Dreyfus (Bugatti)du Pouget (Bugatti)de l'Espee (Bugatti)


Dieppe (F), 7 July 1929.
25 laps x 8.06 km (5.0 mi) = 201.5 km (125.2 mi)


Class up to 1100 cc
4Henri GodardH. GodardSima-Violet
6José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcar
8Hector VasenaH. VasenaTracta
14Robert JeuffrainR. JeuffrainAmilcar
16Etienne LepicardE. LepicardDonnet
22Henri DoubletH. DoubletTracta
Class up to 1500 cc
26Charles DelbosC. DelbosBugattiT37A1.5S-4
30Jan BychawskiJ. BychawskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4
32le Follle FollBugattiT37A1.5S-4
34Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT37A1.5S-4
37Charles DruckC. DruckBugattiT371.5S-4
Class over 1500cc:
38Emilio EminenteE. EminenteBugattiT35C2.0S-8
42Cornelis van HulzenC. van HulzenBugattiT35C2.0S-8
44Jean de l'EspeeJ. de l'EspeeBugattiT35C2.0S-8
46Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8
48Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35C2.0S-8
52de Berckde BerckBugattiT35B2-3S-8
54Bertrand du PougetB. du PougetBugattiT35B2.3S-8
58René DreyfusA. de BondeliBugattiT35B2.3S-8
56Jean TrévouxJ. TrévouxBugattiT35B2.3S-8
60Charles MontierF. MontierMontierSpecial3.3?S-4
62Ferdinand MontierF. MontierMontierSpecial3.3?S-4

Dreyfus wins the first Dieppe Grand Prix

by Leif Snellman
Twenty-four cars in three classes took part in the first Dieppe GP raced on a new triangular circuit near the French north coast. Sadly, not much is known about the event apart from the results. Dreyfus (Bugatti) was the winner of the major class with Gaupillat (Bugatti) victorious in the 1500cc class and Scaron with his Amilcar dominating the 1100cc class.
The 1912 French Grand Prix was held on a 76.788 km long triangular loop connecting Dieppe, Eu and Londinières. When in 1929 Automobile-Club de l'Ouest and the local Automobile Club de Dieppe together with Moto-Club de Dieppe tried to organize an international Grand Prix race it was of course no question of retaining that long loop. After a long search a fitting circuit was found south of Dieppe in the municipality of Saint-Aubin. Wanting to keep the name Dieppe of the Grand Prix with economic benefits for the city it was decided that Saint-Aubin hosted the event and Dieppe in return paid Saint-Aubin a substantial financial compensation. The event sponsored by the newspapers "Matin" and "l'Intransigeant-Match" would include a rally for cars and motorcycles on Saturday July 6th, motor cycle races and a car race on Sunday 7th and a Concours d'Elegance on Monday 8th.
      The triangular very spectacular circuit consisted of a 2900 meter long straight on the road to Paris, R.N. n° 15 from Maison Blanche, followed by a 300 meters downhill section to Virage du Val Gosset, a sharp right-hand turn that sent the race course into a twisty downhill section along C.G. n° 54 with fields on the left side and a hill on the right side into Saint-Aubin-sur-Cie. At the Saint-Aubin church was another sharp right-hand curve, which was followed by a twisty uphill section northwards along R. N. n° 27, until the course finally rejoined the main road at Maison Blanche. The circuit length was 8.06 km.
      At the start of the straight after Maison Blanche a series of spectator stands were built and opposite them the pit and the paddock. A car park for 3500 cars was organized behind the stands. Standing areas for spectators were to be found at the Val Gosset and halfway between Saint-Aubin and Maison Blanche. Spectator bridges over the road were built at Saint- Aubin, Maison Blanche and on the middle of the main straight. More than twenty wooden booths were placed at various strategic points on the circuit to serve as shelters for the flag marshals.
      The car race was for three classes, 1100cc, 1500cc and over 1500cc, racing together. The race distance was 25 laps for a total of 201.5 km
There was an extensive entry list with at least 34 names (one source says 36). In Le Matin's published list the three Sima-Violets, probably with 497cc engines, were listed in their own class under the 1100cc class. The 1100cc class consisted of Tractas and Amilcars with José Scaron the best-known driver of the latter car type.
      The 1500cc field consisted only of Bugattis except for a G.A.R. raced by someone named Anahory. Cyclecars G.A.R. in Clichy was founded 1922 by a Mr. Gardahaut. Later the company was renamed Gardahaut et Cie and moved to Asnières-sur-Seine. The car at Dieppe was probably equipped with a 1.5 litre S.C.A.P. (Société de Construction Automobile Parisienne) engine. Best known of the 1500cc Bugatti drivers were Parisians Jan Bychawski and Jean Gaupillat.
      The class over 1500cc consisted mostly of Bugatti T35Bs and T35Cs. In contemporary papers it was incorrectly called the class over 2000cc as the T35Cs had 1991cc engines. Among the Bugatti T35B drivers can be mentioned René Dreyfus and Bertrand du Pouget, and among the T35C drivers Georges Bouriano, Jean de l'Espée and Jean de Maleplane. Father and son Montier with their Montier Speciale were also in the entry list.
Race day came with sunny weather and a blue sky. People arrived in hordes and the stands proved too small for the huge number of spectators. The motorcycle races started a bit late at 1:15 p.m. It involved an accident in which a racer named Gédéon had his left leg crushed so badly that it had to be amputated.
      The car race was moved from planned 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and of 34 entries 24 cars came to the start. Sadly, only the identity of the 15 cars that took the chequered flag plus two others are known leaving seven unknowns.
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Eminente seems to have made the best start but at the end of the first lap du Pouget was in the lead having done the lap in 4m34s (105.9 km/h). He was followed by Dreyfus and de l'Espee. Vasena crashed his Tracta at Saint-Aubin without any damage.
      On the second lap Dreyfus took over the lead of the race and soon the three Bugattis of Dreyfus, du Pouget and de l'Espee started to pull away from the rest of the competitors.
      There were several minor incidents during the event. On the 11th lap van Hulzen spun his Bugatti but was able to rejoin the race. Others were less lucky and apart from earlier mentioned Vasena eight other drivers retired from the race.
      Dreyfus made the 13th lap in 4m13s (114.7km/h), improved it to 4m08s (117.0 km/h) on lap 14 and then to 4m06s (118.0 km/h) on lap 18. That time was equaled by du Pouget on lap 20.
      After 25 laps Dreyfus took the flag to win by 52.6s over du Pouget with de l'Espee third. All other competitors had been lapped. Scaron was the winner of the 1100cc class and fifth overall with his Amilcar. Apart from him the top 11 positions were held by Bugattis including 1500cc class winner Gaupillat who was 10th overall.



