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Lang (Mercedes-Benz)Nuvolari (Auto Union)Caracciola ((Mercedes-Benz))

XII ADAC EIFELRENNEN

Nürburgring (D), 21 May 1939
10 laps x 22.81 km (14.17 mi) = = 228.1 km (141.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12DNA - driver ill
6Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
8Georg MeierAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12DNS - reserve driver
8Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
10Ulrich BigalkeAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
12Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
16Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
18Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
20Hans Hugo HartmannDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
22Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Heinz DipperSüddeutsche RenngemeinschaftMaserati6CM1.5S-6
26Leonhard JoaSüddeutsche RenngemeinschaftMaserati4CM1.5S-4
28Philippe EtancelinAutomobiles Talbot-DarracqTalbotMD4.5S-6
30René CarrièrèAutomobiles Talbot-DarracqTalbotMD4.5S-6DNS



Another victory for Lang after a wheel to wheel duel with Nuvolari
Entries:
Eifelrennen was the first race of the season for Auto Union. The team came to the race with no less than six drivers. Mercedes was also out in force with five cars. One of them had the new two stage supercharger engine but the only driver willing to race it was Lang as both Caracciola and von Brauchitsch distrusted its reliability. The only other cars were three Maseratis and two Talbots.
     
Practice:
Before and after the race there were special sessions when the German cars were filmed on the track. On the second day von Brauchitsch actually managed to collide with the camera car. Seaman and von Brauchitsch were fastest during the first practice with a time of 9m58s followed by Caracciola with 10m04s. On the second day it was raining but on the third day Lang, who had had trouble with his engine earlier, finally took the pole.
      Stuck managed to sprain his ankle while playing skittle after a practice session and his place was taken over by motorcycle driver Meier. But then something went wrong with the car and he was also scratched.
     
Race:
Before the race Lang and Caracciola run a lap of honour with the Mercedes 1.5 litre cars to show them to the German spectators.
      During practice Nuvolari had done tests whether the tyres could stand a non stop race. The Mercedes team decided that all their drivers should go flat out and make one pit stop, Lang on lap 4, von Brauchitsch on lap 5, Caracciola on lap 6 and Seaman on lap 7.
     
Pole Position
12
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
9m57s

2
Nuvolari

Auto Union
9m57s

16
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
9m54s

14
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
9m58s

18
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
9m58s

8
Hasse

Auto Union

10
Bigalke

Auto Union

6
Müller

Auto Union

20
H Hartmann

Mercedes-Benz

22
Pietsch

Maserati

24
Dipper

Maserati

26
Joa

Maserati

28
Etancelin

Talbot



When the lights turned to green both von Brauchitsch and Seaman, who made his first race of the season, made tremendous starts but their eagerness had a high price as both cars got a slipping clutch. Seaman had to retire immediately, while von Brauchitsch was passed by Lang and started to fall back in the field. After the first lap the order was Lang, Caracciola, von Brauchitsch and Nuvolari. During the first laps Lang was really flying and soon opened up a 14 second gap. Caracciola answered the challenge by making a 9:54 lap and pulling in the gap to 8 seconds and he took over the lead as Lang went in for a 33 s pitstop on lap 4.
      Lang returned to the race in third place behind Caracciola and Nuvolari, and he immediately did a lap in 9:59 with his two stage supercharged Mercedes car. Caracciola went in for his routine stop on the sixth lap. The stop took longer than Caracciola expected (37 s) and he came back just behind Lang.
      Nuvolari's Auto Union was now leading but Lang was using his new engine to the limit and by doing a lap in 9:52.2 he broke Rosemeyer's record from 1936 and caught Nuvolari. There was a wheel to wheel race for the lead until Lang managed to pass the Auto Union at Döttinger Höhe. Nuvolari tried to follow but finally admitted defeat as he was on a non stop strategy and had to spare the tyres.
      Lang therefore took the chequered flag followed by Nuvolari, Caracciola and von Brauchitsch. Nuvolari's tyres could have survived yet another lap, i.e. 11 laps, an important thing for the team to know for the future as the length of the German GP in July was to be 22 laps.
In retrospect:
After the race there was trouble in the Mercedes team as the long time relationship between Neubauer and Caracciola, a team manager-driver relationship comparable to Colin Chapman - Jim Clark, broke down completely. On a meeting the following day with Mercedes manager Dr. Kissel and engineer Uhlenhaut, Caracciola accused the team for favouring Lang, for sabotaging the pit stops. for filling the tank with 300 litres instead of just the necessary 100 litres during the stop thus making Caracciola's car heavy, for giving the best engine to Lang, for bad tyres, grid positions and engines during the last seasons etc. etc.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12101h40m57.1s
2.2Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12101h41m08.3s+ 11.2s
3.12Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12101h41m28.4s+ 31.3s
4.14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12101h42m53.1s+ 1:54.0
5.8Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12101h42m56.1s+ 1m59.0s
6.10Ulrich BigalkeAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12101h44m52.1s+ 2m14.0s
7.6Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-1210+ 2m30.0s
8.20Hans Hugo HartmannDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1210+ 5:22.0
9.22Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6CM1.5S-69
10.26Leonhard JoaSüddeutsche RenngemeinschaftMaserati4CM1.5S-49
11.28Philippe EtancelinAutomobiles Talbot-DarracqTalbotMD4.5S-69
12.24Heinz DipperSüddeutsche RenngemeinschaftMaserati6CM1.5S-68
DNF18Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-120clutch
Fastest lap: Hermann Lang (Mercedes-Benz) 9m52.2s = 138.7 km/h (86.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 135.6 km/h (84.2 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 138.2 km/h (85.9 mph)
Weather:




