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XI ADAC EIFELRENNEN
NÜRBURGRING (D), 13 JUNE 1937 FORMULA LIBRE
10 laps x 22.810 km = 228.1 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
2Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
3Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNS - illness
4Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
5Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
7Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
8Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
9Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
10Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
11Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
12Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
14?Scuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
15Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
16László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
17Henri SimonetH. SimonetAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8DNA
18Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa RomeoTipo BS-8
19Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
20Franco CorteseF. CorteseMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
21Adolfo MandirolaEcurie GenevoiseMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-6DNA
23Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8
24Guglielmo CarraroliG. CarraroliAlfa Romeo2900A2.9S-8


Both German teams had of course a full five car entry for the Eifelrennen. Fagioli was suffering from rheumatism and had to miss several races. He would not race again until Coppa Acerbo two months later.
      Von Delius was hit by a bird in the face during practice. The driver lost control and crashed at Bergwerk, totally destroying the car.
      The Mercedes-Benz team was not without trouble either. There were problems with von Brauchitsch's car and he had to take over Seaman's. A new car was sent from Stuttgart during the night.
      Junior driver Kautz made his racing debut with a Mercedes car fitted with the new experimental suction carburettor supercharger system.


Grid:
Pole
6
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz


8
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz


1
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
9m57.0s

4
Hasse

Mercedes-Benz

7
Lang

Mercedes-Benz

12
Farina

Alfa Romeo

11
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

2
von Delius

Auto Union

5
Müller

Mercedes-Benz

10
Kautz

Mercedes-Benz

16
L Hartmann

Maserati

9
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz

18
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo

15
Soffietti

Maserati

24
Carraroli

Alfa Romeo

20
Mandirola

Maserati

19
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

23
Festetics

Maserati



Race: The Eifelrennen was raced on the 13th of June. Guess who won?
      After the motorcycle and sports car races it was time for the GP cars. On the grid Nuvolari's car kept moving forward and when the amber light turned to green the Alfa had almost reached the front line. Rosemeyer took the start, only to be passed at the Südkehre by Caracciola's Mercedes. After the first lap there were seven German cars at the front in order: Caracciola, Rosemeyer, von Brauchitsch, Lang, von Delius, Seaman and Hasse. Nuvolari was the first Alfa in eighth place.
      On the second lap Seaman had to retire with fuel feed problems. Rosemeyer was now challenging Caracciola and after a tremendous duel between the Mercedes-Benz and the Auto Union drivers, Rosemeyer took the lead on lap three.
      After five laps the pit stops started with Caracciola going in as did von Brauchitsch. On the next lap it was Rosemeyer's and Lang's turn. The Auto Union mechanics did a record job sending Rosemeyer back after 25 seconds, Lang's pitstop taking 45 seconds. Rosemeyer now had a 45 seconds lead over Caracciola.
      On the next lap Lang was back in the pit for new plugs and lost two places. All the Mercedes cars had plug problems because of the fuel pump, which either gave too much fuel or did not work at all.
      Caracciola tried his best but on this track he could do nothing against Rosemeyer, who went on to take his third consecutive Nürburgring victory.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.1Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16101h42m11.2s ?11.1s?=133.92 km/h
2.6Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8101:43:01.8 01.4?
3.8Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8101:43:56.8 56.4?
4.4Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16101:45:46.0 45.35?
5.11Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.0V-12101:46:25.0 45.46.6?
6.7Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8101:48:06.0 06.1?
7.5Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16101:48:35.1
8.18Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa RomeoTipo BS-8101:48:44.1
9.10Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8101:49:38.4
10.2Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16101:50:43.3
11.15Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-69
12.16László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-89
DNF12Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.0V-12
DNF19Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
DNF21Adolfo MandirolaEcurie GenevoiseMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF23Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF24Guglielmo CarraroliG. CarraroliAlfa Romeo2900A2.9S-8
DNF9Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-81fuel feed
Fastest lap: Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union) in 9m58.8s = 137.13 km/h
Weather:


 

19 JUNE 1937: Rudolf Caracciola married Alice "Baby" Hoffman-Trobeck, who worked as Mercedes timekeeper. When Chiron, who had been dating "Baby" for years, heared the news he was furious, but had only himself to blame as he several times had refused her suggestions to get married.
19-20 JUNE 1937: Wimille/Benoist (Bugatti) wins the "LES 24 HEURES DU MANS" race on the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Early in the race seven cars were involved in a chain collision. Both Kippeurt (Bugatti) and ERA's works driver Fairfield (BMW) received fatal wounds and "Raph" (BMW) was badly injured. (Results)



    
II° CIRCUITO DI MILANO
SEMPIONE PARK - Milano (I), 20 JUNE 1937
70 laps x 2.57 km = 179.9 km, 11 starters.