1.58René DreyfusA. de BondeliBugattiT35B2.3S-8251h46m54.4s
2.54Bertrand du PougetB. du PougetBugattiT35B2.3S-8251h47m47.0s+ 52.6s
3.44Jean de l'EspeeJ. de l'EspeeBugattiT35C2.0S-8251h50m11.8s+ 3m17.4s
4.46Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8251h53m49.8s+ 6m55,4s
5.6José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcar252h01m28.0s+ 14m33.6s
6.42Cornelis van HulzenC. van HulzenBugattiT35C2.0S-8252h01m46.0s+ 14m51.6s
7.48Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35C2.0S-8252h02m02.8s+ 15m08.4s
8.40"Grimaldi""Grimaldi"BugattiT35C2.0S-8252h02m24.8s+ 15m30.4s
9.52de Berckde BerckBugattiT35B2-3S-8252h02m55.4s+ 16m01.0s
10.34Jean GaupillatJ. GaupillatBugattiT37A1.5S-4252h06m55.2s+ 20m00.8s
11.26Charles DelbosC. DelbosBugattiT37A1.5S-4252h07m53.2s+ 20m58.8s
12.16Etienne LepicardE. LepicardDonnet252h10m15.4s+ 23m21.0s
13.32le Follle FollBugattiT37A1.5S-4252h14m06.4s+ 27m12.0s
14.64BulaBulaOakland252h18m13.8s+ 31m19.4s
15. 30Jan BychawskiJ. BychawskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4252h18m59.2s+ 32m04.8s
DNF38Emilio EminenteE. EminenteBugattiT35C2.0S-8?
DNF8Hector VasenaH. VasenaTracta0crash
?14Robert JeuffrainR. JeuffrainAmilcar
?22Henri DoubletH. DoubletTracta
?37Charles DruckC. DruckBugattiT371.5S-4
?56Jean TrévouxTrévouxBugattiT35B2.3S-8
?60Charles MontierF. MontierMontierSpecial
?62Ferdinand MontierF. MontierMontierSpecial
Note! Only seven of seventeen drivers with questionmarks in the results actually started the race.

Fastest lap: R. Dreyfus lap 18 & B. du Pouget on lap 20 (both Bugatti) in 4m06.0s = 118.0 km/h (73.3mph)
Winner's medium speed: 113.1 km/h (70.3 mph)
Weather: sunny with blue sky.

Primary sources researched for this article:
L'Auto , Paris
Le Matin, Paris
l'Intransigeant-Match, Paris
Louis Granon: "Circuit de Dieppe 1929-35"
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker



Camaiore (I) , 7 July 1929.
7 laps x 27.321 km (17.0 mi) = 191.2 km (118.8 mi)


Class up to 1500 cc
Francesco ValleF. ValleBugattiT37A1.5S-4
Mario MoradeiM. MoradeiSalmson
Muzio CorradiM. CorradiAlfa Romeo6C-15001.8S-6
Mario BoggiM. BoggiFiat509
Class over 1500cc:
Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroBugattiT35C2.0S-8
Mario RazzautiM. RazzautiAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
Mario DafarraM. DafarraLanciaLambda

Balestrero's Italian victory

Under Construction




Grid not available




1.Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroBugattiT35C2.0S-872h34m48.4s
2.Mario RazzautiM. RazzautiAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-672h35m09.4s+ 21.0s
3.Francesco ValleF. ValleBugattiT37A1.5S-472h47m05.0s+ 12m16.6s
4.Mario DafarraM. DafarraLanciaLambda72h49m48.0s+ 14m59.6s
5.Mario MoradeiM. MoradeiSalmson72h50m40.6s+ 15m52.2s
6.Muzio CorradiM. CorradiAlfa Romeo6C-15001.8S-672h52m43.4s+ 17m55.0s
7.Mario BoggiM. BoggiFiat50973h04m20.0s+ 29m31.6s
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 74.1 km/h (46.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed (1500cc): 68.7 km/h (42.7 mph)
Weather: .



Montenero - Livorno (I), 21 July 1929.
10 laps x 22.5 km (14.0 mi) = 225 km (139.8 mi)


Class 1100 cc
2Mario MoradeiM. MoradeiSalmson1.1
4Cesare OlivaC. OlivaFiat5091.0S-4DNA - did not appear
6Elia ScampiniE. ScampiniFiat5091.0S-4DNA - did not appear
8Mario BoggiM. BoggiFiat5091.0S-4DNA - did not appear
10Piero BucciP. BucciFiat5091.0S-4
12Luigi VillaL. VillaDerby1.1
14Filippo SartorioF. SartorioAmilcar1.1
Class over 1100 cc
16Ernesto MaseratiOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati26B2.0S-8
18"Max Giorgini"G. PeragalloO.M.665 SMM2.0S-4
20Angelo GiustiA. GiustiBugatti1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
22Francesco SirignanoPrincipe de F. SirignanoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
24Enrico BeniniE. BeniniAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
26Luigi ArcangeliScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8
28Achille VarziSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa RomeoP22.0S-8
30Amedeo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati261.5S-8
32Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroBugattiT35C2.0S-8
34Dante AgnelliD. AgnelliBugatti1.5S-4DNS - did not start
36Giuseppe CampariSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
38Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT35A2.0S-8
40Pietro GhersiP. GhersiAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
42Giuseppe MorandiFabbrica O. M.O. M665 SMM2.2S-6
44Mario RazzautiM. RazzautiAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
46Cesare PastoreC. PastoreMaserati26B2.1S-8
48Archimede RosaFabbrica O. M.O. M.665 SMM2.2S-6
50Gastone Brilli PeriSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa RomeoP22.0S-8
52Federico FisauliF. FisauliMaserati26B2.0S-8 DNA - did not appear
54Tazio NuvolariSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
56Alberto PaneraiA. PaneraiMaserati261.5S-8DNA - did not appear
58Francesco Pirlo-RubinoF. Pirlo-RubinoAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
60Ugo StefanelliU. StefanelliBugattiT352.0S-8DNA - did not appear
62Clemente BiondettiC. BiondettiBugattiT352.0S-8
64Luigi FagioliOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati26R1.7S-8 DNA - did not appear
66Ermanno CheccacciE. CheccacciBugatti or O.M. 2000DNS - did not start
68Salvatore ScuderiS. ScuderiBugatti1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
70Arrigo SartorioA. SartorioAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
xGuglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati1.5S-8DNS - did not start
xGuglielmo CarraroliG. CarraroliBugattiT352.0S-8DNA - did not appear
xCarlo PintacudaC. PintacudaAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNS - did not start
xGiovanni CutelliG. CutelliAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6DNA - did not appear
xLuigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoBugatti1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
xLuigi CorcosL. CorcosBugattiT352.0S-8DNA - did not appear
xBagnoliXDNA - did not appear

