Masetti (Fiat)
28 Giulio Masetti
G. Masetti
Fiat 14B/S57A
Sailer (Mercedes)
25 Max Sailer
M. Sailer
Mercedes 28/95 Sports
Campari (ALfa Romeo)
34 Giuseppe Campari
SA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo
Alfa Romeo 40/60


Medio Circuito Madonie - Palermo (I), 29 May 1921.
Targa Florio: 4 laps x 108 km (67.1 mi) = 432 km (268.4 mi)


Category up to 2000 cc
2Giuseppe GiordanoG. GiordanoFiat5011.5S-4DNA - did not appear
3Tersilio BergeseT. BergeseFiat5011.5S-4
4Paolo TuccimeiP. TuccimeiChiribiri1.5S-4
5Giuseppe PiroG. PiroFiat5011.5S-4
Category 2001 to 3000 cc
6Luigi GismondiSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-4
7Giacinto GhiaSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DC3.0S-4
8Ernesto CeiranoSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-4
9Paolo ArnoneP. ArnoneCeirano15/203.0S-4
10Giulio ForestiFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-4
11Augusto TarabusiSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT
12Luigi MoccaSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT
13Antonio MoriondoFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-4
14Fabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-4DNA - did not appear
15Costantino MaranoC. MaranoFordT2.9S-4
16Giulio LandiG. LandiItala51S2.8S-4
17Luigi LopezFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-4
18Domenico GamboniSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DS3.0S-4
Category 3001 to 4500 cc
19Giuseppe PellegrinoG. PellegrinoFiat3 ter4.4S-4
20Enzo FerrariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-4
21Ugo SivocciSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-4
22Giuseppe BaldoniSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-4
Category over 4500 cc
23Luigi AngeliniL. AngeliniSCAT120 hp Hispano-S.V-8
24Carlo FerrarioC. FerrarioMercedes28/957.2S-6
25Max SailerM. SailerMercedes28/95 Sports7.2S-6
26BuzzettiBuzzettiSCATS-4DNA - did not appear
27James TagliaviaJ. TagliaviaItala35 hp4.9S-4
Racing Car Category
28Giulio MasettiG. MasettiFiat14B/S57A4.9S-4
29Guido NiniveG. NiniveItala51S2.8S-4
30Eraldo FracassiE. FracassiFordS-4
31Carmelo CarusoC. CarusoImeraS-4
32Antonio AscariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-4DNS - did not start
33Giuseppe AlbaneseG. AlbaneseAquila-ItalianaS-4
34Giuseppe CampariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo40/606.1S-4
35M. RomieuxM. RomieuxM. R. 1.5S-4
36Costantino TrombettaCostantino Trombetta StatopoulosFiat14B/S57A4.9S-4
37Pietro BordinoFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-4
38Ferdinando MinoiaFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-4

Giulio Masetti wins the Targa Florio with Fiat - Sailer 2nd with Mercedes

by Hans Etzrodt
The 1921 free formula Targa Florio was the first important race in the calendar and its outcome was eagerly awaited by many enthusiasts. 32 Italian cars battled against two from Germany. An awkward situation had developed as for the first time after the war Mercedes was at the start during a time when hostile feelings towards Germany were still widespread. Evidently French and British press were not enthusiastic about it. The 34 cars from 12 different makes, divided into five categories, had to drive four times around the 108 km twisting mountain circuit with 1500 turns per lap. Sailer (Mercedes) led Masetti (Fiat) after the first lap, followed by the four Alfa Romeos of Sivocci, Campari, Ferrari, Bandoni and Foresti (Itala). After five cars had retired, only 29 started the second lap, which was led by Masetti ahead of Sivocci, Sailer, Campari, Ferrari, Foresti and Minoia (Fiat). After another eight cars had dropped out, 21 started for the third lap, with Masetti still in first place, followed by Sailer, Sivocci, Ferrari, Campari, the Italas of Moriondo and Foresti with Minoia in eighth place. 19 cars started on the last lap with an uncertain outcome. Masetti (Fiat) won the great battle with Sailer (Mercedes) second, followed by the Alfa Romeos of Campari, Sivocci and Ferrari, the Italas of Foresti, Moriondo and Landi, Minoia (Fiat) and Ceirano (Ceirano) in tenth place. There were six more finishers and 18 retirements.
