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INTRODUCTION:

This was the last year of the 750 kg formula and the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union drivers could race on more or less equal terms. Both Rosemeyer and Caracciola won 4 races each but it was Caracciola who won the "right" races to become European champion in 1937.

1937 was the year when the development of the Grand Prix cars reached its climax. The new Mercedes-Benz W125 car with its 575 BHP engine was the most powerful Grand Prix car the world had ever seen. It was not until the turbo years in the early 80s that Grand Prix racing again would see such engine power.

While the German government was supporting the German racing car manufacturers with subsidies and army contracts, high salary French bureaucrats were sitting in committees discussing how to spend the 1,500,000 francs they had collected since 1934 to support French GP racing from increased driving license fees and public collections. Finally they announced that 1 million francs should go to the French car built to the 1938 formula that could run 200km at a speed exceeding 146.5 km/h by the widest margin on the Montlhéry track before 1 September 1937. They achieved that curious number by adding 2 percent to the speed of Chiron's Alfa during the first 200km at the French GP 1934 claiming that 2 percent faster than the fastest race done on Montlhéry was enough to beat the Germans. That the 1935 GP had been raced with chicanes and the 1936 GP had been a sports car race was ignored.

The championship
See the 1937 European Championship table.

Cancelled events:





1937 SEASON LINEUP:

GRAND PRIX:

Mercedes-Benz
If the 1936 season had been a catastrophe then everything worked out right for the team in 1937. The new 5.7 litre 575 BHP W125, which incorporated all the results of the test work done by Uhlenhaut's new racing department, proved to be a winner.
      Neubauer had had enough with Fagioli, who left the team for Auto Union. Chiron had retired from GP racing so the new driver lineup was Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang as drivers with British driver Richard Seaman and Swiss Christian Kautz as junior drivers and Italian Goffredo Zehender as reserve.

Auto Union
The team continued with their successful 6 litre Auto Union (in the post war litterature known as the C-type) with only a few modifications. Varzi was of course sacked and the team tried to sign Lang as driver for 1937 but he decided to remain at Mercedes. Instead they signed Italian Luigi Fagioli, who had left Mercedes tired of the team orders. He would however suffer from rheumatism for most of the season and was a non starter for several races. So the driver lineup was Bernd Rosemeyer, Hans Stuck & Luigi Fagioli, as senior drivers Ernst von Delius & Rudolf Hasse as junior drivers and Hermann Müller as reserve. Late in the season Achille Varzi made a short comeback and signed on for two races and Tazio Nuvolari did a one off appearance for the team.

Alfa Romeo
In March 1937 Alfa Romeo bought 80% of the shares of Scuderia Ferrari. That meant that Alfa managing director Ugo Gobbato took full control of the race activities. Scuderia Ferrari continued to function as the Alfa works team with Enzo Ferrari now reduced to "mere" team manager.
      There were rumours of an Italian "dream team" of Nuvolari, Varzi and Fagioli! In the end however the driver lineup was similar to the one the year before with Tazio Nuvolari, Giuseppe Farina and Antonio Brivio as drivers. Reserve drivers included Carlo Pintacuda, Clemente Biondetti, Mario Tadini, Francesco Severi, Eugenio Siena, Count Trossi and Raymond Sommer. René Dreyfus had left Ferrari for Maserati Voiturette racing.
      The team continued with their 4.1 litre 12 cylinder Tipo C cars. In 1937 they were however totally outclassed by the German cars and therefore Vittorio Jano built a new lower chassis for a 4.5 litre engine known as the Tipo 12C/37. The cars were entered not by Scuderia Ferrari but by Alfa Romeo's works team, which made its comeback to racing in August 1937 under the name "Alfa Corse". But the new car failed to make any impression and Jano was fired when the chassis was found to be insufficiently strong.
      Private Alfa Romeo drivers included Raymond Sommer & Hans Rüesch

Maserati
Maserati was not involved in GP racing in 1937, waiting for the new 3 litre formula of 1938. Privateers however continued to race the 4.8 litre V-8RI and old 3.7 litre 6C-34 cars, among them Lazlo Hartmann, G. Soffietti and Paul Pietsch, who had bought Hartmann's old car, which always leaked oil.

VOITURETTE 1500cc:

Maserati
Maserati was back with its own works team in 1937. The drivers included Omobono Tenni, Ettore Bianco, Count Trossi and René Dreyfus. Another Maserati team was Count "Johnny" Lurani's new Scuderia Ambrosiana with Count Lurani, Luigi Villoresi and Eugenio Mimotti as drivers.
      Maserati continued with the popular 6CM car. The car lost to ERA on the straights but with its independent front suspension with double wishbones and torsion bars it was superior in the corners. At the end of the season 4CM "speciali" appeared. It had the 6CM chassis with the old 4 cylinder engine, the 4 cylinder giving better torque and acceleration out of slow corners. Four 4CM "speciali" cars were built.

ERA
To be able to beat the Maseratis the works team got Porsche to design a new independent front suspension. The cars (R4b and R12B) were upgraded with box section frames and Lockheed hydraulic brakes replaced the standard Girling mechanical ones. Much work was done to better the reliability of the Zoller supercharger. The new cars known as the ERA C was raced by Raymond Mays, Pat Fairfield and later by Arthur Dobson. The A & B type cars were raced by private owners.

Other
Prince Chula's White Mouse team had bought Seaman's Delage for "B. Bira". The car was extensively upgraded with a new chassis and independent suspension. Sadly the rebuilt car did not live up to the expectations and the project proved to be a disaster for the team.