Wakefield (Maserati)Taruffi (Maserati)Cortese (Maserati)

V° COPPA PRINCIPESSA DI PIEMONTE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Posillipo - Napoli (I), 28 May 1939
60 laps x 4.1 km (2.55 mi) = 246 km (152.9 mi)
(Note 1)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Giorgio PelassaG. PelassaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
4Ettore BiancoE. BiancoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
6Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4
8Ovidio CapelliScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4
12John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati4CL1.5S-4
14Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
16Emilio RomanoE. RomanoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
18Piero TaruffiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
20Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4
22Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Luigi BelucciOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNS - alternative driver
26Egidio GallinariE. GallinariMaserati6CM1.5S-6
28Paul PietschP. Pietsch Maserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
30Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
32Pino BaruffiP. BaruffiMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
34Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati6CM/CL1.5S-4DNA



Wakefield surprises the Italians on their home ground
Entries:
Practice:
Race:
There was an all-Maserati entry at Napels. The works team faced a challenge from Wakefield's brand new private 4CL. Rocco (Maserati 4CL) took an early lead followed by Wakefield and Luigi Villoresi. Wakefield was the next leader and then Villoresi put himself up to the front before the pitstops started and Cortese became the fourth leader of the race. After the pitstops Wakefield started to chase Villoresi, who was once more in the lead but having problems. Wakefield passed Villoresi and took a fine victory followed by works drivers Taruffi and Cortese with Villoresi finishing fourth after a spin.
Pole Position
10
Cortese

Maserati
2m21.2s

6
Rocco

Maserati
2m20.4s

20
L Villoresi

Maserati
2m19.4s

18
Taruffi

Maserati
2m26.2s

4
Bianco

Maserati
2m26.2s

12
Wakefield

Maserati
2m24.4s

14
Barbieri

Maserati
2m33.0s

24
Belucci

Maserati
2m31.0s

16
Romano

Maserati
2m30.2s

26
Gallimari

Maserati
2m39.0s

8
Capelli

Maserati
2m37.4s

2
Pelassa

Maserati
2m36.3s

30
Corsi

Maserati
3m10.0s

22
E Platé

Maserati
2m39.1s



In retrospect:

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.12John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati4CL1.5S-4602h24m50.8s
2.18Piero TaruffiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6602h25m43.4s+ 52.6s
3.10Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4602h27m26.0s+ 2m35.2s
4.20Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4602h28m39.0s+ 3m48.2s
5.4Ettore BiancoE. BiancoMaserati4CM1.5S-4592h29m16.8s
6.14Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati6CM1.5S-6592h30m26.4s
7.24Luigi BelucciOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6582h28m40.0s
8.16Emilio RomanoE. RomanoMaserati6CM1.5S-6582h28m55.4s
9.22Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati6CM1.5S-6582h27m51.8s
10.6Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4522h29m46s
11.30Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4482h27m46s
DNF2Giorgio PelassaG. PelassaMaserati4CM1.5S-410
DNF26Egidio GallinariE. GallinariMaserati6CM1.5S-610
DNF8Ovidio CapelliScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-65
Fastest lap: John Wakefield (Maserati) on lap 30 in 2m15.6s = 108.9 km/h (67.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 101.9 km/h (63.3 mph) (Note 2)
Pole position speed: 105.9 km/h (65.8 mph)
Weather:


Footnote:
1. Track length is always given as 4 km but published results speeds corresponds to exactly 4.1 km (fastest lap) or ~4.122 km (medium speed).