The Targa Florio was named after its founder, Count Vincenzo Florio. 1921 was the 12th recurrence of the race held to free formula regulations for the racecar category without restrictions of engine capacity or weight. The production cars were divided into four categories according to engine capacity, up to 2000 cc, 2001 to 3000 cc, 3001 to 4500 cc and category over 4500 cc. As production car was understood only a car described in normal factory sales catalogues. As such it had to be for sale and at least 50 chassis had to be produced by the factory. Further, engine stroke and bore, also the lay-out of the valves had to conform with the production type. Competitors had to strip cylinders of engines for inspection. If the production car did not conform with the characteristics required, it was classified as racing car. Drivers and riding mechanics could be changed during the race, but had to be predetermined beforehand with changes only at the end of a lap in presence of an official.
      The cars had to cover four laps of the 108 km Medium Madonie circuit, equal to 432 km. It was in use since 1919 and included approximately 1500 turns per lap through the mountainous Madonie region of Sicily. The narrow circuit with its steep gradients was a true measure of both driver and car. The start and finish took place near Cerda train station just a few meters above sea level. The road led several miles up to Cerda village at 273 meters altitude. From here the course twisted uphill to Caltavuturo at 640 meters after which the tight, twisting road wound through the Madonie Mountains and turned back past a depot to refuel and change tires in the town of Polizzi, 917 meters above sea level. Tortuous hairpin bends followed next, snaking downhill through the mountain village of Collesano at 500 meters and then on to Campofelice, just 50 meters above sea level. From there it was downhill to the seven km fast coastal straight where it was possible to use top gear. Then the circuit turned inland to the finish near the Cerda train station.
For the first time since 1914, Mercedes cars went racing again with two cars at the Targa Florio but unofficially as independent entries. International and German press wrongly reported that Mercedes went racing again, sometimes with long and dreadful political commentary, as Germany was still disliked especially in France due to the devastating great war. As a fact, at the end of 1920 Max Sailer had been invited by his Italian friends to take part at the 1921 Targa Florio. In mid-January he decided to investigate the course with his 28/95 hp Mercedes tourer and an Italian speaking mechanic. After bad experiences in Sicily three weeks later, Sailer returned to Stuttgart. On hand of his report, the DMG Board decided not to take part but gave him the option to participate privately. Initially Sailer did not like to enter but over the following weeks his Italian friends succeeded to have him change his mind. Eventually two private Mercedes entries were the only foreign cars besides two Fords and made the 1921 Targa Florio an international event. Peugeot, Talbot-Darracq and Sunbeam were absent as they entered the following day at Indianapolis. The large list of 38 entries with only 34 starters was split up into the following five categories.
Category up to 2000 cc:
From four 501 Fiats, three showed up at the start for "Febo", Bergese and Piro. The Chiribiri of Tuccimei had a Targa Florio type body with a barrel tank behind the seats, then spare tires, leaning on top of the other.
Category 2001 to 3000 cc:
Diatto arrived with two works entries, a 4DC for Ghia and a 4DS for Gamboni. These were the corsa and sports version of their 3-Liter cars. At the beginning of 1921, they produced the Diatto 4 DS with 4-cylinder (85 x 120 mm) 2724 cc engine, producing 50 hp and a top speed of 150 km/h, a modified 4 DC version. In 1920, Diatto produced a 3-Liter car with 4-cylinder (90 x 116 mm) 2952 cc engine, prodviding 105 hp at 3700 rpm. The top speed of the car was 180 km/h with a weight of 1050 kg. The Itala works arrived with four cars of the type 51 sports version with 2.8-L four-cylinder engine for Foresti, Moriondo and Lopez, while another 51S for Landi was entered independently. The Ceirano works entered two type CS2H cars for Gismondi and Ernesto Ceirano while Arnone's car was an independent entry. The SCAT factory entered two cars of unknown type for Tarabusi and Mocca. There also was a single 2.9-L Ford for Marano.
