Materassi (Itala)Zaniratti (Bugatti)Stefanelli (Diatto)


Circuito del Mugello (I), 31 May 1925.
20 laps x 18.170 km (11.29 mi) = 363.4 km (225.8 mi)
(Note 1)


Category 1500 cc
Vittorio SperoCount V. SperoAurea1.5S-4DNA - Did not appear
Franco MazzottiF. MazzottiBugatti1.5S-4DNA - Did not appear
Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiriMonza S1.5S-4DNA - Did not appear
4Ferruccio ZanirattiF. ZanirattiBugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-4
Claudio SandonninoC. SandonninoOM4691.5S-4DNA - Did not appear
7Supremo MontanariS. Montanari BugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-4
8Aymo MaggiA. MaggiBugattiT221.5S-4
Francesco PapisF. PapisBugatti1.5S-4
Edoardo WeberE. WeberFiat501 s/c1.5S-4
Vasco SbraciV. SbraciChiribiri12/16 Monza S1.5S-4
Gino CompagnoniG. CompagnoniBugatti1.5S-4
Filippo TassaraF. TassaraBugattiT131.5S-4
Category 2000 cc
Diego De SterlichMarquis D. De SterlichDiatto2.0S-4DNA - Did not appear
Azeglio PedroniA. PedroniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
Domenico AntonelliCount D. AntonelliBugattiT35 2.0S-8
Giovanni GaraviniG. GaraviniAnsaldo2.0S-4
"Berto""Berto"Diatto2.0S-4DNA - Did not appear
Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliDiatto20S2.0S-4
Alberto PaneraiA. PaneraiDiatto2.0S-4
Renzo LevoniR. LevoniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4
Corrado LottiC. LottiAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4DNA - Did not appear
Armando BergonzoniA. BergonzoniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4DNA - Did not appear
Carlo MasettiCount C. MasettiBugattiT35 2.0S-8DNA - Did not appear
Camillo GiudiciC. GiudiciDiatto20S2.0S-4
Gino MinciottiG. MinciottiBugattiT302.0S-8
Antonio TestiA. TestiDiatto20S2.0S-4
Luigi MasiL. MasiDiatto20S2.0S-4
Ivo NardiI. NardiDiatto20S2.0S-4
Category over 2000 cc
Giulio MasettiCount G. MasettiXDNA - Did not appear
31Emilio MaterassiE. MaterassiItalaSpecial5.8S-4
Luigi Nardi PelagalliL. Nardi PelagalliAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-6
Anselmo CesaroniA. CesaroniMercedesGP 19144.5S-4
Gastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-8
Ugo TarabusiU. TarabusiAlfa RomeoRLSS3.0S-6
Guido GinaldiG. GinaldiAlfa RomeoRLTF 243.0S-6