2. Counted with 4.1 km track. Published results are 102.45 km/h (63.66 mph).



Trintignant (Bugatti)Du Brusles (Bugatti)Herkuleyns (MG) - picture to be added

XIV GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES

Chimay (B), 28 May 1939
15 laps x 10.87km (6.75 mi) = 163.05 km (101.3 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2CletonCletonBugattiT371.5S-4
5?la Boissièrela BoissièreBugattiT37A1.5S-4
6Roger LoyerR. LoyerMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Jacques Du BruslesJ. Du BruslesBugattiT51A1.5S-8
11Petre CristeaP. CristeaBMWspecial2.0S-6
12Just VaretJ. VaretAmilcarDNA
18Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGQ.75S-4
20Arthur LegatA. LegatBugattiT35B2.3
2?Heinz DipperH. DipperMaserati6CM1.5S-6
26Leonhard JoaL. JoaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
28René BiolayR. BiolayAmilcarDNA
32"Jef Legros""Jef Legros"BugattiT35B2.3S-8
34T.A.S.O. MathiesonT. MathiesonMaseratiDNA
36Maurice TrintignantM. TrintignantBugattiT512.3S-8



Trintignant scores after Joa retires
Entries:
Entries included some privateers in Bugattis, Maseratis and Amilcars. Dipper and Joa had their silver colored Maseratis and Cristea his rebuilt sports BMW.
     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
26
Joa

Maserati

36
Trintignant

Bugatti

Rest of grid unknown.



Trintignant and Joa started from the front row of the grid and it was Joa who took an early lead followed by Trintignant, Dipper, ex. motor cycle champion Loyer (Maserati 6CM), Cristea and Legat. On the second Lap Joa made the fastest lap of the day and opened up a 11 seconds gap but on the third lap Trintignant has closed the gap and the six cars were back together again. The first retirement was Loyer with a broken chock absorber. Cristea was the next retirement with a puncture after a spin and Dipper gave up with brake problems. On lap 5 Joa retired with an engine failue and Trintignant now had a huge lead over Legros and Du Brusle. There were not much action in the latter part of the race as there were huge gaps between the competitors. Trintignant held the lead to the end but Legros had to make a pitstop and dropped to 6th.
In retrospect:

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.36Maurice TrintignantM. TrintignantBugattiT512.3S-8151h15m28s
2.10Jacques Du BruslesJ. Du BruslesBugattiT51A1.5S-813
3.18Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGQ.75S-412
4.20Arthur LegatA. LegatBugattiT35B2.3S-812
5.2CletonCletonBugattiT371.5S-411
6.32"Jef Legros""Jef Legros"BugattiT35B2.3S-811
DNF6Roger LoyerR. LoyerMaserati6CM1.5S-615
DNF2?Heinz DipperH. DipperMaserati6CM1.5S-615
DNF11Petre CristeaP. CristeaBMWspecial2.0S-615
DNF26Leonhard JoaL. JoaMaserati6CM1.5S-615
DNF5?la Boissièrela BoissièreBugattiT37A1.5S-415
Fastest lap: Leonhard Joa (Maserati) in 4m47s = 136.3 km/h (84.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 129.6 km/h (80.6 mph)
Weather:


ShawSnyderBergere

XXVII INDIANAPOLIS 500

Indianapolis (USA), 30 May 1939
200 laps x 4.02 km (2.5 mi) = 804.67 km (500 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarEngine

1Floyd RobertsBurd Piston RingWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-4
2Wilbur ShawBoyleMaseratiMaserati3.0S-8
3Chet MillerBoyleSummers FDOffenhauser4.2S-4
4Ted HornBoyleMiller FDMiller4.4S-8
7Duke NalonBelangerMillerDNQ - crankshaft
8Joel ThorneThorne EngineeringAdamsSparks4.4S-6
9Herb ArdingerMiller-HartzWetterothMiller-Hartz3.0S-8
10Jimmy SnyderThorne EngineeringAdamsSparks3.0S-6
14Frank WearneBurd Piston RingWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-4
15Rex MaysThorne EngrAdamsSparks3.0S-6
16Mauri RoseWheeler'sShawOffenhauser4.2S-4
17George BaileyMillerMiller 4DMiller3.0S-4
18George ConnorMarksAdamsOffenhauser4.2S-4
21Russ Snowberger-Snowberger FDMiller4.2S-4
23George RobsonW. A. Rotary ValveWehrDNQ
25Ralph HepburnHamilton-HarrisStevensOffenhauser4.4S-4
26Billy DeVoreDuray - BarbasolWeilDuray3.0S-4
27Zeke MeyerMillerMillerRE4DMillerDNQ
28George RobsonDeacon LitzMaseratiMasDNQ
29Frank BriskoNational SealStevensFDBrisko4.4S-6
31Babe StappAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa Romeo3.0S-8
32Bob SwansonSMIStevensSampson3.0V-16
33Tom HinnershitzKimmelMillerVoelkrDNQ - connecting rod
35Kelly PetilloKay JewelersWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-4
36Doc WilliamsQuillen Bros. RefrigMiller FDMillerDNQ
37Ira HallGreenfield ServiceNowiakStudebaker4.4S-8
38Harry McQuinnElgin Piston PinBlumeBrisko4.4S-6
39Henry BanksCheesman MaseratiMaseratiMaseratiDNQ - crankshaft
41George BarringerBill WhiteWeilOffenhauser3.7S-4
42Al Miller IIKennedy TankAdamsOffenhauser4.4S-4
44Emil AndresChicago FlashStevensOffenhauser4.2S-4
45Louis MeyerBowes Seal FastStevensBowes Seal2.9S-8
47Shorty CantlonAuto ServiceStevensOffenhauser4.3S-4
49Mel HansenJoel ThorneShaw FDOffenhauser4.4S-4
51Tony WillmanBurd Piston RingLenckiLencki4.4S-6
53Deacon LitzMaseratiMaseratiMaserati3.0V-8
54Cliff BergereOffenhauserMiller FDOffenhauser4.4S-4
55Louis TomeiIndiana FurBuickDNQ
56Floyd DavisW R WMillerOffenhauser4.2S-4
58Louis TomeiAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa Romeo4.3S-8
59Lou WebbWoestman-McDowellMcDowellDNQ
61Johnny SeymourMillerMillerRE4DMillerDNQ - crash
62Tony GulottaBurd Piston RingStevensLencki4.4S-6



Shaw wins Indy 500 with a Maserati Tipo 8CTF
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
10
Snyder

Adams

45
Meyer

Stevens

2
Shaw

Maserati

4
Horn

Miller FD

3
C Miller

Summers FD

17
Bailey

Miller 4D

47
Cantlon

Stevens

16
Rose

Shaw

9
Ardinger

Wetteroth

54
Bergere

Miller FD

29
Brisko

Stevens FD

18
Connor

Adams

25
Hepburn

Stevens

49
Hansen

Shaw FD

41
Barringer

Weil

31
Stapp

Alfa Romeo

14
Wearne

Wetterot

37
Hall

Nowiak

15
Mays

Adams

8
Thorne

Adams

44
Andres

Stevens

32
Swanson

Stevens

1
Roberts

Wetteroth

35
Petillo

Wetteroth

21
Snowberger

Snowberger FD

51
Willman

Lencki

62
Gulotta

Stevens

42
A Miller

Adams

56
Davis

Mille

58
Tomei

Alfa Romeo

53
Litz

Maserati

38
McQuinn

Blume

26
DeVore

Weil



Situation after 20 laps:
      Snyder, Meyer, Shaw, Horn, Swanson, Mays, C. Miller, Roberts, Bergere; Bailey

Situation after 40 laps:
      Shaw, Meyer, Mays, Horn, Snyder, C. Miller, Roberts, Hansen, Bailey; Petillo

Situation after 60 laps:
      Shaw, Meyer, Horn, Mays, Snyder, C. Miller, Roberts, Hansen, Petillo, Hepburn

Situation after 80 laps:
      Snyder, Mays, C. Miller, Horn, Meyer, Shaw, Roberts, Petillo, Hepburn, Hansen