There could hardly have been any race track that suited worse for the high speed Auto Union cars than the twisty little Milan circuit in the Sempione Park with its two tight hairpins. Varzi had had a humiliating defeat there in 1936 but for some reason Auto Union still decided to enter Hasse for the 1937 race. The results were expected, with a double victory for Scuderia Ferrari with Rüesch's private Alfa third. Hasse finished in fourth place a lap behind Nuvolari. Trossi and Minozzi (both in Alfas) finished fifth and sixth.

DNA: 62 Romano (Alfa Romeo), 68 Villa (Bugatti)

Grid:
Pole
62
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

58
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo

88
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

86
Minozzi

Alfa Romeo

78
Farina

Alfa Romeo

82
Hasse

Auto Union

76
Festetics

Maserati

64
Bira

Maserati

56
Brezzi

Alfa Romeo

84
Dusio

Maserati

74
L Hartmann

Maserati

(Note 1)



Results:  
   1 Nuvolari       (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) 1:37:15.2
   2 Farina         (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) +  2:04.2
   3 Rüesch         (Alfa Romeo 8C-35 3.8L)    -  1 lap
   4 Hasse          (Auto Union C 6.0L *3)     -  1 lap
   5 Trossi         (Alfa Romeo 12C-36 4.1L *) -  3 laps
   6 Minozzi        (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.9L)   -  4 laps
   7 Brezzi         (Alfa Romeo Tipo B 2.9L)   -  7 laps
   8 L Hartmann     (Maserati 8CM 3.0L)        -  8 laps
 DNF B Bira/de Rham (Maserati 6C-34 3.7L *2)     48 laps  fuel
 DNF Festetics      (Maserati 8CM 3.0L)          32 laps
 DNF Dusio          (Alfa Romeo Tipo B  *2)      16 laps

   *  Entered by Scuderia Ferrari
   *2 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana
   *3 Entered by Auto Union AG

   Fastest lap: Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) 1:20.6


  
II° CIRCUITO DI MILANO
SEMPIONE PARK - Milano (I), 20 JUNE 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
50 laps x 2.57 km = 128.5 km ?, 20 starters

Once again it was 3 private ERAs against a field of Maseratis. This time the Maseratis took command from the start with Severi leading from Rovere and Siena. However, both Severi and Rovene were soon in trouble leaving Siena to win. Marazza once again did a fine job in his old 4CS car.

DNA/DNS: 2 Bianco (Maserati), 20 F Barbieri (Maserati *3),
        26 Gilera (Maserti), 30 Uboldi (Maserati)

Grid:
Pole
12
Severi

Maserati

50
Rovere

Maserati

10
Siena

Maserati

52
E Villoresi

Maserati

6
Marazza

Maserati

42
Cortese

Maserati

38
Rocco

Maserati

34
"B Bira"