Category 3001 to 4500 cc:
Alfa Romeo entered three type 20/30, a 1910 design produced until 1920, whereas the 20/30 ES with a 4082 cc (100 x 130 mm) 4-cyl. engine produced 49 hp at 2400 rpm. Drivers were Ferrari, Sivocci and Baldoni. Another car in the 4500 category was entered by Fiat, a "type 3 ter" based on an originally old-fashioned touring model, driven by Pellegrino.
Category over 4500 cc:
On May 15, Max Sailer and Christian Lautenschlager as reserve driver left with two Mercedes type 28/95 Sport, modified since 1913, with 7274 cc (105 x 140 mm) 6-cylinder engines, producing a maximum of 110 hp at 2000 rpm, propelling the heavy 1800 kg car to 140 km/h top speed. Two additional 28/95 tourers carrying mechanics and spare parts accompanied the 4-car team, which drove from Stuttgart over ZŘrich, Milan and Rome to Naples and from there per ship to Palermo. The Madonie circuit had been improved since Sailer's January visit and road workers were busy with improvements and road repairs even just before the race. For practice Sailer drove only two laps at moderate speeds to memorize the more difficult parts. The second type 28/95 Sport was painted in red for the Italian Carlo Ferrario. There also was a SCAT entered by Luigi Angelini with a 120 hp Hispano-Suiza 12/14 V-8 engine and an Itala 35 hp-type with 4-cylinder 4.9-L engine.
Racing Car Category:
Count Giulio Masetti entered independently a red Fiat 1914 racecar type 14B/S57A with a 4-cylinder (104 x 143 mm) 4959 cc engine with shaft-driven ohc for the 8 valves, delivering 150 hp at 3500 rpm. The weight was 1170 kg and top speed 180 km/h. A second 14B/S57A was driven also independently by Trombetta. Two Fiat Grand Prix cars were entered for Bordino and Minoia, the type 801/401 with a straight-8 (65 x 112 mm) 2973 cc engine with shaft-driven twin ohc for 16 valves, delivering 120 hp at 4400 rpm. The car's weight was quoted as 920 kg and top speed 160 km/h. Alfa Romeo entered for Campari a 40/60-type with 6082 cc (110 x 160 mm) 4-cyl. engine, a 1913 design developed for racing, producing 82 hp at 2400 rpm in 1920. The car's weight was 1100 kg. There was also an Itala 51S with 2.8-L 4-cylinder engine for Ninive, an Imera for Caruso, a Ford for Fracassi, an Aquila-Italiana for Albanese and M. Romieux with his M.R.
A few hours before the start it had rained. Despite the poor weather, an enormous pilgrimage of local enthusiasts arrived from Palermo by special trains, cars and on foot in the first hours of Sunday morning. The grandstands and the pits were decorated with garlands and flowers. Amongst the non-starters was Ascari due to slight indisposition. Giordano (1500 Fiat) and Buzzetti (4500 SCAT) were also withdrawn, while Baldoni, instead of the #14 (3000 Itala) drove a 3000 Alfa Romeo, replacing Carlo Masetti. Altogether there were 34 starters. The totalizator game had Minoia as the big favorite followed by Bordino, both in Fiats.
      The starting order was decided by drawing lots for each category. All cars started individually in order of race numbers at intervals of three minutes. However, the cars were not necessarily released at three-minute intervals. The starting times were determined beforehand according to the race numbers and if cars did not appear at the start (e. g. #2, then the car #3) was held to its predetermined time of departure. The start for the 34 cars began at 5:30 in the morning and the last driver left at 7:21.