Varzi wins the Coppa Ciano on the Montenero circuit in record time

by Hans Etzrodt
The international motor sport week at Livorno ended with the Coppa Ciano race around the difficult 22.5 km Montenero circuit, which proved to be another classic battle between Varzi and Brilli Peri in the fastest cars, the P2 Alfa Romeos. Brilli Peri took an early lead until lap four, when he slowed down and Varzi attacked to take first place. When Brilli pitted on lap eight the race was decided. Varzi did not stop and finished first ahead of the 1750 Alfa Romeos of Nuvolari and Campari, followed by Arcangeli (Talbot) and Brilli Peri, who ended up fifth. Biondetti (Bugatti), who at one time held third place, retired on the last lap. Pastore in the fastest Maserati held fourth place for some time and finished sixth ahead of the three 1750 Alfa Romeos driven by Ghersi, Razzauti and Benini. There were a total of 16 finishers and six retirements.
The races on the Montenero Circuit near Livorno (Leghorn in English) had been held since 1921. From 1922 onwards a 22.5 km circuit was used from Ardenza Mare - Montenero - Savolano - Castellaccio - Romito - Ardenza Mare. The narrow road circuit twisted through endless curves with steep up and down slopes through the mountains and was a small replica of the Madonie but considerably shorter. The start and finish with the grandstand were at Ardenza.
      The 1929 international event counted towards the Italian Championship and was the ninth time that the race was held on the Circuito del Montenero for the third Coppa Ciano on July 21, 1929. The coppa or trophy was donated by Italian Navy hero Costanzo Ciano for a 1927 Montenero sports car race, which was named after him. The Coppa Ciano name was applied for the second time to the 1928 sports car race. As of 1929, when the sports car race was dropped from the program, the Coppa Ciano name was assigned to the racecar event for the first time.
      The Automobile Club Livorno and Moto Club Livorno had staged the Coppa del Mare, a motorcycle race, the week before. The automobile race for the Coppa Ciano and Coppa Montenero on the 22.500 km circuit had to be lapped ten times. The cars were divided into class 1 up to 1100 cc and class 2 over 1100 cc. Additionally, a special classification was provided for 1500 cc cars for scoring in the Italian Championship. To be classified, the large cars had to finish within 3 hours and 20 minutes and the 1100 cc cars in 3 hours and 40 minutes. These maximum times were based on 20 minutes per lap for the large group and 22 minutes for the little cars. The number of entries was limited to 40 cars, but if there were more, the Livorno Automobile Club reserved the right to deny those late entries.
      The prize money was distributed as follows: the victor received the Ciano Cup and 50,000 lire; second 20,000, third 10,000, fourth 8,000, fifth 7,000, sixth 6,000, seventh 5,000, eighth 4,000, ninth and tenth each 2,000 lire. The winner of the small car class received 3,000 lire, second 2,000 and third 1,000.
Most of the better known Italian drivers appeared at the start for the Coppa Ciano since the race counted towards the Italian Championship. There had been a six week break between the race at Mugello and the Montenero Circuit, giving drivers and teams ample time to prepare for a new battle. Since several drivers had been dissatisfied with the outcome at Mugello, a few of them wanted genuine revenge, in particular, Brilli Peri, Varzi, Campari and Nuvolari, the drivers most affected for a rematch after Mugello. Although Brilli Peri had won at Mugello, in order to remove any doubt about the legitimacy of his triumph, he was looking forward to meeting his opponents again. After his victory in Rome, Varzi had disappointed at Mugello for no obvious reason. Now he gave up the opportunity to race at Germany's Grand Prix for sports cars on July 14 so that he could undertake preparations for Montenero and be ready for battle. Campari had a great desire for revenge and was looking forward to this weekend after being baulked by Biondetti for several laps at Mugello. Montenero was only Nuvolari's second race with an Alfa Romeo after the Mugello Circuit. He started with a plaster corset which the doctors fitted to protect two fractured ribs which he had suffered in a motorcycle racing crash the weekend before at the Coppa del Mare race on the Montenero circuit.
      Societá Anonima Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo e C. was the official name of the Alfa Romeo factory, which entered tipo P2s for Brilli Peri and Varzi and 6C-1750 GS Alfa Romeos for Campari and Nuvolari. These cars and probably also that of Ghersi, could be considered as a second stage of well-known 1750 improvements, which included some slight modifications to the engine by increasing the capacity to almost 1800 cc and above all to the chassis to give a better weight distribution in order to obtain, as it was obtained, better handling. In fact at the Targa Florio and at Mugello the inferior road holding of the Alfa 1750 compared to the 1500 version was recognized, which, however, was no longer evident at Montenero. Besides the official Alfa Romeo entries, there were another four 6C-1750 GS Alfas in independent hands, those of the young enthusiasts Sirignano, Benini, Ghersi and Razzauti. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that during practice Benini and Pintacuda were in an Alfa Romeo when the car swerved sharply to the right in a turn and crashed into a support pole for the overhead tram wires. When the car spun around, both drivers were thrown from their seats. While Benini escaped with only minor bruises, Pintacuda suffered bruises and a broken leg, which prevented him from starting.
      Officine Meccaniche SA from Brescia were present for this race, although the circuit did not suit their two OM 2200 cc cars for Rosa and Morandi, while Giorgini in a third OM raced independently. Officine Alfieri Maserati appeared with a 2000 cc grand prix car for Ernesto Maserati and the independent Pastore in a second Maserati type 26 with a 26B engine bored to 2100 cc while Ruggeri drove a 1500cc type 26 Maserati. The Scuderia Materassi entered a 1927 Talbot 1500 cc grand prix car for Arcangeli while three independent Bugattis were to be driven by Balestrero, Decaroli and Biondetti. Moradei (Salmson), Bucci (Fiat), Villa (Derby) and Sartorio (Amilcar) started in the 1100 cc class. A complete list of entries is shown at the beginning of this report including those which did not make it to the starting line.
A large crowd had come to witness the outcome of the duel between Brilli Peri, Varzi and Campari, the leading drivers at Alfa Romeo, and also to see the famous Alfa Romeo P2 that had never raced at Montenero before. The Minister of Communications Count Costanzo Ciano di Cortelazzo, the donor of the Cup, and Princess Maria Ciano appeared with a large group of other officials. The RACI Sporting Commissioners were Fabio Vecchioni and Renzo Castagneto.
      It was an extremely hot day, when from the 35 officially entered cars, as many as 22 appeared ready for the race. Before the start one minute silence was called in remembrance and in recognition of the deceased champion driver Emilio Materassi, who had won here the year before and died in 1928 at the Monza tragedy.
      Because the dirt road circuit was rather narrow at some places and difficult for drivers to pass each other, as a safety precaution the cars were started individually from a standing start, with intervals of 30 seconds between each car and 1m30s between the two classes. However, the cars were not necessarily released at 30 seconds intervals, similar to the Targa Florio or Mugello starting procedures. The start times had been determined beforehand according to their numbers and if particular cars did not appear at the start (e.g. #4, #6 and #8), car number 10 was held to its predetermined time of departure. For instance -as per calculation- Bucci left two minutes and 30 seconds after 3:00 PM because the #4, #6 and #8 cars which did not appear had been assigned for an earlier starting time.
      The actual start began at 3:00 PM on the Boulevard Prince of Naples, when Princess Maria Ciano gave the signal to the drivers and Moradei's Salmson with the lowest number 2 was released. Next in line was number 10, Bucci's Fiat and so one after the other cars were started individually. The crowd was very enthusiastic and applauded the most prominent drivers as they were preparing for the start. Benini was still sore from the fall he made in practice. Campari received great applause as did Razzauti, the hope of the Livorno sports fans. Brilli Peri started near the end as absolute favorite. So one after the other the 22 cars were started individually until after 16 minutes and 30 seconds when Biondetti in the Bugatti was the last to leave. The following drivers did not start: Dante Agnelli (Bugatti), Ermanno Checcacci (Bugatti), Guglielmo Sandri (Maserati) and Carlo Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo).
1.Moradei2(Salmson)- 3:00'00"up to 1100 cc class
2.Bucci10(Fiat)- 3:02'30"
3.Villa12(Derby)- 3:03'00"
4.Sartorio14(Amilcar)- 3:03'30"
5.E. Maserati16(Bugatti)- 3:05'00"over 1100 cc class
6.Giorgini18(O. M.)- 3:05'30"
7.Sirignano22(Alfa Romeo)- 3:06'30"
8.Benini24(Alfa Romeo)- 3:07'00"
9.Arcangeli26(Talbot)- 3:07'30"
10.Varzi28(Alfa Romeo)- 3:08'00"
11.Ruggeri30(Maserati)- 3:08'30"
12.Balestrero32(Bugatti)- 3:09'00"
13.Campari36(Alfa Romeo)- 3:10'00"
14.Decaroli38(Bugatti)- 3:10'30"
15.Ghersi40(Alfa Romeo)- 3:11'00"
16.Morandi42(O. M.)- 3:11'30"
17.Razzauti44(Alfa Romeo)- 3:12'00"
18.Pastore46(Maserati)- 3:12'30"
19.Rosa48(O. M.)- 3:13'00"
20.Brilli Peri50(Alfa Romeo)- 3:13'30"
21.Nuvolari54(Alfa Romeo)- 3:14'30"
22.Biondetti62(Bugatti)- 3:16'30"
Just over two minutes after Biondetti had started, Moradei in the little Salmson was the first to appear at the grandstands, finishing the first lap in 18m36s, then Bucci arrived in 19m05s, hounded by Maserati only two seconds behind in 16m37s, who had already passed Villa and Sartorio. Sartorio appeared next in18m51s ahead of Giorgini in 17m03s. That was how the cars were positioned on the road while they passed the grandstands but below they are listed after the first lap according to classification.
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)15m32s
2.Brilli-Peri (Alfa Romeo)15m32.2s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)15m45s
4.Pastore (Maserati)15m49s
5.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)15m57s
6.Arcangeli (Talbot)16m00s
7.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)16m01s
8.Biondetti (Bugatti)16m05s
9.Campari (Alfa Romeo)16m06s
10.Morandi (O.M.)16m10s
11.Rosa (O.M.)16m16s
12.Decaroli (Bugatti)16m36s
13.Maserati (Maserati)16m37s
14.Balestrero (Bugatti)16m44s
15.Benini (Alfa Romeo)16m52s
16.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)16m56s
17.Giorgini (O.M.)17m03s
18.Ruggeri (Maserati)17m11s
19.Moradei (Salmson)18m36s
20.Sartorio (Amilcar)18m51s
21.Bucci (Fiat)19m05s
22.Villa (Derby)30m59.2s