ERA

22
L Villoresi

Maserati

24
Carnevalli

MB

14
Wakefield

Maserati

4
Tongue

ERA

16
Righetti

Maserati

8
Lurani

Maserati

36
Belmondo

Maserati

32
Minetti

Maserati

*



40
Castelbarco

Talbot

48
Battista

Maserati

54
Whitehead

ERA

18
Baruffi

Maserati

* 26 Gilera (Maserati) DNS



Results: 
   1 Siena       (Maserati 4CM)        1:13:02.95
   2 Marazza     (Maserati 4CS)         +   32.69
   3 Cortese     (Maserati 6CM *3)      +   41.08
   4 Tongue      (ERA B)                + 1:47.35
   5 Belmondo    (Maserati 4CM)         + 2:36.36
   6 L Villoresi (Maserati 6CM *2)      + 3:37.75
   7 Severi      (Maserati 6CM *3)      + 4:05.59
   8 Whitehead   (ERA B)                + 4:32.39
   9 Righetti    (Maserati 4CM)         + 5:24.71
  10 Wakefield   (Maserati 6CM)         + 6:11.34
  11 Lurani      (Maserati 4CM 1.1L *2) -  3 laps
  12 Baruffi     (Maserati 4CM *4)      -  4 laps
 DNF Minetti     (Maserati 4CM *2)        35 laps
 DNF E Villoresi (Maserati 6CM *2)        25 laps
 DNF Carnevalli  (MB *4)                  29 laps
 DNF Rovere      (Maserati 6CM *)         22 laps  engine 
 DNF "B Bira"    (ERA B)                  20 laps  engine
 DNF Castelbarco (Talbot *5)               5 laps
 DNF Rocco       (Maserati 6CM)            4 laps
 DNF Battista    (Maserati 4CM)            3 laps

   *  Entered by Officine A Maserati
   *2 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
   *3 Entered by Scuderia Maremmana
   *4 Entered by gruppo Volta
   *5 Entered by L Platé

   Fastest lap: L Villoresi  (Maserati)  1:25.20 
 



  
XIII GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
Peronne (F), 27 JUNE 1937 VOITURETTE 1500CC
2x10 laps + 15 laps final

Both Maserati and ERA works teams entered cars for the Peronne race and Bira was racing his ex. Seaman Delage as both of his ERAs were out of action.
      In the first heat Bira led but had to retire leaving Dreyfus to win from Hanson and Du Puy (both Maserati 6CM). Bira's misfortune created a serious internal conflict in the "White Mouse Stable" ending with the chief mechanic resigning. In the second heat Mays was in a class of his own lapping almost the entire field. Second was de Graffenried (4CM) and third Wakefield (6CM).
      In the final Mays was once again in command, the Maserati drivers having no real chance against the ERA works car.

 DNA/DNS: 10 H Berg (Maserati *2), 12 Embiricos (ERA *3), 
          20 Conan-Doyle (Delage), 34 Villeneuve (Bugatti)

Heat 1:

 No grid available. Race numbers:
    2 "B Bira", 4 du Puy, 6 Dreyfus, 8 Mme. Rose-Itier, 
    12 Tongue, 16 de Burnay, 18 Hanson

Results:
   1 Dreyfus            (Maserati 6CM *)   41:34.2    
   2 Hanson             (Maserati 6CM)    + 4:01.8        
   3 du Puy             (Maserati 6CM *5) + 6:06.8
´  4 NC Mme. Rose-Itier (Bugatti T51A)    + 7.52.8
  NC "B Bira"           (Delage 15S8)       8 laps  clcuh
   5 de Burnay          (Amilcar C6 1.1L) - 3 laps
 DNF Tongue             (ERA B)             0 laps  piston
 
   Fastest lap: Dreyfus (Maserati) 4:02

Heat 2:

 No grid available. Race numbers:
    22 Mays, 24 Wakefield, 26 de Graffenried, 28 Gollin, 
    30 Martin, 32 Whitehead, 36 Herkuleyns

Results:
   1 Mays           (ERA C)                41:30.6
   2 de Graffenried (Maserati 4CM *5)     + 3:41.4
   3 Wakefield      (Maserati 6CM)        + 5:10.4            
   4 Gollin         (Maserati 6CM *2)     - 1 lap       
   5 Herkuleyns     (MG K3 Magnette 1.1L) - 2 laps
 DNF Whitehead      (ERA B)                 1 lap   piston   
 DNF Martin         (ERA A)                 1 lap   piston 

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 4:05 

Final:

Grid:
Pole
6
Dreyfus

Maserati

22
Mays

ERA

18
Hanson

Maserati

26
de Graffenried

Maserati

4
du Puy

Maserati

24
Wakefield

Maserati

28
Gollin

Maserati

8
Rose-Itier

Bugatti

36
Herkuleyns

MG


  
Results: 
   1 Mays            (ERA C)                 59:47.6     
   2 Dreyfus         (Maserati 6CM *       +  1:43.0
   3 Wakefield       (Maserati 6CM)        +  4:04.4 
   4 de Graffenried  (Maserati 4CM *5)     -  1 lap
   5 Gollin          (Maserati 6CM *2)     -  1 lap
   6 Hanson          (Maserati 6CM)        -  1 lap
  NC Mme. Rose-Itier (Bugatti T51A)          12 laps  mechanical        
   7 Herkuleyns      (MG K3 Magnette 1.1L) -  4 laps
 DNF du Puy          (Maserati 6CM *5)