Materassi, Zaniratti and Stefanelli victorious at Mugello

by Hans Etzrodt
The Mugello Circuit race was held on a new much shorter course in 1925. The 25 starters were split into three categories. The week before at Perugia, the six large cars over 2000 cc were the center of interest and again just the battle between Brilli Peri (4.9-L Ballot) and Materassi (5.8-L Itala). But this time Brilli Peri's car broke down on lap nine. As a result, after 5 hours and 13 minutes, Materassi won with ease 19 minutes ahead of second placed Zaniratti (1500 Bugatti), followed by Stefanelli (2000 Diatto), Minciotti (2000 Bugatti), Giudici (2000 Diatto), Sbraci (1500 Chiribiri), Pedroni (2000 Ansaldo), Weber (1500 Fiat), Maggi (1500 Bugatti)and Testi (2000 Diatto) in tenth and last place. Papis (1500 Bugatti) and the two 2000 Ansaldos of Garavini and Levoni exceeded the allowable maximum time and were not classified. Amongst the 12 retirements were crashes but no serious injuries.
The races on Circuito del Mugello north of Florence were also called the "Little Targa Florio" in the Toscana region of central Italy, because of its many up and downs and its 1691 curves per lap. Mugello was one of the most important race circuits in Italy and dates back to 1914 when it was called Primo Circuito Toscano.
      After the war the race was held annually since 1920 and in 1925 it took place for the 7th time, but not on its traditional 64.290 km route as used from 1920 to 1924. The new 18.170 km course with the start at Maschere, to Barberino e Bivio, Monte Carelli and back to Maschere, had to be covered 20 times, a total of 363.400 km. A new race was started under the same name but there was no place to compare with past editions. With the circuit chosen this year, the spectators would be able to follow the race more closely. The Automobile Club di Firenze organized this event under the supervision of the Commissione Sportiva del R.A.C.I. (Reale Automobile Club d'Italia).
      The cash prizes were very significant and the first overall finisher was awarded 50,000 lire. Besides the cash prizes, the magnificent Ginori Trophy and other artistic gifts of great value were at stake.
From 35 entries, only 25 drivers appeared for the start. Edoardo Weber drove a 1500 cc Fiat 501, which he had modified by installing a supercharger that he had built himself. Filippo Tassara was originally enrolled in the two-liter category but participated instead with a 1500 cc Bugatti Type 13. Ivo Nardi who came from Florence, raced a Diatto only at Mugello in 1925, one race in one season. His license number was 334, but Luigi Nardi Pelagalli was a different driver who raced an Alfa Romeo. A complete list of entries is at the beginning of the report with the starting order of the 25-car field to follow below.
Because of the dust from the dirt roads, the cars were started individually at intervals of 20 seconds between one driver to the next. The exact order of the drivers following Zaniratti's Bugatti is not absolutely certain, but a total of 25 cars started in numerical order with the 1500 category first, ahead of the 2000 cars and over 2000 cars last. The following starting order was published in La Gazzetta dello Sport but without the race numbers, which we added, as seen on a photograph of the start, which began exactly at 10 AM with timekeeper Mr. Del Grano in charge.
Category 1500 cc: #4 Zaniratti (Bugatti), #7 Montanari (Bugatti), #8 Maggi (Bugatti), Papis (Bugatti), Weber (Fiat), Sbraci (Chiribiri), Compagnoni (Bugatti) and Tassara (Bugatti).
Category 2000 cc: Pedroni (Ansaldo), Antonelli (Bugatti), Garavini (Ansaldo), Stefanelli (Diatto), Panerai (Diatto), Levoni (Ansaldo), Giudici (Diatto), Minciotti (Bugatti), Testi (Diatto), Masi (Diatto) and Nardi (Diatto).
Category over 2000 cc: #31 Materassi (Itala Spl.), Nardi Pelagalli (Alfa Romeo), Cesaroni (Mercedes), Brilli Peri (Ballot), Tarabusi (Alfa Romeo) and Ginaldi (Alfa Romeo).
      Zaniratti completed the first lap in 15m26.4s. He was closely followed by Weber, Maggi and Montanari. Materassi's performance was truly impressive at the top with the fastest time. Cesaroni overturned his Mercedes in Monte Carelli, injuring himself slightly while the mechanic suffered also minor injuries which did not seem serious.
      On the second lap Zaniratti was still in front, despite having made a one-minute stop at the pits to check his suspension. Weber, Montanari and Maggi were still his immediate pursuers. Antonelli stopped with his new Grand Prix Bugatti at Barberino near Mugello and resumed but later after the fifth lap he retired. Materassi was in 5th place on the road.
      On his third lap Ginaldi retired his Alfa Romeo due to a mechanical breakdown. Meanwhile, Materassi and Brilli Peri made the fastest laps, fighting tenaciously for first position. They finally managed to overtake Zaniratti on the road, as they chased each other less than a hundred meters apart.
      On the fourth lap Tarabusi made a dangerous spin with his Alfa Romeo at the Ghereto curve but recovered and continued. The field was down to 21 cars after Cesaroni and Ginaldi had dropped out earlier, then Compagnoni (1500 Bugatti) repaired a puncture at the left front wheel after which he retired, as did Nardi (Diatto) for unknown reasons before the end of the fifth lap.
      Stefanelli (Diatto), who was to finish the race in third place, was not mentioned in the following 5-laps listing. Brilli Peri's average lap time for the first five laps was 14m40s with the field in the following order after five laps:
1.Brilli Peri (Ballot)1h13m23sover 2000 cc
2.Materassi (Itala Spl)1h14m39sover 2000 cc
3.Zaniratti (Bugatti)1h20m01s1500 cc
4.Panerai (Diatto)1h20m02s2000 cc
5.Tarabusi (Alfa Romeo)1h21m28.4sover 2000 cc
6.Weber (Fiat)1h24m14s1500 cc
7.Giudici (Diatto)1h24m09s2000 cc
8.Tassara (Bugatti)1h25m05.6s1500 cc
9.Nardi Pellegalli (Alfa Romeo)1h25m08.6sover 2000 cc
10.Pedroni (Ansaldo)1h25m19.4s2000 cc
11.Testi (Diatto)1h27m30.6s2000 cc
12.Minciotti (Bugatti)1h27m45.4s2000 cc
13.Garavini (Ansaldo)1h27m51.6s2000 cc
14.Levoni (Ansaldo)1h28m24s2000 cc1 lap behind
15.Antonelli (Bugatti)1h32m21.2s2000 cc1 lap behind
16.Maggi (Bugatti)1h32m36s1500 cc1 lap behind
17.Masi (Diatto)1h34m55.4s2000 cc1 lap behind
18.Montanari (Bugatti)1h35m06.2s1500 cc1 lap behind
19.Sbraci (Chiribiri)1h35m14.0s1500 cc1 lap behind
20.Papis (Bugatti)1h36m57.4s1500 cc1 lap behind
21.Stefanelli (Diatto)not listed2000 cc