5:301"Febo"Fiat2000 cc
5:332GiordanoFiat---"---Did not appear  
5:456GismondiCeirano3000 cc
6:0914Itala---"---Did not appear
6:2720FerrariAlfa Romeo---"---
6:3021SivocciAlfa Romeo---"---
6:3322BaldoniAlfa Romeo---"---
6:3623AngeliniSCATover 4500cc
6:4526BuzzettiSCAT---"---Did not appear
7:0332AscariAlfa Romeo---"---Did not appear
7:0934CampariAlfa Romeo---"---
7:1235RomieuxM. R.---"---
The starts took place smoothly and the sun was seen between the looming threat of thick clouds. Only Sailer's Mercedes among the cars had flat tires, while all others started with anti-skid. Overcoming the most optimistic forecasts and despite the poor state of some sections of the road ruined by recent rains, Bergese completed the first lap in 1h58m30s, winning the first place in the 2000cc category, followed by Febe and Piro. However, in corrected time Sailer (Mercedes) was in the lead after the first lap in 1h47m06s. His most serious opponent Masetti (Fiat) was second in 1h47m25s, followed by the Alfa Romeos of Sivocci, Campari, Ferrari and Baldoni. Five cars retired, including Ferrario (Mercedes) who 10 km after the start had spun off the road when his car fell down into a ravine. Sailer, who had started three minutes after Ferrario, passed the place where his friend and mechanic were standing on top of a bridge wall. Both returned walking back to the stands. Breakdowns occurred to Gamboni and Albanese respectively in Polizzi and Collesano. There was no news yet about Mocca. Bordino retired after he had an engine fire with burned magneto wires due to a back-fire and a punctured carburetor float. Masetti, despite having lost the spare tires, still continued the race. Most of the competitors did not refuel and preferred to wait for the end of the 2nd lap. The 34-car field was down to 29 cars in the following order after the first lap:
1.Sailer (Mercedes)1h47m06sover 4500 cc
2.Masetti (Fiat)1h47m25sracecar
3.Sivocci (Alfa Romeo)1h49m05s4500 cc
4.Campari (Alfa Romeo)1h49m30sracecar
5.Ferrari (Alfa Romeo)1h51m02s4500 cc
6.Baldoni (Alfa Romeo)1h51m47s--- " ---
7.Foresti (Itala)1h53m02s3000 cc
8.Ceirano (Ceirano)1h53m27s--- " ---
9.Minoia (Fiat)1h55m17sracecar
10.Moriondo (Itala)1h55m26s3000 cc
11.Lopez (Itala)1h57m21s--- " ---
12.Bergese (Fiat)1h58m30s2000 cc
13.Arnone (Ceirano)1h59m33s3000 cc
14.Tarabusi (SCAT)2h00m03s--- " ---
15.Ninive (Itala)2h00m44sracecar
16.Landi (Itala)2h00m59s3000 cc
17.Tagliava (Itala)2h01m10sover 4500 cc
18.Febo (Fiat)2h05m37s2000 cc
19.Trombetta (Fiat)2h05m45sracecar
20.Piro (Fiat)2h05m45s2000 cc
21.Romieux (M. R.)2h05m59sracecar
22.Marano (Ford)2h07m55s3000 cc
23.Fracassi (Ford)2h08m53sracecar
24.Pellegrino (Fiat)2h12m50s4500 cc
25.Angelini (SCAT)2h16m58sover 4500 cc
26.Caruso (Imera)2h19m48sracecar
27.Tuccimei (Chiribiri)2h23m32s2000 cc
28.Gismondi (Ceirano)2h26m59s3000 cc
29.Ghia (Diatto)2h33m57s--- " ---

Sailer had made the fastest lap which was a new record and earned him great applause from the crowd. Like most other cars, he did not stop. But after 10 km he had to change a rear tire, when he also realized that the other rear tire would soon end his life, which happened 20 km further on. The German had to change a third tire and then proceeded without a spare. For the last 40 km to the pits, he had to slow his pace to assure not to retire on the circuit without a spare tire. Sailer took the straight along the coast at full speed, 120 km/h despite no spare, because he could reach the nearby finish also driving on the rim. His lap time was slower than before. All four tires were changed at the pits and three new spares were taken aboard for the third lap.