IN MEMORIAM:

Earl Howe had a bad crash on 1 May at the Campbell Trophy, Brooklands, that put him out of racing for much of the season. Cyril Mervyn-White died of brain damage in hospital in Cork on 24th May, after having crashed his Bugatti on 20th May while practicing for the Cork International Car Race. Philip Jucker was killed on 1 June after crashing his Alta after just three laps at first morning practice for the International Light Car Race at Douglas Isle of Man. Jucker approached the Port Jack corner too fast, hit a kerb, went into a series of slides and taking the escape road went straight into a lamp post. Spectator Almeirinho Ribeiro died after having been hit by Benedicto Lopes' Alfa Romeo at the Rio de Janeiro GP on 6 June. René Kippeurt was killed instantly and Pat Fairfield and "Raph" got bad internal injuries from the steering wheel in a multiple crash at an early stage of the Le Mans 24h race on 19 June. Fairfield died the next day at Delageniére Clinic while "Raph" was out for the rest of the season. Maurice Bilney was killed during the Donington Twelve Hours Race on 24 July, Entering Holly Wood corner Bilney's AC went sideways and locked together with S. H. Robinson's Riley. The AC was then crushed between the Riley and a wall. Ernst von Delius died on the morning of 26 July from complications of a broken leg and internal injuries received during the Großer Preis von Deutschland at Nürburgring the day before when von Delius' Auto Union touched with Seaman's Mercedes-Benz on the long straight and crashed. Three female spectators and a guard were killed and five other spectators injured on the first lap of the Coppa Acerbo Junior on 15 August when Pasquino Ermini lost control of his Maserati that overturned into the crowd standing at the kerb edge. Ermini was also badly injured in the crash. Two spectators, who were sitting in the ditch in a prohibited area, were killed and 12 others injured when Hermann Lang's Mercedes-Benz slide into the ditch at the Masaryk GP on 26 September. Carlos Zatuszek died in an accident in practice for the GP of Cavilia on 8 October.


SOURCES:

The main sources of information for the 1937 season has been Paul Sheldon: "A history of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing, volume 4", Chris Nixon: "Racing the Silver Arrows", Peter Hull: "Alfa Romeo, a History" David Venables: "The Racing Fifteen-Hundreds" and "First Among Champions", Georg C. Monkhouse: "Motor Racing with Mercedes-Benz" and "Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Racing 1934-1955" and Adriano Cimarosti: "The Complete History of Grand Prix Motor Racing".
      For information about the cars I have had good use of Karl Ludwigsen: "Quicksilver Century", Peter Kirchberg: "Grand-Prix-Report Auto Union 1934 - 1939", Anthony Pritchard: "Maserati a History", H.G. Conway: "Grand Prix Bugatti", Laurence Pomeroy: "The Grand Prix Car" , J. R. W Barker "ERA - A Concise History" and Doug Nye: "Autocourse History of the Grand Prix Car 1945 - 1965".
     
      These books I consider to be standard litterature, used for most of the race accounts and I will usually not mention them especially for each race. However if some other book has been of special use for a particular race, it has been mentioned at the end of that race account. See here for a more complete source list.

      There are also the classic biografies like Alfred Neubauer: "Männer, Frauen und Motoren", Rudi Caracciola. "Meine Welt", Hermann Lang: "Von Rennmonteur zum Europameister", Ludwig Sebastian: "Hinter drönenden Motoren", Raymond Mays: "Split Seconds" and Prince Chula: "Road Star Hat Trick".

      Also period magazines has been used as much as possible, especially the Swiss "Automobil-Revue", the Italian "Il Littoriale" and British "Motor Sport" and " The Autocar". I'm greatly thankful for my friends at A6 for providing me with copies of those.

      In addition to that come various Net resources, Discussion Groups, magazine articles, videos, YouTube etc.



EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE



Star 1 January 1937: Fairfield (ERA B) wins the South African GP handicap race at Prince George track in East London from Meyer and Chiappini (both Riley). Rosemeyer (Auto Union), who started last with almost half an hour handicap to take in, had a high speed puncture but still finished 5th and made the fastest lap. Von Delius (Auto Union) retired. Click here for full results.
Star 16 January 1937: Von Delius (Auto Union) wins the Grosvenor GP handicap race in Cape Town, South Africa from Rosemeyer (Auto Union) and Howe (ERA) in an interesting race where the Auto Union drivers caught Howe on the last lap. Click here for full results.
Star 30 January 1937: Fairfield (ERA A) wins the first Rand GP handicap race on the Lord Howe track in South Africa. Click here for full results.



Bjørnstad (Alfa Romeo)
24 Eugen Bjørnstad
E. Bjørnstad
Alfa Romeo Monza
Connell (ERA)
22 Ian Connell
I. Connell
ERA B
Sundstedt (Bugatti)
46 Arne Sundstedt
A. Sundstedt
Bugatti T35B


I FLATENLOPPET

Flaten - Stockholm (S), 14 February 1937
15 laps x 3.0 km (1.86 mi) = 45.0 km (28.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

22Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6
24Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
26Herbert BergH BergAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
28Helmer CarlssonVästerås Racer KompaniAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
30Karl-Emil RolanderK-E. RolanderBugattiT35C2.0S-8
32Axel JonssonA. JonssonBugattiT432.3S-8DNS- did not start
34Aleksi PatamaA. PatamaFordSpecial
36Adolf WesterblomE. BjørnstadAmilcarC-61.1S-6DNS - did not start
38Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
40Arvo SorriA. SorriChryslerSpecialDNS- did not start
42John ForsbergJ. ForsbergFordSpecial3.6S-8
44Gunnar BennströmVästerås Racer KompaniBugattiT37AS-4
46Arne SundstedtA. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-8



Bjørnstad totally dominant on the ice...

