x 2.000km = 50 km, 10 entries, 8 starters

In the largest motor race event in Finland thus far, a clash between the Alfa Romeos of Rüesch and Bjørnstad was expected in the GP class. But to the disappointment for the 40000 spectators the Norwegian started with his troublesome ERA instead, leaving the Swiss to take the pole position. Rolander crashed his Bugatti against the sand bags in the greenhouse curve. The Bugatti turned over and Rolander scratched his hands against the asphalt so the doctor forbid him to start. Carlsson had oil pressure problems with his Monza so when the new oil pump was delayed at the customs Carlsson took over Rolander's Bugatti. Rüesch took the lead at the start. He was followed by Bjørnstad, Ebb, Patama, Carlsson, Sundstedt, Hallman (Ford) and Elo (Bugatti). Bjørnstad was clearly blocking Ebb and was about to get a warning when the Finnish Mercedes driver finally was able to pass on lap 15. Rüesch had already opened up a 14.5 second gap and soon it became clear that he had no real opposition from the rest of the field. The race turned into a rather monotonous event, where the only real action was on lap 15 when Carlsson passed Patama. After 10 laps Rüesch's lead was 26 seconds, after 15 laps 36 seconds, after 20 laps 41 seconds and at the finish 47.5 seconds. Local hero Karl Ebb finished second and last year's winner Bjørnstad third.

DNS: 12 H Berg (Alfa Romeo)


Grid from secret 300m run
Pole
17
Bjřrnstad

ERA
13.0s

11
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo
12.5s

18
Carlsson

Bugatti
13.2s*

16
Ebb

Mercedes-Benz
13.3s

21
Sundstedt

Bugatti
13.4s


**




15
Hallman

Ford
15.2s

14
Patama

Ford
14.5s

19
Elo

Bugatti
16.0s

* Qualified with a Alfa Romeo
** 20 Rolander (Bugatti) 14.3s DNS



Results:  
   1 Rüesch    (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L)    27:53.7    
   2 Ebb       (Mercedss Benz SSK 7.1L)  +   47.5
   3 Bjørnstad (ERA-A 1.5L)              + 1:37.7
   4 Carlsson  (Bugatti T35C 2.0L)       + 1:46.3          
   5 Patama    (Ford)                    + 2:16.6  Class B  
   6 Sundstedt (Bugatti T35B 2.3L)       + 2:45.9  
   7 Hallman   (Ford)                    + 4:32.5  Class B
   ? Elo       (Bugatti)  
 DNS Rolander  (Bugatti T35C 2.0L)
                 



    
XII GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES
CHIMAY (B), 15 MAY 1937, 2 LITRE RACE
8 laps x 10.87 km = 86.96 km, 5 starters. Weather: overcast.

Only 5 cars out of 11 entered turned up for the 2 litre race including Berg in a 2.3L Alfa Romeo Monza! Favourite Hertzenberger took the lead in his MG from Berg and Hug (Bugatti T51A). But Hug was out after the first lap with mechanical failure. When also Berg and Milhavet (Salmson) called it a day, only two cars were left in the race!

Grid:
Pole
22
Berg

Alfa Romeo

8
Hertzberger

MG

4
Alexandre

Bugatti

16
Hug

Bugatti

18
Milhavet

Salmson



DNA: 2 Chambard (Bugatti), 6 Conan-Doyle (Delage), 10 du Puy (Maserati *),
12 de Graffenried (Maserati *), 14 Basadonna (Maserati *), 20 Todd (MG)

Results: 
   1 Hertzberger (MG K3 1.1L)             42:22.0				
   2 Alexandre   (Bugatti T37 1.5L)     + 20:30.8
 DNF Milhavet    (Salmson)
 DNF H Berg      (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L)
 DNF Hug         (Bugatti T51A 1.5L)

   *  Entered by Ecurie Helvetia

   Fastest lap: Hertzberger (MG) 5:16
 



    
XII GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES
CHIMAY (B), 15 MAY 1937, FORMULA LIBRE
10 laps x 10.87 km = 108.70 km, 7 starters, Weather: overcast.

For some reason Berg managed to enter his 2.3 litre Alfa Romeo Monza in the Voiturette class. In the Grand prix class Rüesch totally dominated the in his 3.8 litre Alfa Romeo. Pierre "Levegh" managed to take second position after a good duel with Legat but then he had to make a pitstop, leaving over the position to the Belgian.