Situation after 100 laps:
      Snyder, Meyer, Shaw, Horn, C. Miller, Mays, Hepburn, Bergere, Hansen, Connor

Situation after 120 laps:
      Meyer, Shaw, Horn, Snyder, Bergere, Willman, Petillo , Connor, Stapp, Gulotta

Situation after 140 laps:
      Meyer, Shaw, Snyder, Horn, Bergere, Willman, Connor, Stapp, Barringer, Thorne

Situation after 160 laps:
      Meyer, Shaw, Snyder, Horn, Bergere, Willman, Connor, Stapp, Barringer, Thorne

Situation after 180 laps:
      Meyer, Shaw, Snyder, Bergere, Horn, Connor, Willman, Stapp, Barringer, Thorne

At finish:
      Shaw, Snyder, Bergere, Horn, Stapp, Barringer, Thorne, Rose, Wearne, Devore

In retrospect:

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.2Wilbur ShawBoyleMaseratiMaserati3.0S-82004h20m47.49s
2.10Jimmy SnyderThorne EngineeringAdamsSparks3.0S-62004h22m35.61s
3.54Cliff BergereOffenhauserMiller FDOffenhauser4.4S-42004h23m51.40s
4.4Ted HornBoyleMiller FDMiller4.4S-82004h28m08.82s
5.31Babe StappAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa Romeo3.0S-82004h29m42.68s
6.41George BarringerBill WhiteWeilOffenhauser3.7S-42004h30m12.60s
7.8Joel ThorneThorne EngineeringAdamsSparks4.4S-62004h31m42.04s
8.16Mauri RoseWheeler'sShawOffenhauser4.2S-42004h33m51.80s
9.14Frank WearneBurd Piston RingWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-42004h38m16.65s
10.26DeVore/BanksDuray - BarbasolWeilDuray3.0S-42004h47m43.37s
11.62Gulotta/McQuinnBurd Piston RingStevensLencki4.4S-62004h48m38.01s
12.45Louis MeyerBowes Seal FastStevensBowes Seal2.9S-8197crash
13.18George ConnorMarksAdamsOffenhauser4.2S-4195stall
14.51Tony WillmanBurd Piston RingLenckiLencki4.4S-6188fuel pump
15.58Tomei/HansenAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa Romeo4.3S-8186
DNF15Rex MaysThorne EngrAdamsSparks3.0S-6145piston
DNF9Ardinger/Brisko/HansenMiller-HartzWetterothMiller-Hartz3.0S-8141rear axle
DNF35Kelly PetilloKay JewelersWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-4141piston
DNF49Mel HansenJoel ThorneShaw FDOffenhauser4.4S-4113crash
DNF38McQuinn/Putnam/Brisko/RobsonElgin Piston PinBlumeBrisko4.4S-6112ignition
DNF3Chet MillerBoyleSummers FDOffenhauser4.2S-4109crash
DNF25Hepburn/SwansonHamilton-HarrisStevensOffenhauser4.4S-4106crash
DNF1Floyd RobertsBurd Piston RingWetterothOffenhauser4.4S-4106fatal crash
DNF37Ira HallGreenfield ServiceNowiakStudebaker4.4S-889head gasket
DNF21Russ Snowberger-Snowberger FDMiller4.2S-450radiator
DNF17George BaileyMillerMiller 4DMiller3.0S-447valve
DNF56Floyd DavisW R WMillerOffenhauser4.2S-443suspension
DNF42Al Miller IIKennedy TankAdamsOffenhauser4.4S-441throttle pedal
DNF29Frank BriskoNational SealStevensFDBrisko4.4S-638air pump
DNF44Emil AndresChicago FlashStevensOffenhauser4.2S-422plugs
DNF32Bob SwansonSMIStevensSampson3.0V-1619rear axle
DNF47Shorty CantlonAuto ServiceStevensOffenhauser4.3S-415main bearing
DNF53Deacon LitzMaseratiMaseratiMaserati3.0V-87valve
Fastest lap: Jimmy Snyder in 1m08.83s = 210.4 km/h (130.757 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 185.1 km/h (115.035 mph)
Pole poition speed: 209.4 km/h (130.138 mph)
Weather:


Star 4 June 1939: Wimille (Bugatti T57S45) wins the Grand Prix du Centenaire sports car race in Luxembourg. (Results)



