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Luigi Villoresi - MaseratiCharles Martin - ERALászló Hartmann - Maserati

VELKÁ CENA MĚSTA BRNA
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Brno (CS), 26 September 1937
5 laps x 29.140 km (18.107 mi) = 145.7 km (90.5 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2"B Bira""B Bira"ERAB1.5S-6
4Charles MartinC. MartinERAA1.5S-6
6Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
8Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT51A1.5S-8
10Zdenek PohlZ. PohlMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
12Yves Giraud-CabantousY. Giraud-CabantousCabanDNA - did not appear
14Emmanuel de GraffenriedJ. du PuyMaserati4CM1.5S-4
16John du PuyJ. du PuyMaserati6CM1.5S-6
18Robert FleischanderiR. FleischanderiAmilcarDNA - did not appear
20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati4CM1.5S-4
22VanicekVanicekBugattiDNA - did not appear
24Antonín KomarA. KomarBugattiT37A1.5S-4
26Karel VlašínK. VlašínAmilcarC6
28Frantisek HoštálekF. HoštálekBugattiT37A1.5S-4
30HlavicHlavicSalmsonDNA - did not appear
32PobereckyPobereckyBMWDNA - did not appear
34Max RuessM. RuessBMW
PeckaPeckaBugatti1.5DNA - did not appear
Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-8
Marcel HoferM. HoferBugattiT51A1.5S-8DNA - did not appear



Villoresi beats Martin on the last lap.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     

GRID NOT AVAILABLE



Also known as GP de la Ville de Brno, the Voiturette race preceded the GP race. The top Maserati drivers were racing at Lake Lugano and the works ERA team was not present. Several private ERA drivers showed up, however, and among them Bira with "Romulus" but the ballot put him far back on the grid. When the flag dropped at 10:30 a.m. Martin took the lead followed by Villoresi, Hartmann, Fleischanderl and Pohl. When the cars had sorted themselves out after the first lap Martin was still leading with Bira 2.2s behind, Villoresi 7.1s behind Bira, Hartmann 5.7s behind Villoresi and de Graffenried a further 4.4s behind. On lap 2 Sojka passed de Graffenried for fifth position. The gap between Martin and Bira was still just 3.2s but Villoresi had now lost 14s to Bira. On the next lap Martin managed to open the gap to Bira to 11.1s while Villoresi was closing in fast, being just 4.4s behind the ERA. De Graffenried was back to fifth. During lap four a fierce fight started between the top trio. Bira was able to take the lead in the middle of the lap, then it was Villoresi's turn and at the end of the lap Martin was back in the lead, followed by Villoresi 3s behind and with Bira a further 4s behind in third. Pohl in sixth position lost control and overturned his car into a spectator field. At least two spectators were injured, among them Herr Fritz Köhler from Wienna, who recieved a mild concussion. On the last lap Villoresi retook the lead and held it to the flag followed by Martin whose ERA had a misfire with a defect plug. The pace had been higher than Bira's engine could take. It lost a cylinder and Bira had to cruise back to the finish with a terribly sounding and oil spitting engine. He had to see himself passed by Hartmann but he managed to keep Sojka behind to finish fourth.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-651h10m19.8s 
2.4Charles MartinC. MartinERAA1.5S-651h10m34.4s+ 14.6s
3.20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati4CM1.5S-451h11m06.0s+ 46.2s
4.2"B Bira""B Bira"ERAB1.5S-65  
5.8Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT51A1.5S-85  
DNF10Zdenek PohlZ. PohlMGK3 Magnette1.14crash 
6.14Emmanuel de GraffenriedJ. du PuyMaserati4CM1.5S-44  
7.?22VanicekVanicekBugatti4  
8.?28Frantisek HoštálekF. HoštálekBugattiT37A1.5S-44  
DNF32PobereckyPobereckyBMW3  
DNF34Max RuessM. RuessBMW3  
DNF18Robert FleischanderiR. FleischanderiAmilcar3  
?Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT51A1.5S-85  
?24Antonín KomarA. KomarBugattiT37A1.5S-45  
?26Karel VlašínK. VlašínAmilcarC6     
Fastest lap: Luigi Villoresi (Maserati) in 13m50s = 126.4 km/h (78.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 124.3 km/h (77.2 mph)
Weather:



Rudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-BenzManfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzH. Müller / B. Rosemeyer - Auto Union

VII VELKÁ CENA MASARYKOVA

Brno (CS), 26 September 1937
15 laps x 29.140 km (18.107 mi) = 437.1 km (271.6 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
6Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
8Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
10Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
12Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNS - practice only
14Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNA - driver sacked
16Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNS - driver ill
18Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
20Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
22Eugenio SienaE. SienaAlfa RomeoDNA - did not appear
24Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-6DNS - practice crash
26Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8DNA - did not appear
26Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8replacing Rüesch
28Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
32Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8
34László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
36Jean CalcianuJ. CalcianuMaseratiDNS - did not start



Caracciola wins the last pre-war Masaryk Grand Prix.
Entries:
This was the seventh and what would prove to be the last Masaryk GP. Six days earlier Thomas Garigue Masaryk, co-founder and first president of the Czechoslovakian republic had passed away.
      The Auto Union team had problems with their drivers as Hasse was ill and Varzi showed up with two bandaged fingers. During the first practice day Varzi was very slow and during the second practice day he declared that he was unable to drive with his wounded fingers and asked for permission to leave at once as he had a train to catch.
      The Alfa Romeos arrived late for practice and Nuvolari hardly made any laps at all. Lang and Rosemeyer were fastest in practice followed by von Brauchitsch, Caracciola, Seaman and Müller. Pietsch crashed during Friday practice and became a non-starter.
      The times however did not count for a place on the grid, a thing not too popular as the Brno track was very narrow and passing was difficult. The teams draw positions for the top eight positions and the privateers for the last four. Scuderia Ferrari picked positions #1 and #4, and Auto Union positions #3 and #6. The Mercedes team picked positions #2, #5, #7 and #8 and after some internal arguments Lang got the front row position as he had been fastest in practice and Caracciola already had secured his European Championship.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
18
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

8
Lang

Mercedes-Benz

10
Rosemeyer

Auto Union

20
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

4
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

14
Müller

Auto Union

6
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz

2
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

28
Soffietti

Maserati

34
L Hartmann

Maserati

26
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo

32
Festetics

Maserati

(Note 1)