At the end of the 5th lap, Brilli Peri had stopped to change two tires and continued his battle with Materassi who also stopped for oil and tires. Zaniratti meanwhile, took advantage of the stop by the two leaders and jumped into the lead on the road, but only for a short while. Montanari retired his 1500 Bugatti after the fifth lap when he was already one lap behind.
      On lap seven, Brilli Peri passed the stands first, chased by Materassi and then Zaniratti. The race proceeded without changes up to the 8th lap. Brilli Peri retired on the ninth lap due to a broken oil pipe and problems with the clutch disc. Nardi Pelagalli changed a tire on lap nine, then left the road in one of the turns which forced the retirement of his Alfa Romeo when already one lap down. Normal refueling stops took place between the 9th and 12th laps and all drivers had to make frequent stops to change tires. This circuit, with the addition of the extremely hot temperatures, was fatal for the tires. Materassi with his heavy car had to change tires several times. Giudici had to replace his ailing mechanic and carried on alone with his Diatto. Tassara retired the 1500 Bugatti due to a broken brake lever. At this moment he had already made the lap record in his category. Antonelli experienced right from the start an engine timing problem with the Grand Prix Bugatti, probably the reason for ending his race before the tenth lap. After Montanari, Antonelli, Tassara, Nardi Pellegalli and Brilli Peri had retired the field was down to 16 cars. After the tenth lap, the race was decided as Brilli Peri, Materassi's most fearful opponent, had retired. Materassi's average lap time for the last five laps was 14m48s with the field in this order after ten laps:
1.Materassi (Itala Spl)2h29m31.2sover 2000 cc
2.Giudici (Diatto)2h43m55.6s2000 cc
3.Zaniratti (Bugatti)2h45m36.8s1500 cc1 lap behind
4.Weber (Fiat)2h46m48.2s1500 cc1 lap behind
5.Panerai (Diatto)2h48m37.0s2000 cc1 lap behind
6.Pedroni (Ansaldo)2h50m24.4s2000 cc1 lap behind
7.Sbraci (Chiribiri)2h50m30.0s1500 cc1 lap behind
8.Tarabusi (Alfa Romeo)2h51m00.4sover 2000 cc1 lap behind
9.Garavini (Ansaldo)2h54m00.0s2000 cc1 lap behind
10.Levoni (Ansaldo)2h54m52.4s2000 cc1 lap behind
11.Minciotti (Bugatti)2h55m24.0s2000 cc1 lap behind
12.Maggi (Bugatti)2h59m48.0s1500 cc2 laps behind
13.Testi (Diatto)3h10m13.4s2000 cc2 laps behind
14.Stefanelli (Diatto)not shown2000 cc
15.Papis (Bugatti)not shown1500 cc
16.Masi (Diatto)not shown2000 cc

After the tenth lap, Materassi no longer had to force his pace and could easily stop to refuel, add oil and change a wheel. In the fight of the 2000 category, Stefanelli was ahead in the Diatto, who had a good advantage to the Bugatti of Minciotti, who in turn was seriously threatened by Giudici's Diatto.
      On lap 14, Masi slammed against the inner edge at the Ghereto curve and as a result twisted the front axle of the Diatto. After his retirement the field was down to 15 cars. Materassi's average lap time for the last five laps was 16m07s with the field in the following order after 15 laps:
1.Materassi (Itala Spl)3h50m02.0sover 2000 cc
2.Zaniratti (Bugatti)4h09m44.2s1500 cc1 lap behind
3.Panerai (Diatto)4h12m31.2s2000 cc1 lap behind
4.Giudici (Diatto)4h15m55.0s2000 cc1 lap behind
5.Tarabusi (Alfa Romeo)4h16m16.2sover 2000 cc1 lap behind
6.Minciotti (Bugatti)4h16m38.2s2000 cc1 lap behind
7.Sbraci (Chiribiri)4h17m33.2s1500 cc1 lap behind
8.Weber (Fiat)4h17m33.6s1500 cc1 lap behind
9.Garavini (Ansaldo)4h18m28.4s2000 cc1 lap behind
10.Pedroni (Ansaldo)4h20m25.4s2000 cc1 lap behind
11.Maggi (Bugatti)4h27m50.0s1500 cc2 laps behind
12.Papis (Bugatti)4h38m19.6s1500 cc2 laps behind
13.Testi (Diatto)4h44m23.4s2000 cc3 laps behind
14.Stefanelli (Diatto)not shown2000 cc
15.Levoni (Ansaldo)not shown2000 cc

After 15 laps Panerai (Diatto) and Tarabusi (Alfa Romeo), both already one lap down, retired for unknown reasons. Tarabusi who at the beginning of the 4th lap had made a wild spin at the Ghereto curve, crashed at the end of the race into a telegraph pole. He was already one lap behind when he retired the damaged car. Garavini was 1 lap down, Papis 2 laps while Levoni's status was unknown. The arrival of the drivers was expected with keen interest by the large crowd. The spectators were well behaved and disciplined even with the arrival of the trailing cars' lagging behind in the race, so all drivers were able to finish regularly.



