1930 Coppa Acerbo 1st Achille Varzi (Maserati)1930 Coppa Acerbo 2nd Ernesto Maserati (Maserati)1930 Coppa Acerbo 3rd Baconin Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)


Pescara (I), 17 August 1930.
Class over 1100 cc: 10 laps x 25.5 km (15.85 mi) = 255.0 km (158.5 mi)


2Rodolfo del DragoPrince R. del DragoMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-6
4Federico CaflischF. CaflischMercedes-BenzSS7.1S-6
6Aymo MaggiCount A. MaggiBugattiT35C2.0S-8
8Luigi FagioliOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8
10Matteo MontegutiM. MontegutiAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
12Emilio RomanoE. RomanoTalbot7001.5S-8DNA - did not appear
14Clemente BiondettiScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8
16Luigi ArcangeliOfficine A. MaseratiMaseratiV44.02x8
18Antonio BrivioScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8
20Angelo PeroniA. PeroniBugattiDNA - did not appear
22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo P22.0S-8
24Giuseppe CampariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
26Filippo SartorioF. SartorioMaserati261.5S-8
28Achille Varzi Officine A. MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8
30Emilio GolaE. GolaBugattiDNA - did not appear
32Ernesto MaseratiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8
34Diego de SterlichD. de SterlichMaseratiDNA - did not appear
36XScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8DNA - did not appear
38Bartolomeo De BernardinisB. De BernardinisAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
40Luigi CatalaniL. CatalaniAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
42Baconin BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6
44Luigi SpinozziL. SpinozziAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
46XBugattiDNA - did not appear
48PaolucciPaolucciAlfa RomeoDNA - did not appear
50Enzo FerrariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
52XBugattiDNA - did not appear
54Arrigo SartorioA. SartorioMaserati261.7S-8
56Alfredo CaniatoScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-1500 SS1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
58Bruno FontaniniB. FontaniniAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6
60Oreste de MartisO. de MartisMaserati26R1.7S-8
62Cesare RenziC. RenziBugattiT37A1.5S-4
64Guglielmo PeriG. PeriO.M.665 S2.2S-6