A giant crowd of estimated 310000 spectators turned up for the GP.After the Voiturette race, won by Luigi Villoresi, it was time for the Grand Prix class. At 12:15 the flag was dropped and the twelve cars went away with Lang leading and with Soffietti last after having missed the start. At Pisárky the order was Lang, Rosemeyer, Müller, von Brauchitsch and Caracciola. Caracciola had decided to hold back a little during the first laps. On the narrow track it was hard to find a way past so the marshals were alert about anyone trying to block his opponents, and both Müller and Balestrero were warned. At Zebetin Müller had been forced to let von Brauchitsch by and Müller was fast falling further down the field.
      At Ostrovacicích Lang held the lead followed by Rosemeyer, von Brauchitsch, Caracciola, Nuvolari, Müller, Seaman and Brivio. A bulletin said that Lang had hit a stone marker at the 15 km, a thing Lang would later deny. At end of first lap Lang was leading with Rosemeyer just 0.6 s behind. Then there was already a 23.3 s gap to von Brauchitsch and a further 5.3 s gap to Caracciola. Behind them followed Nuvolari, Müller, Seaman, Brivio, Hartmann, Balestrero, Festetics and Soffietti.
      On the second lap Rosemeyer missed a corner and seemed for a second being on his way to the Brno city. A 180 degree turn and he was quickly back on the right track without losing any position but he had lost half a kilometer to Lang. The order remained the same on the second lap as on the first except that Seaman had passed Müller for sixth position. On lap three Rosemeyer took up he chase on Lang and at the end of the lap the gap was down to 3.9 s. Von Brauchitsch, unable to keep the pace of the leading duo, now let Caracciola by so that the latter could try to take up the chase of Rosemeyer. Passing Kyvalka on lap four, Rosemeyer had taken over the lead from Lang, who had a hard time trying to follow the Auto Union champion on the twisty and difficult Brno track. Behind them Caracciola was even faster than Rosemeyer while von Brauchitsch tried to follow, but Caracciola's pace had proved to be too much for him and he destroyed his tyres fast. Further behind in the fight for fifth to seventh place between Nuvolari, Seaman and Müller, Müller had been able to repass Seaman. At end of lap four Soffietti pitted with a bent axle and retired.
      On the next lap Lang had the worst accident of his career. In a right hand curve near the 13 km post the Mercedes started to slide on gravel on the road and went into the ditch killing two people and injuring 12 others who were sitting in the ditch in a prohibited area. The organizers told Neubauer to get Lang out of the country as quickly as possible before he got arrested.
      After having done a pit stop Balestrero abandoned his Alfa on the 6 km mark on lap 5. Nuvolari had a bust left rear tyre and had to cruise to the reserve pit on the rim, losing some three minutes and dropping to the back of the field. Caracciola was in great form, passing Rosemeyer for the lead on lap six and doing the fastest lap of the race with a time of 11min 59.3s. Von Brauchitsch, having destroyed his tyres, had to make a stop at the reserve pit. Nuvolari, who had passed the backmarkers, had to do a new pit stop and Hartmann also went into the pit . Order after six laps: Caracciola, Rosemeyer, von Brauchitsch, Müller, Seaman, Nuvolari, Brivio, Hartmann, Festetics. At the end of lap seven Caracciola came into the pit for his routine stop followed some 25 s later by Rosemeyer. Both where quickly away again, the Mercedes team doing a slightly faster job. Von Brauchitsch had to make a new stop as there had been no fuel at the reserve pit and he fell back in the field. Brivio did his routine stop and Hartmann was back in the pits.
      On the eighth lap Rosemeyer's brakes locked and the Auto Union left the track and damaged a wheel so badly that the driver had to retire on the spot. Caracciola was now leading from Müller and Seaman with von Brauchitsch and Nuvolari fourth and fifth. At the end of the lap it was time for Müller and Seaman to do their stops, and they returned to the track without losing positions. Caracciola, now having a huge lead and high fuel load, was cruising, putting in four slow laps in a row each well over a minute slower than his fastest. On lap nine Nuvolari was in the reserve pit again with an empty right tyre and fell behind Brivio.
      Two hours into the race Rosemeyer had managed to return to the pits after a long walk and Müller was signalled to stop on the next lap. Seaman managed to pass Müller for second place on lap ten and on the eleventh lap von Brauchitsch passed both Seaman and Müller to become second. The Mercedes cars now held the top three positions.
      At the end of lap 11 Müller came into the pit and jumped out and Rosemeyer took over. The Auto Union driver started to put in some fast laps and as it on the 30 km track took some time for the Mercedes pit crew to warn their drivers, Rosemeyer had closed the gap to Seaman in third place to 48 seconds as the last lap started after having done lap 13 in 12m07.4s and lap 14 in 12m04.9s (Caracciola and Seaman doing 12m38s laps and von Brauchitsch 12m26s). Incredibly Rosemeyer then caught and passed the surprised Seaman and was within five seconds to von Brauchitsch when the cars took the flag. But no one could challenge Caracciola who took the flag in a 35 seconds lead from his team-mate. Nuvolari took his Alfa home in fifth place a lap behind the winner. It would be the last time the "Flying Mantuan" finished a race in an Alfa Romeo.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8153h09m25.3s
2.4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8153h10m01.7s+ 36.4s
3.14H. Müller / B. RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16153h10m07.1s+ 41.8s
4.6Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8153h10m.43.8s+ 1m18.5s
5.18Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1214
6.20Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1214
7.34László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-813
8.32Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-812
DNF10Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-167crash
DNF8Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-84crash
DNF26Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-84
DNF28Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-64?
Fastest lap: Rudolf Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) on lap 6 in 11m59.3s = 145.8 km/h (90.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 138.4 km/h (86.0 mph)
Weather:
In retrospect:
Regarding the Lang catastrophe, the organizers had emptied the area of spectators, but after the organizers had left the place the spectators had immediately returned, sitting with their legs hanging in the ditch. That did not hinder Lang from being charged on 14 points including having run too fast on the road!
      A serious problem for Lang was the official press bulletin #4 that said: "Cislo 8 vyvrátilo v 15 km prvním kolo patník, jode dale" / "8 stürzte im 15 km in der erste Runde einem Meilenstein, fährt aber weiter" (#8 crashed into a Mile stone at 15 km on the first lap but continued.)
      In his biography Lang said "For example they claimed that I before the fifth lap crash - already on lap one - had hit a stone and vital parts of the car had been so damaged that they later broke. In the irresponsibility of continuing with a seriously damaged car they saw a rash nonchalant attitude to spectator safety and believed in that way to have found a firm proof of my guilt. Several witnesses were needed to prove that the claimed crash with the stone never had occured."
      The whole thing became a nightmare for Lang as the legal process continued year after year finally ending sometimes after the Second World War with Lang being acquitted of all charges. By the way, Lang's lap times had been 12m33.8s, 12m26.6s, 12m33.2s and 12m23.7s, times hardly achieved with a "seriously damaged" car.
      In the book Lang also explains the accident by the fact that his lucky horseshoe had been left in a trunk and sent to Donington. I mention this just to show you how much "mumbo jumbo" was going on in GP racing during those days. Another example is Rosemeyer's obsession with the number 13. The tradition still continues in our days. For example John Watson has explained that entering a car from the "wrong side" is a catastrophe and just remember Ayrton Senna's worn glowes and Alex Wurz's different colored shoes.
      Finally, you can find one of Neubauer's better fairy tales in his book "Männer, Frauen und Motoren" claiming that a smiling Rosemeyer while waiting for Müller to arrive had been locking Neubauer's arms in the pit while Caracciola passed to hinder Neubauer from signalling Caracciola to go faster. "Sorry, Herr Neubauer - emergency case"

