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XIII° COPPA ACERBO
PESCARA (I), 15 AUGUST 1937
16 laps x 25.80 km = 412.8 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa-Romeo12C/374.5V-12DNS - mechanical problem
4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
8Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
10Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
12Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8DNS - crash, no reserve car
14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
16Tazio NuvolariAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo12C/374.5V-12
18Vittorio BelmondoGraf Salvi del PeroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
20Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
22Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
24Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8


The new Alfa Romeo Tipo 12C/37 finally appeared at Coppa Acerbo. There had been great changes since the last race. Alfa Romeo was back with their own works team so the cars were now entered under the "Alfa Corse" name. The new car was first tested on the track by Guidotti and then Nuvolari took over.
      Lang's influenza had developed into a kidney inflammation, so he missed the race. Seaman took over Lang's car but during the Friday practice, passing trough the Cappelle village, Seaman locked a brake and crashed into a house totally destroying the car. Seaman was unhurt but as there was no spare car available he was a non-starter.
      Fagioli was finally back, limping and walking with a stick. He had been out with rheumatism since the Avusrennen.
      There were the usual problems during practice, Mercedes had problems with their carburettors and Rosemeyer destroyed an engine. On Saturday Rosemeyer held one of his shows, taking off his shirt in the heat and taking the pole position with just cap, shorts, gloves and sandals!


Grid:
Pole
4
Stuck

Auto Union
10m59s

8
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
10m56s

10
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
10m32s

20
Fagioli

Auto Union


14
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
11m05s

16
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo12
11m25s

24
Sommer

Alfa Romeo


22
Müller

Auto Union


18
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo

6
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo



Race:
Caracciola took the start but was soon passed by Rosemeyer who was leading after the first lap with 2 seconds from Caracciola and 17 seconds from von Brauchitsch. Nuvolari was already in trouble with the new Alfa and had dropped to ninth, 50 seconds behind the leading Auto Union.
      On the second lap Rosemeyer, while trying to shake off Caracciola, made the fastest lap of the race. On lap 4 Stuck started to fall back with engine problems and on the next lap Nuvolari gave up after being passed by Rüesch and handled the Alfa over to Farina. Rüesch had a duel with Sommer that ended when the Swiss driver somersaulted his Alfa. Stuck was in the pits for a lenghty 4:20 stop on lap 6, tanking and changing plugs. He went back to the track in a cloud of fire and smoke and retired on the next lap as did Farina, who had lots of trouble with the new Alfa.
      After 7 laps Rosemeyer had an over 50 seconds lead but on next lap both he and Caracciola were in for new tyres. The efficient Mercedes crew reduced the distance between the cars to 38 seconds after the stop. On the next lap Rosemeyer struck the 10 kilometer stone with his right rear wheel. Three kilometers later the wheel left the car and rolled into the reserve tyre depot stopping at the feet of the amazed pit crew. The Auto Union came into the depot behind the wheel running on the brake drum!
      At 8 laps Caracciola led Rosemeyer by 31 seconds but the Auto Union driver soon closed the distance and when Caracciola's car started to run on 7 cylinders and had to make a pitstop on lap 11 Rosemeyer had already caught him. Caracciola was back in the pit on the next lap, Seaman taking over the car. After racing only half a lap Seaman had to stop to extinguish an engine fire, but he was able to continue and bring the car to the finish. At the end Rosemeyer was completely in his own class, not surprisingly as this was the 13th Coppa Acerbo! Von Brauchitsch and Müller were second and third followed by Fagioli, who was so ill that he had to be helped out of the car.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.10Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16162h55m39.05s =
2.14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-816+ 1:41.85
3.22Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1616+ 6:10.81
4.20Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1615
5.8R. Caracciola / R. SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-815
6.18Vittorio BelmondoGraf Salvi del PeroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-813
DNF24Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-88
DNF4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-167engine
DNF6Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-86crash
DNF16Tazio Nuvolari / G. FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo12C/374.5V-126
Fastest lap: Rosemeyer (Auto Union) on lap 2 in 10m36s =
Weather:


 
    
XIII° COPPA ACERBO
PESCARA (I), 15 AUGUST 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
6 laps x 25.8 km = 154.8 km, 15 starters

There were 13 Maseratis against one MG and one ERA at the Voiturette race. Many expected Varzi to show up again but he was not to be seen. Luigi Villoresi took the lead from Bianco and Rocco in what was to become a tragic race. When Pasquino Ermini (Maserati 6CM) tried to overtake Umboli (6CM) he lost control, hit Tongue's ERA and spun into the crowd killing four people and injuring himself and five others. Villoresi and Bianco battled for the lead but the former had to retire with gearbox trouble and the latter did a mistake and left a gap open to Rocco who despite all Bianco's efforts went on to win.
No grid available. Race numbers:    
 26 Bianco, 30 Teagno, 32 Severi, 34 L Villoresi, 36 Ermini, 38 Rocco, 
 42 Cortese, 44 G Musso, 48 Tongue, 50 Marelli, 52 Benazzi?/Baruffi?, 
 54 Righetti, 56 Uboldi, 58 Bertani, 60 T Musso

DNA: 28 du Puy (Maserati), 40 Baruffi (Maserati), 46 Marazza (Maserati)

Results: 
   1 Rocco       (Maserati 6CM *)    1:14:12.4    
   2 Bianco      (Maserati 6CM *)    +     5.7
   3 Cortese     (Maserati 6CM)      +    30.8
   4 Severi      (Maserati 6CM *2)   +  1:51.6
   5?Baruffi     (Maserati 4CM)      + 11:26.1
   5?Benazzi     (Maserati 4CM)?
   6 Teagno      (Maserati 4CM)      + 12:52.2
 DNF Righetti    (Maserati 6CM *4)
 DNF Uboldi      (Maserati 4CM *3) 
 DNF Marelli     (Maserati 4CM *3)
 DNF Bertani     (Maserati 4CM *3)
 DNF T Musso     (MG K3 Magnette 1.1L)
 DNF G Musso     (Maserati 4CM)
 DNF L Villoresi (Maserati 6CM)         3 laps  gearbox
 DNF Tongue      (ERA B)                0 laps  crash
 DNF Ermini      (Maserati 4CM *2)      0 laps  crash

   *  Entered by Officine A Maserati
   *2 Entered by Scudria Maremmana 
   *3 Entered by Gruppo Volta 
   *4 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
 
   Fastest lap: Bianco (Maserati) 12:09.8
 



    
3° CIRCUITO INTERNACIONAL DO ESTORIL
ESTORIL (P), 15 AUGUST 1937 FORMULA LIBRE
30 laps x 2.81 km = 84.3 km km, 5 starters



No race numbers avalable

Grid:
Pole
de Oliveira
Ford
1m38.0s

Monte Real
Bugatti
1m40.8s

Lehrfeld
Bugatti
1m40.8s

Lopes
Alfa Romeo

Rayson
Maserati



Results:    	
   1 M de Oliveira    (Ford V8 Especial)       97.415 km/h
   2 B Lopes          (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L) - 1 lap
   3 Monte Real       (Bugatti T35C)          - 2 laps
 DNF Rayson           (Maserati 4CM)           18 laps  crash
 DNF Lehrfeld         (Bugatti T35B)           11 laps  mechanical

   Fastest lap: Rayson(Maserati) Lap14  1:35.4, (101.461 km/h)




  
IV GROßER PREIS DER SCHWEIZ
BREMGARTEN (CH), 22 AUGUST 1937
50 laps x 7.280 km = 364.00 km. Weather: wet after rain, drying out in some places


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-6
4Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
8Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
10Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
12Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
14Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
16Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
18Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
20Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
22Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SabaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
28Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS
30Max ChristenM. ChristenMaseratiTipo 262.0?S-8
32Henri SimonetH. SimonetAlfa RomeoTipo B/P3?2.9S-8
34Martin WaltherM. WaltherBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNS
36Adolfo MandirolaEcurie GenevoiseMaserati8CM3.0S-8
38László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati6CM/4CM2.5
40Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8