During the second lap Brilli Peri still held the lead with a lap of 15m27.2s a new record at an average speed of 87.358 km/h, ahead of Varzi, Nuvolari and Pastore. Villa retired the Derby with mechanical failure. Decaroli stopped his Bugatti at the pits which dropped him seven places. Bucci was already one lap behind. Exciting battles were developing in the field. Ghersi and Razzauto were within a second of each other in elapsed time and Balestro and Benini were in a dead heat. The individual lap times had to be calculated and are shown below next to the classification times after two laps:
1.Brilli-Peri (Alfa Romeo)30m59.4s15m27.2s lap time
2.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)31m03.0s15m31.0s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)31m29.4s15m44.4s
4.Pastore (Maserati)31m35.0s15m46s
5.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)31m57.4s15m56.4s
6.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)31m57.8s16m00.8s
7.Biondetti (Bugatti)31m59.4s15m54.4s
8.Campari (Alfa Romeo)32m00s15m54s
9.Morandi (O.M.)32m06s15m56s
10.Arcangeli (Talbot)32m12s16m12s
11.E. Maserati (Maserati)33m17s16m40s
12.Balestrero (Bugatti)33m20s16m36s
13.Benini (Alfa Romeo)33m20s16m28s
14.Rosa (O.M.)33m24.4s17m08.4s
15.Giorgini (O.M.)34m21s17m18s
16.Ruggeri (Maserati)34m25s17m14s
17.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)35m54s18m58s
18.Decaroli (Bugatti)35m56s19m20s
19.Moradei (Salmson)36m53s18m17s
20.Sartorio (Amilcar)40m23s21m32s
21.Bucci (Fiat)51m51s32m46s

During the third lap Brilli Peri maintained his lead and held an advantage of 12 seconds to Varzi. Nuvolari was still third ahead of Pastore, Biondetti, who had moved from seventh to fifth, Ghersi, Campari, Morandi, Arcangeli and Razzauti, who had fallen to tenth. Rosa moved up to 11th spot and Benini from 13th up to 12th position. Moradei stopped at his pit with a steering problem. Ruggeri, Giorgini and Sartorio also made pit stops. The order after three laps was as follows:
1.Brilli-Peri (Alfa Romeo)46m27.2s15m27.8s lap time
2.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)46m39.8s15m36.8s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)47m03.8s15m34.4s
4.Pastore (Maserati)47m18.6s15m43.6s
5.Biondetti (Bugatti)47m24.0s15m24.6s
6.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)47m49.6s15m52.2s
7.Campari (Alfa Romeo)47m55.2s15m55.2s
8.Morandi (O.M.)48m05.8s15m59.8s
9.Arcangeli (Talbot)48m06.0s15m54.0s
10.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)48m08.8s16m11.0s
11.Rosa (O.M.)48m32.6s15m57.0s
12.Benini (Alfa Romeo)49m47.0s16m27.0s
13.Balestrero (Bugatti)50m00.6s16m40.6s
14.E. Maserati (Maserati)50m03.4s16m46.4s
15.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)50m59.4s15m05.4s
16.Decaroli (Bugatti)51m56.0s16m00.0s
17.Ruggeri (Maserati)52m04.4s17m39.4s
18.Moradei (Salmson)56m32.4s19m39.4s
19.Giorgini (O.M.)57m29.0s23m08.0s
20.Sartorio (Amilcar)59m37.0s19m14.0s
21.Bucci (Fiat)?

After four laps Brilli Peri still prevailed just three seconds ahead of Varzi, followed by Nuvolari, Biondetti now in fourth place and Pastore. Campari had worked himself into sixth spot with Arcangeli in seventh position. Ernesto Maserati made a brief pit stop. Giorgini retired the O.M with mechanical failure. After four laps the order was:
1.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)1h01m57.4s15m30.2s lap time
2.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h02m07.0s15m27.2s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h02m34.4s15m30.6s
4.Biondetti (Bugatti)1h02m58.8s15m34.8s
5.Pastore (Maserati)1h03m02.2s15m43.6s
6.Campari (Alfa Romeo)1h03m37.6s15m42.4s
7.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)1h03m49.4s15m59.8s
8.Arcangeli (Talbot)1h03m43.0s15m37.0s
9.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)1h04m00.2s15m51.4s
10.Morandi (O.M.)1h04m00.6s15m54.8s
11.Rosa (O.M.)1h04m33.4s16m00.8s
12.Benini (Alfa Romeo)1h06m12.0s16m25.0s
13.Balestrero (Bugatti)1h06m36.8s16m36.2s
14.E. Maserati (Maserati)1h07m36.8s17m33.4s
15.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)1h07m47.0s16m47.6s
16.Decaroli (Bugatti)1h08m47.4s16m51.4s
17.Ruggeri (Maserati)1h10m50.0s18m45.6s
18.Bucci (Fiat)1h16m59.8s?
19.Moradei (Salmson)1h21m46.2s25m13.8s
20.Sartorio (Amilcar)1h23m45.0s24m08.0s

During lap five Varzi went even faster with a lap record of 15m11.8s at an average of 88.340 km/h and took the lead with a time of 1h17m18.8s at a race average of 87.318 km/h. Brilli Peri had slowed down a little and followed 14 seconds behind, followed by Nuvolari, Biondetti with an even faster pace and Campari, who inherited fifth place when Pastore stopped at his pit. Arcangeli was seventh, ahead of Ghersi, Morandi, Razzauti, Rosa, Benini and Balestrero thirteenth. The order after five laps was:
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h17m18.8s15m11.8s lap time
2.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)1h17m33.2s15m35.8s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h18m10.2s15m35.8s
4.Biondetti (Bugatti)1h18m29.2s15m30.4s
5.Campari (Alfa Romeo)1h19m16.4s15m38.8s
6.Pastore (Maserati)1h19m21.8s16m19.6s
7.Arcangeli (Talbot)1h19m37.8s15m54.8s
8.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)1h19m57.2s16m07.8s
9.Morandi (O.M.)1h20m10.0s16m09.4s
10.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)1h20m17.4s16m17.2s
11.Rosa (O.M.)1h20m38.0s16m04.6s
12.Benini (Alfa Romeo)1h22m42.6s16m30.6s
13.Balestrero (Bugatti)1h23m09.6s16m32.8s
14.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)1h24m48.4s17m01.4s
15.Decaroli (Bugatti)1h25m30.0s16m42.6s
16.Ruggeri (Maserati)1h28m04.0s17m14.0s
17.E. Maserati (Maserati)1h28m55.0s20m18.2s
18.Bucci (Fiat)1h39m58.0s22m58.2s
19.Sartorio (Amilcar)1h45m27.0s21m42.0s
20.Moradei (Salmson)?