A great thanks to Michal Velebny for providing me with press bulletins, grid and lap chart for the race.

Footnote:
1. Grid reconstructed from picture evidence.




Giovanni Rocco - MaseratiFrancesco Severi - MaseratiGiovanni Lurani - Maserati

CIRCUIT OF CAMPIONE D'ITALIA
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Circuit of Campione d'Italia (I), 26 September 1937
3 heats of 40 laps x 1.116 km (0.693 mi) = 44.6 km (27.7 mi)
Final of 50 laps x 1.116 km (0.693 mi) = 55.8 km (34.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
4Emmanuel GessnerSüddeutsche RenngemainschaftMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
6Aldo MarazzaOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
8Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Ciro BasadonnaC. BasadonnaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
12Edoardo TeagnoE. TeagnoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
16Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
18Luciano UboldiGruppo VoltaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
20Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
22Francesco SeveriF. SeveriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4
26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
28Roberto CaspaniR. CaspaniMaserati?
30Sergio CarnevalliGruppo VoltaMB1.5
32Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMasearti4CM1.5
34René DreyfusOfficine A MaseratiMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
36Piero DusioP. DusioMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
38Franco CorteseScuderia TorinoMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear



Maseratis at Lake Lugano.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Heat 1:

     
Pole Position
6
Marazza

Maserati

20
Bianco

Maserati

30
Carnevalli

MB

32
Minetti

Maserati

24
G. Barbieri

Maserati




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.20Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-64031m55.4s 
2.6Aldo MarazzaOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-64031m55.8s+ 0.4s
3.32Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMasearti4CM1.54032m25.2s+ 29.8s
DNF30Sergio CarnevalliGruppo VoltaMB1.530  
DNF24Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-425  
Fastest lap: Aldo Marazza (Maserati) on lap 28 in 46.0s = 87.3 km/h (54.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 83.9 km/h (52.1 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:

     
Pole Position
26
Lurani

Maserati

14
Rocco

Maserati

10
Basadonna

Maserati

12
Teagno

Maserati

28
Caspani

Maserati?