Alfa Corse had withdrawn their entry after the catastrophic failure at the Coppa Acerbo. Sensationally Nuvolari was going to start for Auto Union, having been extremely disappointed with the new Alfa. But Nuvolari admitted that he found the rear engined Auto Union hard to handle, especially with so little practice.
      An ill Fagioli made his last prewar GP start at the Swiss GP.
      Lang was still so ill that he only could do a few practice laps, but he still decided to enter the race. A friendly doctor had advised him to drink lots of cream before the start!
      Caracciola did some very good laps during the Saturday practice session to take the pole half a second faster than Rosemeyer. At first the organizers put Nuvolari in fourth place but Mercedes immediately protested, and explained that the Auto Union drivers had tested each others cars during practice without changing race numbers, so Nuvolari's time had in fact been set by Rosemeyer. Nuvolari was finally put back into 7th place on the grid.


Grid:
Pole
10
Stuck

Auto Union
2m34.3s

8
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
2m32.5s

14
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
2m32.0s

18
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
2m37.3s

12
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
2m36.3s

4
Fagioli

Auto Union
2m43.2s

6
Nuvolari

Auto Union
2m43.0s

24
Farina

Alfa Romeo
2m42.8s

22
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
2m44.4s

16
Kautz

Mercedes-Benz
2m44.3s

38
L Hartmann

Maserati
3m12.5s

2
Pietch

Maserati
3m08.4s

40
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo
2m53.0s

30
Christen

Maserati


20
Minozzi

Alfa Romeo
3m37.1s

*



36
Mandirola

Maserati
4m05.6s

32
Simonet

Alfa Romeo


* 28 Teagno (Maserati) DNS



Race:
The track was wet after the rain when the field lined up for the Grand Prix. Stuck took the start, turning the Auto Union to the right to cross the track in front of the field and take the lead. He was followed by Caracciola, Rosemeyer, Lang and von Brauchitsch. On the second lap Rosemeyer, chased by Lang, locked the brakes in the Eymatt corner and skidded straight forward out from the wet track. The car got bogged in the soaked ground and although Rosemeyer eventually was pushed back to the track by about two dozend spectators, he decided to retire rather than to later be disqualified, as he had received outside assistance.
      After having fought for the lead for a while Caracciola eventually got the upper hand over Stuck and started to pull away. Stuck was soon coming under attack from Lang with von Brauchitsch in fourth place 10 seconds behind. Nuvolari was not at his best with the unfamiliar car on the wet track in eight place. He was called in on lap eight and Rosemeyer took over the car. Sommer stopped at his pits on lap four as the gear level had come loose. After 10 laps Lang passed Stuck for second place, 24 seconds behind the leading Caracciola. The problems for the Auto Union team continued. Five laps later Stuck was passed by von Brauchitsch, who made it a Mercedes 1-2-3. They were followed by Stuck, Fagioli Rosemeyer Kautz and Farina.
      At half distance the cars went in for their scheduled pit stops. Fagioli was now in a bad shape with a hip problem and as he pitted on lap 22 for fuel, Nuvolari took over. The Mercedes team did a great job again, their pit stops lasting 35 seconds for Lang and von Brauchitsch and only 30 seconds for Caracciola, who decided to continue on the old tyres. Auto Union pitwork was not bad either. Stuck, using the same tactics as Caracciola, was back at third place after the stops. Stuck and von Brauchitsch continued their duel closing up on Lang who got a signal to run faster. Lang responded and closed up to within 19 seconds of Caracciola but followed team orders and eased off letting Caracciola take the victory. Eight laps from the finish von Brauchitsch succeeded in re-passing Stuck to take third place. Rosemeyer had done a great race as usual and recorded the fastest lap on his chase after the leaders, but he had been too far behind to be able to do anything, finishing fifth.