by Leif Snellman
In addition to the Nordic entries British driver Connell (ERA) and German driver Berg (Alfa Romeo) turned up for this ice race. With Carlsson (Alfa Romeo) doing a stop for repairs and Berg retiring no one was able to challenge Bjørnstad, who beat Connell by almost two laps.
This season opening ice race was run on the small lake "Flaten", 8 km south of downtown Stockholm. This was the first part of a series of three Swedish ice races and for some reason it was considered to be the most important one of the trio, British racing magazine "Motor Sport" listing it as the "Swedish Grand Prix", and it is therefore the only one included here in detail.
Entries:
As this was one of three races, the organizers had, apart from Norwegians and Finns, managed to attract Ian Connell from England with an ERA (R6B) he had newly bought from Douglas Briault and Herbert Berg from Germany with an silver colored Alfa Romeo Monza. Bjørnstad raced his Alfa Romeo Monza, rebuilt to monoposto and using double rear wheels on the ice, and Adolf Westerblom was to race a 1929 Amilcar, which Bjørnstad had bought from "Västerås Racer Kompani" late 1936. Helmer Carlsson entered his yellow ex-Widengren Alfa Romeo Monza, this one also rebuilt to monoposto. Karl-Emil Rolander entered his Bugatti T35C (known as #4696 but actually #4928), which actually had won the Targa Florio back in 1929. Arne Sundstedt raced his father's ex-Chiron 1926 T35B Bugatti (#4922). Gunnar Bennström raced a Bugatti T37A (#37318), which "Västerås Racer Kompani" had bought in December 1936 and renovated and Axel Jonsson entered a Bugatti T43. The entry list also included Tore Wistedt's little MG and the specials of John Forsberg and Finnish drivers Aleksi Patama and Arvo Sorri.
Practice:
Favourites for the race were the two Alfa drivers Eugen Bjørnstad and Helmer Carlsson. Carlsson did the fastest practice lap with a time of 1m31s. Bjørnstad did a 1m39s lap and Connell a 1m42s one. However, as the grid had already been decided by ballot, Carlsson found himself back in the second row.
Race:
Sunday came with excellent conditions for an ice race with sunshine and - 6°C, and 15000 spectators turned up to the ploughed track. The cars lined up like this:
Pole Position
26
Berg

Alfa Romeo

24
Bjørnstad

Alfa Romeo

22
Connell

ERA

30
Rolander

Bugatti

28
Carlsson

Alfa Romeo

42
Forsberg

Ford

38
Wistedt

MG

34
Patama

Ford

46
A. Sundstedt

Bugatti

44
Bennström

Bugatti



Using his double rear wheels to their best, Bjørnstad took the lead of the start and then command of the race. carlsson took second position while Berg made a slow start and soonn retired his Monza. At the end of the straight on the first lap Carlsson noticed a misfire on his Alfa and he had to stop for repairs. The problem proved to be a cable that he had installed as an overspeed protection and once it had been removed Carlsson was able to rejoin the race but without hopes of a podium position any longer. Extremely angry about the incident he made a series of fast laps, the fastest being a 1m28.8s against Bjørnstad's 1m30s.
      With both Berg and Carlsson out of the game there was no one to challenge Bjørnstad. Connell who was trying his best to come to grips both with his new car and with ice racing held second position with his green ERA and Patama third with his brightly red Ford. On the fourth lap Rolander passed Patama for third position. Halway through the race a shock-absorber broke on Connell's ERA and he was passed by Rolander in the curve before the main straight on the seventh lap. However a few laps later Rolander spun his Bugatti and punctured a tyre forcing him to make a pit stop. After 10 laps Bjørnstad had lapped all drivers except Sundstedt and Connell. Those he passed as well on the 11th and 12th lap. After 15 laps he took the flag almost two laps in front of Connell. Sundstedt and Patama shared the third position with equal times.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.24Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-81522m54.0s
2.22Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-61525m33.7s+ 2m39.7s
3=.46Arne SundstedtA. SundstedtBugattiT35B2.3S-81525m45.7s+ 2m51.7s
3=.34Aleksi PatamaA. PatamaFordSpecial1525m45.7s+ 2m51.7s
5.42John ForsbergJ. ForsbergFordSpecial3.6S-81528m10.9s+ 5m16.9s
6.30Karl-Emil RolanderK-E. RolanderBugattiT35C2.0S-81529m22.0s+ 6m28.0s
7.28Helmer CarlssonVästerås Racer KompaniAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-81530m14.4s+ 7m20.4s
DNF44Gunnar BennströmG. BennströmBugattiT37AS-4?
DNF38Tore WistedtT. WistedtMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6?
DNF26Herbert BergH BergAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8?
Fastest lap: Helmer Carlsson (Alfa Romeo) 1m28.8s = 121.6 km/h (75.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 117.9 km/h (73.3 mph)
Weather: sunny, -6°C.
In retrospect:
The standard cars had their own 10 laps race. Results:
1. 52 Sven ServaisFord21m14s (84.8 km/h)
2.56 Nils JohanssonFord22m06.4s
3.58 Ove Lambert-MuellerWanderer22m17.7s
4.60 Gösta BergqvistPlymouth22m26.8s
5.64 Folke HellDodge22m30.4s
6.50 Erik Castensiold (DEN)Terraplane22m44s
7.68 Svein Helling (N)BMW23m02.1s
8.62 Rune AnderssonFord23m05.9s
9.72 Fred MeyerAlvis24m05.5s

Primary sources researched for this article:
Dagens Nyheter
Svenska Dagbladet
Also:
Lennart W. Haajanen, "Bugatti Type 35C No4928"
Bengt Alsed: "Västerås Racer Kompani" (unpublished).
Special thanks to:
the late Bengt Alsed.