   *  Entered by Officine A Maserati
   *2 Entered by Süddeutsche Renngemainshaft
   *3 Entered by H W Cook
   *4 Enterdd by Mrs  M E Hall-Smith 
   *5 Entered by J de Puy

   Fastest lap:  Mays (ERA)  3:54 
 

4 JULY 1937: Chiron (Talbot T150C) wins the GRAND PRIX DE l´AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE sports cars race at Montlhéry, Paris. (Results)



   
II GEORGE VANDERBILT CUP RACE
ROOSEVELT RACEWAY - New York (USA), 5 JULY 1937 (Monday) (delayed two days due to rain)
90 laps x 5.64 km (3 1/3 miles) = 482.8 km (300 miles)

 
30 starters:
  1 Mauri Rose            Maserati                 Townsend B Martin
  2 Jimmy Snyder          Boyle                    H C Henning       Miller?
  3 Ted Horn              Miller                   Harry Hartz
  4 Bernd Rosemeyer       Auto Union C 6.0L        Auto Union    
  5 Tazio Nuvolari        Alfa Romeo 12C-36  4.1L  Scuderia Ferrari
  7 Billy Winn            Miller-Offy        4.2L  B Winn   
  8 Deacon Litz           Maserati V8RI            Malmacaan Team    DNA        
  9 Ernst von Delius      Auto Union C 6.0L        Auto Union
 10 Giuseppe Farina       Alfa Romeo 12C-36  4.1L  Scuderia Ferrari  
 12 Rudi Caracciola       Mercedes-Benz W125 5.6L  Daimler-Benz AG
 14 Rex Mays              Alfa Romeo 8C-35   3.8L  Bill White        Rebuilt ex. works
 15 Dick Seaman           Mercedes-Benz W125 5.6L  Daimler-Benz AG
 16 Eugen Bjørnstad       Alfa Romeo Monza   2.3L  Balmacaan Team
 17 George Connor         Miller                   Joseph Marks
 18 Bill Cummings         Miller                   Lou Moore
 19 Harry Lewis           Debaets                  Kelly Petillo     Studebaker?
 21 Babe Stapp            Maserati                 H J Topping 
 22 Joel Thorne           Alfa Romeo Tipo B  2.9L  Joel Thorne
 24 Frank Brisko          Miller                   Elgin PP Co
 25 Kelly Petillo         Offenhauser              Kelly Petillo 
 27 Albert Cusick         Schumacher               Gustav-Schumacher Ford?
 28 Bob Swanson           Bugatti                  Bob Swanson       DNA
 31 Chester Gardner       Miller                   C Gardner         Duesenberg-Offy
 33 Frank Wearne          Miller                   Paul Wierick
 34 Shorty Cantlon        Miller                   William Cantlon   DNA
 42 Wern Oldenduff        Alfa Romeo               F Griswold        DNA
 43 Lucky Teeter          Fowler                                     DNA      
 44 Ronnie Householder    Miller                   R Householder
 45 Enzo Fiermonte        Maserati V8RI            Fiermonte-Rand    DNS lack of experience.
 45 Wilbur Shaw           Maserati V8RI            Fiermonte-Rand    qualified by Fiermonte
 46 Moretti               Williams                 Virgil Williams   DNA
 49 Henry Banks           Jumire                   Louis Kimmel
 54 Herb Ardinger         Ford-Miller?       4.2L  Lewis Welch       Welch-Offy?
 63 Benny Bradfon         Duesenberg               B Bradfon         DNQ
 65 Milt Marion           Miller                   M Marion
 66 Gus Zarka             Ambler                   William Watts
 67 Ora Bean              Ambler                   R B Lynch
 72 Russ Snowberger       Miller             4.2L  Fanny M Gardner      
 