Achille Varzi victorious with the new Maserati

by Hans Etzrodt
The warm-up to the main event was a short dash in the early morning for 1100 cc cars, which was won by Premoli (Salmson) leading Alfieri Maserati and Fagioli to the finish. After a brief break twenty racecars appeared at the start for the sixth Coppa Acerbo. Arcangeli was entrusted with the 16-cylinder Maserati in which he led the first three tours until a tire blew at top speed and he crashed. Nuvolari, in the outdated Alfa Romeo P2, led the race for the next two laps until he made a pit stop to cure his ailing engine. Thereafter Fagioli held the lead for four laps but near the very end his Maserati broke down and, due to outside help, he was disqualified. The lucky Varzi inherited the lead to win the Coppa Acerbo in his new Maserati but only after his most dangerous opponents Arcangeli and Fagioli had retired. Ernesto Maserati in a similar car finished second ahead of Borzacchini with a 1750 Alfa Romeo in third place. Brivio in the little Talbot placed fourth ahead of Nuvolari, Caflisch, Fontanini and Sartorio.
The 1930 Coppa Acerbo was in its sixth running and was one of to the more important events on the international calendar. In 1924 Minister Giacomo Acerbo had named the race in honor of his brother Capitano Tito Acerbo, a decorated war hero, who was killed during the last year of WW I. The same triangular 25.5 km Pescara circuit was used for the 1930 race, which went over ten laps. The start was outside the seaside resort of Pescara, where the road went straight for about one kilometer along the shore. Before the town of Pescara the course made a wide right turn heading inland for about 11 km along a winding road up into the Abruzzi Mountains through the villages of Villa Raspa, Spoltore and Capelle. From here, the road led into the approximately 11 km long Montesilvano downhill straight to the coast at blistering speed where every car could reach its maximum speed. A fast right turn at Montesilvano railroad station led into the Lungo Mare straight along the coast through a chicane to slow the cars just before start and finish.
The Coppa Acerbo promoters received 32 entries for the class over 1100 cc of which only 20 appeared for the race. The more important ones included Baconin Borzacchini, who had been the team captain of Maserati. After his disappointing Targa Florio and the failure at Indianapolis, he left for the Scuderia Ferrari at the Coppa Ciano, where he joined his friend Tazio Nuvolari both driving Alfa Romeos. Scuderia Ferrari managed the Alfa Romeo works entries, an outdated P2 for Tazio Nuvolari, a 1750 GS for Borzacchini and another 1750 for team owner Enzo Ferrari himself. Giuseppe Campari was entered with an Alfa Romeo, possibly also by the Scuderia, but he did not appear. The same was true for Scuderia founder-member Alfredo Caniato in a 1500 Alfa Romeo. Achille Varzi, who had driven one of the Alfa P2's for SA Alfa Romeo two weeks earlier at the Coppa Ciano, had defected to the Maserati camp. Luigi Arcangeli who was driving at the Targa Florio and Rome for Maserati, changed to Scuderia Ferrari for the Coppa Ciano race. Thereafter he moved back to the Bologna stable, following simultaneously with Varzi to join regulars Luigi Fagioli and Ernesto Maserati, brother of admired team leader Alfieri Maserati. Varzi felt motivated because the 2500 Maserati was a faster car than the old Alfa P2.
      For the first time since Tripoli, Scuderia Materassi appeared with two 1500 Talbots, one for Clemente Biondetti as raced at Monaco and Rome and the other was the rebuilt car which Brilli-Peri crashed at Tripoli but now in the hands of Antonio Brivio. Two additional Talbot entries were made but obviously could not appear since Scuderia Materassi only had two cars.
      From the independent drivers, Mille Miglia founding member Count Aymo Maggi probably had the best chance of a good result. He arrived with his new T35C Bugatti, in which he had finished third at the Coppa Ciano two weeks prior. The Sartorios, Arrigo and Filippo, both in smaller tipo 26 Maseratis were also present. Two very large Mercedes-Benz sports cars were entered, both stripped of fenders, lights and running boards. One was a red SSK for 31-year old Roman Prince Rodolfo del Drago (but really Rodolfo Maria Giovanni Francesco Domenico Giuseppe del Drago) and an older four-seater SS, the only white painted car in an all-red field, for 38-year old Swiss/Italian businessman Federico Caflisch. A complete rundown of entries is found at the beginning of this report.
On Sunday morning at 8:10 AM the Italian Leader of Sports, Augusto Turati, lowered the Italian flag to start the 12 cyclecars below 1100 cc over 102 km or four laps around the Pescara circuit. Luigi Premoli (Salmson) won in 57m16s at an average speed of 106.868 km/h, ahead of Alfieri Maserati (Maserati) and Luigi Fagioli (Salmson). Alfieri Maserati made the fastest lap in 14m09.2s. After the spectators had been warmed up, the starting area was cleared for the main event where 20 cars took their positions on the grid in numerical order.
Pole Position




del Drago











Alfa Romeo










Alfa Romeo


Alfa Romeo


Alfa Romeo

de Martis

Alfa Romeo


Alfa Romeo




O. M.



At 9:45 AM Augusto Turati started the race, this time however with a checkered flag. Maggi's Bugatti led the 20-car field from the front row as the loud thundering cars shot away. However, Arcangeli, Nuvolari and Fagioli passed Maggi after Capelle on the fast section to Montesilvano. At the end of the first lap Arcangeli in the 16-cylinder Maserati was in front at an average speed of 123.287 km/h, leading Nuvolari, Fagioli, Maserati and Varzi.
1. Arcangeli (Maserati)12m24.6s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)12m43.8s
3. Fagioli (Maserati)13m02.0s
4. E. Maserati (Maserati)13m17.6s
5. Varzi (Maserati)13m27.6s
6. Maggi (Bugatti)13m54.6s
7. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)14m02.0s
8. Biondetti (Talbot)14m05.0s
9. F. Sartorio (Maserati)?
10. Caflisch (Mercedes-Benz)14m36.2s
11. Brivio (Talbot)?
12. Catalani (Alfa Romeo)stopped at his pit
13. A. Sartorio (Maserati)?
14. del Drago (Mercedes-Benz)15m03.0s
The fifteenth position was held by de Martis (Maserati), followed by Fontanini (Alfa Romeo), Renzi (Bugatti) who retired, Peri (O.M.) and a long distance behind trailed Ferrari and Spinozzi in 1750 Alfas.