Star 15 February 1937: Vincenzo Lancia dies from a heart attack at an age of 55 years.
Star 21 February 1937: The Grand Prix de Pau is run as a 80 lap sports car race.
Results:
1.Jean-Pierre WimilleBugatti T59/57S2h41m15s
2.Raymond SommerTalbot T150C- 1 lap
3.René DreyfusDelahaye 135CS- 1 lap
4.Albert DivoTalbot T150C- 2 laps
5."Raph"Delahaye 135CS- 2 laps
6.René CarrièreDelahaye 135CS- 2 laps
Star 21 February 1937: Fredenloppet is run on Lake Freden - Västerås, Sweden- Some 8,000 - 10,000 spectators watched two 5 laps heats for standard cars and two 15 laps heats for race cars on the 1.385 km circuit. The race car heats were won by British driver Connell and by Norwegian Bjørnstad.
Results:
Race cars 1500cc
1.Ian Connell (GB)ERA-B13m12s (94.4 km/h)
2.Adolf WesterblomAmilcar15m39.5s
Race cars over 1500cc
1.Eugen Bjørnstad (N)Alfa Romeo Monza12m05.5s (103.1 km/h)
2.Helmer CarlssonAlfa Romeo Monza12m19.2s
3.Arne SundstedtBugatti T35B13m34.5s
Standard cars 1500cc
1.David JohanssonWolserey5m55.2s (70.2 km/h)
2.Erik OlaussonSinger6m02s
Standard cars over 1500cc
1.Gösta BergqvistGraham5m16s (78.8 km/h)
2.Nils JohanssonFord5m16.2s
3.Svein Helling (N)BMW5m19s
4.Ove Lambert-MuellerWanderer5m21s
5.Sven ServaisFord5m22s
6.Arvid Johansen (N)Ford5m23.7s
7.Rune AnderssonFord5m24.7s
8.Erik Castensiold (DEN)Hudson5m31.4s
Star 28 February 1937: Bjørnstad (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L) wins an ice race at "Brunnsviken", Stockholm, Sweden, organized by the Stockholm section of the Swedish motor club (Svenska motorklubben). A strong thaw made the track conditions hard. Fog and rain made that only some 4000 spectators watched the cars doing 10 laps on the 2 km circuit. Results:
Race cars
1.Eugen Bjørnstad (N)Alfa Romeo Monza10m30.8s (114.1 km/h)
2.Helmer CarlssonAlfa Romeo Monza10m36.5s
3.Carl RolanderBugatti11m13.9s
4.Arne SundstedtBugatti T35B12m14.4s
5.Ian Connell (GB)ERA-B14m02.4s
DNFAlexi Patama (SF)Ford
Standard cars
1.Gösta BergqvistGraham13m57.4s (86.0 km/h)
2.Nils JohanssonFord14m17.7s
3.Rune AnderssonFord14m57.6s
4.Thorsten JöhnckePlymouth14m59.2s
DNFSven ServaisFord
DNFOle Lambert-Mueller
Star 29 March 1937: The B.A.R.C. Easter Meeting was held at Brooklands.
John Cobb (Napier-Railton) wins the Broadcast Trophy. Other events were won by Mervyn-White (Bugatti 2.3 L), Miss McOstrich (Frazer-Nash), Cotton (M.G.), Brettel (Austin), Eccles (Rapier), Esplen (M.G.) and Innes (M.G.)
Star 1 April 1937: During Mercedes-Benz tests at Monza. Seaman made a mistake and crashed the W25K against a tree. The driver received a broken knee-cap.
Star 4 April 1937: The Mille Miglia sports car race is run in Italy. For the first time in the history of the event the winner did not break previous year's record.
Results:
1.Pintacuda/ MambelliAlfa Romeo 8C 2900A14h17m32s
2.Farina / MeazzaAlfa Romeo 8C 2900A14h35m11s
3.Schell / CarrièreDelahaye 135CS14h54m55s
4.Boratto / GuidottiAlfa Romeo 6C 2300B15h40m01s
5."Ventidue" / "Ventuno"Alfa Romeo Monza16h19m45s
6.Cortese / GuattaAlfa Romeo 6C 2300B16h21m20s
Star 9 April 1937: Bernd Rosemeyer receives his pilot license.
Star 10 April 1937: Raymond Mays (ERA) wins the British Empire Trophy handicap race at Donington, England, from "Percy" Maclure (Riley) and Peter Walker (ERA).
Star Mid April 1937: The Auto Union team arrived with Rosemeyer, von Delius and Hasse for a three day test session on the new AVUS track. They used last year's racing cars but fitted with considerable larger tyres. Continental had developed 24 inch racing tyres, which proved their worth during the test runs, withstanding the immense pressures that result when going through the Nordschleife. On his first laps Rosemeyer in the Auto Union streamliner had gone too high into the steep curve. The car was carried up to the edge of the wall and for seconds the right wheels scraped the upper bead boarder. The car swerved but Rosemeyer saved the situation and possibly his life as well. Thereupon the AVUS directors had a white warning line painted two meters from the upper edge of the wall, making orientation significantly easier.