On lap six Varzi further increased his pace, with a new lap record of 15m10.4s at an average of 88.971 km/h, which was the fastest lap of the race. With his race time of 1h32m29.2s Varzi was leading Brilli Peri by 39 seconds, who was ahead of Nuvolari. Biondetti had increased his pace and after Varzi was now in the second fastest car, Campari, Arcangeli now in sixth position, followed by Razzauti, Ghersi and Rosa while Pastore in tenth place stopped again at his pit. The race of the 1100 cc class was uninteresting with Bucci in the Fiat ahead of Sartorio while Moradei had fallen behind due to small failures that occurred repeatedly. The order after six laps:
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h32m29.2s15m11.4s lap time
2.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)1h33m08.2s15m35.0s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h33m51.0s15m40.8s
4.Biondetti (Bugatti)1h33m59.4s15m30.2s
5.Campari (Alfa Romeo)1h34m52.0s15m35.6s
6.Arcangeli (Talbot)?
7.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)?
8.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)?
9.Rosa (O.M.)?
10.Pastore (Maserati)?

On lap seven Varzi continued his fast pace and his time was 1h47m44.6s leading Brilli Peri by a considerable margin, of 1m23s. Brilli Peri was pressured by Nuvolari, who was now only 16 seconds behind. Biondetti, who lost some time, was fourth, followed by Campari, Arcangeli, Razzauti, Pastore, Ghersi, Rosa, Benini, Balestrero, Sirignano, Decaroli and Maserati. There was a good battle going on for eigth place, Pastore and Ghersi being only a second apart and a similar fight for tenth place between Rosa and Benini. Morandi was forced to retire on lap seven when a lever of the gearbox broke and Ruggeri also called it quits on that lap. In the 1100 cc class was Bucci was still ahead of Moradei after seven laps in the following order:
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)1h47m44.6s15m15.4s lap time
2.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)1h49m07.4s15m59.2s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h49m23.4s15m24.0s
4.Biondetti (Bugatti)1h49m47.0s15m47.6s
5.Campari (Alfa Romeo)1h50m28.4s15m36.0s
6.Arcangeli (Talbot)1h51m02.0s?
7.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)1h52m42.0s?
8.Pastore (Maserati)1h53m01.0s?
9.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)1h53m02.0s?
10.Rosa (O.M.)1h56m05.0s?
11.Benini (Alfa Romeo)1h56m07.2s
12.Balestrero (Bugatti)1h56m12.0s
13.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)1h59m06.4s
14.Decaroli (Bugatti)2h02m17.0s
15.E. Maserati (Maserati)2h03m23.0s
16.Bucci (Fiat)?
17.Moradei (Salmson)?

On lap eight Varzi carried on in first place when Brilli Peri stopped at his pit and lost two positions. The race, at least at the front, was now decided. Nuvolari inherited second place almost two minutes behind and Biondetti was now third. Campari maintained his fifth place ahead of Arcangeli, Razzauti, Pastore, Ghersi, Rosa, Benini, Balestrero, Sirignano, Decaroli and Maserati. The order of the 1100 cc class was Bucci ahead of Moradei while Sartorio retired his Amilcar with mechanical failure on this lap when the field was down to 17 cars after eight laps.
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2h03m10.0s15m25.4s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h05m00.0s15m36.6s
3.Biondetti (Bugatti)2h05m32.0s15m45.0s
4.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)2h05m43.0s16m35.6s
5.Campari (Alfa Romeo)2h05m56.0s15m47.6s
6.Arcangeli (Talbot)2h06m51.0s15m49.0s
7.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)2h09m10.4s16m28.4s
8.Pastore (Maserati)2h09m13.0s16m12.0s
9.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)2h09m28.4s16m26.4s
10.Rosa (O.M.)2h12m51.0s16m46.0s
11.Benini (Alfa Romeo)2h12m55.4s16m48.2s
12.Balestrero (Bugatti)2h12m48.0s16m36.0s
13.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)2h16m18.4s17m12.0s
14.Decaroli (Bugatti)2h20m20.0s18m03.0s
15.E. Maserati (Maserati)2h20m20.0s16m57.0s
16.Bucci (Fiat)?
17.Moradei (Salmson)?

After the ninth lap Varzi was still out front ahead of Nuvolari and Campari, who had moved into third place. Arcangeli had passed into fourth spot followed by Biondetti, who had a problem with his car and Brilli Peri, who was once more delayed with another pit stop. Pastore had advanced into seventh place, ahead of Ghersi, Razzauti, who had lost two places, Benini, Balestrero, Rosa, who also had lost two positions, Sirignano, Decaroli and Maserati. In the 1100 cc class Bucci was still ahead of Moradei after nine laps.
1.Varzi (Alfa Romeo)2h18m47.4s15m37.4s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h20m38.4s15m38.4s
3.Campari (Alfa Romeo)2h21m45.4s15m49.4s
4.Arcangeli (Talbot)2h22m46.2s15m55.2s
5.Biondetti (Bugatti)2h22m59.4s17m27.4s
6.Brilli Peri (Alfa Romeo)2h23m51.0s18m08.0s
7.Pastore (Maserati)2h25m22.0s16m09.0s
8.Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)2h25m41.0s16m12.6s
9.Razzauti (Alfa Romeo)2h25m48.0s16m37.6s
10.Benini (Alfa Romeo)2h29m17.0s16m21.6s
11.Balestrero (Bugatti)2h29m33.4s16m45.4s
12.Rosa (O.M.)2h31m28.2s18m37.2s
13.Sirignano (Alfa Romeo)2h33m33.0s17m14.6s
14.Decaroli (Bugatti)2h43m34.8s23m14.8s
15.E. Maserati (Maserati)2h38m38.0s18m18.0s
16.Bucci (Fiat)3h02m58.2s?
17.Moradei (Salmson)?

At the end of lap ten Varzi was received with great applause, finishing in the record time of 2h34m51.5s at an average of 87.175 km/h and thereby beating the previous record of 2h38m57.4s (84.928 km/h) set up by Materassi in 1928. Over the last two laps Varzi had slightly slowed down. Nuvolari followed two and a half minutes behind with a lap of 15m43.6s, while Campari finished third driving his fastest lap at the end in 15m29.6s ahead of Arcangeli's 1500 Talbot. Biondetti, who began the last lap in fifth place, encountered engine problems on the last lap and retired. He had shown that he can drive well. The unfortunate situation that stopped him did not detract from his merits as one of the better upcoming drivers. Brilli Peri drove his last lap in exactly 16 minutes, finishing a disappointing fifth. No specific information could be found about the cause of Brilli's pit stop which ruined his chance of victory. Giovanni Canestrini reported in La Gazzetta dello Sport that without question the P2 of Brilli Peri was not adjusted like the one of Varzi, but it gave the impression to dominate. Pastore in sixth place had climbed yet another place in his brilliant recovery from 10th place on lap 6 to 6th at the end i.e. four places in four laps. In the 1100 class Bucci ran into trouble and lost his lead which gave the class victory to Moradei. The race was over in the best way, without incident and after a memorable fight that permitted four drivers to improve on the previous race record established the year before.