      At the end of the second lap Arcangeli was even further ahead of Nuvolari and had increased the gap to more than half a minute. Fagioli set a new fastest lap time of 12m20s equal to 124 km/h average speed and was now only four seconds behind Nuvolari. Varzi overhauled Maserati, leading him by three seconds.
1. Arcangeli (Maserati)24m43.0s
2. Nuvolari (Alf Romeo)25m18.0s
3. Fagioli (Maserati)25m22.0s
4. Varzi (Maserati)25m59.0s
5. E. Maserati (Maserati)26m02.0s
6. Biondetti (Talbot)26m18.0s
7. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)26m21.0s
Filippo Sartorio followed in eighth place ahead of Caflisch, Brivio, Arrigo Sartorio, de Martis, del Drago who retired, Fontanini, Catalani in fourteenth place and last Peri in 32m15.6s. Because Maggi (Bugatti), Renzi (Bugatti), del Drago (Mercedes-Benz), Ferrari (Alfa Romeo) and Spinozzi (Alfa Romeo) had retired, only 15 drivers were left in the field.

      After the third lap Arcangeli's lead had now been cut to eight seconds by Nuvolari. Fagioli in third place established a new fastest lap at 12m11s, which was a new record. Varzi followed in fourth place, Ernesto Maserati was fifth, pursued by Biondetti, Borzacchini, Filippo Sartorio, Caflisch, Brivio, Arrigo Sartorio, de Martis, Fontanini, Catalini and Peri. The order of the 15 car field remained the same.

      The fourth lap produced an exciting scene at the finish-line. Nuvolari was now first with Arcangeli barely one second behind. Fagioli was third a bit less than 11 seconds further back, followed by Varzi, Ernesto Maserati, Filippo Sartorio, Borzacchini and Brivio. Next trailed Biondetti who retired with a breakdown, Caflisch, Arrigo Sartorio, de Martis and Fontanini.
      About 300 meters beyond the finish line Arcangeli had a tire burst at top speed on the straight. His car skidded and collided violently against a gate of a country house, twisting a wheel and ending the race for Arcangeli and the 16-cylinder Maserati, fortunately without serious consequences to the driver. Now the field was down to 13 cars.

      After the fifth lap Nuvolari remained in first place but Fagioli always posed a threat to reduce the distance and continuously improve his pace. In fact, at mid race Fagioli established a new record lap at 12m09.4s, which was the fastest lap of the race at 125.855 km/h average speed. Fagioli showed that he really was a great champion. Varzi held third place followed by Ernesto Maserati, Borzacchini, Brivio and Caflisch seventh.
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h01m49.4s
2. Fagioli (Maserati)1h01m57.6s
3. Varzi (Maserati1h03m27.4s
4. E. Maserati (Maserati)1h04m01.4s
5. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)1h07m31.6s
6. Brivio (Talbot)1h08m29.2s
7. Caflisch (Mercedes-Benz)1h11m17.0s
8. A. Sartorio (Maserati)1h12m16.6s
9. de Martis (Maserati)1h13m46.0s
10. Fontanini (Alfa Romeo)1h14m40.0s
Filippo Sartorio retired; he drove well until his car broke down. Peri and Catalani were no longer mentioned in the reports and neither were Biondetti and Arcangeli, so the field was now down to 10 cars.

      On lap six Nuvolari lost the lead. His pace had slowed and he was falling back. Fagioli was the first to pass the slowing Alfa at Capelle. Next Varzi went by and then Ernesto Maserati passed the stricken Alfa Romeo. At the end of lap six the Maseratis of Fagioli, Varzi and Ernesto Maserati were in the first three positions while Nuvolari's Alfa arrived in fourth place and stopped at the pits for new plugs.
1. Fagioli (Maserati)
2. Varzi (Maserati)
3. E. Maserati (Maserati)
4. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)
5. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)
6. Brivio (Talbot)
7. Caflisch (Mercedes-Benz)
8. A. Sartorio (Maserati)
9. de Martis (Maserati)
10. Fontanini (Alfa Romeo)

During the seventh lap the three leading positions remained the same. Varzi received a signal from his pit to go faster, while Nuvolari had fallen to fifth place and was followed by Brivio's fast little Talbot. At the end of lap seven the order was:
1. Fagioli (Maserati)1h26m44.4s
2. Varzi (Maserati)1h28m26.4s
3. E. Maserati (Maserati)1h29m26.2s
4. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)1h34m13.2s
5. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h35m37.0s
6. Brivio (Talbot)1h37m08.6s
7. Caflisch (Mercedes-Benz)1h39m21.0s
8. A. Sartorio (Maserati)?
9. de Martis (Maserati)
10. Fontanini (Alfa Romeo)