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.14Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8502:17:39.3
2.18Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-850+ 49.4
3.12Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-850+ 1:06.4
4.10Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1650+ 1:11.5
5.6T. Nuvolari / B. RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1650+ 1:21.2
6.16Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-849
7.4L. Fagioli / T. NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1649
8.22Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1247
9.38László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati6CM/4CM2.542
10.2Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-641
DNF32Henri SimonetH. SimonetAlfa RomeoTipo B/P3?2.9S-835
DNF36Adolfo MandirolaEcurie GenevoiseMaserati8CM3.0S-828technical
DNF20Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-826technical
DNF24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1222rear axle
DNF40Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-88cracked cylinder
DNF30Max ChristenM. ChristenMaseratiTipo 262.0?S-84technical
DNF8Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-161outside assistance
Fastest lap: Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union) in 2m36.1s
Weather:



  
IV GRAND PRIX DE BERNE
BREMGARTEN (CH), 22 AUGUST 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
2 Heats of 14 laps x 7.280 km = 101.92 km.
Final: 21 laps x 7.280 km = 152.88 km. Weather: dry during heats, heavy rain in the final.

From 34 entries only 25 made the start. The Maserati works team refrained from challenging the ERA works team at Berne but there were 12 private Maserati entries, ERA entering cars for Mays and Dobson.
      Emilio Villoresi (Maserati 6CM) (Note 1) led heat 1 from start to finish from Mays and Martin (ERA-B). Dobson repeated Villoresi's performance in heat 2, winning from Cortese (Maserati 6CM ) and Bira.
      Just as the final started for the thirteen cars it began to rain. Cortese took the lead from Villoresi and Bira. But the handling of the Maseratis was awful in the wet and the Siamese, showing his abilities as a rain driver, took the lead on lap four. On lap seven Villoresi spun and Dobson caught Bira and passed him as the rain was easing off. Bira was able to take the lead once more as Dobson had to avoid a burning car, but at the end Bira had no real chance against the works ERA drivers.
DNA: 8 Kessler (Maserati *) 12 Chambard (Bugatti), 14 Giraud-Cabantous (Caban) 
     20 Cholmondley-Tapper (Maserati), 26 Tongue (ERA), 40 Carnevalli (MB *5), 
     46 L Villoresi (maserati *6), 50 Teagno (mMserati), 52 Herkuleyns (MG), 
     58 Wüstrow (Bugatti), 60 Leuzinger (Maserati), 72 Trossi (ERA *3)


Heat 1:

Grid:
Pole
38
E Villoresi

Maserati

32
Mays

ERA

24
Martin

ERA

68
L Hartmann

Maserati

2
Bäumer

Austin

28
Wakefield

Maserati

22
Hanson

Bugatti

62
de Graffenried

Maserati

6
Golin

Maserati

54
Hertzberger

MG

10
Troeltsch

Bugatti

48
Caselbarco

Maserati

16
Itier

Bugatti



Results:
   1 E Villoresi     (Maserati 6CM)         42:55.0
   2 Mays            (ERA B *3)            +    1.4  
   3 Martin          (ERA A)               +   28.0
   4 L Hartmann      (Maserati 4CM)        + 3:15.4
   5 Hanson          (Bugatti T37A *2)     - 1 lap
   6 Gollin          (Maserati 6CM *)      - 1 lap
   7 Hertzberger     (MG K3 Magnette 1.1L) - 1 lap
   8 Troeltsch       (Bugatti T51A *)      - 2 laps
   9 Mme. Rose-Itier (Bugatti T51A)        - 2 laps
  10 Castelbarco     (Maserati 4CM *4)     
 DNF Wakefield       (Maserati 6CM)         11 laps  fuel leak
 DNF Walter Bäumer   (Austin 7 0.7L)         6 laps  big end
 DNF de Graffenried  (Maserati 4CM *7)      45 laps  engine
  
   Fastest lap:  E Villoresi    (Maserati) 2:58.9

Heat 2:

Grid:
Pole
*



30
Dobson

ERA

66
"B Bira"