Bjørnstad (ERA)
32 Eugen Bjørnstad
E. Bjørnstad
ERA A
Dreyfus (Maserati)
40 René Dreyfus
Officine A. Maserati
Maserati 6CM
Tongue (ERA)
2 Reggie Tongue
R. Tongue
ERA B


II° GRAN PREMIO DEL VALENTINO/
CIRCUITO DI TORINO

(Voiturette 1500cc)

Parco Valentino - Torino (I), 18 April 1937
40 laps x 2.926 km (1.818 mi) = 117.0 km (72.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Reggie TongueR. TongueERAB1.5S-6
4Roger ChambardR. ChambardBugattiT39A1.5S-8DNA - did not appear
6Antonino GenuardiA. GenuardiFiatBalilla1.0S-4
8Georges FilippinettiEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CS1.5S-6
10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
12Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
14Nicholas EmbiricosN. EmbiricosERAA1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
16"B Bira""B Bira"ERAB1.5S-6
18Vittorio BelmondoOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
20Ciro BasadonnaEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
22Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
26Ferdinando BarbieriF. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
28Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
30Aldo MarazzaA. MarazzaMaserati4CS1.5S-4DNS - did not start
32Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadERAA1.5S-6
34Enrico GessnerE. GessnerMaserati4CM1.5S-4
36Alberto Filippi GabardiA. Filippi GabardiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
38Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
40René DreyfusOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6



.. and Bjørnstad shows he can win a park race as well

by Leif Snellman
In the voiturette race the works Maseratis took the early lead from Bira's ERA. Bira passed Dreyfus on lap 4 and attacked Bianco, who used some dirty manoeuvres to keep the lead, but when Bianco lost his goggles the angry Siamese was finally able to pass only to retire soon afterwards with gearbox problems. But then Bjørnstad in an ERA came through the field and was able to take the lead with 5 laps to go and finished the race as a surprise winner.
The first Italian event of the season was run in Parco Valentino, Turin, on the bank of the river Po after a two years interval. There were races both for 1500cc voiturette class and for the Grand Prix cars. The track configuration was a new shorter one than in 1935.
Entries:
This was the first 1937 clash between the ERAs and the Maseratis but the ERA works team with their "C" spec cars did not start. the Maserati works team was back in racing after a one year interval, with two 6CMs for Ettore Bianco and René Dreyfus. Scuderia Ambrosiana entered two 6CM for Luigi Villoresi and Franco Cortese and two 4CM for Giovanni Lurani and Luigi Soffietti. Ecurie Helvetia entered a 4CM for Ciro Basadonna and a 4CS with a 6 cyl engine for Georges Filippinetti while Scuderia Torino entered a 6CM for Piero Dusio. Alberto Filippi Gabardi and Enrico Gessner raced 4CM Maseratis as well.
      Bira's ex-Seaman Delage was not ready so he raced his ERA (R2B "Romulus") instead. Eugen Bjørnstad, racing for the first time the red painted ERA (R1A) he had bought from the works team, and Reggie Tongue (R11B) were the two other private ERA drivers and the list also included Genuardi's little Fiat Balilla.
Practice:
There was practice on Thursday and qualifying for the grid started 9 a.m. on Friday. Practice times determined the grid order and on the twisty park circuit the works Maserati proved to be fastest with experienced Grand Prix driver Dreyfus taking pole position with a lap time of 1m53.6s followed by his team mate Bianco.
Race:
It turned out to be a hot and sunny day and when the event started in the afternoon the 40 lap voiturette class race took place before the main event. The grid looked like this (Marazza is listed last in the grid by "Automobil-Revue" but he obviously never started):
Pole Position
40
Dreyfus

Maserati
1m53.6s

22
Bianco

Maserati
1m54.0s

16
"B Bira"

ERA
1m55.4s

32
Bjørnstad

ERA
1m55.6s

28
Dusio

Maserati
1m56.8s

24
L Villoresi

Maserati


12
Cortese

Maserati


2
Tongue

ERA


36
Filippi Gabardi

Maserati


8
Filippinetti

Maserati


20
Basadonna

Maserati


38
Lurani

Maserati


34
Gessner

Maserati


6
Genuardi

Fiat


10
Soffietti

Maserati


(Or mirror)


(Note 1)