On the eighth lap Fagioli maintained his lead ahead of Varzi who was 1m15s behind. Varzi had closed the gap by half a minute in a single lap. Ernesto Maserati was third, after that there was a long gap to Borzacchini, then Brivio who had overtaken Nuvolari, who was now in sixth place. Caflisch's Mercedes in seventh position was the only other car on the same lap. Arrigo Sartorio and Fontanini had fallen way behind. De Martis had overturned his Maserati at Spoltore and was seriously injured but was said to be recovering.

      On lap nine Fagioli's lead over Varzi had come down slightly to 1m08s. Ernesto Maserati was third, followed by Borzacchini, Brivio, Nuvolari and Caflisch in seventh place, who had now been lapped by the leader. Fontanini trailed in eighth place with Arrigo Sartorio last.

      On the final lap, Fagioli remained in the lead at Capelle. But then came a dramatic turn of events at the last turn at the center of Montesilvano, just a few kilometers from the finish. The pinion of the differential broke and Fagioli's Maserati rolled to a stop. Varzi passed his stranded teammate, heading towards a lucky victory. Then the others passed one by one, Ernesto Maserati, Borzacchini, Brivio, Nuvolari and Caflisch.
      At the finish Varzi was first, Maserati second, Borzacchini third, Brivio in the small Talbot, Nuvolari and Caflisch next. Finally Fagioli appeared with his stricken car, 17m5s after the victor and pushed by a group of enthusiastic spectators. He was timed at 2h23m13.4s, which would have placed him seventh but due to outside assistance he was disqualified.



1.28Achille VarziOfficine Alfiero MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8102h06m08.2s
2.32Ernesto MaseratiOfficine Alfiero MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8102h07m35.0s+ 1m26.8s
3.42Baconin BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-1750 GS1.8S-6102h14m18.8s+ 8m10.6s
4.18Antonio BrivioScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-8102h16m12.2s+ 10m04.0s
5.22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoP22.0 S-8102h17m41.2s+ 11m33.0s
6.4Federico CaflischF. CaflischMercedes-BenzSS7.1S-6102h21m41.4s+ 15m33.2s
DQU8Luigi FagioliOfficine Alfiero MaseratiMaserati26M2.5S-8102h23m13.4s+ 17m05.2s
7.58Bruno FontaniniB. FontaniniAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6102h27m18.6s+ 21m10.4s
8.54Arrigo SartorioA. SartorioMaserati261.7S-8102h29m56.6s+ 23m48.4s
DNF60Creste de MartisC. de MartisMaserati26R1.7S-86crash
DNF64Guglielmo PeriG. PeriO. M.665 S2.2S-64
DNF40Luigi CatalaniL. CatalaniAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-64
DNF26Filippo SartorioF. SartorioMaserati261.5S-84mechanical
DNF16Luigi ArcangeliOfficine Alfiero MaseratiMaseratiV44.02x84crash
DNF14Clemente BiondettiScuderia MaterassiTalbot7001.5S-83
DNF2Rodolfo del DragoPrice R. del DragoMercedes-BenzSSK7.1S-61mechanical
DNF44Luigi SpinozziL. SpinozziAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-61
DNF50Enzo FerrariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-61
DNF62Cesare RenziC. RenziBugattiT37A1.5S-41
DNF6Aymo MaggiConte A. MaggiBugattiT35C2.0S-81engine
Fastest lap: Luigi Fagioli (Maserati) on lap 5 in 12m09.4s = 125.9 km/h (78.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 121.3 km/h (75.4 mph)
Weather: sunny and very hot.
In retrospect:
The list of entries and the starting grid, finally for the first time in correct arrangement, originate from four sources:
          •   La Stampa August 17, 1930 p4 preview with entries only
          •   Santuccione/Smoglica: Circuito di Pescara (published 2003)
          •   Federico Valeriani: Coppa Acerbo Circuito Internazionale Degli Abruzzi (published 2008)
          •   Photographs of the starting grid and start were also helpful.
All three text sources contained errors but when thrown together a clear picture emerged. Also desired but not available at the time were the relevant 1930 R.A.C.I. magazine, La Gazetta dello Sport, L'Auto d'Italiana and Il Littoriale.
Driver changes during the 1930 season: The newly established Scuderia Ferrari was in need of well-known drivers, which was the cause of the unusually large number of driver changes during 1930. At the beginning there was just Enzo Ferrari with two wealthy founder-members Alfredo Caniato and Mario Tadini as drivers. Ferrari, who had previously been a member of the Alfa Romeo team, had a close working relationship and contacts with the Alfa Romeo factory. Eventually every SA Alfa Romeo driver ended up with Scuderia Ferrari or Maserati.