ERA

44
Cortese

Maserati

4
Berg

Maserati

70
Minetti

Maserati

34
Marazza

Maserati

42
Uboldi

Maserati

56
Fleischanderl

Amilcar

**



18
Villeneuve

Bugatti

64
du Puy

Maserati

36
L Platé

Talbot

* 72 Trossi (ERA) DNS
** 26 Tongue (ERA) DNS


Results:

   1 Dobson          (ERA C *3)         43:03.4
   2 Cortese         (Maserati 6CM *6) +   16.1
   3 "B Bira"        (ERA B)           +   18.7
   4 H Berg          (Maserati 6CM *)  + 2:00.7
   5 Marazza         (Maserati 4CS)    + 2:10.5
   6 Minetti         (Maserati 4CM)    + 2:21.4
   7 Uboldi          (Maserati 4CM *5) - 1 lap
   8 L Platé         (Talbot *4)       - 2 laps
   9 du Puy          (Maserati 6CM *7) - 3 laps
  10 H Fleischanderl (Amilcar 1.1L)    - 3 laps
 DNF Villeneuve      (Bugatti T51A)
  
   Fastest lap: Dobson (ERA) 2:58.3

Final:

Grid:
Pole
38
E Villoresi

Maserati

32
Mays

ERA

30
Dobson

ERA

44
Cortese

Maserati

66
"B Bira"

ERA

24
Martin

ERA

4
Berg

Maserati

34
Marazza

Maserati

70
Minetti

Maserati

68
L Hartmann

Maserati

22
Hanson

Bugatti

6
Gollin

Maserati

54
Hertzberger

MG



Results:
   1 Dobson      (ERA C *3)            1:09:05.6
   2 Mays        (ERA B *3)            +     0.2
   3 "B Bira"    (ERA B)               +    46.9
   4 Cortese     (Maserati 6CM *6)     +  1:16.7
   5 Martin      (ERA A)               +  1:17.8
   6 Marazza     (Maserati 4CS)        +  2:09.2
   7 L Hartmann  (Maserati 4CM)        +  2:19.6
   8 Minetti     (Maserati 4CM)        -  1 lap
   9 E Villoresi (Maserati 6CM)        -  1 lap
  10 Hanson      (Bugatti T37A *2)     -  1 lap
  11 Hertzberger (MG K3 Magnette 1.1L) -  2 laps
  12 Gollin      (Maserati 6CM *)      -  2 laps
 DNF Berg        (Maserati 6CM *)        11 laps  crash  

   *  Entered by Süddeutsche Renngemainschaft
   *2 Entered by Mrs M E Hall-Smith
   *3 Entered by ERA Ltd
   *4 Entered by L Castelbarco
   *5 Entered by Gruppo Volta
   *6 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
   *7 Entered by J de Puy

   Fastest lap: Dobson (ERA) 3:01 
 



  
X JUNIOR CAR CLUB 200 MILE RACE
DONINGTON PARK (GB), 28 AUGUST 1937 (Saturday)
77 laps x 4.130 km = 318 km, 23 starters

The GP race run at the same time as the Voiturette race.

DNA: 1 Rüesch (Alfa Romeo), 5 Chiappini (Maserati), 
     17 Aitken (Maserati), 22 Brooke (Brooke-Riley)