DNA/DNS: 2 Festetics (Maserati), 6 H Berg (Alfa Romeo), 
         8 Barsotti (Alfa Romeo), 10 Simonet (Alfa Romeo)


Grid:
Pole
18
"Daniell"

Delahaye

4
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo

16
"Levegh"

Bugatti

20
Legat

Bugatti

12
Benazet

Delahaye

14
Roumani

Bugatti

22
Boucard

Amilcar



Results:  
   1 Rüesch       (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L)  49:49
   2 Legat        (Bugatti T35B)          + 3:33
   3 "Levegh"     (Bugatti T57)           + 5:23
   4 "Daniell"    (Delahaye 135)          + 6:31 
   5 Benazet      (Delahaye 135)          + 8:11
   6 Roumani      (Bugatti T35B)          + 9:25
 DNF Boucard      (Amilcar CGS)

   Fastest lap: Rüesch (Alfa Romeo) 4:49.0 
 


16 MAY 1937: Sommer (Talbot T-150C) wins the GRAND PRIX DE TUNISIE sports car race at the Carthage track. (Results)
21 MAY 1937: Mercedes-Benz showed up for another AVUS test. Besides their regular team members some of their "cadet" drivers were also given a chance to put in some laps.
23 MAY 1937: Wimille (Bugatti T59/57?) wins the GRAND PRIX DE BÔNE sports car race in Algeria. (Results)



          
XXVIII° TARGA FLORIO
FAVORITA PARK - Palermo (I), 23 MAY 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
60 laps, 12 starters

The Targa Florio, now a shadow of its former greatness, was held as a Voiturette race at Favorita Park in Palermo. The all-Italian field included Maseratis, Bugattis, Alfas and Fiats. Rocco (Maserati) took the lead at the start and pulled up a half a minute lead from Bianco and Severei. But a few laps after the halfpoint pitstop Rocco was out, leaving the lead to Severi who soon was passed by Bianco. Then Bianco had to make a 6 minute pitstop for repairs and Severi could retake the lead and win the Targa Florio which also was the first "Prince of Napels Cup".

Grid:
Pole
16
Severi

Maserati
2m38.6s

4
Rocco

Maserati
2m38.4s

10
Bianco

Maserati
2m39.2s

8
Barbieri

Maserati
2m46.0s

34
Belmondo

Maserati
2m39.8s

32
Lurani

Maserati
2m55.6s

28
Ninive

Bugatti
?

36
Siracusa

Alfa Romeo
3m16.8s

6
Bertani

Maserati
3m17.0s

22
Toia

Fiat
3m24.0s

2
Sciandra

Fiat
3m41.0s

12
Ardagna

Fiat
3m44.0s



DNA: 14 L Villoresi (Maserati *), 18 Matrascia (Fiat), 20 Contini (Maserati),
  24 Colini (Maserati *3), 26 Prosperi (Fiat), 30 Ferrara (Fiat)

Results: 
   1 Severi     (Maserati 6CM *)      2:55:49
   2 Lurani     (Maserati 4CM *4)   -  2 laps
   3 Bianco     (Maserati 6CM *)    -  5 laps
   4 F Barbieri (Maserati 4CM)      -  6 laps 
   5 Bertani    (Maserati 4CM *2)   -  9 laps
   6 Belmondo   (Maserati 4CM)      -  9 laps
   7 Sciandra   (Fiat Balilla 1.1L) - 11 laps
 DNF Rocco      (Maserati 6CM)        37 laps  piston
 DNF Adragna    (Fiat Balilla 1.1L) 
 DNF Toia       (Fiat Balilla 1.1L) 
 DNF Ninive     (Bugatti T37A)
 DNF Siracusa   (Alfa Romeo 6C 1.5L) 

   *  Entered by Officine A Maserati
   *2 Entered by Gruppo Volta
   *3 Entered by Scuderia Impero 
   *4 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana 

   Fastest lap. Rocco (Maserati) 2:35.6
 



        
VI INTERNATIONALES AVUS RENNEN
AVUS - Berlin (D), 30 MAY 1937 VOITURETTE 1500CC
7 x 19.286 km + 545 m start = 135.547 km ? 11 starters

There were no works cars entered in the AVUS Voiturette race so the race became a fight between private ERA and Maserati drivers. At the start Teagno, Bjørnstad and Cortese fought for the lead but soon Martin with Brookland experience and track tyres took over. Martin held off a strong attack from Cortese to finish first. while the Italian burst a tyre and spun in the Südkurve on the last lap. Bjørnstad finished 7th and last, his ice racing technique and road racing tyres was not a winning combination on the brick surfaced banked circuit. As best non-German of the weekend Martin could carry home a giant extra trophy.

Grid:
Pole
17
Teagno

Maserati

12
Martin

ERA

14
Platé

Maserati

6
Bjřrnstad

ERA

18
Castelbarco

Talbot?

9
Gollin

Maserati

16
Uboldi

Maserati

7
Cortese

Maserati

5
Hug

Bugatti

4
Basadonna

Maserati

1
Troeltsch

Bugatti

(Note 1)



DNA/DNS: 3 Conan-Doyle (Delage); 8 Dusio (Maserti), 10 Kohlrausch (MG),
  11 Macher (Zoller), 15 Sommer (Maserati), ? Kessler (Maserati)

Results: 
   1 Charles Martin (ERA A)            42:13
   2 L Platé        (Maserati 4CM)  +   3:52
   3 Teagno         (Maserati 4CM)  +   4:17
   4 Uboldi         (Maserati 4CM)  +   4:24
   5 Hug            (Bugatti T51A)  +   5:02
  NC Cortese        (Maserati 6CM)    6 laps  crash
   6 Basadonna      (Maserati 4CM)  - 1 lap
   7 Bjørnstad      (ERA A)         - 1 lap
 DNF Gollin         (Maserati 4CM)
 DNF Castelbarco    (Talbot ?)        0 laps  mechanical
   ? Troeltsch      (Bugatti T51A)