Primary sources researched for this article:
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
La Stampa, Torino
Lo Sport Facista, Roma
Tutti in Automobili, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Simon Davis

1930 Comminges Grand Prix 1st François Miquel (Bugatti)1930 Comminges Grand Prix 2nd Honoré Lormand (Bugatti)1930 Comminges Grand Prix 3rd Claude Arthez (Bugatti)


Saint Gaudens (F), 17 August 1930.
15 laps x 26.3 km (mi) = 394.5 km (245.1 mi)
12 laps x 26.3 km (mi) = 315.6 km (196.1 mi)
10 laps x 26.3 km (mi) = 263.0 km (163.4 mi)


Class up to 1100cc
2Mme Anne Rose-ItierMme Rose-ItierRally-SCAPS-4
3José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcar1.1S-6
4Emile DourelE. DourelAmilcar1.1S-6
5Adolphe SchlumbergerA. SchlumbergerRally-SCAPS-4
8CaubetCaubetCorre-La Licorne 5V0.9S-4
9Auguste RongierasA. RongierasBNC-SCAP527S-4
10Charles DruckC. DruckClement-RochelleDNA - did not appear
11PerigniPerigniBNC-SCAP527S-4DNA - did not appear
12Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBNC-SCAP527S-4
13de Maureixde MaureixRally-SCAPS-4DNA - did not appear
14RegualRegualSalmson1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
24Yves DesboisY. DesboisRosengart-Austin
25Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliSalmson1.1S-4
26Laurens CousinieL. CousinieLombardAL31.1S-4DNA - did not appear
Class up to 1500cc
30Stanislas CzaykowskiComte CzaykowskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4
31Emmanuel BaboinE. BaboinBugattiT37A1.5S-4
32Robert RodanskiR. RodanskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
33Louis FaureL. FaureBugattiT371.5S-4
36Henri Aimé-MartinH. Aimé-MartinBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
37Hector DavidH. DavidSalmsonS-4
38Christian de MeslonC. de MeslonBugattiT371.5S-4
41PalosPalosBucAB6DNA - did not appear
42Michel DoréM. DoréBugattiT37A1.5S-4
Class up to 2000cc
70Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT35C2.0S-8
71Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinBugattiT35C2.0S-8
72André LouetLouetBugattiT352.0S-8
73Honoré LormandH. LormandBugattiT35C2.0S-8
74François MiquelF. MiquelBugattiT35C2.0S-8
75René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT35C2.0S-8
76"Bésaucèle""Bésaucèle"BallotDNA - did not appear
78Henri DurandH. DurandBugattiT352.0S-8
79Albert BroschekA. BroschekBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
80Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8
81Michel DoréM. DoréBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
83Claude ArthezC. ArthezBugattiT35C2.0S-8
84PeschiPeschiMaseratiDNA (Note 1)
85LescariLescariMaseratiDNA (Note 1)
86Jean PesatoJ. PesatoChryslerDNA - did not appear
89Jean Raymond CouiteasJ. R. CouiteasImperiaDNA - did not appear
90Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35C2.0S-8