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati6CM1.5S-64031m36.4s 
2.26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-44031m51.4s+ 15.0s
3.12Edoardo TeagnoE. TeagnoMaserati4CM1.5S-44031m54.4s+ 19.0s
4.10Ciro BasadonnaC. BasadonnaMaserati4CM1.5S-438  
DNF28Roberto CaspaniR. CaspaniMaserati?28  
Fastest lap: G. Rocco (Maserati) on lap 7 & G. Lurani (Maserati) on lap 22 in 46.2s = 87.0 km/h (54.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 84.7 km/h (52.7 mph)
Weather:
Heat 3:

     
Pole Position
22
Severi

Maserati

2
Trossi

Maserati

18
Uboldi

Maserati

8
Righetti

Maserati




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-44031m18.4s 
2.22Francesco SeveriF. SeveriMaserati6CM1.5S-64031m31.6s+ 13.2s
3.8Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-634  
DNF18Luciano UboldiGruppo VoltaMaserati4CM1.5S-46  
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Maserati) on lap 28 in 44.4s = 90.5 km/h (56.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 85.6 km/h (53.2 mph)
Weather:
Final:

     
Pole Position
22
Severi

Maserati

2
Trossi

Maserati

26
Lurani

Maserati

14
Rocco

Maserati

6
Marazza

Maserati

20
Bianco

Maserati



The race was run in 3 heats with the two best in each heat going to the final. Bianco won the first heat from Marazza, now running a works Maserati 6CM. Rocco won the second heat from Lurani while Trossi and Severi were the finalists from the third heat. In the final Trossi took the lead but at half race distance he spun. He then took over Marazza's car but had engine problems and had to retire. It was instead Rocco who went on to score a fine victory. Even though Bianco failed to finish the race he had points enough to become the 1937 Italian Voiturette champion ahead of Trossi (Note 1).

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati6CM1.5S-65039m09.4s 
2.22Francesco SeveriF. SeveriMaserati6CM1.5S-65039m30.2s+ 20.8s
3.26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-45039m43.0s+ 33.6s
DNF20Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-643  
DNF6A Marazza /C TrossiOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-642  
DNF2Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-426  
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Maserati) on lap 7 in 43.8s = 91.7 km/h (57.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 85.5 km/h (53.1 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Or was it? Another source says that Trossi was declared the overall winner because he had won the the longest race of the series!?


Star 28 September 1937: Alfa Romeo chief engineer Vittorio Jano was sacked, unfairly according to most members of the team, because of the failure of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 12C/37. The chassis of the car proved to be too weak.



Bernd Rosemeyer - Auto UnionManfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzRudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-Benz

III DONINGTON GP

Donington Park, 2 October 1937 (Saturday)
80 laps x 5.029 km (3.125 mi) = 402.3 km (250.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
2Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
2Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - practised, reserve
3Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
4Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
5Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
7Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
8Raymond MaysH W CookERAB1.5S-6
9Earl HoweH W CookERAB1.5S-6
10Arthur DobsonH W CookERAB1.5S-6DNA also #19
11"B Bira"Prince ChulaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Arthur HydeA. HydeMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - not competitive
14Antony Powys-LybbeA. Powys-LybbeAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA
15Robin HansonMrs M E Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6
16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6
16Peter WalkerP. WalkerERAB1.5S-6DNS
17Reggie TongueR. TongueERAB1.5S-6DNA
18Charles MartinC. MartinERAA1.5S-6also Maserati 6CM
19Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6also #10
20Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/62.0S-6