   Fastest lap: Martin (ERA) 5:51.2
 



VI INTERNATIONALES AVUS RENNEN
AVUS - Berlin (D), 30 MAY 1937 FORMULA LIBRE
2 Heats of 7 x 19.286 km + 545 m start = 135.547 km
Final: 8 x 19.286 km + 545 m start = 154.833 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

31Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16streamliner
32Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
33Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16streamliner
34Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
35Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8streamliner
36Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-DAB5.6V-12streamliner
37Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-M1255.6S-8streamliner (long model)
38Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
39Goffredo ZehenderDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-DAB5.6V-12DNS - car not ready
40Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo 12C-364.1V-12DNA - withdrawn
41Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo 12C-364.1V-12DNA - withdrawn
42Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo 12C-364.1V-12DNA - withdrawn
43Cholmondley-TapperT. Cholmondley-TapperMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA
44Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo BS-8
45Ettore BiancoE. BiancoMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
46?DNA
47László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
48Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-86C-34?


There had been no AVUS race in 1936 but in 1937 the event was back on the rebuilt track. A prominent feature was now the new Nordschleife with its a massive "wall of death," banked at 43,6 degrees enabling higher lap speeds than before and replacing the old sweeping turn at the north end.
      Because of the two long straight runs the Avus was the only track in the world, which made it possible for a racing car to demonstrate its end speed. The Avus already had established itself as the fastest track in the world, when Fagioli won for the 1935 race at 238.5 km/h, faster than Indianapolis at 175.5 km/h in 1936, Tripoli at 213.1 km/hin 1937 or Brooklands with Cobb's 230.8 km/h lap record.
      Stuck had taken an Auto Union car to the Rio de Janeiro GP, missing both the AVUS and Eifelrennen, but most other drivers of the German teams were present. Both teams had done a tremendous amount of work for just this Formula Libre race, building special streamliners, developed from their speed record cars. The teams had also done several pre-race test sessions (test 1, test 2, test 3). The result was the most spectacular entry of sheer speed in the pre-war era.
      Auto Union entered two rebuilt speed record cars and two normal type C cars. Caracciola raced the new streamliner based upon both the speed record car and the 1937 GP car. Von Brauchitsch had a 1936 car rebuilt to a streamliner with Mercedes' infamous 700HP V12 DAB engine making its race debut. Zehender had another of the W25 - V12 combinations, this one with a normal body. Lang had a 1936 speed record car rebuilt with a long wheelbase and a straight 8 engine. Because of concerns that the streamlined bodies could increase to tyre wear due to weight and overheating, Mercedes also entered a normal 1937 GP car to be driven by Seaman. That car had 25 km/h lower top speed than the streamliners. The field was filled up by a private Alfa Romeo and two Maseratis.
      Lang's streamliner was fitted with covers over the wheels and while doing 390 km/h on the straight air became trapped under the car and the front wheels lifted from the ground! Luckily the driver kept calm and finally managed to bring the wheels back down. A shaken Lang demanded the wheel covers to be removed before the race. Zehender missed his opportunity to make his Mercedes debut as he blew up the 12 cylinder DAB engine.
      During practice Rosemeyer did a 4:04.2 lap (284.31km/h - 176.7mph!) but the best official time and pole went to Fagioli with 4:08.2. Before the practice Neubauer had told the organizers that if Fagioli and Caracciola were drawn in the same heat Mercedes would not race! (see Tripoli) Fortunately as Fagioli was fastest and Caracciola only fourth fastest there was no such problem.
 