At 14:15 the race was started by the Italian crown prince Umberto. The works Maseratis of Bianco and Dreyfus took the early lead followed by Bira, Tongue and Bjørnstad. The top three all did the first lap in 2m01s. Filippinetti was already out of the race and Basadonna immediately made a pit stop. On the second lap Bjørnstad spun and hit the straw barriers losing several positions. Bianco was opening up a gap as Bira ferociously attacked Dreyfus while waving his hand to the flag marshals (remember this was the 1930s when modern type of blocking was considered unacceptable). Villoresi retired to the pit with fuel starvation because of a carburettor failure and was followed by his team mate Cortese. Both Scuderia Ambrosiana drivers were out of the race. On the fifth (seventh?) lap Bira finally found a way past Dreyfus and started to reel in Bianco. Tongue was still fourth and Dusio now fifth. It took only a few laps for Bira to catch the leading works Maserati and then a new duel began in which Bianco used some quite dirty manoeuvres to keep the lead while the Italian flag marshals looked in the opposite direction. According to "Motor Sport" "Trossi and Farina, who were watching the race, were protesting vigorously against the unfair tactics".
      But after this tight fight had gone on for several laps Bianco's Maserati started to leak oil and Bianco's goggles became so coated with oil that he had to get rid of them. The angry Siamese was finally able to find a way past on lap 24 and immediately started to open up a gap to the Maserati driver, who was struggling with oil in his face. Bjørnstad had come back through the field using an unorthodox ice racing style driving technique and was fifth at halfway through the race. Soon afterwards he passed Tongue for fourth, at the same time setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m52.2s. After 25 laps he was still 34 seconds behind the leader, but the Norwegian was now up at speed and closing in fast. Five laps later the gap to the leader has dropped to 14 seconds. Meanwhile Soffietti had to give up with a broken oil pump.
      Then on lap 30 Bira suddenly entered the pit with a stuck gearbox. After a failed attempt to restart the Siamese had to call it a day. The struggling Bianco was now back in the lead and Bjørnstad was attacking Dreyfus in second position. The Maserati team, taken by surprise by Bjørnstad's speed, had failed to warn their drivers before it was too late and Bjørnstad passed Dreyfus for second position on lap 34 and a lap later also Bianco to take the lead of the race. Dreyfus also passed Bianco and started an unsuccessful chase on the red ERA. With just two laps left of the race Bianco, blinded by the oil, entered the pit and collapsed in the seat. Rovere quickly took over the Maserati and brought it home in fourth position behind surprise winner Bjørnstad, Dreyfus and Tongue.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.32Eugen BjørnstadE. BjørnstadERAA1.5S-6401h18m12.59s
2.40René DreyfusOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6401h18m27.22s+ 14.63s
3.2Reggie TongueR. TongueERAB1.5S-6401h18m33.87s+ 21.28s
4.22E. Bianco / G. RovereOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6401h19m30.48s+ 1m17.89s
5.28Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6401h20m25.16s+ 2m12.57s
6.36Alberto Filippi GabardiA. Filippi GabardiMaserati4CM1.5S-4391h21m17.8s
7.20Ciro BasadonnaEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4381h21m29.2s
8.38Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4361h21m29.8s
9.6Antonino GenuardiA. GenuardiFiatBalilla1.0S-4341h21m32.4s
DNF16"B Bira""B Bira"ERAB1.5S-632gearbox
DNF10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4?oil pump
DNF34Enrico GessnerE. GessnerMaserati4CM1.5S-417mechanical
DNF12Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6?
DNF24Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6?fuel starvation
DNF8Georges FilippinettiEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CS1.5S-61
Fastest lap: Eugen Bjørnstad (ERA) in 1m52.2s = 93.9 km/h (58.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 89.8 km/h (55.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 92.7 km/h (57.6 mph)
Weather: sunny, warm



Brivio (Alfa Romeo)
60 Antonio Brivio
Scuderia Ferrari
Alfa Romeo 12C-36
Farina (Alfa Romeo)
50 Giuseppe Farina
Scuderia Ferrari
Alfa Romeo 12C-36
Trossi (Alfa Romeo)
46 Carlo Felice Trossi
Scuderia Ferrari
Alfa Romeo 12C-36


II° GRAN PREMIO DEL VALENTINO/
GRAN PREMIO PRINCIPE DEI PIEMONTE


Parco Valentino - Torino (I), 18 April 1937
60 laps x 2.926 km (1.818 mi) = 175.56 km (109.09 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

44Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8
46Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
48"Ventidue""Ventidue"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
50Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
52Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
54Adolfo MandirolaA. MandirolaMaseratiV8 RI4.7V-8
56Martin WaltherM. WaltherBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
58Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNS - injured in crash
58Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12 replacing Nuvolari
60Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
62Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT594.7S-8



Quadruple Ferrari, despite problems

by Leif Snellman
Nuvolari had a very big accident, when he crashed his Alfa Romeo Tipo 12C during practice. He was taken to hospital and left it three days later with a plaster corset. His car was taken over by Pintacuda. In the race Wimille in a Bugatti retired early and the four Ferrari entered Alfas were in a class of their own. But the Ferrari team had problems with boiling radiators and all had to stop for water, except for Brivio who went on to win the race.
Grand Prix racing was back to Parco Valentino on the bank of the river Po after a two years interval. The track configuration was a new shorter one than in 1935.
Entries:
Scuderia Ferrari decided to enter a full team of four drivers for the event. The highly expected new 12C-37 car was not ready at the beginning of the season but the team came with four of their twelve cylinder 12C-36s. The only possible challenger, at least on the paper, was Wimille's T59 Bugatti, probably with the 4.7 litre T50 engine. A Maserati V8 RI was entered in the hands of privateer Adolfo Mandirola. Hungarian Count Festetics Maserati and the old "Monzas" of Alessandro Wild a.k.a. "Ventidue" and Contantino Magistri completed the field as Swiss driver Martin Walther seems not to have appeared with his Bugatti. (Note 2)
Practice:
Practice started 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Nuvolari was fastest with a time of 1m45s. Brivio's best time was 1m54.4s, Farina's 1m50.2s and Trossi's 1m54s. Wimille had not yet arrived.
      Then practice was suddenly interrupted. Nuvolari had had a bad crash with his Alfa Romeo. The car had spun and gone tail first into a tree and as the car rolled over Nuvolari had been thrown out. The car ended up halfway over Nuvolari, who got tapped but was lucky not to get crushed. He was freed by the fire brigade and taken to hospital. He left it three days later with a plaster corset. His car itself was not badly damaged and was taken over for the race by Pintacuda.
      Qualifying for the grid started 9 a.m. on Friday for the voiturettes and was followed by the Grand Prix cars. A bump on the track at the place of Nuvolari's crash site had been fixed during the night and extra straw bales had been added. The Ferrari drivers put in some 15 laps each and Farina finally took pole position with a time of 1m46.2s. Nuvolari had of course been 1.2s faster on Thursday.
Race:

     
Pole Position
50
Farina

Alfa Romeo
1m46.2s

60
Brivio

Alfa Romeo
1m48.1s

46
Trossi

Alfa Romeo
1m50.4s

58
Pintacuda

Alfa Romeo
1m51.3s

62
Wimille

Bugatti
1m56.1s

54
Mandirola

Maserati
2m02.2s

44
Festetics

Maserati
2m03.3s

52
Magistri

Alfa Romeo
2m04.1s

48
"Ventidue"