Britain sees proper Grand Prix racing at last.
Entries:
Ex. motorcycle racer Fred Craner had managed to attract the German teams to England to race in the Donington GP. The GP teams had a very short time to move from Brno to Donington as practice started on Wednesday. The cars went by train and ship to Dover while the crews flew over. Mercedes entered four cars and Auto Union three against the local opposition consisting mostly of ERA Voiturettes. Once there the German teams immediately made a great impression on the spectators as this was the first proper international GP race ever held in England, the former Donington GPs having been mostly local events.
      As could be expected Varzi never showed up and Hasse raced the third Auto Union. The track had been improved and lengthened, with a lap record of 2:37. During Thursday practice Rosemeyer immediately went down to 2.14.6 and on Friday von Brauchitsch took the pole with a time of 2:10.4 followed by Rosemeyer, Lang and Seaman. Newcomer Hyde withdrew because he was afraid that he whould be in the way of the top drivers during lapping.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
3
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
2m10.4s

5
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
2m11.4s

2
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
2m14.3s

4
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
2m15.4s

7
Müller

Auto Union
2m15.8s

1
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
2m15.8s

6
Hasse

Auto Union
2m19.0s

11
"B Bira"

Maserati
2m25.0s

8
Mays

ERA
2m26.2s

9
Howe

ERA
2m26.2s

15
Hanson

Maserati
2m27.6s

19
Dobson

ERA
2m28.4s

18
Martin

ERA
2m31.6s

16
Whitehead

ERA
2m32.0s

20
Maclure

Riley
2m35.2s



50,000 curious spectators turned up for the Donington Grand Prix.(Note 3) They would not be disappointed as they were to see something entirely new to British eyes. The unfamiliarity was shown by the bookmakers, who offered ridiculous odds such as 5:1 on Rosemeyer. The German mechanics saw their chance and put most of their savings on their own drivers.
      As the flag fell Lang's Mercedes took the lead followed by Caracciola, von Brauchitsch, Seaman, Rosemeyer, Müller and Hasse. Rosemeyer passed Seaman and the latter dropped down in the field after a collision with Müller at Coppice Corner had forced the Mercedes driver to enter the escape road. Caracciola on a one stop strategy started off calmly and let both von Brauchitsch and Rosemeyer by..
      Lang held the lead for 12 laps until his Mercedes started to handle badly and he had to let over the lead to von Brauchitsch. Lang was able to hold off Rosemeyer until he on lap 23 had to enter the pit, where the mechanics found that a front damper was broken. Lang went out again but soon he had to call it a day. At the same time von Brauchtisch had to stop for new tyres and Rosemeyer was now leading by 30 seconds. He was followed by Caracciola, von Brauchitsch, Müller, Seaman and Hasse. Seaman's rear damper had been damaged in the collision with Müller and on lap 29 it broke forcing Britain's great hope to retire.
      On lap 32 Rosemeyer made a 31 seconds stop for tyres leaving the lead over to Caracciola. Von Brauchitsch drove brilliantly making the fastest lap and taking the lead from his teammate on lap 36. Four laps later Caracciola made his only pitstop (27 seconds) and fell back to third. Von Brauchitsch now led by 24 seconds over Rosemeyer, who tried in vain to close the gap, taking the Auto Union over the narrow Donington track in wild slides and equaling the lap record during the attempt. But von Brauchitsch was also driving at the edge with the car all over the road and he had in fact opened up the gap to 26 seconds when he made his second stop.
      Rosemeyer continued flat out, trying to increase the gap before his second stop, when suddenly a front tyre burst on von Brauchitsch's car. The Mercedes driver, racing at 175 km/h, managed to handle the slide and enter the pits but Rosemeyer could do his second stop and return to the track with a 30 seconds lead. From that on the race was over. Rosemeyer dominated the last laps of the race and took the flag as winner in his 13th start of the year. It was also to be his last victory. Caracciola, whose one stop strategy had failed, finished third behind von Brauchitsch. Hasse finished with a badly handling Auto Union as fifth and last German, but still in front of Bira in the Maserati who led the "rest" of the drivers home.
      The day ended with some bad showing from the Brits. First the British organizers "forgot" to play the German anthem and then the bookmakers fled the field before the Auto Union mechanics could come to collect their wins. The Derby and District Motor Club had to intervene to prevent a scandal and generously paid out the mechanics in full from their own means.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.5Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16803h01m02.2s
2.3Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8803h01m40.0s+ 37.8s
3.1Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8803h02m18.8s+ 1m16.6s
4.7Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16803h04m50.0s+ 3m47.8s
5.6Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16803h09m50.0s+ 8m47.8s
6.11"B Bira""B Bira"Maserati8CM3.0S-8783h13m49.6s
NC9Earl HoweH W CookERAB1.5S-6773h14m47.0s
NC10Arthur DobsonH W CookERABS-6743h14m55.8s
NC15Robin HansonMrs M E Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6723h14m54.2s
DNF20Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/62.0S-667rear axle
DNF8Raymond MaysH W CookERABS-651brakes
DNF4Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-829crash/suspension
DNF2Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-826suspension
DNF16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-611engine
DNF18Charles MartinC. MartinERAA1.5S-618piston
Fastest lap: B Rosemeyer (Auto Union) & M von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz) in 2m11.4s = 137.8 km/h (85.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 133.3 km/h (82.9 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 138.8 km/h (86.3 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. The British Grand Prix should have been a more proper name for the race but RAC refused to allow that name to be used.