Both German teams and Scuderia Ferrari decided to go to New York for the 1937 Vanderbilt cup, after the organizers had promised to move the race from July 4th to July 3rd so that there were ample time for the teams to catch the ship home even in case of a race delay due to rain. As the race clashed with the Belgian GP it meant that the teams were split up, with two drivers from each team entering each race.
      The German teams entered SS. Bremen (Note 2) in Bremerhaven 22 June, while the Ferrari team went to Le Havre and entered SS Normandie (Note 3). On Normandie Nuvolari who recently had lost his father learned the terrible news that his oldest son Giorgio had died (Note 4).
      The track had been changed since last year and made more faster. The European drivers did not particularly like the track, however, the hidden curves making it hard to find the brake points. For some curious reason the American organizers had asked the Germans to paint swastikas on their cars. (Note 5)
      Qualifying speed was was taken as the avarage for 10 laps with 3 attempts permitted. Caracciola was fastest in practice from Rosemeyer and Californian driver Rex Mays, who raced in the Alfa Romeo 8 cylinder car that had been used as a spare car for the Ferrari team during the 1936 race. The car was heavily modified and with a new larger supercharger Mays proved to be faster than the works 12 cylinder cars to the disgust of the Ferrari team.
      Before the race the Mercedes-Benz team decided to change to the new suction carburettor supercharger system on all their cars to better the supercharger response at medium revs. Mercedes would retain the new system; gone forever was now the typical Mercedes-Benz scream of the blower supercharger that had filled the GP races since Eifelrennen 1934.


Grid:
Pole
12
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
85.850 mph

4
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
84.370 mph

14
Mays

Alfa Romeo
84.054 mph

15
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
83.172 mph

5
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
83.048 mph

10
Farina

Alfa Romeo
82.375 mph

7
Winn

Miller
82.062 mph

9
Delius

Auto Union
81.817 mph

3
Horn

Miller
81.461 mph

44
Householder

Miller
80.644 mph

21
Stapp

Maserati
79.800 mph

17
Connor

Miller
79.255 mph

25
Petillo

Offenhauser
79.074 mph

2
Snyder

Boyle
78.052 mph

22
Thorne

Alfa Romeo
77.636 mph

1
Rose

Maserati
77.607 mph

33
Wearne

Miller
77.483 mph

18
Cummings

Miller
77.470 mph

49
Banks

Jumire
77.279 mph

16
Bjørnstad

Alfa Romeo
77.154 mph

72
Snowberger

Packard
76.557 mph

24
Brisko

Miller
75.884 mph

31
Gardner

Miller
75.606 mph

45
Shaw

Maserati
75.034 mph

67
Bean

Ambler
73.430 mph

66
Zarka

Ambler
73.344 mph

65
Marion

Miller
73.123 mph

54
Ardinger

Rawhide
72.378 mph

27
Cusick

Schumacher
69.348 mph

19
Lewis*

Debaets
69.300 mph

* Car qualified by Enzo Fiermonte, who withdrew.

(Note 6)