1.31Emilio MaterassiScuderia MaterassiItalaSpecial5.8S-4205h13m10.8s 
2.4Ferruccio ZanirattiF. ZanirattiBugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-4205h32m54.0s+ 19m43.2s
3.Ugo Sisto StefanelliU. StefanelliDiatto20S2.0S-4205h33m48.4s + 20m37.6s
4.Gino MinciottiG. MinciottiBugattiT302.0S-8205h38m27.2s + 25m16.4s
5.Camillo GiudiciC. GiudiciDiatto20S2.0S-4205h39m34.6s + 26m23.8s
6.Vasco SbraciV. SbraciChiribiri12/16 Monza S1.5S-4205h45m29.4s + 32m18.6s
7.Azeglio PedroniA. PedroniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4205h48m10.0s + 34m59.2s
8.Edoardo WeberE. WeberFiat501 s/c1.5S-4205h48m33.2s + 35m22.4s
9.8Aymo MaggiA. MaggiBugattiT221.5S-4205h50m20.0s + 37m09.2s
10.Antonio TestiA. TestiDiatto20S2.0S-4205h58m02.2s + 44m51.4s
DNCFrancesco PapisF. PapisBugatti1.5S-4<206h09m27.8s 
DNCGiovanni GaraviniG. GaraviniAnsaldo2.0S-4<206h21m30.2s 
DNCRenzo LevoniR. LevoniAnsaldo4CS2.0S-4<206h50m40.0s 
DNFAlberto PaneraiA. PaneraiDiatto2.0S-415>15 laps or more
DNFUgo TarabusiU. TarabusiAlfa RomeoRLSS3.0S-615>15 laps or more - crash
DNFLuigi MasiL. MasiDiatto20S2.0S-4<1313 laps or less - crash
DNFGastone Brilli PeriG. Brilli PeriBallotIndy 19194.9S-88  
DNFLuigi Nardi PelagalliL. Nardi PelagalliAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-67left the road
DNFFilippo TassaraF. TassaraBugattiT131.5S-45>5 laps or more - brake lever
DNFDomenico AntonelliCount D. AntonelliBugattiT35 2.0S-85>5 laps or more
DNF7Supremo MontanariS. Montanari BugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-44mechanical 
DNFIvo NardiI. NardiDiatto20S2.0S-4<44 laps or less
DNFGino CompagnoniG. CompagnoniBugatti1.5S-4<44 laps or less
DNFGuido GinaldiG. GinaldiAlfa RomeoRLTF 243.0S-62mechanical 
DNFAnselmo CesaroniA. CesaroniMercedesGP 19144.5S-40crash 
Fastest lap over 2000 cc: Materassi (Itala Spl) & Brilli Peri (Ballot) in 14m13.6s = 76.6 km/h (47.6 mph) (Note 1).
Fastest lap 2000 cc: G. Minciotti (Bugatti) in 14m56.8s = 72.9 km/h (45.3 mph).
Fastest lap 1500 cc: F. Tassara (Bugatti) in 16m03s = 67.9 km/h (42.2 mph).
Winner's average speed over 2000 cc, Materassi: 69.6 km/h (43.3 mph).
Winner's average speed, 2000 cc, Stefanelli: 65.3 km/h (40.6 mph).
Winner's average speed 1100 cc, Zaniratti: 65.5 km/h (40.7 mph).
Weather: hot, dusty roads .
In retrospect:
Incomplete individual times at 5, 10 and 15 laps and the lack of informative reporting about retirements was encountered in the various sources. As a result, this report lacks the depth of information that we usually make available. The final times for the third to tenth finisher varied amongst the nine sources and we hope to have selected the correct ones.

1. There is no doubt that the correct circuit length was 18.17 km and the numbers above are calculated with that length. For some reason the published numbers were calculated with the wrong circuit length (18.7 km).