Star 9 October 1937: "B Bira" (ERA) wins the Imperial Trophy handicap race at Crystal Palace - London. Richard Seaman did an exhibition run in the Grand Prix Mercedes-Benz.



Hans Rüesch - Alfa RomeoKenneth Evans - Alfa RomeoJack Bartlett - Alta

VII MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklands (GB), 16 October 1937 (Saturday)
10 laps x 1.883 km (1.170 mi) = 18.8 km (11.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Peter WalkerP. WalkerERAB1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
2Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
3Raymond MaysH W CookERAB2.0S-6DNS - mechanical
4Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
5John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6"Jack" BartlettJ. BartlettAlta2.0S-4
7Robin HansonMrs M. Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
8Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
9Alfred FaneA. FaneFrazer NashGough1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
10Austin DobsonA. DobsonMaserati6CMS-6
11William CottonW. CottonERAB1.5S-6
12Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/62.0S-6
14Kenneth EvansK EvansAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
15Carlo Felice TrossiGino RovereMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA - did not appear



Rüesch goes to England to win £40.
The Mountain Championship was a 10 lap scratch race Mountain Circuit, that was part of the B.A.R.C. Brooklands meeting that closed off the Brooklands season. Winner got £40 and a replica of the Kathleen Droghera Trophy.
Entries:
The entry list for the Mountain Championship looked good on paper but in the end most of the entries failed to arrive. The only non-British driver was Swiss Hans Rüesch with his 8-cylinder Alfa Romeo. Kenneth Evens entered his Tipo B Alfa Romeo, John Wakefield and Artur Dobson raced their 6-cylinder Maserati, Raymond Mays a 2 litre works ERA, band leader "Billy" Cotton his private ERA, Percy Maclure an unblown 2 litre Riley and Jack Bartlett an Alta.
Practice:
Raymond Mays had problems with his 2-litre ERA during practice. He therefore wanted to change to the works 1.5 litre car but was due to a rule in the regulation refused to do so by the organizers and thus he became a non-starter.
Race:
The event started off with two short handicap races won by F. E. Elgood (Bentley 4.5 litre) and G. P. Harvey-Noble (M.G. 0.7 litre). It was followed by two long handicaps won by T. H. Wisdom (Jaguar 3.5 litre) and Oliver Bertram (Barnato-Hassan 8.0 litre), while Raymond Mays in the 1.5 litre works ERA won the 10 laps Siam Challenge Trophy on the Mountain track.

      Then it was time for the Mountain Championship and the seven cars were positioned in a line across the track.

  IN LINE ACROSS TRACK  


Bartlett made the best start with the Alta. But soon he was passed by the Alfa Romeos of Rüesch and Edwards and by Wakefield in the Maserati. Edwards and Wakefield had a good fight for second position. But with Mays a non-starter there was nobody in the field capable to do anything against Rüesch, who after having opened up a gap could ease up and cruse to a win. Wakefield managed to pass Edwards but then he had to retire with brake problems, letting Edwards finish second, Bartlett was third with the Alta.