Grid:
Pole
8
Mays

ERA

9
Dobson

ERA

4
B Bira

Maserati

10
Howe

ERA

6
Maclure

Riley

15
Whitehead

ERA

12
Martin

ERA

18
Dobson

Maserati

14
Tongue

ERA

20
Wakefield

Maserati

3
Powys-Lybbe

Alfa Romeo

2
Evans

Alfa Romeo

21
Parnell

MG

16
Brackenbury

ERA

19
Hanson

Maserati

7
Rolt

Triumph

11
Connell



Results:    
   1 Arthur Dobson (ERA-C *)            2:49:12.4 
   2 "B Bira"      (Maserati 8CM 3.0L) +   0:40
   3 Whitehead     (ERA-B)             +   5:33
   4 Wakefield     (Maserati 6CM)      +   6:24
   5 Powys-Lybbe   (Alfa Monza 2.3L *4)+   8:44
   6 Maclure       (Riley 2000/6)      +   9:22
   7 Brackenbury /
     Pintacuda     (ERA-B *3)          +  12:04
   8 Parnell       (MG K3 Magnette)    - 4 laps
   9 Rolt          (Triumph Dolomite)  - 5 laps
 DNF Mays          (ERA-B *)            64 laps  rear axle
 DNF Howe          (ERA-B *)            51 laps  crash
 DNF Hanson        (Maserati *5)        49 laps  engine
 DNF Austin Dobson (Maserati)           39 laps  water pipe
 DNF Tongue        (ERA-B)              12 laps  engine
 DNF Evans         (Alfa Romeo)         12 laps  gearbox
 DNF Connell       (ERA-B)               3 laps  oil leak
 DNF Martin        (ERA-A)               0 laps  gearbox

   *  Entered by ERA Ltd
   *2 Entered by Prince Chula of Siam
   *3 Entered by A C Dobson
   *4 Entered by A F Ashby
   *5 Entered by Mrs E Hall-Smith

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 2:08.2

  
X JUNIOR CAR CLUB 200 MILE RACE
DONINGTON PARK (GB), 28 AUGUST 1937 (Saturday) VOITURETTE 1500cc (+ > 1500cc)
77 laps x 4.107 km (2.552 mi) = 316.2 km (196.5 mi) , 11 starters

The race was held in separate classes for the 1500 cc and the larger cars. In the Voiturette class 7 ERA's raced against Parnell's MG and a few Maseratis. Mays took the lead from Dobson and Whitehead. Earl Howe, who was back after his Brooklands crash, passed Whitehead for third place only to be re-passed. Then Howe almost had a new accident as his brakes failed. Mays, on his way to a clear victory, suddenly had to stop with a broken rear axle with only 1/5 of the race remaining. That left his teammate Dobson in a clear lead and he took his second victory in a week for the works ERA team.
   1 Dobson       (ERA C)          2:49:12.4 (112.1 km/h / 69.7 mph)                
   2 Whitehead     (ERA B)          +   5:33
   3 Wakefield     (Maserati 6CM)   +   6:24
   4 Brackenbury   (ERA)            +  12:04
   5 Parnell       (MG K3 Magnette) - 4 laps
 DNF Mays          (ERA-B *)         64 laps  rear axle
 DNF Howe          (ERA-B *)         51 laps  crash
 DNF Hanson        (Maserati *5)     49 laps  engine
 DNF Austin Dobson (Maserati)        39 laps  water pipe
 DNF Tongue        (ERA-B)           12 laps  engine
 DNF Connell       (ERA-B)            3 laps  oil leak
 DNF Martin        (ERA-A)            0 laps  gearbox

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 2:08.2
   
 

4 SEPTEMBER 1937: Comotti (Talbot-Darracq) wins the RAC TOURIST TROPHY sports car handicap race at Donington Park, England. (Results)



  
PHOENIX PARK
PHOENIX PARK - Dublin, 11 SEPTEMBER 1937 (Saturday) VOITURETTE 1500cc
24 laps, 10 starters

Bira's ERA cars had mechanical problems so once again the Siamese had to start with the Delage. At the fast track at Dublin Mays' works ERA worked without problems and he won the race as he wanted with the rest of the field over 2 minutes back. There was a tremendous race for second place between Wakefield and Bira before the Siamese had to retire with broken rear suspension.