Race:
At Saturday 1.30 PM when the cars were already lined up for the start it began to rain. The race was immediately postponed until Monday.
      At 2 PM Monday 5th 80,000 spectators finally saw Ralph de Palma wave the flag. Rosemeyer pulled his Auto Union hard to the left and took the first corner in front of Caracciola and Mays. Then followed Nuvolari, Seaman and Farina. On lap two Seaman moved into fourth position and on the next lap Caracciola took over the lead and opened up a 6 seconds gap. American Billy Winn was doing a great job having passed Farina and Nuvolari and was fighting with Seaman for fourth place before having to fall back with mechanical problems. On lap 11 it was Rosemeyer's turn to take the lead, he and Caracciola having a tough fight and pulling away from the others. Mays was still third now followed by Nuvolari, who had decided to start after all. Nuvolari was driving flat out as usual, having already passed Seaman. Nuvolari's efforts ended on lap 16 when the engine could not stand the pace anymore and threw a rod.
      Caracciola was the next to retire with supercharger failure on lap 22. Caracciola was however not particularly disappointed as the America trip doubled as his and "Baby's" honeymoon trip. Seaman had started to advance and the order was now Rosemeyer, Seaman, Mays, von Delius and Farina.
      On lap 38 Rosemeyer made a 35 seconds pitstop for fuel and tyres, Seaman now being the new leader by 30 seconds. Mays was also in for a 78 seconds stop and at lap 40 Farina came in and gave over his car to Nuvolari.
      Rosemeyer pulled in Seaman's lead and caught the Mercedes just as Seaman pulled into the pits for his stop on lap 46. The order after the pitstops were: Rosemeyer, Seaman, Mays, von Delius, Nuvolari, Winn and Horn.
      Nuvolari was in great form, passing von Delius and then challenging and passing Mays. But on lap 50 the Flying Mantuan was back in the pits having destroyed his second engine of the day and gave back the Alfa to Farina, who limped on to finish fifth after having to do an extra pitstop on lap 70.
      Near the end Seaman was rapidly closing in on Rosemeyer but then the Mercedes run out of fuel and Seaman had to make an unscheduled stop one lap from the finish, leaving Rosemeyer to win by 50 seconds.
      After having been promoted to SS-Obersturmführer for his victory at Eifelrennen 1936, Rosemeyer was now promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain).
      Prizes: First: $20,000; second, $10,000; third, $5,000; fourth, $3,500; fifth, $3,000; sixth, $2,200; seventh, $1,800; eighth, $1,600; ninth, $1,500; tenth, $1,400. Consolation money outside first ten: $10,000
Results:  
   1 Rosemeyer         (Auto Union)        3:38:00.75
   2 Seaman            (Mercedes-Benz)     +    51.03
   3 Mays              (Alfa Romeo)        +  6:35.07
   4 von Delius        (Auto Union)        + 10:08.75
   5 Farina            (Alfa Romeo)        + 13:29.00
   6 Thorne            (Alfa Romeo)        + 21:55.35
   7 Cummings          (Miller)            + 24:53.55  9th ?
   8 Snowberger/Fowler (Packard)           + 25:46.65
   9 Shaw              (Maserati)          + 26:02.67 
  10 Ardinger          (Rawhide)           + 39:17.68
  11 Wearne            (Miller)            + 41:18.67
  12 Gardner           (Miller)            + 43:59.62
  13 Brisko            (Miller)            -   3 laps
 DNF Rose              (Maserati)             85 laps  universal joint
  14 Marion            (Miller)            -  12 laps
 DNF Rudi Caracciola   (Mercedes-Benz)        17 laps  supercharger
 DNF Bjørnstad         (Alfa Romeo)           60 laps  transmission
 DNF Horn              (Miller)               59 laps  transmission
 DNF Connor            (Miller)               55 laps  transmission
 DNF Bean              (Ambler)               42 laps  flywheel
 DNF Snyder            (Boyle)                39 laps  gearlever
 DNF Petillo           (Offenhauser)          39 laps  pinion bearing
 DNF Lewis             (Debaets)              25 laps  magneto 
 DNF Banks             (Jumire)               24 laps  rear axle
 DNF Nuvolari          (Alfa Romeo)           16 laps  connecting rod
 DNF Cusick            (Schumacher)           11 laps  rear hub
 DNF Winn              (Miller)                8 laps  transmission
 DNF Householder       (Miller)                8 laps  oil pipe 
 DNF Stapp             (Maserati)              8 laps  engine
 DNF Zarka             (Ambler)                2 laps  connecting rod 

   Fastest lap: Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) 
 



  
VII GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (B), 11 JULY 1937
34 laps x 14.864 km = 505.38 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
6Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
8Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
10Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNS
12Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
14Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
16Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
18Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
20Franz Gouvionprivate/Team Lancia?Maserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - blown engine


Mercedes-Benz reserve: H Hartmann


Due to the Vanderbilt cup race held six days before, the grid was down to seven cars. The Mercedes plans had been to send Lang and Caracciola to America but the Belgian organizers complained and wanted one of the Mercedes star drivers to start in Belgium so finally Mercedes decided to send Lang and von Brauchitsch to Spa.
      Von Brauchitsch had a bad crash during practice as he missed the braking point for the Ancienne Douanne (a hairpin next to L'Eau Rouge corner) and the car somersaulted landing on it's wheels in a meadow right next to some trees. Von Brauchitsch survived with only minor bruises and a cut in the shoulder. Against doctor's orders he sat behind the wheel again on Friday, the third practice day and did his fastest lap in 5m11s, which made him favorite for the race.