Heat 1:  7 laps 

Grid:
Pole
35
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz-S
4m15.2s

31
Rosemeyer

Auto Union-S
4m09.2s

38
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
4m29.4s

32
von Delius

Auto Union
4m25.2s

44
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

*


* 39 Zehender (Mercedes-Benz) DNS



Race:
The National Socialists of course turned the international Avusrennen into a great propaganda show. The event stood under the patronage of Propaganda Minister Dr. Goebbels and the NSSK-Motor Brigade Berlin was ordered to carry out the race.
      With a wonderful weather a crowd of 300,000-400,000 had gathered at Berlin AVUS in the Grunewald for the race, a race that has become to stand as a symbol of the whole racing era. After seeing Martin win the Voiturette class it was time for the big cars. The race was held in two seven lap heats plus an eight lap final. Driver changes were not allowed between heats and final. Substantial money awards were waiting for the drivers with an unusual high amount of a total 36200 Reichs Mark available. The winner of the race would get 12000 RM for winning the final, provided he also won his heat. The winners of the heats would get 2000 RM, second place 1000 RM.
      There had been much speculation about the tyres, and the teams were prepared for a pitstop after 3 laps.
      At 3 PM the 5 cars lined up. The lighter GP cars got the best start, von Delius taking the lead followed by Seaman. Then came the streamliners and passed the GP cars on the straight only to be re-passed in the Südschliefe where the GP cars had the edge. After one lap, Von Delius had opened up a 6 second lead from Seaman, Rosemeyer and Caracciola. Balerstero's Alfa was already 1:47 behind!
      Now it was time for Rosemeyer with his streamliner to pass the others on the straight and take the lead. When they came through the North Turn von Delius, in the faster cornering car, tried to regain first place from Rosemeyer without success. After two laps, Rosemeyer was leading with von Delius and Seaman following closely and with Caracciola 4 seconds behind. The situation was the same on lap three but on lap four Caracciola put his streamliner up into second place. All cars were still in contact with each other except for Balestero, who already had been lapped.
      The race had started at a low pace to save the tyres with lap times from 5 min. down to 4 min. 40 s but on lap 5 the real race began between Rosemeyer and Caracciola, the latter taking the lead by outbraking Rosemeyer in great style in front of the Nordkurve and the lap times dropped to 4:33. The mass of spectators jumped from their seats in excitement as the streamlined cars passed and re-passed each other up to 5 times per lap using slipstream maneuvers at 380 km/h on the straights, the drivers skillfully balancing their cars through the dangerous Nordschleife at 180 km/h.
      During lap 6 the times dropped to 4:27 but von Delius and Seaman were still able to hang on. As the last lap started, the four cars were only 3 seconds apart with Caracciola leading. But then the race was only between Caracciola and Rosemeyer, both driving flat out, leaving the GP cars behind. Rosemeyer gained on Caracciola and into the Nordschliefe they went side by side, the Auto Union low, the Mercedes very high. With the gained momentum Caracciola slung the car over the line 0.7 seconds in front of Rosemeyer.
      No driver had made any pitstops during the race, the slow start having saved the tyres.
      Rosemeyer's car was running on only 13 cylinders and the driver's goggles were almost unusable due to oil. Even then he had done the last lap on an incredible 4:11.2. With 276.39 km/h (171.78 mph) that is the fastest lap EVER done in a formula race and it would take 34 years before such speeds were seen at INDY 500.(Note 2)


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.35Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8732m29.3s = 250.33 km/h
2.31Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-167+ 0.7
3.32Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-167+ 7.9
4.38Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-87+ 19.1
5.44Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo BS-85
Fastest lap: Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union) on lap 7 in 4m11.2s = 276.39 km/h
Weather:


  Heat 2: 7 LAPS Grid:
Pole
36
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz-S
4m12.4s

33
Fagioli

Auto Union-S
4m08.2s

34
Hasse

Auto Union
4m20.0s

37
Lang

Mercedes-Benz-S
4m19.1s

48
Soffietti

Maserati

47
L Hartmann

Maserati



Race:
At 3:50 PM the second heat started. This heat opened in a much more fierce and faster tempo than the first. Hasse in the GP car took the lead but Fagioli passed him before the Nordschleife and did the first lap in 4:40.1. Lang, Hasse and von Brauchitsch followed closely, Hartmann was 1 1/2 minute behind and poor Soffietti almost 2 min. behind. On leaving the "wall of death" Fagioli brushed the grassy right edge, throwing up a cloud of dust to the excitement of the huge crowd. Fagioli now got gear shift problems and von Brauchitsch led after 2 laps followed by the others, the times already down to 4:22!
      Lang was the next leader doing the third lap in 4:17.2 and now Hasse was unable to follow, falling 14 seconds behind in his GP car. After three laps Soffietti was already one lap behind!
      On lap four the three streamliners were still close together but now the pace took its toll. After having done a 4.17.0 Fagioli retired with a jamming shift lever caused by a faulty transmission and Lang had a high speed tyre blow out. Fortunately the car remained stable at high speed, only when Lang braked for the South Turn emergency depot for a wheel change did he have trouble.
      Von Brauchitsch was now alone in the lead, slowing down to 4:26 on the next lap. Hasse and Seaman followed 38 s and 73 s behind respectively. On lap six Soffietti was lapped for the second time doing 7 minutes laps against 4:42 for the Mercedes driver. Hasse had closed the gap to 26s and Lang to 45 s.
      Von Brauchitsch calmly took the flag after the 7th lap but 20 seconds behind him there was a drama. Lang's last lap was almost down to Rosemeyer's top time in the first heat and he caught Hasse in the Nordschleife putting the Mercedes near the left rear wheel of the Auto Union. Coming out from the curve Hasse pulled his car to the left and Lang had to stand on the brakes to avoid a catastrophe. Later Hasse apologized and explained he just had not seen the Mercedes. Fourth was Hartmann who had also had a moment in the banked section as the Hungarian had drifted right over the upper white line, touching the top vertical lip and was thrown down the banking, miraculously pulling his car out of this power dive.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.36Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-DAB5.6731m29.3s = 258.28 km/h
2.34Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-167+ 21.1
3.37Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-M1255.6S-87+ 21.7
4.47László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-86
5.48Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-85
DNF33Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16transmission
Fastest lap: Hermann Lang (Mercedes-Benz) on lap 7 in 4m11.2s = 276.39 km/h
                  or Manfred von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz) 4m08s?
Weather:


  Final 8 laps Grid:
Pole
36
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz-S