DNA/DNS: 7 Arthur Dobson (ERA)

Grid:
Pole
2
"B Bira"

Delage

11
Hanson

Maserati

3
Mays

ERA

8
Dobson

Maserati

10
Whitehead

Maserati

Rest of grid unknown.
Race numbers: 1 O'Boyle, 4 Cotton,
5 Whitehead, 6 Tongue, 9 Aitken



Results: 
   1 Mays          (ERA B *)          59:38.2   
   2 Wakefield     (Maserati 6CM)    + 2:11.8
   3 Cotton        (ERA B)           + 2:56.2
   4 Hanson        (Maserati 6CM *3) - 1 lap
 DNF "B Bira"      (Delage 15S8)      19 laps  spring
 DNF O'Boyle       (Alta)             19 laps  valves
 DNF Aitken        (Maserati 6CM *2)  12 laps  fuel tank
 DNF Austin Dobson (Maserati 6CM *2)  12 laps  engine
 DNF Tongue        (ERA B)             2 laps  piston
 DNF Whitehead     (ERA B)             0 laps  piston 

   *  Entered by H W Cook
   *2 Entered by Ecurie Aitken
   *3 Entered by Mrs M E Hall-Smith

   Fastest lap: Mays (ERA) 2:27
 



   
XV° GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
LIVORNO, 12 SEPTEMBER 1937
50 laps x 7.218 km = 360.90 km


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
6Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
8Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6lS-8
10Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8
12Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
14Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
16Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
18Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
20Vittorio BelmondoV. BelmondoAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
28Clemente Biondettiprivate/Scuderia Ferrari?Alfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
30Giovanbattista GuidottiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo12C/374.5V-12
30Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8


After having been run at Monza for 13 years the Italian Grand Prix was moved to Livorno in 1937. The reason for this was probably to give Nuvolari a better chance against the Germans, as he had beaten the Auto Unions there in the Coppa Ciano 1936.
      A surprise visitor was Varzi, who told Auto Union's team manager Dr. Feuereissen that he had given up both Ilse and drugs and asked for a drive. Dr. Feuereissen was hesitant but finally, with some persuasion from Rosemeyer, Varzi was signed on for the three last races of the season.
      Ferrari turned up with Nuvolari, Farina and Trossi, the sole Alfa Corse was raced by Guidotti.
      Nuvolari was fastest during the Friday practice in rain, but on the Saturday practice it was Caracciola who took the pole. Varzi was, however, in fine form and beat Rosemeyer for the second place.


Grid:
Pole
12
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
3m14.2s

14
Varzi

Auto Union
3m13.6s

2
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
3m11.0s

4
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
3m18.6s

16
Stuck

Auto Union
3m17.4s

6
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
3m15.6s

26
Trossi

Alfa Romeo
3m22.2s

8
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
3m21.6s

22
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
3m20.8s

24
Farina

Alfa Romeo
3m24.4s

30
Guidotti

Alfa Romeo
3m24.2s

18
Müller

Auto Union
3m22.4s

20
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo
3m40.0s

10
Kautz

Mercedes
3m29.0s

28
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo
3m24.6s



Race:
The start was delayed twice, first because of an invasion of spectators on the track and then when the ambulance had to pick up a spectator, who had fallen down from a tree.
      When the flag finally was dropped Caracciola took the lead followed by Lang, Rosemeyer, von Brauchitsch and Varzi. Nuvolari passed Varzi for fifth place to the joy of the spectators and on lap four Lang attacked and passed Caracciola to take the lead. In their internal fight the Mercedes duo started to pull away from the rest of the field. After his initial good start Nuvolari was falling back having to let Varzi by. Then a fierce fight for the sixth place developed between Müller, Seaman and Nuvolari with the cars swapping places until Nuvolari gave up and handled his Alfa over to Farina who had retired his own car.
      The fight for the lead went on with both Mercedes drivers braking the lap record until Lang had to make a pitstop when a wheel lost its tread. Team manager Neubauer was hardly impressed by the internal fight and let his feeling be known during the pitstops. Seaman lost some time during his pitstop as his car refused to restart but when he finally returned he did a inspiring race, passing Varzi and Müller for fourth place. Von Brauchitsch, who had been fourth during the early part of the race, had retired. At the top Caracciola, who was now leading, and Lang continued their fight. Lang was faster but on the narrow track it was impossible for him to pass as Caracciola firmly blocked any attempts. At the end the two Mercedes cars took the flag almost side by side with Caracciola as the winner. Lang was second and Rosemeyer third after having been unable to follow the pace of the Mercedes cars. Varzi finished sixth in a state of collapse and had to be helped out of his Auto Union. Hasse, who had taken over Stuck's car after the latter had given up the race, finished 9th.
      After the race Stuck was sacked from Auto Union.(Note 2)