      Meanwhile the race had become more exhausting due to the heat which was unbearable and caused eight retirements which included Baldoni (Alfa Romeo), Lopez (Itala), Tarabusi (SCAT), Piro (Fiat), Romieux (M. R.), Fracassi (Ford), Angelini (SCAT) and Gismondi (Ceirano). The spectators on the stands, frantically applauded Masetti and Sivocci who had taken the lead in the general classification. The fight for the lead captivated the spectators who bravely watched the great race under the scorching sun with superior speeds to any previous record. Masetti led the racecar category ahead of Campari, Minoia, Ninive, Trombetta and Caruso. The over 4500 Category was led by Sailer ahead of Tagliava's Itala. Sivocci was first in the 4500 Category ahead of Ferrari and Pellegrino. The 3000 Category was led by Foresti, followed by Moriondo, Ceirano, Landi, Arnone, Marano, and Ghia. Bergese's Fiat led the 2000 Category ahead of Febo and Yuccimei. The 29-car field was now reduced to 21 cars in the following order after the 2nd lap:
1.Masetti (Fiat)3h37m38sracecar
2.Sivocci (Alfa Romeo)3h38m27s4500 cc
3.Sailer (Mercedes)3h40m07sover 4500 cc
4.Campari (Alfa Romeo)3h40m09sracecar
5.Ferrari (Alfa Romeo)3h41m07s4500 cc
6.Foresti (Itala)3h43m50s3000 cc
7.Minoia (Fiat)3h45m52sracecar
8.Moriondo Itala3h47m43s3000 cc
9.Ceirano (Ceirano)3h52m12s--- " ---
10.Landi (Itala)3h57m44s--- " ---
11.Bergese (Fiat)4h00m52s2000 cc
12.Arnone (Ceirano)4h06m17s3000 cc
13.Ninive (Itala)4h06m32sracecar
14.Febo (Fiat)4h09m46s2000 cc
15.Trombetta (Fiat)4h12m40sracecar
16.Tagliava (Itala)4h14m24sover 4500 cc
17.Marano (Ford)4h14m32s3000 cc
18.Caruso (Imera)4h47m51sracecar
19.Ghia (Diatto)4h48m18s3000 cc
20.Tuccimei (Chiribiri)4h52m15s2000 cc
21.Pellegrino (Fiat)4h56m23s4500 cc

Most of the competitors stopped after the second lap to refuel. The battle between the three fastest drivers took on a remarkable aspect during the third lap. With Sivocci delayed to change tires, the battle for the first place now seemed reduced to the duel between Sailer and Masetti. The German had to make up time and drove faster, causing a spin in a sharp turn where he narrowly saved the car from falling into an abyss. Racing through a village, Sailer could not avoid a large dog and gripped the steering wheel tightly, a moment later a cat suffered likewise. The German reached the end of the third lap in 5h34m30s, followed by Masetti who was still at the top of the standings, completing the third lap in 5h33m32s. Marano (Ford) and Caruso (Imera) retired. Masetti led the racecar Category, Sailer the over 4500, Sivocci the 4500, Moriondo the 3000 and Bergese the 2000 Category. The 21-car field was reduced to 19 cars in the following order after the 3rd lap:
1.Masetti (Fiat)5h33m32sracecar
2.Sailer (Mercedes)5h34m30sover 4500 cc
3.Sivocci (Alfa Romeo)5h37m31s4500 cc
4.Ferrari (Alfa Romeo)5h37m37s--- " ---
5.Campari (Alfa Romeo)5h40m54sracecar
6.Moriondo Itala5h41m00s3000 cc
7.Foresti (Itala)5h42m18s--- " ---
8.Minoia (Fiat)5h44m33sracecar
9.Ceirano (Ceirano)5h50m12s3000 cc
10.Landi (Itala)5h55m17s--- " ---
11.Bergese (Fiat)6h05m24s2000 cc
12.Arnone (Ceirano)6h07m00s3000 cc
13.Trombetta (Fiat)6h22m51sracecar
14.Febo (Fiat)6h29m49s2000 cc
15.Tagliava (Itala)6h34m37sover 4500 cc
16.Ninive (Itala)6h37m16sracecar
17.Ghia (Diatto)6h53m23s3000 cc
18.Pellegrino (Fiat)7h23m04s4500 cc
19.Tuccimei (Chiribiri)7h54m35s2000 cc

