XI ADAC EIFELRENNEN
NÜRBURGRING (D), 13 JUNE 1937 FORMULA LIBRE
10 laps x 22.810 km = 228.1 km
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 GardnerBoth 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.
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
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:
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.
GRAND PRIX DE L´ALBIGEOIS
LES PLANQUES - Albi (F), 11 JULY 1937 VOITURETTE 1500CC
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).
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:
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)|
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.