Primary sources researched for this article:
ACI - rivista, Torino
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
L'AUTO, Paris
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco

 Magistri (Bugatti)Balestrero (OM)Giusti (SPA)


Circuito di Gelso Bianco (I), 31 May 1925.
7 laps x 36.0 km (22.370 mi) = 252 km (156.592 mi)


1. Category - up to 1500 cc
1Giovanni SergioG. SergioPeugeot1.5S-4
2Emma Firpo VozziE. Firpo VozziOM469 S21.5S-4
3Antonio CacciolaA. CacciolaFiat501S1.5S-4
4Antonio TricomiA. TricomiFiat501S1.5S-4
5Alfredo RussoA. RussoFiat501S1.5S-4
2. Category - up to 2000 cc
6Pietro AnselmiP. AnselmiOM665 S2.0S-6
7Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroOM665 S2.0S-6
3. Category - up to 3000 cc
8Biagio GiannettoB. GiannettoAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-6
9Salvatore CasanoS. CasanoAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6
10Giocchino VigoG. VigoCeiranoCS2H3.0S-4
11Salvatore EsteriniS. EsteriniCeiranoCS2H3.0S-4alias S. Ignoto
12Federico FisauliBaron F. FisauliCeiranoCS2H3.0S-4
13Giuseppe BattistaG. BattistaAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-6DNS - did not start
14Giuseppe PuglisiG.PuglisiAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-6
4. Category - over 3000 cc
15Paolo SchininàP. Schininà Nazzaro4.4S-4
16Angelo GiustiA. GiustiSPA24S4.4S-6
16AGiovanni FedericoG. FedericoFord4.2S-4
Race Cars
18Giulio PucciBaron G. PucciBugattiT352.0S-8
19Salvatore MusmeciCavaliere S. MusmeciBugattiT302.0S-8
20Costantino TrombettaC. TrombettaFiat14 B - S.574.5S-4
21Giuseppe PiroG. PiroFiat501 SS1.5S-4
22Costantino MagistriC. MagistriBugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-4
23Mario VigoM. VigoBugattiT352.0S-8

Magistri wins the Coppa Etna with Bugatti

by Hans Etzrodt
The Coppa Etna race in Sicily was held for the first time in 1925 along seven laps of the 36 km Gelso Bianco Circuit. The 22 starters were divided into five categories. Magistri (1.5 Bugatti) led the race from start to finish. The battle for second place between Puglisi (3.0 Alfa Romeo), Balestrero (2.0 OM) and Giusti (4.4 SPA) was won by Balestrero with Guisti third as Puglisi dropped to tenth place. Pucci (2.0 Bugatti) finished fourth and Trombetta (4.5 Fiat) was fifth. Twelve cars finished and 10 retired.
The Coppa Etna was held for the first time in 1925, organized by the Automobile Club di Catania on the 36 km Circuito di Gelso Bianco which had to be lapped seven times, a total of 252 km. Although the organizers designated the race the Coppa Etna, the event was referred to as Circuito del Gelso Bianco, taking a cue from the lush mulberry tree. The circuit, which was no wider than five meters, wound its way for 36 km along a twisting and hilly dirt road course with 150 corners. The start, took place at Piazza Palestro where the pits and grandstands were located. The Piazza was packed with spectators in the stands, on the terraces and rooftops and in the pits area. After rounding the Piazza, the course left Catania along via Palermo and headed uphill in north westerly direction passing through the town of Misterbianco. From here the course turned south-west to Motta Sant'Anastasia at an altitude of 275 meters. From there the road twisted south for 8 km downhill to the dangerous left-hand curve of Stazione di Motta S.A. Here the course turned east on flat terrain, then north-east back into the west side of Catania to the finish straight.
      The overall winner was awarded the Coppa Etna and 15,000 lire, the second finisher received a gold medal and 7,000 lire and third a gold medal and 4,000 lire. The fastest lap was awarded with a gold medal. Class winners were awarded with 1,000 lire and a gold medal.
A 3-Liter Ceirano CS2H was driven by Salvatore Esterini, but the name Salvatore Ignoto was reported in all official reports. Alessandro Silva informed us that "Ignoto" was a pseudonym. His full name was Salvatore Esterini, born August 14, 1883 in Acireale (Catania) and died March 3, 1980. Michael Müller informed us that Pucci's T35 was the Targa Florio works car of Ferdinand de Vizcaya (chassis 4517), which had been sold after the race through the Palermo Bugatti agency Albanese & Carello to Baron Giulio Pucci di Benischi. From the 23 entries Giuseppe Battista (Alfa Romeo RLS) did not start, which left 22 starters who are all listed at the beginning of this report.
The 8:01 AM start at Piazza Palestra was in order of the race numbers, one car at a time at one-minute intervals because of the dust from the dirt roads. The 1500 cc cars were released first, followed by the 2000 class, next the 3000 cars, the over 3000 cars and finally the race cars. Almost every car carried a riding mechanic and one or two spare wheels. However, the cars were not necessarily released at one-minute intervals. The times were determined beforehand according to the race numbers and if cars did not appear at the start (e.g. #13), then the car #14 was held to its predetermined time of departure. The number 17 was not used, because drivers considered it an unlucky number. Instead the number 16A was applied.
8:011SergioPeugeot1500 cc
8:022Firpo VozziOM--"--
8:066AnselmiOM2000 cc
8:088GiannettoAlfa Romeo3000 cc
8:099CasanoAlfa Romeo--"--
8:1010Vigo G.Ceirano--"--
8:1111EsteriniCeirano--"-- alias Ignoto
8:1313BattistaAlfa Romeo--"-- did not start
8:1414PuglisiAlfa Romeo--"--
8:1515SchininàNazzaroover 3000 cc
8:1818PucciBugatti 2000race cars
8:1919MusmeciBugatti 2000--"--
8:2020TrombettaFiat 4500--"--
8:2121PiroFiat 1500--"--
8:2222MagistriBugatti 1500--"--
8:2323Vigo M.Bugatti 2000--"--
Prince Reburdone, President of the Catania AC, was the starter with help of the timekeeper Prince Petrulla. He dropped the flag for the first car, the small Peugeot who took off to great applause from the crowd. The drivers were flagged away one after another with cheers by the enthusiastic grandstand crowd. When the Ford of Federico started, the car stopped immediately at the pits where it retired. This withdrawal caused much amusement.
      After the first lap Mario Vigo stopped his Bugatti at the pits to change a sparkplug and Pucci stopped with an ignition problem on his Bugatti. Baron Fisauli had one of the tires burst. After the wheel was changed the Ceirano engine broke down after a short climb. Fisauli then picked up Sergio and his mechanic after their Peugeot had broken down. When they reached the pits, the crowd greeted them with lively applause. A total of six cars retired on the first lap: Sergio (1500 Peugeot), Russo (1500 Fiat), Fisauli (3000 Ceirano), Schininà (4400 Nazzaro), Federico (over 3000 Ford) and Piro (1500 Fiat). The field was down to 16 cars after 36 km of the first lap:
1.Magistri (Bugatti)24m27s2000 cc
2.Puglisi (Alfa Romeo)25m09s3000 cc
3.Balestrero (OM)25m45s2000 cc
4.Giusti (Spa)25m45sover 3000 cc
5.Tricomi (Fiat)26m17s1500 cc
6.Trombetta (Fiat)26m31sover 3000 cc
7.Vigo M. (Bugatti)27m00s2000 cc
8.Musmeci (Bugatti)27m05s2000 cc
9.Casano (Alfa Romeo)27m20s3000 cc
10.Giannetto (Alfa Romeo)28m18s3000 cc
11.Vigo G. (Ceirano)29m27s3000 cc
12.Anselmi (OM)31m32s2000 cc
13.Cacciola (Fiat)32m15s1500 cc
14.Pucci (Bugatti)32m40s2000 cc
15.Esterini (Ceirano)34m16s3000 cc
16.Firpo Vozzi (OM)34m43s1500 cc