35
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz-S

37
Lang

Mercedes-Benz-S

31
Rosemeyer

Auto Union-S

32
von Delius

Auto Union

34
Hasse

Auto Union

47
L Hartmann

Maserati

38
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz



Race:
A protest from Neubauer had been accepted and Hasse was placed behind Lang on the grid.
      Auto Union mechanic Ludwig Sebastian had not been able to replace the cylinder head gasket on Rosemeyer's car in the two hours interval between heat and final. Rosemeyer, running on 13 cylinders, was therefore already handicapped before the start.
      When the final started at 5.45 PM the strategy of the Mercedes team was clear. Caracciola and Seaman should go flat out and do a pitstop. The others should try to do a non stop race. So Caracciola immediately took control of the race and tried to open up a gap. After only half a lap von Brauchitsch came slowely rolling and parked his Mercedes on the grass medium opposide the pits. Inside the streamliner it was so hot that an oil line soldered to the gearbox had come loose as the solder melted.
      Caracciola led the first lap doing a 4:33, Rosemeyer was leading the rest of the field 8 seconds behind. On the second lap the pace was already down to 4:19. The situation was as before: Caracciola, then Rosemeyer, Lang, Seaman, von Delius and Hasse together and Hartmann's Maserati 3 1/2 minutes behind.
      But now Rosemeyer had already destroyed his tyres and had to make a stop for a new right rear tyre at the emergency depot in the South Loop, Lang taking over the chase. Seaman kept up with Lang by going flat out, loosing on the straight and gaining in the corners. Lang's heavy streamliner was about 40 km/h faster on the straight, but Seaman in the lighter open car was able to brake later. Lap three went in 4:18 but then suddenly Caracciola retired with the same problem as von Brauchitsch earlier.
      Now Lang was the first one over the line followed by von Delius. 18 seconds behind them came Hasse and Seaman, then Hartmann, who was a lap down, and last Rosemeyer, 1 minute behind. Seaman, who had to go flat trying too keep the pace of the streamliner, got two thrown treads on his tyres and had to do a pitstop.
      Lang was trying to calm down the tempo. Lap four went in 4:21, lap five in 4:25. Von Delius was still trying to follow the leader and Hasse was a comfortable third and Rosemeyer was fourth with Seaman catching fast.
      Lang did the sixth and seventh lap in 4:28 keeping a 6 seconds lead and he easily held off von Delius' last 4:18 lap challenge to take the victory at the fastest race ever run so far. For the three last laps there was a fight between Rosemeyer and Seaman for the fourth place. The fight was decided when Seaman destroyed his tyres once again.
      Lang had been lucky, his Mercedes car had the latest type of gearbox, with no soldering! He split the high cash awards equally among his team drivers, a customary thing for the Mercedes team drivers.
      Totally oiled up from the broken engine Rosemeyer had to be lifted out of his car. His wife, right away washed his overall and shirt in gasoline to make Bernd look halfway decent. Meanwhile Tazio Nuvolari, as guest in the Auto Union pits, took pictures with his camera of of his friend Bernd dressed only in underpants.
      It had been the fastest race ever and it remained so until the 1958 Monza 500 mile race.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.37Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-M1255.6S-8835m30.2s = 261.67 km/h
2.32Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-168+ 2.0
3.34Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-168+ 36.0
4.31Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-168+ 1:06.8
5.38Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-88+ 1:20.0
6.47László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-86
DNF35Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-83gearbox
DNF36Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25K-DAB5.6V-120gearbox
Fastest lap: Rosemeyer (Auto Union) in 4m17.4s = 269.73 km/h
Weather:


 



      
I° CIRCUITO DELLA SUPERBA
CIRCUITO DELLA SUPERBA - Genova (I), 30 MAY 1937
50 laps, 12 starters

The first Circuito della Superba was raced at the same time as the Avusrennen where the Scuderia Ferrari entries had been scratched to save the team from total humiliation. Here against minimal opposition the Ferrari team took a tripple victory, with Trossi winning in his 12C-36.

Grid:
Pole?
54
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo

60
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

48
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

46
Ghersi

Alfa Romeo

52
Delpino

Alfa Romeo

50
E Villoresi

Alfa Romeo

42
"Ventidue"

Alfa Romeo

Rest of grid unknown.
Race numbers: 40 Brezzi, 44 Minozzi,
56 Vincentini, 58 Villa, 62 Romano



Results:  
   1 Trossi      (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) 1:32:27.4 
   2 Tadini      (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) +  1:16.2 
   3 E Villoresi (Alfa Romeo  2900A *)      -  2 laps
   4 Delpino     (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L)    -  4 laps
   5 "Ventidue"  (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L)    -  5 laps
   6 Romano      (Bugatti T51)              -  6 laps
   7 Brezzi      (Bugatti T51 *2)           -  7 laps
   8 Villa       (Bugatti T51)              -  9 laps
   9 Vicentini   (Bugatti T51)              - 20 laps
 DNF Biondetti   (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L *)    27 laps  rear axle
 DNF Ghersi      (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L *3)    6 laps  too slow
 DNF Minozzi     (Alfa Romeo)                  3 laps

   *  Entered by Scuderia Ferrari
   *2 Entered by Scuderia Subauda
   *3 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana 

   Fastest lap: Trossi (Alfa Romeo) 1:48.0
  



      
I° CIRCUITO DELLA SUPERBA
CIRCUITO DELLA SUPERBA - Genova (I), 30 MAY 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
40 laps, 11 starters

Italian drivers, mostly in Maseratis, took on the new track at Genoa. Local driver Barbieri took the lead but was passed by Belmondo, who soon found himself under attack from newcomer Aldo Marazza driving his first race in an old Maserati 4CS. The fight went on for 25 laps until Belmondo had to see himself dropped down to third, leaving Marazza to be the surprise winner.