Alfa Romeo
2m08.0s



The start signal was given by the Italian Crown Prince (Prince of Piedmont, later Umberto II). Brivio and Trossi were fastest away, followed by Farina, Wimille and Pintacuda. "Ventidue" spun on the first lap and went through a straw stack, the first of many incidents for that driver during the race. Immediately the race also lost much of its interest as Wimille stopped in the pits with oil leaking from the crank case. He stayed in the pit for two laps, then went out and did two slow laps before calling it a day.
      With Wimille gone no one had any chance to challenge the Ferrari Alfas of Brivio, Trossi, Farina and Pintacuda, who were driving in formation. On the third lap Farina passed Trossi for second and on the fourth lap he took over the lead.
      After five laps the situation was this:
1. Farina (Alfa Romeo)  9m47.6s
2. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)  9m48.0s
3. Trossi (Alfa Romeo)  9m57.4s
4. Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)10m03.4s
5. Magistri (Alfa Romeo)10m53.6s

The other were already far behind.
      At that stage Farina seemed to have the victory in the bag. But that was not to be the case. The formation running had caused the Alfa Romeos to overheat and at 17 laps Brivio retook his lead as Farina was slowing down with a boiling radiator. Two laps later Farina made a 1m56s pit stop for a radiator re-fill. He returned a lap down in third position. Pintacuda also had to stop with brake problems and when Trossi pitted on lap 26 for exactly the same reason as Farina had pitted earlier. Farina could retake his second position. A reason for the problem might have been that Farina's and Trossi's cars had been equipped with a new improved lighter radiator model while Brivio and Pintacuda used the older type.
      When Farina and Trossi near the end of the race had to stop anew for a further refill, Brivio, who had led the early formation and was the only one without overheating problems, could cruise to victory with an almost 2 minute margin over Farina. Trossi finished third (Note 3) and Pintacuda fourth making it a rather expected Ferrari 1-2-3-4 in a quite boring event. The voiturette race had been much more exciting.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.60Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12601h52m30.2s
2.50Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12601h54m23.0s+ 1m52.8s
3.46Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12601h55m49.0s+ 3m18.8s
4.58Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12591h59m25.8s
5.52Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8561h54m15.0s
6.48"Ventidue""Ventidue"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8541h56m35.6s
7.54Adolfo MandirolaA. MandirolaMaseratiV8 RI4.7V-8491h54m47.0s
8.44Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8481h57m23.6s
DNF62Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT594.7S-8?oil leak
Fastest lap: Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo) on lap 56 in 1m47.4s = 98.1 km/h (60.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 93.6 km/h (58.2 mph)
Pole position lap speed:< 99.2 km/h (61.6 mph)
Weather: sunny, hot

Footnote:
1. The grid shown is from "Automobil-Revue" (also used by Sheldon). "Il Littoriale " has a 3-2-3 grid.

2. He seems to have been entered, probably by mistake, as Walther Martin, which has created some confusion.

3. According to "The Autocar" Trossi had created amusement by driving round smoking a cigarette.

Star 20 April 1937: The new Campbell road circuit at Brooklands is officially opened. 69 year old Selwyn Edge accompanied by his daughter made a lap with the 1903 Gordon Bennett Napier.



Patrick Fairfield (ERA)
6 Patrick Fairfield
H. W. Cook
ERA C
Arthur Dobson (ERA)
12 Arthur Dobson
A. C. Dobson
ERA B
Robin Hanson (Maserati)
2 Robin Hanson
Mrs Hall-Smith
Maserati 6CM


CORONATION TROPHY
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Crystal Palace - London (GB), 24 April 1937 (Saturday)
2 heats of 20 laps x 3.22 km (2.0 mi) = 64.4 km (40.0 mi)
Final of 30 laps x 3.22 km (2.0 mi) = 96.6 km (60.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Denis ScribbansD. ScribbansERAB1.5S-6
2Philip JuckerP. JuckerAlta1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
3Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6
4Charles BrackenburyE. K. RaysonMaserati4CM1.5S-4
5Austin DobsonA. DobsonMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
6Patrick FairfieldH. W. CookERAC1.5S-6
7Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley1.1S-4
8Bill HumphreysB. HumphreysMGQ0.7S-4
10Freddie DixonF. DixonRiley1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
11John AppletonJ. AppletonAppleton-Riley1.1
12Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
14Robin HansonMrs Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6
15Peter AitkenP. AitkenFrazer Nash1.5S-4(Note 1)
15Peter AitkenP. AitkenMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA - did not appear
16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6
17Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAC1.5S-6
18Alan SinclairA. SinclairAlta1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
19Walter WilkinsonW. CottonRiley1500/61.5S-6
20Reg ParnellR. ParnellMGK31.5S-6
21Aubrey Esson-ScottA. Esson-ScottScott-BugattiT51A1.5S-8