Bira (ERA) - new Siamese color schemeMays (ERA)Whitehead (ERA)

NUFFIELD TROPHY
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Donington Park (GB), 10 June 1939
64 laps x 5.029 km (3.125 mi) = 321.9 km (200.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1"B Bira""B Bira"ERAC1.5S-6
2Herbert HadleyH. HadleyAustin7S-4
3Arthur DobsonERA LtdERAE1.5S-6DNS - engine
4Reggie TongueR. TongueMaserati4CL1.5S-4DNS - final drive
5Tony RoltR. RoltERAB1.5S-6
5St John HorsfallR. RoltERAB1.5S-6shared drive
6Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4DNA
7Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CL1.5S-4DNA
8Roger LoyerR. LoyerMaserati6CM1.5S-6
9Charlie DodsonJ DibosMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Allen PollockA. PollockERAA1.5S-6
11Robert AnsellR. AnsellERAB1.5S-6
11Brian Shawe-TaylorR. AnsellERAB1.5S-6shared drive
12Norman WilsonN. WilsonERAA1.5S-6
14Peter AitkenP. AitkenERAB1.5S-6
15Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD1.5S-6
16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6
17Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley1500/61.5S-6
18Bob GerardB. GerardRiley1500/61.5S-6
19Leslie BrookeL. BrookeBrooke-AltaSpl.1.5S-4
20Ian NichollsI. NichollsMGK3 Magnette1.3S-6
21Robin HansonMrs. M. E. Hall-SmithERAB1.5S-6
22David HampshireD. HampshireMaserati6CM1.5S-6
23Reg ParnellR H ParnellChallenger-ERA1.5S-6DNA



Siamese domination
The German and Italain teams refused an invitation and the new E-type ERA became a non starter after engine trouble during practice. Prince Bira in his ERA totally dominated the race, being fastes even if he was on a non stop strategy. Mays, afraid to push the car in his new status as privateer, was as sure of his second position while Whitehead made it a ERA 1-2-3. Hanson was a late retiremwent after holding 4th position.
The Nuffield Trophy a.k.a. "The British Light Car Classic" was first raced in 1934 as a handicap race. For 1939 the event was changed to a 64 lap scratch race in a move to tempt the new Mercedes voiturettes and the Italians to take part . A suggestion was made to Mercedes -Benz during the Eifelrennen but the Germans had no time to prepare two cars and were unwilling to send a single one. Also Alfa Romeo made only vague promises so only Maserati was showing any real interest. The thing was not made better by the fact that the event clashed with Picardie GP and that the continental European privateers selected the latter.
      There was no starting money but the prize money was good.
Entries:
ERAs dominated the entry list. Former works drivers Mays and Bira had their Zoller blown ERAs, R4D in black and R12C "Hanuman" in new Siamese colors blue and yellow. ERAs with Murray-Jamieson supercharger included Pollock's gray R2A, Wilson's dark blue R4A, Rolt/Horsfall in Ex-Bira R5B "Remus" now in gray livery, Hanson's red R6B, Ansell's dark blue R9B with red wheels, Whitehead's black R10B and Aitken's pale blue ex-Tongue R11B.
      There were high expectations on seeing the new E-type ERA in action against the European teams. The ERA works team entered the car for their new no 1 driver Arthur Dobson . But the car was not ready developed as works had recently moved from Bourne to Donington and the team was in crisis. Cook , having already spent £75000 of his own money, had announced that he urgently needed another £8000 to save the team. Maserati had entered two cars for Villoresi and Rocco but they never appeared as the Italians were unwilling to spend the costs of transporting the cars all the way to England for just a voiturette race. In the end the only continental entries proved to be Parisian Roger Loyer driving a dark blue ex Herbert Berg Maserati 6CM and Bob Gerard's Riley. Maclure had a dark blue supercharged Riley with the engine from the famous "White Riley".
      Tongue had his new fast Maserati 4CL (1567) while Loyer , Dodson and Hanson had 6CMs. The rest of the field consisted of Hadley's Austin, Brooke's Alta-engined special and Nicolls' MG, while Reg Parnell's mysterious Challenger, a new ERA-engined car of advanced design, was not ready.
     