DNA: 2 Prosperi (Maserati *), 4 Battilana (Maserati), 18 Malaguti (Maserati *),   
     22 Bianco (Maserati *5),  26 Quartara (Maserati *2), 32 Rocco (Maserati), 
     36 Carnevalli (MB *3), 38 Rovere (Maserati) 

Grid:
Pole?
30
Belmondo

Maserati

24
Marazza

Maserati

46
Barbieri

Maserati

20
Severi

Maserati

Rest of grid unknown.
Race numbers: 6 Nardi, 8 Battista, 10 Nespoli
12 Lurani, 14 Baruffi, 16 Contini,
20 Severi, 34 Moradei



Results: 
   1 Marazza    (Maserati 4CS)         1:21:00.0              
   2 Severi     (Maserati 6CM *4)      +    18.2
   3 Belmondo   (Maserati 4CM)         +    19.0
   4 F Barbieri (Maserati 4CM *4)      -  1 lap
   5 Lurani     (Maserati 4CM 1.1L *2) -  2 laps
   6 Azzi ?     (Maserati 4CM)         -  8 laps 
   7 Nespoli    (Amilcar C6 1.1L)      - 11 laps
 DNF Contini    (Maserati 4CM) 
 DNF Moradei    (Maserati 4CM *5) 
 DNF Nardi      (Subauda-Monaco) 
 DNF Baruffi    (Maserati 4CM *3) 

   *  Entered by Scuderia Impero
   *2 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
   *3 Entered by Gruppo Volta
   *4 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana
   *5 Enterd by Ecurie Helvetia
   *5 Enterd by P Ermini

   Fastest lap: Marazza (Maserati) 1:56.6

 

30 MAY 1937: Shaw (Shaw-Offenhauser) wins the INDIANAPOLIS 500 race.
30 MAY 1937: Rüesch (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L) wins the BUCURESTI GP in Romania.



  
RAC INTERNATIONAL LIGHT CAR RACE
DOUGLAS - Isle of Man (GBM), 3 JUNE 1937 (Thursday) VOITURETTE 1500cc
50 laps x 3.035 km? = 151.8 km? , 15 starters. Weather: heavy rain.

Bira tried both his Delage and his ERA, finding the latter superior. During the practice Philip Jucker (Alta) crashed with fatal results.
      Mays took the lead in his works ERA but was passed by Bira, who started to pull away on the rainy track as Mays was falling back with brake problems. For 20 laps Fairfield (works ERA) and Luigi Villoresi (Maserati 6CM) fought for second place before the latter retired with broken fuel line. The works ERAs took over the lead when Bira made a pitstop for fuel but the Siamese showed his driving skills fighting back in the heavy rain to retake the lead on lap 36, heading home a ERA 1-2-3-4-5, 6th being the Swiss newcomer Emanuel de Graffenried with a Maserati.

DNA/DNS: 2 Jucker (Alta), 2 "B Bira" (Delage), 3 Dodson (Dixon Spl. *2)
         8 Howe (ERA *), 12  Charles Martin (Martin), 17 Aitken (Maserati *5), 
         23 Powys-Lybbe (Talbot)


Grid:
Pole
5
"B Bira"

ERA
2m59s

7
Mays

ERA
2m59s

9
Fairfield

ERA
3m00s

11
Whitehead

ERA
3m07s

19
L Villoresi

Maserati
3m06s

4
A C Dobson

ERA
3m11s

10
Tongue

ERA
3m12s

16
de Graffenried

Maserati
3m11s

6
Connell

ERA
3m16s

18
Au Dobson

Maserati
3m26s

20
Parnell

MG
3m25s

14
Hanson

Maserati
3m26s

15
du Puy

Maserati
?

22
Maclure

Riley
3m27s

21
Hughes

MG
3m40s



Results: 
   1 "B Bira"         (ERA B)                 2:45:34
   2 Mays             (ERA C *)             +      42
   3 Fairfield        (ERA C? *)            +    1:19
   4 Tongue           (ERA B)               +    2:31
   5 Whitehead/Walker (ERA B)               +    4:56  
   6 de Graffenried   (Maserati 6CM *4)     -  1 lap
   7 Arthur Dobson    (ERA B)               -  2 laps
   8 Austin Dobson    (Maserati 6CM *5)     -  2 laps 
   9 Hanson           (Maserati 6CM *3)     -  2 laps
  10 Maclure          (Riley 1500/6)        -  2 laps 
  11 Connell          (ERA B)               -  5 laps
  12 Parnell          (MG K# Magnette 1.1L) - 15 laps
 DNF Hughes           (MG K# Magnette 1.1L)   20 laps  head gasket
 DNF L Villoresi      (Maserati 6CM *6)       15 laps  fuel feed
 DNF du Puy           (Maserati 6CM *4)        1 lap   oil pressure
  