1.28Achille VarziSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa RomeoP22.0S-8102h34m51.6s
2.54Tazio NuvolariSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h36m22.2s
3.36Giuseppe CampariSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h37m15.0s
4.26Luigi ArcangeliScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8102h38m34.4s
5.50Gastone Brilli PeriSA Ital. Ing. Nicola RomeoAlfa RomeoP22.0S-8102h39m51.0s
6.46Cesare PastoreC. PastoreMaserati26B2.1S-8102h41m27.4s
7.40Pietro GhersiP. GhersiAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h42m04.4s
8.44Mario RazzautiM. RazzautiAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h42m19.4s
9.24Enrico BeniniE. BeniniAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h45m54.6s
10.32Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroBugattiT35C2.0S-8102n46m10.0s
11.48Archimede RosaFabbrica O. M.O. M.665 SMM2.2S-6102h47m36.6s
12.22Francesco SirignanoPrincipe de F. SirignanoAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h50m51.4s
13.16Ernesto MaseratiOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati26B2.0S-8102h53m33.4s
14.38Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliBugattiT35A2.0S-8103h02m21.4s
15.2Mario MoradeiM. MoradeiSalmson1.1103h04m12.8s
16.10Piero BucciP. BucciFiat5091.0S-4103h22m36.4s
DNF62Clemente BiondettiC. BiondettiBugattiT352.0S-89engine
DNF14Filippo SartorioF. SartorioAmilcar1.17engine
DNF42Giuseppe MorandiFabbrica O. M.O. M665 SMM2.2S-66gearbox lever
DNF30Amedeo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati261.5S-86mechanical
DNF18Max GiorginiM. GiorginiO.M.665 SMM2.0S-43engine
DNF12Luigi VillaL. VillaDerby1.11engine
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Alfa Romeo) on lap 6 in 15m10.4s = 89.0 km/h (55.3 mph).
Fastest lap (1100 cc): Mario Moradei (Salmson) on lap 5 in 18m12.6s = 74.1 km/h (46.1 mph).
Winner's speed: 87.2 km/h (54.2 mph).
Winner's speed 1100 cc (Moradei): 73.3 km/h (45.5 mph).
Weather: sunny, dry, tropical heat.
In retrospect:
IL LITTORIALE published after the race a short news clip without any detail explanation:
After the Coppa di Montenero, the seventh race in the Italian National Automobile Championship, the classification was:
Absolute classification: Varzi 5 points; Brilli Peri 2 points; Morandi 1 point.
1500 class: Brilli Peri 2 points; Morandi 1 point.
1100 class: Biondetti 4 points, Morandi 2 points; Castelbarco 1 point.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Gran Sport, Firenze
La Gazetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
L'Auto Italiana, Milano
Manifestazioni by Automobile Club Livorno
RACI settimanale, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Markus Neugebauer
Michael Müller

Chiron (Bugatti)Philippe/Bouriat (Bugatti)Lehoux (Bugatti)


Circuito de Lasarte - San Sebastián (E), 25 July 1929 (Thursday).
40 laps x 17.315 km (10.759 mi) = 692.6 km (430.4 mi)


1Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35B2.3S-8
2Georges PhilippeG. PhilippeBugattiT35B2.3S-8
3Jean de l'EspéeBaron J. de l'EspéeBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
4Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliBugattiT35B2.3S-8
5Giulio ForestiG. ForestiBugattiT35C2.0S-8
6Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT35B2.3S-8
7Diego de SterlichD. de SterlichMaserati26R1.7S-8DNA - did not appear
8Edmond BourlierE. BourlierBugattiT35C2.0S-8
9Luigi PlatèL. PlatèAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
10Robert GauthierR. GauthierBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
11Albert BroschekA. BroschekBugattiT35B2.3S-8
12Mario LeporiM. LeporiBugattiT35B2.3S-8
14Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinBugattiT35C2.0S-8
15Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8
16René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT35B2.3S-8
18Guy BouriatG BouriatBugattiT35C2.0S-8
19Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35B2.3S-8
20Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-6DNA - did not appear
XRaoul de RovinR. de RovinDelage15S81.5S-8DNA - did not appear

Chiron wins the San Sebastian Grand Prix with Bugatti

by Hans Etzrodt
The Grand Prix of San Sebastian took place over 40 laps of the Lasarte circuit held in rainy weather and brief periods of sunshine. The 14 cars at the start comprised a horde of Bugattis and a sole 1750 Alfa Romeo of independent Italian driver Platè. Besides Chiron, Bouriat and Philippe, the most capable were Etancelin, Zanelli, Lehoux, Dreyfus and Bourlier. The remainders like Broschek, Bouriano, Foresti, Lepori and de Maleplane did not stand a chance of challenging the faster drivers. The battle for the lead would be decided between the Bugattis of Philippe and Chiron against Etancelin each of whom held first place at some time during the race. Platè's Alfa retired after only one lap, while Zanelli held second place when he called it quits and Bouriat followed him, both affected by the rain. Broschek, Foresti and Etancelin also retired later on. On lap 21 Chiron took the lead and dominated the race until the finish ahead of Philippe/Bouriat Bugatti. Lehoux finished third ahead of Dreyfus, Bourlier, de Maleplane and Bouriano. Lepori was shown in eighth place but did not complete the required distance. It was a hard and long race fighting through the persistent rain.
The 1929 automobile sport week at San Sebastian, which took place at great expense, included the seventh Grand Prix of San Sebastian on Thursday, July 25 and the Spanish Grand Prix for sports cars on Sunday, July 28, a 12-hour endurance race. The A.I.A.C.R. granted permission to the Royal Spanish Automobile Club to hold this largest Spanish automobile race, organized by the Real Automóvil Club de Guipúzcoa. The San Sebastian Grand Prix was not staged to the international fuel consumption formula but was held to formula libre. The race went counter clockwise over 40 laps of the 17.315 km Lasarte circuit, a total of 692.600 km. The victor was to receive the Coupe of His Majesty the King of Spain and 10,000 pesetas, the second 5,000, third 3,000 and fourth 1,500. For the fastest lap an extra award of 500 Pesetas was offered.
A total of 19 entries were received for the formula libre race, but only 14 cars appeared for the start, comprising 13 Bugattis and one Alfa Romeo. Charles Faroux wrote in L'AUTO, "It is noteworthy that the manufacturer from Molsheim does not run officially." The Bugattis were all independent entries by the 1928 winner Chiron, the young skilled 'Philippe', who was the son of Paris millionaire Baron Henry de Rothschild, and Bouriat, including Dreyfus, who drove de Bondelli's Bugatti on loan, the same car he had driven to victory in the Dieppe Grand Prix. The Swiss driver Lepori, winner of the Antibes Grand Prix earlier in the year, teamed together with the Belgian driver Bouriano and the Frenchman Bourlier. The German Broschek appeared in his 2300 Bugatti, not with a Delage as published in some reports. Etancelin, who earlier in July had won the Marne Grand Prix, was a very strong independent driver, similar to Lehoux, the stocky little resident of Algieria, who had won the 1928 Algerian and Tunis Grands Prix and again in Algeria in 1929. Zanelli represented Spain where he lived although he came from Chile. Earlier in June he won the Grand Prix Bugatti and five weeks later finished second in the Marne Grand Prix. The independent Milanese driver Platè drove a 1750 Alfa Romeo, representing Italy. It was a shame that Caracciola didn't make the trip to Spain. A white Mercedes would have added an extra dimension to the race. A complete list of entries is shown at the beginning of this report.
On Thursday, a large crowd of visitors streamed to the long Lasarte circuit to see the cars speeding through the villages of Oria just after the start, Andoain after 5 km, Urnieta at half distance, Hernani after 11 km, and Lasarte only 1.3 km before the start and finish. The spectators were well informed of the race progress through loudspeakers mounted at the grandstands. The starting grid had been arranged in traditional numerical order for this event. Numbers 13 and 17 had not been assigned due to the widely held superstition of bringing bad luck to the drivers whose cars were carrying those numbers.
      From 10 o'clock in the morning rain showers had fallen intermittently before the race. At 11 o'clock the road circuit was closed to the public and the racecars were pushed to the start. Chiron, Zanelli, Foresti, Bourlier, Broschek, Lepori and Bouriano carried a spare wheel on the left of their Bugattis while the remaining cars did not. The road was dry for the flying start at noon when the pilot car sped by before pulling off to the right, followed at a short distance by the formation of racing cars, three per row.
Pole Position