Michel Doré in the end

by Leif Snellman
The Comminges Grand Prix was raced in three classes with the overall winner decided by the average speed disregarding the fact that the classes raced different distances. In the class over 1.5 litre all the major competitors, Etancelin, Dreyfus and Lehoux, retired with technical problems leaving the victory to Miquel followed by Lormand, both in Bugattis. However, the speed was not enough and the overall win went to 1.5 litre driver Doré after a duel with fellow Bugatti driver Count Czaykowski. Scaron in an Amilcar was the winner of the cycle car class.
The Comminges Automobile Week organized by A.C. du Midi included several events for cars and motorcycles including a one kilometre acceleration test won any René Dreyfus with his Bugatti and the 13 km Luchon, (Peyresourde & St. Gaudens) hill climb, won by Marcel Lehoux. However, the main event was the 6th Comminges Grand Prix raced on the 26.3 km long St. Gaudens course. The rules were a bit odd as there were three classes, 1100cc, 1500cc and 2000cc and the overall winner was the car with the fastest average speed despite the fact that the classes raced different distances; the 1100cc class 10 laps (263.0 km), the 1500cc class 12 laps (315.6 km) and the 2 litre class 15 laps (394.5 km).
The major class was, according the newspapers, restricted to cars under 2000cc. It seems odd that any organizer with such a restriction would risk the potential entries of the most known French drivers. So was that really followed or did some of the drivers race their 2.3 litre Bugattis with or without the blessing of the organizers? After 90 years it is impossible to know.
      Anyway, in the entry and results list we have listed all with T35 or T35C indicating the drivers had been able to get hands on 2.0 litre cars somewhere. It is however clear that Philippe Etancelin must have entered his T35C (#4945), André Louet his T35 (#4327) and Jean de Maleplane his T35C (#4864).
      The 1500cc class consisted, apart from Hector David's Salmson, of Bugatti T37s and T37As, among them T37A #37316 belonging to Count Czaykowski.
      In the 1100cc class José Scaron was racing the Amilcar he had finished in second position with in 1929 while Emile Dourel raced Pierre Darroman's 1929 winning Amilcar.
The start was given in groups, the big cars in front, the small ones behind, in front of ten thousand spectators on the stands under a blazing sun.
Grid not available

At 3:00 p.m. the flag was dropped and the race began with Dreyfus taking the lead followed by Lehoux and Etancelin. Bouriano made a good start but went wide in the first corner and showered his annoyed rivals with a whirlwind dust. At the end of the first lap the order was Dreyfus, Lehoux, Etancelin and Arthez with the rest of the field already far behind. The first lap was completed in 11m19s (139.4 km/h). The order remained the same during the first three laps but then Lehoux made a pit stop for new goggles.
      A bit further back Czaykowski and Doré were dominating the 1500cc class. The duo was involved in a wheel to wheel fight from the start. The 1100 cc class developed into the expected duel between the Amilcars of Scaron and Dourel. Itier had to retire halfway through the race due to a technical problem.
      Etancelin had lost all but top gear and had fallen back behind Arthez. At the end of the fourth lap Dreyfus was leading 2 minutes 6 seconds ahead of Lehoux. However, at the end of the fifth lap, after having done the fastest lap of the race with a time of 11m07s (141.9 km/h), Dreyfus retired to the pits with a bust piston on his Bugatti.
      Lehoux now led the race ahead of Arthez. After seven laps the gap between them had grown to five minutes with Lehoux having an average speed of 135 km/h corresponding to 11m41s lap times. However, after the eighth lap Lehoux also had to retire with a cracked cylinder head. The spectators warmly cheered on the new leader Arthez who came from nearby Pau.
      The seventh lap was decisive for the 1500cc class as Czaykowski went wide at Montrejean, crashing into the sandbags and got stuck. Before he could recover Doré had opened a gap that held to the end of the race.
      Despite his gearbox handicap Etancelin closed in on Arthez. The latter made a mistake and went wide in a bend and into the sand. Once Arthez was able to rejoin the race Etancelin was just a few seconds behind him. Then more drama. On the 10th lap Etancelin got a puncture and had to stop for a tyre change. He then found it impossible to restart with the car stuck in top gear and had to retire.
      It was now time to show the chequered flag for the winner of the 1100cc class, Scaron taking the flag 5 1/2 minutes in front of the 1929 winning car raced by Dourel with Decaroli finishing third. Scaron had also broken the lap record for the class.
      In the 2 litre class Arthez continued with a huge lead over Miquel and Lormand. All other in the 2 litre class had already retired.
      The 1500cc class was the next to be flagged off, Doré winning by half a minute over Czaykowski while third positioned David was 50 minutes behind the duo!
      So only the 2 litre class remained racing with Arthez expected to win. But on the penultimate lap he was a victim of engine trouble as well and had to retire leaving Miquel to take the chequered flag as a surprise class winner followed by Lormand, both of them "locals" from nearby Toulose. However, Miquel arrived 2m38s too late to be the overall winner, Doré having had a 1.69 km/h higher average speed in the 1500 cc class and Czaykowski's average speed had been higher as well. Thus there was the odd situation that the overall race winner and second positioned had made three laps less than their third and fourth positioned competitors.