   *  Entered by H W Cook
   *2 Entered by F W Dixon
   *3 Entered by Mrs Hall-Smith
   *4 Entered by J du Puy
   *5 Entered by Ecurie Aitken
   *6 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 3:10
  



    
V GRANDE PRÊMIO DA CIDADE DE RIO DE JANEIRO
GAVEA - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 6 JUNE 1937
25 laps x 11.16 km = 279 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Carlo CazzabiniC. CazzabiniAlfa Romeo2900 B2.9S-8
4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Chico LandiC. LandiFiatGP1.5
8Cicero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoBugattiT37A1.5S-4
10Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
12"Marcedady"G. HardyBugattiT512.2S-8
14Arthur Nascimento JúniorA. Nascimento JrAlfa Romeo2900 A2.9S-8
16Joaquim SantanaJ. SantanaFiatDNS?
18Ricardo CarúR. CarúAlfa Romeo2900 A2.9S-8
20Querino LandiQ. LandiBugattiT37A1.5S-4
22Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-8
26Raul RigantiR. RigantiBugattiHudson3.5
28Domingos LopesD. LopesBugattiT37A1.5S-4
30Júlio de MoraesJ. de MoraesWandererSpecial2.6
32A. Moraes SarmentoA. Moraes SarmentoFordSpecial3.6V-8DNS?
34Antônio BrívioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C 364.1V-12
36Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-8
38Vasco SameiroV. SameiroAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-8
40Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
42Benedicto LopesB. LopesAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-8
44Santos SoeiroS. SoeiroFordSpecial3.6V-8
46José SantiagoJ. SantiagoFordSpecial3.6V-8
48Jean-Gilbert FouryJ-G. FouryBugattiT512.3S-8
50Almeida AraújoA. AraújoAlfa Romeo29002.9S-8
54Vittorio CoppoliV. CoppoliBugattiT512.3S-8
56Joăo Santos MauroJ. Santos MauroAlfa Romeo17501.8S-6



Auto Union had sent a car to Brazil for Stuck to enter in the Rio GP, an easy victory. What Auto Union did not know at the time of the decision was that Scuderia Ferrari also was sending two cars for Brivio and Pintacuda to Rio. On the extremely twisty circuit the Alfa Romeo cars had the edge over the fast and powerful Auto Union.

Grid:
Pole
10
Arzani

Alfa Romeo
8m04.0s

40
Pintacuda

Alfa Romeo
7m40.3s

34
Brivio

Alfa Romeo
7m39.1s

4
Stuck

Auto Union
7m29.0s

42
B Lopes

Alfa Romeo
9m21.4s

18
Carú

Alfa Romeo
8m12.0s

38
Sameiro

Alfa Romeo
8m08.4s

14
Nascimento Jr

Alfa Romeo
8m04.4s

36
Jung

Ford
8m46.0s

22
Abrunhosa

Alfa Romeo
8m44.6s

2
Cazzabini

Alfa Romeo
8m22.0s

12
Marcedady

Bugatti
9m23.3s

50
Araújo

Alfa Romeo
9m08.4s

48
Fourny

Bugatti
9m07.5s

44
Santos Soeiro

Ford
8m48.7s

30
de Moraes

Wanderer
9m37.8s

20
Q Landi

Bugatti
9m37.7s

28
D Lopes

Bugatti
9m31.4s

46
Santiago

Ford
9m29.3s

8
Marques Porto

Bugatti
-

54
Coppoli

Bugatti
-

56
Santos Mauro

Alfa Romeo
9m56.3s

16
Santana

Fiat
9m39.1s

32
Sarmento

Ford
-

6
F Landi

Fiat
-

26
Riganti

Hudson
-




Race: Stuck took an early lead only to be passed by Pintcuda after a lap. Brivio was third but had to make several stops for new plugs and was unable to challenge the leading duo. On lap 11 Stuck took back the lead but when he made his planned pit stop he was once again passed by the Ferrari driver. Near the end of the race Pintacuda had problems with his Alfa and Stuck was closing in on every lap. Pintacuda almost run out of fuel but was able to hold off Stuck to win by an 8 seconds margin. So Scuderia Ferrari received the huge 1.5 million lire prize money for their victory making the long trip worthwhile.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.40Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8253h22m06.5s
2.4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16253h22m13.8s
3.34Antônio BrívioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C 364.1V-12253h29m08.1s
4.38Vasco SameiroV. SameiroAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-8253h35m00.8s
5.10Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8253h35m43.2s
6.42Benedicto LopesB. LopesAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-8253h39m10.2s
7.14Arthur Nascimento JúniorA. Nascimento JrAlfa Romeo2900 A2.9S-8253h42m02.8s
8.22Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaAlfa Romeo8C2.3S-825
9.36Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-824
10.50Almeida AraújoA. AraújoAlfa Romeo29002.9S-823
DNF44Santos SoeiroS. SoeiroFordSpecial3.6V-818
DNF12"Marcedady"G. HardyBugattiT512.2S-818
DNF28Domingos LopesD. LopesBugattiT37A1.5S-418
DNF2Carlo CazzabiniC. CazzabiniAlfa Romeo2900 B2.9S-815
DNF18Ricardo CarúR. CarúAlfa Romeo2900 A2.9S-813
DNF30Júlio de MoraesJ. de MoraesWandererSpecial2.611
DNF8Cicero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoBugattiT37A1.5S-49
DNF54Vittorio CoppoliV. CoppoliBugattiT512.3S-88
DNF46José SantiagoJ. SantiagoFordSpecial3.6V-87
DNF6Chico LandiC. LandiFiatGP1.56
DNF26Raul RigantiR. RigantiBugattiHudson3.55
DNF56Joăo Santo MauroJ. Santo MauroAlfa Romeo17501.8S-65
DNF48Jean-Gilbert FouryJ-G. FouryBugattiT512.3S-81
DNF20Querino LandiQ. LandiBugattiT37A1.5S-40
Fastest lap: Stuck (Auto Union) in 7m39.5s = 87,4 km/h (54.3 mph)
Winning speed: 82,8 km/h (51.4 mph)
Weather: heavy rain