Practice:
There was a cold wind blowing on Thursday but apart from that the weather was good. Bira proved fastest with a time of 2m21.5s followed by Dobson in a troublesome new Era with 2m25s.
      During Friday practice Bira lowered his time to 2m20.4s. He was followed by Mays, Horsfall (in Rolt's ERA), Whitehead, Dobson, Maclure and Tongue (see grid for times). Tongue broke the final drive on his Maserati, making him a non-starter. A broken oil pump destroyed the engine of the E-type ERA and while a spare was available it had not been run in, so instead of destroying that one as well in the long race, Cook withdrew the works entry.
Race:
There were more spectators than in the former years as the cars lined up on the grid according to their fastest practice times.
Pole Position
5
Rolt

ERA


16
Whitehead

ERA
2m24.2s

15
Mays

ERA
2m22.8s

1
"B Bira"

ERA
2m20.4s


*




17
Maclure

Riley
2m25.4s


**




* 4 Tongue (Maserati) 2m25.4s DNS ** 3 Dobson (ERA) 2m25.0s DNS

Rest of grid unknown.



As the flag dropped Mays and Bira were slow off the line and Whitehead stalled totally. It was instead Maclure in the Riley who took the lead followed by Ansell, Aitken, Bira and Mays. Bira and Mays soon moved up to second and third and that became first and second when Ansell, who had opened up a 10 seconds gap, suddenly retired after only five laps with gearbox trouble. Gone was already Hampshire with a blown piston on his Maserati and Rolt had made the first of several pit stops because of plug trouble.
      Bira had full control over the race, opening up the gap to Mays by a second a lap. At ten laps Bira was leading with Mays 13 seconds behind followed by Whitehead, who had fought his way up to third, and Ansell.
      When passing backmarkers Mays got the gap down to 6 seconds but it was clear that neither Bira nor Mays, who was now without works support and worried about the spare parts situation, was pushing. Following pit signals Bira easily opened up the gap back to 13s after 20 laps. Whitehead was a further 37s behind. Gone was Nicolls with engine trouble on his M.G. and next to retire was Wilson with a broken gearbox.
      By thirty laps Bira was leading by 16s. Hanson had passed Ansell for fourth position. Loyer had overheated his engine and on lap 33 the field lost two further cars as Brooke got gearbox troubles and Rolt, after having made three pit stops and trying to regain positions by throwing the ERA round the corners, overdid it and crashed.
      At 40 laps the order was Bira, Mays (20s behind), Whitehead, Hanson, Ansel, Pollock, Aitken, Dodson, Hadley and Gerard and it remained still the same ten laps later.
      On lap 52 Mays was in for a rushed 29s stop, fuel splashing all around the pits during tanking. After the stop his engine started to misfire. It soon became clear too that Bira just like last year had decided to do the race non-stop and with a lead of 85s Bira started to cruise as did Mays, securing his second position.
      On lap 59 Hanson in fourth position had to retire with gearbox problems.
      So Bira took a dominant victory from Mays. The only non ERA in the top seven was Dodson's Maserati.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.1"B Bira""B Bira"ERAC1.5S-6642h38m10s
2.15Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD1.5S-6642h39m48s+ 1m38s
3.16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6632h39m14s
4.11R. Ansell/B. Shawe-TaylorR. AnsellERAB1.5S-6622h38m54s
5.9Charlie DodsonJ DibosMaserati6CM1.5S-6592h38m45s
6.10Allen PollockA. PollockERAA1.5S-6592h38m58s
7.14Peter AitkenP. AitkenERAB1.5S-6592h41m32s
8.2Herbert HadleyH. HadleyAustin7S-4582h38m46s
9.18Bob GerardB. GerardRiley1500/61.5S-6562h38m54s
DNF21Robin HansonMrs. M. E. Hall-SmithERAB1.5S-659gearbox
DNF5T. Rolt/J. HorsfallR. RoltERAB1.5S-633crash
DNF19Leslie BrookeL. BrookeBrooke-AltaSpl.1.5S-433gearbox
DNF8Roger LoyerR. LoyerMaserati6CM1.5S-633crash
DNF12Norman WilsonN. WilsonERAA1.5S-621gearbox
DNF20Ian NichollsI. NichollsMGK3 Magnette1.3S-611cylinder block
DNF17Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley1500/61.5S-65gearbox
DNF22David HampshireD. HampshireMaserati6CM1.5S-62piston
Fastest lap: ?
Winner's medium speed: 122.1 km/h (75.9 mph)
Weather:


Main sources: Chula Chakrabongse's Blue and Yellow , ERA Gold Portfolio, Venables' Racing Five-Hundreds, Sheldon Vol 4.