Results over 1500cc


1.74François MiquelF. MiquelBugattiT35C2.0S-8153h13m27s
2.73Honoré LormandH. LormandBugattiT35C2.0S-8153h21m36s+ 8m09s
DNF83Claude ArthezC. ArthezBugattiT35C2.0S-812engine
DNF71Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinBugattiT35C2.0S-810gearbox
DNF70Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT35C2.0S-88engine
DNF75René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT35C2.0S-86engine
DNF80Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneBugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF78Henri DurandH. DurandBugattiT352.0S-8
DNF72André LouetA. LouetBugattiT352.0S-8
DNF90Georges BourianoG. BourianoBugattiT35C2.0S-80
Fastest lap: René Dreyfus (Bugatti) on lap 4? in 11m07s = 141.9 km/h (88.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 122.4 km/h (76.0 mph)
Weather: sunny and hot.

Results 1500cc


1.42Michel DoréM. DoréBugattiT37A1.5S-4122h32m39.2s 
2.30Stanislas CzaykowskiComte CzaykowskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4122h33m09.0s+ 29.8s
3.37Hector DavidH. DavidSalmsonS-4123h23m18.0s+50m38.8s
DNF31Emmanuel BaboinE. BaboinBugattiT37A1.5S-4   
DNF33Louis FaureL. FaureBugattiT371.5S-4   
DNF38Christian de MeslonC. de MeslonBugattiT371.5S-4   
Winner's medium speed: 124.0 km/h (77.1 mph)
Weather: sunny and hot.

Results 1100cc


1.3José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcar1.1S-6102h17m23.4s 
2.4Emile DourelE. DourelAmilcar1.1S-6102h22m55.0s+ 5m31.6s
3.25Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliSalmson1.1S-4102h24m05.0s+ 6m41.6s
4.8CaubetCaubetCorre-La Licorne5V0.9S-4103h01m02.0s+ 43m38.6s
DNF2Mme Anne Rose-ItierMme Rose-ItierRally-SCAP  S-4 mechanical 
DNF5Adolphe SchlumbergerA. SchlumbergerRally-SCAP  S-4   
DNF9Auguste RongierasA. RongierasBNC-SCAP527 S-4   
DNF12Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBNC-SCAP527 S-4   
DNF24Yves DesboisY. DesboisRosengart-Austin   
Fastest lap: José Scaron (Amilcar)
Winner's medium speed: 114.9 km/h (71.4 mph)
Weather: sunny and hot.

Results total (speed)


1.42Michel DoréM. DoréBugattiT37A1.5S-412124.046 km/h
2.30Stanislas CzaykowskiComte CzaykowskiBugattiT37A1.5S-412123.643 km/h
3.74François MiquelF. MiquelBugattiT35C2.0S-815122.357 km/h
4.73Honoré LormandH. LormandBugattiT35C2.0S-815117.411 km/h
5.3José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcar1.1S-610114.856 km/h
6.4Emile DourelE. DourelAmilcar1.1S-610110.414 km/h
7.25Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliSalmson1.1S-410109.520 km/h
8.37Hector DavidH. DavidSalmson1.1S-41293.143 km/h
9.8CaubetCaubetCorre-La Licorne5V0.9S-41087.166 km/h
In retrospect:
There seems to have been some wrong calculations of the speeds and the initial results. Miquel was listed as second overall with Czaykowski down in 4th position. Later the results must have been corrected as some newspapers showed the correct order.

There also appeared to be two variants of the class results times in the papers. That however doesn't affect the finishing order. Alternative times in the papers are: Doré 2h32m34s, David 3h23m03s, Miquel 3h17m17s, Lormand 3h21m22s.

1. #84 (Peschi) and #85 (Lescari) are 100% unknown in Maserati history. This is an example of entries invented by the organizers to get the entry list looking more impressive. (With thanks to Alessandro Silva).

Primary sources researched for this article:
L'Auto, Paris
La Croix, Paris
Echo de Alger, Alger
Echo de Paris, Paris
L'Echo sportif Africa, Oran
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Journal, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
Motor Sport, London
Petit Nicois, Nice
Special thanks to:
Michael Müller


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