As soon as Masetti left the pits for the last lap, he had to stop losing about a minute after spinning out of a turn. Sailer raised his pace even more on the last lap, as he had become more familiar with the course. In Polizzi, the highest point, where Sailer had organized an emergency tire depot, new wheels were mounted quickly to his car. Then the chase went on, passing more stranded cars. The Sailer-Masetti duel kept the spirits in suspense throughout the fourth lap. The news coming from the passages in Altavoturo and Collesano revealed the time difference between the Fiat and the Mercedes. Foresti was the first to cross the finish line in the 3000cc category. He was followed by Bergese who came first in the 2000 cc category. But the great expectation was all for the general classification outcome. Tuccimei (Chiribiri), Pellegrino (Fiat) and Tagliava (Itala) retired on the last lap. When Sivocci arrived first of the 4500cc category in 7h31m43s, he received thunderous applause. Sailer, who made nine tire changes during the race, recovered most of the lost time. When he arrived after 7h27m16s, the small German crowd received him with great jubilation which differed with the silent attention of the huge crowd. After several minutes the roar of Masetti's car was heard. As he crossed the finish line after 7h25m05s, a wave of gigantic enthusiasm from the crowd received the Florentine driver, acclaiming the national victory in record time.

Targa Florio Results


1.28Giulio MasettiG. MasettiFiat14B/S57A4.9S-447h25m05s
2.25Max SailerM. SailerMercedes28/95 Sports7.2S-647h27m16s+       2m11s
3.34Giuseppe CampariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo40/606.1S-447h30m04s+       4m59s
4.21Ugo SivocciSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-447h31m43s+       6m38s
5.20Enzo FerrariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-447h33m43s+       8m38s
6.10Giulio ForestiFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-447h34m37s+       9m32s
7.13Antonio MoriondoFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-447h39m34s+     14m29s
8.16Giulio LandiG. LandiItala51S2.8S-447h45m43s+     14m29s
9.38Ferdinando MinoiaFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-447h47m46s+     20m38s
10.8Ernesto CeiranoSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-447h51m12s+     26m07s
11.3Tersilio BergeseT. BergeseFiat5011.5S-448h06m34s+     41m29s
12.9Paolo ArnoneP. ArnoneCeirano15/203.0S-448h11m11s+     46m06s
13.1"Febo""Febo"Fiat5011.5S-448h36m59s+ 1h11m54s
14.29Guido NiniveG. NiniveItala51S2.8S-448h38m07s+ 1h13m02s
15.7Giacinto GhiaSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DC3.0S-449h05m15s+ 1h40m10s
16.36Costantino TrombettaCostantino Trombetta StatopoulosFiat14B/S57A4.9S-449h36m53s+ 2h11m48s
DNF4Paolo TuccimeiP. TuccimeiChiribiri1.5S-43
DNF19Giuseppe PellegrinoG. PellegrinoFiat3 ter4.4S-43
DNF27James TagliaviaJ. TagliaviaItala35 hp4.9S-43
DNF15Costantino MaranoC. MaranoFordT2.9S-42
DNF31Carmelo CarusoC. CarusoImeraS-42
DNF22Giuseppe BaldoniSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-41
DNF17Luigi LopezFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-41
DNF11Augusto TarabusiSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT1
DNF5Giuseppe PiroG. PiroFiat5011.5S-41
DNF35M. RomieuxM. RomieuxM. R. 1.5S-41
DNF30Eraldo FracassiE. FracassiFordS-41
DNF23Luigi AngeliniL. AngeliniSCAT120 hp Hispano-S.V-81
DNF6Luigi GismondiSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-41
DNF37Pietro BordinoFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-40engine fire
DNF12Luigi MoccaSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT0
DNF33Giuseppe AlbaneseG. AlbaneseAquila-ItalianaS-40
DNF18Domenico GamboniSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DS3.0S-40
DNF24Carlo FerrarioC. FerrarioMercedes28/957.2S-60crash
Fastest lap: Max Sailer (Mercedes) on lap 1 in 1h47m06.6s = 60.5 km/h (37.6 mph).