Balestrero who was third on an equal footing with Giusti in fourth place, managed to distance the Spa and the Alfa Romeo of Puglisi during the second lap and moved into second place. Tricomi with very regular pace held fifth place. Musmeci managed to overtake Mario Vigo and Trombetta from eighth position, advancing to sixth place. Giannetto from 10th place advanced to 9th. Pucci from 14th moved to 12th place. Casano (Alfa Romeo) retired on the second lap due to a breakdown of his car. At the end of 72 km, the field was down to 15 cars in the following order after two laps:
1.Magistri (Bugatti)48m48s2000 cc
2.Balestrero (OM)50m49s2000 cc
3.Puglisi (Alfa Romeo)50m49s3000 cc
4.Giusti (Spa)52m46sover 3000 cc
5.Tricomi (Fiat)52m56s1500 cc
6.Musmeci (Bugatti)53m58s2000 cc
7.Trombetta (Fiat)54m00sover 3000 cc
8.Vigo M. (Bugatti)55m06s2000 cc
9.Giannetto (Alfa Romeo)55m34s3000 cc
10.Vigo G. (Ceirano)59m13s3000 cc
11.Anselmi (OM)1h01m15s2000 cc
12.Pucci (Bugatti)1h01m35s2000 cc
13.Esterini (Ceirano)1h02m28s3000 cc
14.Cacciola (Fiat)1h04m14s1500 cc
15.Firpo Vozzi (OM)1h09m09s1500 cc