      The Mountain Championship was followed by three handicap races on the Campbell Circuit won by Ian Nichols (M.G. 0.7 litre), Roy Eccles (Rapier 1.1 litre) and J. B Wilson (M.G. 0.7 litre).

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8108m43.6s
2.14Kenneth EvansK EvansAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8109m06.4s+ 22.8s
3.6"Jack" BartlettJ. BartlettAlta2.0S-4109m18.6s+ 35.0s
4.12Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/6S-6109m25.0s+ 41.4s
5.11William CottonW. CottonERABS-6109m28.2s+ 44.6s
DNF5John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati6CM1.5S-68brakes
DNF10Austin DobsonA. DobsonMaserati6CM1.5S-60
Fastest lap: Hans Rüesch (Alfa Romeo) in 51.4s = 131.9 km/h (81.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 129.4 km/h (80.4 mph)
Weather:



Karl Ebb - Mercedes-BenzKarl-Emil Rolander - BugattiKarl-Gustav Sundstedt - Bugatti

KALASTAJATORPANAJO/FISKARTORPSLOPPET

Kalastajatorppa/Fiskartorpet - Helsinki (FIN), 31 October 1937
50 laps x 1 km (0.62 mi)= 50 km (31.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

14Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3
15Karl-Emil RolanderK-E. RolanderBugattiT35C2.0S-8
16Karl EbbK. EbbMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-6
17Arvo SorriA. SorriAlfa RomeoDNS - did not start
18Eino WalkamaE. WalkamaChryslerDNS - did not start
19Helge HallmanH. HallmanFordSpecialV-8
20Einar AlmE. AlmFordSpecial
21Arvo SorriA. SorriBMW
22Alexi PatamaA. PatamaFordSpecial



A Finnish farce.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:
In late October a race was organized in a little park in western Helsinki. There were 15 lap races for standard A & B classes and a 50 lap race for racing cars. Entries in the GP race constisted of Ebb's Mercedes and three Swedish GP cars plus five Finnish cars racing in their own B class. There was much controversity over the track that was considered too tight and too dangerous. The newspapers expected 50000 spectators and the final number 6556 was a catastrophe but proved still to be too much for the organizers. People were still trying to reach their places when the first race began and spectators stormed an walkover bridge. Luckily some driver made a false start to be followed by the whole field, because just as the field had passed the bridge it collapsed over the track, injuring 17 spectators.
      In the GP class Ebb took an immediate lead and the only one able to follow was Carlsson in his ex-Widengren Alfa Romeo Monza. Carlsson, who had been unable to practice as the plane from Sweden had been delayed by fog, had brake trouble and at lap 35 a rod and piston came straight out through the block. Ebb had also engine problems but with a minute's lead over Rolander it was enough for him to cruise home to a victory. The track was never used again.
Pole Position
16
Ebb

Mercedes-Benz

17
Carlsson

Alfa Romeo

15
Rolander

Bugatti

22
Patama

Ford

14
Sundstedt

Bugatti

19
Hallman

Ford

20
Alm

Ford

21
Sorri

BMW




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Karl EbbK. EbbMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-65037m52.2s
2.15Karl-Emil RolanderK-E. RolanderBugattiT35C2.0S-85039m03.3s+ 1m11.1s
3.14Karl-Gustav SundstedtK-G. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-85039m06.9s+ 1m14.7s
4.19Helge HallmanH. HallmanFordSpecial5040m19.5sClass B
5.22Alexi PatamaA. PatamaFordSpecial?41m52.2sClass B
6.21Arvo SorriA. SorriBMW?41m26.7sClass B
?20Einar AlmE. AlmFordSpecial50? Class B
Fastest lap: ?
Winner's medium speed: 79.2 km/h (49.2 mph)
Weather:

Star 16 December 1937: Van Riet (Austin) wins the "II Rand Grand Prix" handicap race at the Lord Howe track, South Africa from Hesketh (MG) and Lurani (Maserati). Click here for full results.



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