Winner's average speed: 58.2 km/h (36.2 mph).
Weather: sunny and hot.

Results by Category


Category 2000 cc
1.3Tersilio BergeseT. BergeseFiat5011.5S-448h06m34s
2.1"Febo""Febo"Fiat5011.5S-448h36m59s+     30m25s
DNF4Paolo TuccimeiP. TuccimeiChiribiri1.5S-43
DNF5Giuseppe PiroG. PiroFiat5011.5S-41
Category 2001 to 3000 cc
1.10Giulio ForestiFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-447h34m37s
2.13Antonio MoriondoFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-447h39m34s+       4m57s
3.16Giulio LandiG. LandiItala51S2.8S-447h45m43s+     11m06s
4.8Ernesto CeiranoSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-447h51m12s+     16m35s
5.9Paolo ArnoneP. ArnoneCeirano15/203.0S-448h11m11s+     36m34s
6.7Giacinto GhiaSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DC3.0S-449h05m15s+ 1h30m38s
DNF15Costantino MaranoC. MaranoFordT2.9S-42
DNF17Luigi LopezFabbrica Automobili ItalaItala51S2.8S-41
DNF11Augusto TarabusiSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT1
DNF6Luigi GismondiSocietÓ Anonima Giovanni CeiranoCeirano15/203.0S-41
DNF12Luigi MoccaSocietÓ Ceirano Automobili TorinoSCAT0
DNF18Domenico GamboniSocietÓ Anonima Autocostruzioni DiattoDiatto4DS3.0S-40
Category 3001 to 4500 cc
1.21Ugo SivocciSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-447h31m43s
2.20Enzo FerrariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-447h33m43s+       2m00s
DNF19Giuseppe PellegrinoG. PellegrinoFiat3 ter4.4S-43
DNF22Giuseppe BaldoniSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo20/30 ES4.2S-41
Category over 4500 cc
1.25Max SailerM. SailerMercedes28/95 Sports7.2S-647h27m16s
DNF27James TagliaviaJ. TagliaviaItala35 hp4.9S-43
DNF23Luigi AngeliniL. AngeliniSCAT120 hp Hispano-S.V-81
DNF24Carlo FerrarioC. FerrarioMercedes28/957.2S-60crash
Racing Car Category
1.28Giulio MasettiG. MasettiFiat14B/S57A4.9S-447h25m05s
2.34Giuseppe CampariSA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & CAlfa Romeo40/606.1S-447h30m04s+       4m59s
3.38Ferdinando MinoiaFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-447h47m46s+     22m41s
4.29Guido NiniveG. NiniveItala51S2.8S-448h38m07s+ 1h13m02s
5.36Costantino TrombettaCostantino Trombetta StatopoulosFiat14B/S57A4.9S-449h36m53s+ 2h11m48s
DNF31Carmelo CarusoC. CarusoImeraS-42
DNF35M. RomieuxM. RomieuxM. R. 1.5S-41
DNF30Eraldo FracassiE. FracassiFordS-41
DNF37Pietro BordinoFiat SpAFiat801/4013.0S-40engine fire
DNF33Giuseppe AlbaneseG. AlbaneseAquila-ItalianaS-40
Winner's average speed 2000cc (Bergese): at 53.3 km/h (33.1 mph).
Winner's average speed 3000cc (Foresti) at 57.0 km/h (35.4 mph).
Winner's average speed 4500cc (Sivocci): 57.4 km/h (35.7 mph).
Winner's average speed over 4500cc (Sailer): 58.0 km/h (36.0 mph).
Winner's average speed racing car (Masetti): 58.2 km/h (36.2 mph)
In retrospect:
The intermediate times often differed between the sources. We believe to have selected the correct times.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
Automobil-Welt, Berlin
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
L'Auto, Paris
La Stampa, Torino
La Stampa Sportiva, Torino
La Vie Automobile, Paris
MOTOR, Berlin
Omnia, Paris
Rapiditas, Palermo
Stadium, Barcelona
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco
Michael MŘller


© 2021 Leif Snellman, Hans Etzrodt - Last updated: 09.07.2021