The leading Bugatti of Magistri passed by, taking almost the same time, 24m31s, as the previous two laps. Balestrero raised his pace and covered the third lap in 24m45s. A short time afterwards, arrived the red Alfa Romeo of Puglisi while Giannetto's Alfa Romeo stopped for a minute in front of his pit to refuel. Shortly afterwards, Giusti's Spa passed the turn and seemed to spin out, but continued safely and quickly disappeared at the turn of via Palermo. The OM of Anselmi arrived, which was overtaken by G. Vigo's Ceirano. A fierce struggle was taking place between the two cars, which thrilled the spectators. Meanwhile Anselmi managed to overtake the Ceirano on the via Palermo to the applause of the crowd. The Fiat of Cacciola arrived, followed closely by Musmeci's Bugatti. On the straight, the Bugatti then passed the Fiat. Next the Ceirano of Esterini arrived and seconds behind was the Bugatti of Magistri followed after a short distance by the Fiat of Trombetta. Ms. Firpo Vozziwas last in 1h58m23s and had been passed by the first few competitors who completed the fourth lap. After 108 km, the order was as follows at the end of the 3rd lap:
1.Magistri (Bugatti)1h13m19s2000 cc
2.Balestrero (OM)1h15m02s2000 cc
3.Puglisi (Alfa Romeo)1h15m32s3000 cc
4.Giusti (Spa)1h16m08sover 3000 cc
5.Tricomi (Fiat)1h19m06s1500 cc
6.Musmeci (Bugatti)1h20m46s2000 cc
7.Trombetta (Fiat)1h21m28sover 3000 cc
8.Giannetto (Alfa Romeo)1h21m36s3000 cc
9.Vigo M. (Bugatti)1h22m18s2000 cc
10.Pucci (Bugatti)1h27m28s2000 cc
11.Esterini (Ceirano)1h29m14s3000 cc
12.Vigo G. (Ceirano)1h29m26s3000 cc
13.Anselmi (OM)1h31m2000 cc
14.Cacciola (Fiat)1h56m1500 cc
15.Firpo Vozzi (OM)1h58m23s1500 cc

On lap four Balestrero stopped for about 20 seconds and then restarted. Immediately afterwards Anselmi passed but was one lap behind. Musmeci's Bugatti passed at great speed, followed by Esterini's Ceirano and M. Vigo's Bugatti. The Ceirano of G. Vigo was followed very closely by the Fiat of Trombetta, who drove in perfect regularity. Pucci and Anselmi refueled and restarted while Cacciola passed with great delay. Mario Vigo with the T35 Bugatti was plagued by misfiring and he made a long pit stop. He then made the fastest lap of the race in 22m48.6s at an average of 94.695 km/h. The order after 144 km was as follows at the end of the fourth lap:
1.Magistri (Bugatti)1h37m2000 cc
2.Puglisi (Alfa Romeo)1h40m09s3000 cc
3.Giusti (Spa)1h40m32sover 3000 cc
4.Balestrero (OM)1h40m51s2000 cc
5.Vigo M. (Bugatti)1h45m07s2000 cc
6.Musmeci (Bugatti)1h47m12s2000 cc
7.Trombetta (Fiat)1h47m22sover 3000 cc
8.Tricomi (Fiat)1h47m48s1500 cc
9.Giannetto (Alfa Romeo)1h49m3000 cc
10.Pucci (Bugatti)1h52m2000 cc
11.Esterini (Ceirano)1h55m3000 cc
12.Vigo G. (Ceirano)1h58m3000 cc
13.Anselmi (OM)2h00m2000 cc
14.Cacciola (Fiat)2h32m1500 cc
15.Firpo Vozzi (OM)2h35m1500 cc

On the fifth lap Balestrero drove faster than ever, trying to make up time on his immediate rival. A few minutes later the Alfa Romeo of Puglisi arrived, then the Spa of Giusti. The crowd never tired of applauding the Cantanese driver. Magistri stopped at the pits and then started again. When Giannetto's Alfa Romeo refueled in 1m20s, Musmeci's Bugatti advanced and the Fiat of Trombetta also managed to move ahead. After Tricomi (Fiat), M. Vigo (Bugatti) and Esterini (Ceirano) had retired, the field was down to 12 cars with the order as follows after the fifth lap:
1.Magistri (Bugatti)2h02m58s2000 cc
2.Balestrero (OM)2h03m2000 cc
3.Giusti (Spa)2h04mover 3000 cc
4.Puglisi (Alfa Romeo)2h08m3000 cc
5.Pucci (Bugatti)2h12m2000 cc
6.Musmeci (Bugatti)2h14m04s2000 cc
7.Trombetta (Fiat)2h15m40sover 3000 cc
8.Giannetto (Alfa Romeo)2h18m3000 cc
9.Anselmi (OM)2h31m2000 cc
10.Vigo G. (Ceirano)2h33m3000 cc
11.Cacciola (Fiat)2h39m1500 cc
12.Firpo Vozzi (OM)1500 cc

On the sixth lap the order changed only slightly. Magistri in the lead arrived after 2h26m. In second place after 2h28m was Balestrero. His mechanic reported the threat of Giusti's SPA following after 2h30m. He progressively improved his pace and passed very quickly amid the applause of the crowd who wanted to give all their encouragement to the daring driver. Musmeci's Bugatti passed after 2h40m and stopped for a long time to refuel and take on water. Next followed Pucci ahead of Trombetta both after 2h42m, Giannetto after 2h48m, Puglisi after 2h50m, Anselmi after 2h59m, Vigo G., Cacciola and Firpo Vozzi in 12th place.