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Chiron in the first row took the lead right away ahead of Philippe and Zanelli, while de Maleplane's Bugatti was delayed. At the end of the first lap as the cars came past the grandstands, it was Philippe first in 8m37s at 120.560 km/h, leading Chiron by one second and Zanelli at his rear wheel. This was an exciting battle. After some distance there followed Broschek, Lehoux, Dreyfus, Bouriat, Bourlier, Etancelin, Bouriano, Lepori, Maleplane, Foresti and Platé. At the same time clouds approached downloading a formidable amount of rain. Despite their almost reckless courage, the drivers slowed their pace on the slippery roads.
      After the second lap Philippe was still first but Zanelli had passed Chiron for second place. Broschek was fourth while Bourlier, Bouriat and Etancelin had passed Dreyfus and Lehoux. Bouriano was tenth ahead of de Maleplane who had passed Lepori while Foresti remained last. IL LITTORIALE stated that Platè retired his Alfa Romeo with engine trouble, while Erwin Tragatsch wrote that Platè's Alfa turned over without injuring the driver and El Mundo Deportivo reported that Platè ditched his Alfa and retired on lap two. The field was down to 13, all of them Bugattis in the following order: Philippe, Zanelli, Chiron, Broschek, Bourlier, Bouriat, Etancelin, Lehoux, Dreyfus, Bouriano, Maleplane, Lepori and Foresti.
      On the third lap the rain increased in intensity making the roads very slippery which resulted in a remarkable change when the daring Zanelli passed Philippe for the lead. The struggle between the two excited the spectators who were also interested in the battle for fourth place between Broschek and Bourlier.
      The rain stopped on lap five when Philippe regained first place after an intense battle with Zanelli. Chiron was third ahead of Bourlier, Broschek, Etancelin, Lehoux, Dreyfus, Bouriat and de Maleplane. It appeared that Chiron intentionally held back and drove a tactically smart race. He probably also had the fastest Bugatti. The classification after five laps was:
1.Philippe (Bugatti)49m52s
2.Zanelli (Bugatti)49m56s
3.Chiron (Bugatti)50m40s
4.Bourlier (Bugatti)50m41s
5.Broschek (Bugatti)52m53s
6.Etancelin (Bugatti)53m54s
7.Lehoux (Bugatti)54m39s
8.Dreyfus (Bugatti)54m55s
9.Bouriat (Bugatti)55m12s
10.de Maleplane (Bugatti)57m15s
11.Foresti (Bugatti)57m55s1 lap down
12.Bouriano (Bugatti)58m16s1 lap down
13.Lepori (Bugatti) 59m41s1 lap down

The rain returned on lap seven to the annoyance of the drivers, who were still in the same order as on lap five. IL LITTORIALE reported that Zanelli had difficulty with his steering and arrived late after lap eight, while Erwin Tragatsch wrote that Zanelli's Bugatti turned over without injuring him. When Bouriat also retired on lap eight, the field was down to 11 cars.
      After ten laps Philippe was leading, completing 173,150 km in 1h41m12s at an average of 102.186 km/h, ahead of Chiron, Etancelin, Dreyfus, Bourlier, Broschek, Lehoux, de Maleplane, Bouriano, Foresti and Lepori. The classification after ten laps was:
1.Philippe (Bugatti)1h41m42s
2.Chiron (Bugatti)1h44m37s
3.Etancelin (Bugatti)1h45m04s
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)1h45m58s
5.Bourlier (Bugatti)1h46m09s
6.Broschek (Bugatti)1h47m59s
7.Lehoux (Bugatti)1h48m09s
8.de Maleplane (Bugatti)1h52m51s1 lap down
9.Bouriano (Bugatti)2h00m20s2 laps down
10.Foresti (Bugatti)2h02m40s2 laps down
11.Lepori (Bugatti)2h02m43s2 laps down

After 12 laps the order was Philippe, Chiron, Etancelin, Bourlier, Lehoux now in fifth place, Broschek, Dreyfus, who had fallen to seventh, de Maleplane, Bouriano and Lepori. Foresti had stopped at the pits and handed over his car to Zanelli, who was his appointed reserve driver and had retired his own car on lap nine. Lap 13 passed without a change of positions.
      At the end of lap 14 Philippe passed the grandstands in first place, then the public waited with interest for Chiron but Etancelin appeared next. Chiron had lost his second place due to a burst tire and arrived with much delay, losing about 15 minutes due to this incident. The sun had replaced the rain clouds which resulted in an increase in average speeds.
      After 15 laps, it was still Philippe ahead of Etancelin and Chiron, followed by the battling trio of Lehoux, Bourlier and Broschek. There was a large gap to Dreyfus, de Maleplane, Foresti, Bouriano and Lepori. The order after 15 laps was:
1.Philippe (Bugatti)2h28m28s
2.Etancelin (Bugatti)2h31m24s
3.Chiron (Bugatti)2h32m15s
4.Lehoux (Bugatti)2h34m41s
5.Bourlier (Bugatti)2h34m42s
6.Broschek (Bugatti)2h34m48s
7.Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h38m56s1 lap down
8.de Maleplane (Bugatti)2h47m58s2 laps down
9.Foresti/Zanelli (Bugatti)2h51m17s3 laps down
10.Bouriano (Bugatti)2h51m35s3 laps down
11.Lepori (Bugatti)2h53m57s3 laps down

On lap 16, Broschek left the road and wrecked his Bugatti, but fortunately without any injuries to himself. Philippe covered lap 17 in 8m32s, the fastest lap so far, but well below last year's record lap of more than 141 km/h by Chiron. Chiron suffered a delay with another puncture but was determined to regain the lost time. He was driving faster now and on lap 18 achieved a better time in 7m57s, an average of 130.679 km/h. Despite his delay, Chiron had managed to overtake Etancelin and by the end of lap 18 the order was: Philippe, Chiron, Etancelin, Lehoux, Bourlier, Dreyfus, de Malplane, Foresti, Lepori and Bouriano.
      When the rain came to a halt on lap 20, Philippe and Chiron both stopped at the pits for fuel and tires before they reached the line of the timekeepers. At the pit stop Philippe handed the car over to Bouriat, who had retired on lap eight. Etancelin arrived next but drove past the grandstand without stopping at his pit. Lehoux in fourth place was followed by Bourlier, Dreyfus, de Maleplane, Bouriano, Foresti, and Lepori. The classification after 20 laps was:
1.Philippe/Bouriat (Bugatti)3h10m50s
2.Chiron (Bugatti)3h12m47s
3.Etancelin (Bugatti)3h13m18s
4.Lehoux (Bugatti)3h16m05s
5.Bourlier (Bugatti)3h20m08s1 lap down
6.Dreyfus (Bugatti)3h22m30s1 lap down
7.de Maleplane (Bugatti)3h32m05s2 laps down
8.Bouriano (Bugatti)3h34m35s3 laps down
9.Foresti/Zanelli (Bugatti)3h42m20s4 laps down
10.Lepori (Bugatti)4h01m07s6 laps down