Wakefield (Maserati)de Graffenried (Maserati)Horvilleur (Maserati) - picture to be improved

XV GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Peronne (F), 11 June 1939
10 laps x 9.765 km (6.07 mi) = 97.7 km (60.7 mi)
15 laps x 9.765 km (6.07 mi) = 146.5 km (91.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Jean TrémouletJ. TrémouletAmilcarC61.1S-6
Joseph PaulJ. PaulAmilcarC61.1S-6
Georges GrignardG. GrignardAmilcar1.1S-6DNA
Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT37A1.5S-4
Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-4
Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT51A1.5S-8
Maurice TrintignantM. TrintignantBugatti1.5DNA
Francis GuerinF. GuerinBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA
John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati4CL1.5S-4
Armand HugScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
Marc HorvilleurM. HorvilleurMaserati4CM1.5S-4
Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8DNA - raced Maserati
Raymond SommerBaron de GraffenriedMaserati6CM1.5S-6
Emmanuel de GraffenriedBaron de GraffenriedMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNS
Heinz DipperSüddeutsche RenngemeinshaftMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
Leonhard JoaSüddeutsche RenngemeinshaftMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA
Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
Alphonse de BurnayA. de BurnayMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6DNA



Wakefield is unchallenged in the two race event
Entries:
Practice:
Heat:

Pole Position
Horvilleur
Maserati
4m44s

*




Wakefield
Maserati
3m55s

Decaroli
Bugatti
5m44s

Delorme
Bugatti
4m55s

Tremoulet
Salmson
6m05s

* de Graffenried 4m28s DNS

Rest of grid unknown.



There were enough cars for just one heat at Peronne with the top finishers from the heat going to the final. Wakefield was the favourite as Hug in his Maserati 4CM with a 4CL engine was the only one that seriously could threaten him. Wakefield won the heat driven in rain from Hug and Tremoulet (Amilcar).

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati4CL1.5S-41044m35.4s
2.Armand HugScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM/CL1.5S-41044m59.4s+ 24.0s
3.Jean TrémouletJ. TrémouletAmilcarC61.1S-68
DNFJoseph PaulJ. PaulAmilcarC61.1S-68
4.Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1S-67
5.Marc HorvilleurM. HorvilleurMaserati4CM1.5S-47
6.Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT37A1.5S-47
DNFLouis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT37A1.5S-43
7.Raymond SommerBaron de GraffenriedMaserati6CM1.5S-63
DNFJean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT51A1.5S-80crash
Fastest lap: John Wakefield in 4m20s = 135.2 km/h (84.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 131.4 km/h (81.6 mph)
Pole position speed: 149.6 km/h (93.0 mph)
Weather: rainy

Final:

Pole Position
Sommer
Maserati

Hug
Maserati

Wakefield
Maserati

Tremoulet
Amilcar

Horvilleur
Maserati

Herkuleyns
MG

Roumani
Bugatti



Wakefield took the lead in the final and went on unchallenged to win his second race of the year as Hug retired and Sommer had problems.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.John WakefieldJ. WakefieldMaserati4CL1.5S-4151h06m33s
2.Raymond SommerBaron de GraffenriedMaserati6CM1.5S-6131h07m27s
3.Marc HorvilleurM. HorvilleurMaserati4CM1.5S-4131h09m30s
4.Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT37A1.5S-4131h10m30s
5.Jean TrémouletJ. TrémouletAmilcarC61.1S-6131h10m30s
6.Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6131h10m18s
DNFArmand HugScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-44piston
Fastest lap: John Wakefield (Maserati) in 4m20s = 135.2 km/h (84.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 132.1 km/h (82.1 mph)
Weather:


Star 11 June 1939: Lang (Mercedes-Benz) wins the Kahlenberg hillclimb in Germany (Austria).
Star 17-18 June 1939: Wimille / Veyron (Bugatti) wins the Les 24 Heures du Mans race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. (Results)
Star 20 June 1939: Emilio Villoresi had a fatal crash while testing an Alfa Romeo 158 at Monza.
Star 25 June 1939: Stuck with an Auto Union D wins the Bucuresti GP from Cristea in a 2 L BMW 328 sports car.



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