Grid, positions decided by ballot:
Pole
8
Stuck

Auto Union

4
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

16
Sommer

Alfa Romeo

12
Hasse

Auto Union

2
Lang

Mercedes-Benz

14
Müller

Auto Union

6
Kautz

Mercedes-Benz

18
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

(Note 7)



Race:
20 minutes before the start the radiator on von Brauchitsch car started to leak. The Mercedes mechanics managed to make the repairs on the grid but then the cooled down engine refused to start. King Leopold himself started the race. The mechanics were still trying to handcrank the front row Mercedes when the flag dropped and cars passed to left and right. Finally the engine started and von Brauchitsch was able to follow the other cars down to L'Eau Rouge with Stuck leading the field followed by Sommer, Hasse, Lang and Müller. After the first lap von Brauchitsch pulled into the pits to have his windshield and goggles cleaned, which were covered with oil lost by Müller's car. For seven laps Stuck led with Lang and Hasse hanging on, the trio driving at a tremendous speed, leaving the rest behind. On lap three Trossi had to retire with engine failure. Stuck broke the lap record on the third lap, von Brauchitsch on the fourth, and then Stuck again on the seventh.
      But the tyres could not withstand such speeds and and on the eight lap Stuck was in the pits after he had thrown a thread during his fast lap, leaving Lang to lead the race followed by Hasse and Kautz. Lang led for four laps, then he also had to make a pitstop at the end of lap 11 for fresh tires and fuel. The order on lap 12 was now Hasse, Lang, Kautz, Stuck, Müller, Brauchitsch and Sommer. Müller had to retire on lap 14 with a broken oil pipe.
      Hasse on a one pit stop strategy broke the lap record and succeeded in opening up the gap to 45 seconds before making his pitstop at the end of lap 17 with the white signal-stip of the left rear tire visible. Lang was up at the front again, immediately braking Hasse's new lap record as he tried to open up a gap. When Stuck made his second stop for tires on lap 19, Hasse inherited second place. The tires of Lang's Mercedes did not withstand this fast pace and he lost a lot of time, limping with a shredded tire to the pits on lap 23, to receive new tyres. The new order on lap 24 was Hasse, Lang, Stuck, Kautz, von Brauchitsch and Sommer. Although Hasse had a good lead, the outcome of the race was not yet decided with 11 more laps to go to.
      Then Lang struck trouble as the rear of the car began to behave strangely. Lang nearly ran into a tree as the car was going all over the track. One universal joint at the rear axle had partially broken and every time he accelerated, the car swerved severely. The only thing he could do was to slow down and on lap 30 he let Stuck by without a fight. Von Brauchitsch retired with supercharger trouble on lap 32 when in fifth place.
      As the last lap started Hasse, who was cruising, led by one minute from Stuck. Lang followed another minute behind, desperately trying to finish the race. Stuck closed up half a minute to the leader but Hasse had the situation in control and took his first and only GP victory, after having done a superb race. Kautz managed to come home fourth after having been outside the track twice.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.12Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16343h01m22s
2.8Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16343h02m04s
3.2Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8343h04m07s
4.6Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8343h04m25s
5.16Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1233
DNF4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-831supercharger
DNF14Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1613oil pipe
DNF18Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-125engine
Fastest lap: Hermann Lang (Mercedes-Benz) on lap 18 in 5m04.7s =
Weather:


 



  
GRAND PRIX DE L´ALBIGEOIS
LES PLANQUES - Albi (F), 11 JULY 1937 VOITURETTE 1500CC
2x20 laps

The race was run in 2 heats with the times added for the final result. Cook, co-founder of ERA, was back as works driver replacing the deceased Fairfield. Mays took the lead in the first heat and opened up the gap to Emilio Villoresi but the ERA retired on lap 17 leaving Villoresi to win from Tongue and Cook. Mays took over Cook's car for heat two and once again he was in a class of his own. Villoresi, who had a 2 minute bonus over Mays from heat one, followed the ERA but then made a mistake and destroyed his car leaving Mays to win heat two from Martin and Righetti (Maserati).