On lap 21 Chiron passed Bouriat and Etancelin for first place. Bouriat in Philippe's car also passed Etancelin to take second place.
      Chiron covered lap 22 in 7m37s at an average of 139.290 km/h, the fastest up until then. The order after Chiron was Philippe/Bouriat, Dreyfus and Bourlier. On lap 24 there were no significant changes.
      After 25 laps, it was still Chiron first ahead of Philippe/Bouriat, Etancelin and Lehoux all on the same lap. Behind this front group there was Dreyfus, Bourlier, de Maleplane, Bouriano, Foresti and Lepori. The order after 25 laps:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)3h51m58s
2.Philippe/Bouriat (Bugatti)3h54m47s
3.Etancelin (Bugatti)3h55m53s
4.Lehoux (Bugatti)3h56m51s
5.Dreyfus (Bugatti)4h01m39s1 lap down
6.Bourlier (Bugatti)4h04m58s1 lap down
7.de Maleplane (Bugatti)4h17m16s3 laps down
8.Bouriano (Bugatti)4h20m20s3 laps down
9.Foresti/Zanelli (Bugatti)4h30m35s5 laps down
10.Lepori (Bugatti) 5h00m34s9 laps down

On lap 26, when the Foresti/Zanelli Bugatti retired, the field was down to nine cars. On lap 29 Chiron drove the fastest lap of the day in 7m27.4s at an average of 139,449 km/h, still slower than his best lap the previous year. Probably the wet track was the reason. At the end of this lap it started to rain again and the race average was going to drop considerably. On this lap Etancelin retired before he reached the finish because of the poor road conditions. L'Auto reported that he spun his car on lap 30 and retired. At the end of lap 30 Chiron remained in the lead ahead of Philippe/Bouriat, Lehoux, Dreyfus, Bourlier, de Maleplane, Bouriano and Lepori. The classification after 30 laps was:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)4h31m08s
2.Philippe/Bouriat (Bugatti)4h35m19s
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)4h42m47s1 lap down
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)4h43m30s1 lap down
5.Bourlier (Bugatti)4h50m31s2 laps down
6.de Maleplane (Bugatti)5h04m41s4 laps down
7.Bouriano (Bugatti)5h09m04s5 laps down
8.Lepori (Bugatti)5h47m50s10 laps down

After 35 laps the classification had not changed.
1.Chiron (Bugatti)5h15m09s
2.Philippe/Bouriat (Bugatti)5h23m30s1 lap down
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)5h25m15s1 lap down
4.Dreyfus (Bugatti)5h29m28s1 lap down
5.Bourlier (Bugatti)5h35m39s2 laps down
6.de Maleplane (Bugatti)5h43m38s3 laps down
7.Bouriano (Bugatti)5h52m24s4 laps down
8.Lepori (Bugatti) ?

On lap 36 Chiron had a rear tire puncture, which helped Philippe and Lehoux, who recovered their lost lap. Over the last ten laps there were no changes in the procession of the eight Bugattis. At the end of the race it was still raining and the wet course prevented a final sprint. The two Bugattis of Chiron and Philippe remained in the lead. Chiron won the cup of the King of Spain. Lehoux finished in third position, the first of the independent Bugattis, followed by Dreyfus, Bourlier, de Maleplane, Bouriano and Lepori in eighth place. The latter was seven laps behind and probably did not classify, not having completed the required distance.



1.1Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35B2.3S-8405h57m06s
2.2Georges Philippe/BouriatG. PhilippeBugattiT35B2.3S-8406h02m59s+ 5m53s
3.6Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT35B2.3S-8406h04m18s+ 7m12s
4.16René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT35B2.3S-8406h10m01s+ 12m55s
5.8Edmond BourlierE. BourlierBugattiT35C2.0S-8406h19m05s+ 21m59s
6.15Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8406h32m05s+ 34m59s
7.19Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35B2.3S-8406h38m31s+ 41m25s
8.12Mario LeporiM. LeporiBugattiT35B2.3S-833
DNF14Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinBugattiT35C2.0S-829crash
DNF5Giulio Foresti/J. ZanelliG. ForestiBugattiT35C2.0S-825
DNF11Albert BroschekA. BroschekBugattiT35B2.3S-815crash
DNF18Guy BouriatG. BouriatBugattiT35C2.0S-87
DNF4Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliBugattiT35B2.3S-87crash
DNF9Luigi PlatèL. PlatèAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-61spun off track
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Bugatti) on lap 29 in 7m27.4s = 139.3 km/h (86.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 116.4 km/h (72.3 mph)
Weather: various rain showers, intermittent sunshine.
In retrospect:
The times and speeds published by the various sources researched for this report, showed great diversity from one to another. This could be a sad reflection on the performance of the timekeepers or possibly carelessness on the part of the journalists. This seems more likely as it's doubtful that the timekeepers would have given different times to the various journalists. It was therefore decided to use the most credible times in this report and ignore the others.

The following shows the fastest laps of each driver:
Chiron on lap 297m27.4s at 139.325 km/h
Philippe/Bouriat on lap 277m42.4s at 134.805 km/h
Dreyfus on lap 257m43.8s at 134.398 km/h
Lehoux on lap 307m47.4s at 133.363 km/h
Etancelin on lap 288m04.2s at 128.736 km/h
Broschek on lap 148m04.4s at 128.683 km/h
Bouriano on lap 258m11.2s at 126.901 km/h
Foresti/Zanelli on lap 23 & 248m18.4s at 125.068 km/h
Bourlier on lap 278m25.6s at 123.287 km/h
de Maleplane on lap 388m28.4s at 122.608 km/h
Zanelli on lap 18m48.8s at 117.878 km/h
Lepori on lap 209m06.7s at 114.019 km/h
Bouriat on lap 19m17.2s at 111.870 km/h
Platè on lap 111m00.8s at 94.331 km/h
As can be seen, the order of the fastest laps did not disagree with the final classification. The faster cars and faster men were the best classified and were less affected by difficulties. The fastest laps were obviously registered after the rain soaked circuit had dried by the sun. Drivers with slow laps covered them before they were forced to leave for different reasons.

The Guipuzcoa Authority donated for the first time the 'Cup of Nations' competition at the 1929 Sebastian Grand Prix. The Sporting Commission of the R.A.C. of Guipuzcoa, having recorded the practice times of the historical competitors, designated 24 hours before the race a team of three drivers for each represented nation. To decide the winning grand team, the following rules were to be applied:
1st - Points will be added from the individual classification in the San Sebastian Grand Prix as follows:
  • Zero points for first.
  • Five points for second.
  • Ten points for third and so on.
2nd - Every stop in the pits will be penalized with five points.
3rd - Every minute or fraction thereof in pit stop delay, a driver will be penalized by one point.
The team that totals the least points will be the winner of the trophy by the Guipuzcoa Authority, being presented the 'Cup of Nations' to the Automobile Club of the corresponding nation, which keeps it for one year. For one nation to keep the cup permanently it would need to win three consecutive years or an alternative of five. (It was not reported if this contest was held as planned.)

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
AZ-Motorwelt, Brno
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
L'AUTO, Paris
Le Figaro, Paris
Madrid Automovil, Madrid
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
Omnia, Paris

Star 5 August 1929: The B.A.R.C. August Meeting was held at Brooklands.
Handicap races were won by John Cobb (Delage 10.5 litre), Rigg (Lombard 1.1 litre), Froy (Delage), Wallbank (Humber), Wilkinson (O.M. 1.5 litre), Bouts (Sunbeam 5 litre), Spero (B.C. Austin), Cyril Paul (Benz) and Kaye Don (Sunbeam).


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