On lap seven, Magistri led ahead of Balestrero and Giusti, followed by Pucci, who had climbed to fourth place. Trombetta was fifth ahead of Musmeci, Giannetto, Anselmi, Vigo G., Cacciola and Firpo Vozzi last. When the red OM of Balestrero crossed the finish line in 2h53m23s, the public jumped to their feet and applauded for a long time. The arrival of Angelo Giusti's SPA was expected with a watch in hand. When Anselmi arrived, the tension of the crowd increased. After a short time, a firecracker signaled the arrival of a car. Everyone took a step forward when the shiny SPA arrived. The enthusiastic crowd applauded and waved the hats. Giusti reached the finish line, continued along the curve and then stopped. He had lost second place by over a minute. But this did not diminish the enthusiasm of the crowd. The driver was torn from the wheel and carried in triumph passed the stands. Some cars were arriving late, but the public was not interested. But when the blue Bugatti appeared on the straight, the formidable loud applause subdued the rumble of the engine. Magistri and the mechanic Caramma Girolamo were carried in triumph surrounded by the frenetic applause of the crowd. The first Coppa Etna, which gained a greater success than expected, had ended.



1.22Costantino MagistriC. MagistriBugattiT13 "Brescia"1.5S-472h51m15.4s
2.7Renato BalestreroR. BalestreroOM665 S2.0S-672h53m23.0s+ 2m07.6s
3.16Angelo GiustiA. GiustiSPA24S2.7S-472h54m54.6s+ 3m39.2s
4.18Giulio PucciBaron G. PucciBugattiT352.0S-873h06m01.0s+ 14m45.6s
5.20Costantino TrombettaC. TrombettaFiat14 B - S.574.5S-473h07m58.6s+ 16m43.2s
6.19Salvatore MusmeciCavaliere S. MusmeciBugattiT302.0S-873h09m32s+ 18m17s
7.8Biagio GiannettoB. GiannettoAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-673h17m13s+ 25m58s
8.6Pietro AnselmiP. AnselmiOM665 S2.0S-673h28m15s+ 37m00s
9.10Giocchino VigoG. VigoCeiranoCS2H3.0S-473h35m50s+ 44m35s
10.14Giuseppe PuglisiG. PuglisiAlfa RomeoRLS3.0S-673h38m15s+ 44m35s
11.3Antonio CacciolaA. CacciolaFiat5011.5S-473h46m07s+ 54m52s
12.2Emma Firpo VozziE. Firpo VozziOM469 S1.5S-473h48m08s+ 56m53s
DNF23Mario VigoM. VigoBugattiT352.0S-84  
DNF11Salvatore EsteriniEsterini alias IgnotoCeiranoCS2H3.0S-44  
DNF4Antonio TricomiA. TricomiFiat501S1.5S-44  
DNF9Salvatore CasanoS. CasanoAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-61  
DNF5Alfredo RussoA. RussoFiat501S1.5S-41  
DNF12Federico FisauliBaron F. FisauliCeiranoCS2H3.0S-41engine 
DNF21Giuseppe PiroG. PiroFiat501 SS1.5S-40engine 
DNF15Paolo SchininàP. Schininà Nazzaro4.4S-40  
DNF1Giovanni SergioG. SergioPeugeot1.5S-40  
DNF16A>Giovanni FedericoG. FedericoFord4.2S-40  
Fastest lap: Mario Vigo (Bugatti) on lap 4 in 22m48.6s = 94.695 km/h (58.843 mph).
Winner's average speed 1500 cc, Magistri: 88.288 (54.862 mph).
Weather: dry, sunny and warm.
In retrospect:
The Giornale del Isola had a problem reporting the intermediate times as of the third lap. Some times were not published or were removed by us, due to being completely false, but the order of the drivers listed is correct. We replaced the missing intermediate times when found on a photograph that showed the timing board display. The final times varied between the sources and we hope to have selected the correct ones.

While most published reports contained incomplete results and no meaningful content, great help came from Rino Rao at home in Catania, Sicily, who generously mailed the reports from Giornale dell’Isola, Il Corriere di Sicilia and L'Auto Italiana. Rino Rao's book, Coppa Etna, was likewise very helpful with race numbers, starting times and the greater part of the race progress.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ACI - rivista, Torino
Corriere di Sicilia, Catania
Giornale dell'Isola, Catania
Giornale di Sicilia, Palermo
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Sicilia, Catania
L'Auto Italiana, Milano
L'Impero, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco
Michael Müller
Rino Rao
Rino Rao: Coppa Etna book


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