Heat 1:

Grid:
Pole
4
Cook

ERA
3m52.0s

16
E Villoresi

Maserati
3m51.8s

2
Mays

ERA
3m23.0s

22
Gollin

Maserati
3m55.4s

14
L Villoresi

Maserati
3m55.8s

18
Basadonna

Maserati
4m18.0s

12
de Graffenried

Maserati
4m01.8s

20
Righetti

Maserati
3m59.0s

6
Tongue

ERA

10
de Puy

Maserati

24
Toni

Toni

8
Martin

ERA



Results:
   1 E Villoresi    (Maserati 6CM *3)  1:13:58
   2 Tongue         (ERA B)           +     18 
   3 Cook           (ERA B *)         +     58
   4 L Villoresi    (Maserati 6CM *3) +   2:31 
   5 Righetti       (Maserati 4CM)    +   3:30
   6 Martin         (ERA A)           +   3:37
   7 Gollin         (Maserati 6CM *5) - 1 lap
   8 Basadonna      (Maserati 4CM *4) - 2 laps
 DNF Mays           (ERA B *)          17 laps  half shaft
   9 du Puy         (Maserati 6CM *2) - 2 laps
 DNF Toni           (Toni Speciale)    14 laps  lost wheel
 DNF de Graffenried (Maserati 4CM *2)   5 laps  gearbox

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 3:21

Heat 2:

Grid:
Pole
4
Mays

ERA

6
Tongue

ERA

16
E Villoresi

Maserati

20
Righetti

Maserati

14
L Villoresi

Maserati

18
Basadonna

Maserati

22
Gollin

Maserati

8
Martin

ERA

12
de Graffenried

Maserati

10
de Puy

Maserati



Results:
   1 Mays           (ERA C *)           1:11:46
   2 Martin         (ERA A)            +   2:05
   3 Righetti       (Maserati 4CM)     - 1 lap
   4 Tongue         (ERA B)            - 1 lap
   5 de Graffenried (Maserati 4CM *2)  - 1 lap
   6 Gollin         (Maserati 6CM *4)  - 2 laps 
   7 L Villoresi    (Maserati 6CM *3)  - 2 laps
   8 Basadonna      (Maserati 4CM *4)  - 3 laps
 DNF du Puy         (Maserati 6CM *2)    ? laps
 DNF E Villoresi    (Maserati 6CM *3)    2 laps  crash

   Fastest lap: N/A

Aggregate results:
   1 Mays/Cook      (ERA C *)           2:26:42                        
   2 Martin         (ERA A)           +    4:46
   3 Tongue         (ERA B)           -  1 lap
   4 Righetti       (Maserati 4CM)    -  1 lap
   5 L Villoresi    (Maserati 6CM *3) -  2 lap
   6 Gollin         (Maserati 6CM *4) -  3 laps
  NC Basadonna      (Maserati 4CM *4) -  5 laps
  NC de Graffenried (Maserati 4CM *2) - 16 laps

   *  Entered by H W Cook
   *2 Entered by J de Puy
   *3 Entered by Scuderi Ambrosiana
   *4 Ecurie Helvetia
   *5 Süddeutsche Renngemeinshaft

  

17 JULY 1937: "B Bira" (ERA) wins the London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace track in England.
18 JULY 1937: Wimille (Bugatti) wins the GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE sports car race at the Reims-Gueux track in France. (Results)


FOOTNOTES:
    1. A picture from the grid show that at least the first row and possible the other was like this i.e. a mirror image of what is shown is Sheldon's book.

    2. North German Lloyd's turbine steamer "Bremen". ( 51731 GRT, 135,000 SHP 28.5 knots) had held the "Blue Riband" as the fastest Atlantic liner in 1933.

    3. CGT's Turbo-electric "Normandie" (83423 GRT, 165,000 SHP 32.2 knots) was at that time of the 1937 trip the world's largest liner. She had just lost the "Blue Riband" to Cunard-White Star's "Queen Mary" but won it back in July.

    4. Some sources says typhoid, other talks about heart failure.

    5. While swastikas were often to be seen on German record cars and streamliners, this is one of the very few times that swastikas apperared on Grand Prix cars in race condition.

    6. Qualifying results giving as speed. Sheldon has the speed recalculated to time for 10 laps but as he has used 3 miles instead of 3 1/3 miles for track length all his times are wrong.

    7. The Belgian GP grid and results are very confusing. Sources seem to indicate that the front row grid order was von Brauchitsch, Lang and Stuck. The grid shown here, reconstructed from films of the start, shows a totally different grid and should be the correct one as also confirmed by Hans Etzrodt.






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