Full report (in Portuguese)



With a special thanks to Napoleăo Ribeiro (http://www.luik.com.br)

The grid is from "Jornal do Brasil" 6 Jun 1937 with a special thanks to Marcelo Ferreira
 

6 JUNE 1937: Sommer (Talbot T-150C) wins the GRAND PRIX DE MARSEILLE on the Miramas track in France. (Results)
12 JUNE 1937: Fairfield (ERA) wins the NUFFIELD TROPHY handicap race at Donington Park, England.



        
GRAN PREMIO DI FIRENZE
Firenze (I), 13 JUNE 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
70 laps, 19 starters. Weather: very hot

4 private ERAs faced 13 Maseratis, among them the 6CM of the British newcomer Johnny Wakefield to race for the 100,000 lire price. During practice Embiricos (ERA) crashed and decided to quit racing. Trossi was on pole in his new works car but was beaten at the start by Bira. Bira was soon in trouble with the brakes, leaving the Maseratis to take a triple lead. At 1/3 race distance Trossi, suffering from the heat, had to handle the car over to Rovere for some laps. Dreyfus took over the lead and held it to finish but the rest of the positions were decided after much arguments as the time-keepers had lost track of the competitors.

DNA/DNS: 2 Benedetti (Talbot), 30 Fumagalli (Maserati)
         42 L Villoresi (Maserati *6), 44 Embiricos (ERA), 46 Gollin (Maserati *7),
         48 Righetti (Masearti), 50 L Platé (Talbot *8), Castelbarco (Talbot *8)

Grid:
Pole
26
Trossi

Maserati
1m39s

8
"B Bira"

ERA
1m42s

32
Whitehead

ERA


28
Dreyfus

Maserati
1m43s

18
Bianco

Maserati


10
Cortese

Maserati


Rest of grid unknown.
Race numbers: 6 Marazza, 12 F Barbieri, 14 Severi,
16 Wakefield, 20 G Musso, 24 Belmondo,
34 Colini, 36 Dusio, 38 Rocco, 40 Moradei,
54 G Barbieri, 56 Contini, 58 Tongue



Results: 

   1 Dreyfus       (Maserati 6CM *)    2:03:00                
   2 Trossi/Rovere (Maserati 6CM *)   - 1 lap
   3 Bianco/Rocco  (Maserati 6CM *)   - 1 lap
   4 Cortese       (Maserati 6CM *2)  - 1 lap
   5 Tongue        (ERA B)            - 3 laps
   6 Dusio         (Maserati 6CM *4)  - 3 laps
   7 Severi        (Maserati 6CM *2)  - 3 laps
   8 Whitehead     (ERA B)            - 4 laps
   9 Marazza       (Maserati 4CS)     - 4 laps
  10 Wakefield     (Maserati 6CM)     - 6 laps
 DNF F Barbieri    (Maserati 4CM *2)   35 laps
 DNF "B Bira"      (ERA B)             34 laps  brakes
 DNF Colini        (Maserati 4CM *3)   23 laps
 DNF G Barbieri    (Maserati 4CM)      20 laps
 DNF Rocco         (Maserati 6CM)      20 laps
 DNF Contini       (Maserati 4CM)      11 laps
 DNF Belmondo      (Maserati 4CM)       8 laps
 DNF Moradei       (Maserati 4CM *5)    2 laps
 DNF G Musso       (Maserati 4CM)       1 lap

   *  Entered by Officine A Maserati
   *2 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana
   *3 Entered by Scuderia Impero
   *4 Entered by Scuderia Torino
   *5 Entered by Ecurie Helvetia
   *6 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
   *7 Enterd by Süddeutsche Renngemainschaft
   *8 Entered by L Platé

   Fastest lap: Trossi (Maserati) 1:40.02
 



FOOTNOTES:
    1 This reconstructed grid is VERY speculative, especially considering rows 2 and 3 which maybe have to be swapped.

    2 Peter Revson took the INDY pole in 1971 with 287.52 km/h (178.696) mph.



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