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-8502:44:54.4
2.6Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-850+ 0.4
3.12Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1650+ 2:25.4
4.8Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6lS-849
5.18Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1649
6.14Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1649
7.22T. Nuvolari / G. FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1249
8.26Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1247
9.16H. Stuck / R. HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1647
10.20Vittorio BelmondoV. BelmondoAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-845
DNF10Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-843
DNF28Clemente Biondettiprivate entry/Scuderia Ferrari?Alfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1238
DNF4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.6S-836mechanical
DNF30Giovanbattista GuidottiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo12C/374.5V-1224mechanical
DNF24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1213mechanical
Fastest lap: Rudolf Caracciola & HermannLang (Mercedes-Benz) on laps 33 in 3m11s
Weather:


 

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III° COPPA EDDA CIANO
LUCCA (I), 19 SEPTEMBER 1937 VOITURETTE 1500cc
60 laps, 13 starters

Varzi was back again driving for the Maserati works team together with Trossi and Rocco. It was however Cortese who took the start from Varzi and Luigi Villoresi but on lap 2 Varzi passed Cortese to take the lead. Trossi started to advance passing Villoresi and Cortese and after 7 laps he had passed Varzi for the lead. Varzi got engine problems and fell back leaving Villoresi, Cortese and Bianco to fight for second place. The fight ended with Bianco retiring and Cortese crashing, ending up in hospital, leaving Villoresi and Rocco to finish on the podium.

Grid:
Pole
8
Bianco

Maserati
1m34.1s

32
Dusio

Maserati
1m33.1s

18
Cortese

Maserati
1m32.2s

24
Teagno

Maserati
1m36.0s

22
Rocco

Maserati
1m35.4s

4
Varzi

Maserati
1m35.3s

10
Bertani

Maserati
1m43s

14
E Villoresi

Maserati
1m41s

26
Righetti

Maserati
1m38s

30
Trossi

Maserati


28
Severi

Maserati
1m58s

6
Marazza

Maserati
1m51s

16
L Villoresi

Maserati



DNA/DNS: 2 Uboldi (Maserati *2), 12 F Barbieri (Maserati), 

Results: 
   1 Trossi      (Maserati 4CM *)   1:30:40
   2 L Villoresi (Maserati 6CM *3) - 1 lap
   3 Rocco       (Maserati 6CM)    - 1 lap
   4 Righetti    (Maserati 6CM *3) - 3 laps
   5 Teagno      (Maserati 4CM)    - 3 laps
   6 Severi      (Maserati 6CM)    - 6 laps
   7 Bertani     (Maserati 4CM)    - 9 laps
 DNF Cortese     (Maserati 6CM)     46 laps  crash
 DNF Bianco      (Maserati 6CM *)   35 laps  crash
 DNF Varzi       (Maserati 4CM *)   24 laps  engine
 DNF Dusio       (Maserati 6CM *4)  17 laps  valves
 DNF E Villoresi (Maserati 6CM *3)   9 laps  carburation    
 DNF Marazza     (Maserati 4CS)      1 lap

  *  Entered by oficine A Maserati
  *2 Entered by Gruppo Volta
  *3 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiansa
  *4 Entered by Scuderi Torino

   Fastest lap: Cortese     (Maserati) 1:26.2
 



FOOTNOTES:
    1 Some sources says Luigi Villoresi but it seems that Emilio is correct.

    2 The exact reason remains unknown. According to Auto Union Stuck was sacked because he did only one or two good laps per race and then failed to keep up the pace and because he often retired for curious reasons. According to Stuck he was sacked because he had disturbed the driver negotiations by showning his contract to Rosemeyer, who immediately had made a huge increment to his salary demands for the 1938 season.







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