Fairfield wins the first Crystal Palace race

by Leif Snellman
The first race at the extremely twisty Crystal Palace was run in two heats plus a final. Main contenders were two works and four private ERAs that faced two Maseratis. ERA works drivers Patrick Fairfield and Raymond Mays won the first and second heats. In the final Arthur Dobson with his ERA took the lead and held it for two laps but was then passed by the works ERAs. Mays in the lead had to retire on lap 9 with brake problems, leaving his team-mate Fairfield to win from Dobson and Robin Hanson in a Maserati.
This was the first race meeting on the new Crystal Palace Road Circuit. In honor of the Coronation of King Georg VI on 12th May the event was named the Coronation Trophy. The race was run in two heats plus a final, the winner receiving the trophy and £200. Work had begun on the track with a new "Panamac" non-skid surface in December 1936, only three days after a fire had destroyed the famous Crystal Palace itself. In order to create a two mile configuration on the limited space available the track included a long, very twisty infield section.
Entries:
The ERA works team with Raymond Mays (R4C) and Patrick Fairfield (R12C) faced the rest of the British elite. ERA drivers included Denis Scribbans (R9B), Ian Connell (R6B), Arthur Dobson (R7B) and Peter Whitehead (R10B).
      Charles Brackenbury raced Rayson's Maserati 4CM and Robin Hanson raced Mrs. Hall-Smith's 6CM. Austin Dobson had crashed his Maserati at the British Empire Trophy and did not appear. Walter Wilkinson raced Billy Cotton's unsupercharged Riley and Percy Maclure entered another unsupercharged Riley. Major Aubrey Esson-Scott in black overall and helmet raced a Bugatti T51A, newly rebuilt as a single-seater with a new long Mercedes inspired tail. John Appleton appeared in his "Appleton special" Riley and Bill Humphreys in a 0.75 litre MG. Jucker's new Alta was not ready for racing and Aitken (Maserati) and Sinclair (Alta) were also non-starters.
Heat 1:
The weather was warm and sunny and a huge crowd estimated to some 30,000 spectators turned up for the race. Some late comers actually got in for free as the organizers run out of tickets. After some delay caused by Aitken's Frazer Nash the cars lined up like this in their letter marked boxes (A-E for the first row) for the first heat:
Pole Position
1
Scribbans

ERA

15
Aitken

Fraser-Nash

7
Maclure

Riley

4
Brackenbury

Maserati

6
Fairfield

ERA

8
Humphreys

MG

3
Connell

ERA



As Harry Edwards dropped the flag Scribbans took the lead followed by Fairfield, Brackenbury, Connell and Maclure. At the end of the first lap Fairfield had taken over the lead from Scribbans and already opened up a 5 seconds gap while Connell had moved up to third. However, after only three laps Connell was out of the game when the carburettor came loose and went straight through the oil tank. Brackenbury in the green Maserati took over third position.
      At half distance Fairfield already had a 40 seconds gap to Scribbans and after 12 laps he lapped Humphreys. Humphreys then retired with rear axle trouble and on the 15th lap the exhaust of Scribbans' ERA came loose and he had to stop twice trying in vain to make repairs with a rope. In the end he had to drive with one hand while holding the exhaust pipe bracket with the other hand. Fairfield won the first heat from Brackenbury (Maserati) and Aitken (Frazer Nash). Maclure was the last to qualify for the final while Scribbans was too slow.
      The non-skid surface proved to be a disappointment as the tyres rapidly polished the surface to a slippery state.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Patrick FairfieldH. W. CookERAC1.5S-62045m37.9s
2.4Charles BrackenburyE. K. RaysonMaserati4CM1.5S-42046m59.1s+ 1m21.2s
3.15Peter AitkenP. AitkenFraser NashS-42047m29.9s+ 1m52.0s
4.7Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley1.1S-42047m48.2s+ 2m10.3s
5.1Denis ScribbansD. ScribbansERAB1.5S-62052m29.9s+ 6m52.0s
DNF8Bill HumphreysB. HumphreysMGQ0.7S-414rear axle
DNF3Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-63carburettor
Fastest lap: Patrick Fairfield (ERA) in 2m15.0s = 85.8 km/h (53.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 84.6 km/h (52.6 mph)
Weather: sunny
Heat 2:
It was now time for the second heat, the first four from each heat plus the fastest fifth finisher going to the final. The cars lined up like this:
Pole Position
20
Parnell

MG

14
Hanson

Maserati

12
Dobson

ERA

16
Whitehead

ERA

17
Mays

ERA

11
Appleton

Riley

21
Esson-Scott

Bugatti

19
Wilkinson

Riley



Mays took the start and went off in the lead followed by Whitehead's and Dobson's ERAs and Hanson's Maserati. On the first lap Dobson passed Whitehead, who was experiencing engine problems, for second position. Mays immediately opened up such a gap that he could take it easy after four laps. Applerton had a fight with Esson-Scott for last position, the latter passing on the fourth lap. Applerton then had to retire on the tenth lap with a broken steering and on the thirteenth lap Esson-Scott, who was now a lap down, lost the Bugatti at the Stadion Dip as his foot slipped on the pedal. The car went backwards over the bank into a group of press photographers, who managed to save themselves in the last second, only one of them getting a slight injury.
      Near the end of the race Mays started to suffer from problems with the new hydraulic brakes, so that even the slightest use of the brake pedal produced locked wheels, and had to slow down letting Dobson close in but Mays had the situation in control and took the flag with 1.2s margin from Dobson's white ERA with Whitehead third making it an ERA 1-2-3. In Mays' mind the tightness and number of corners of the track made the race one of hardest he had ever done.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.17Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAC1.5S-62045m40.9s
2.12Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-62045m42.1s+ 1.2s
3.16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-62045m49.6s+ 18.7s
4.19Walter WilkinsonW. CottonRiley1500/61.5S-62046m20.9s+ 40.0s
5.14Robin HansonMrs Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-62047m21.1s+ 1m40.2s
DNF20Reg ParnellR. ParnellMGK31.5S-6~14mechanical
DNF21Aubrey Esson-ScottA. Esson-ScottBugattiT51A1.5S-813crash
DNF11John AppletonJ. AppletonAppleton-Riley1.110steering
Fastest lap: Arthur Dobson (ERA) 2m14.1s = 86.4 km/h (53.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 84.6 km/h (52.5 mph)
Weather: sunny
Final:
After a demonstration run of a 1908 Italia and a 1912 Lorraine-Dietrich it was time for the final to be run over 30 laps.
Pole Position
14
Hanson

Maserati

12
Dobson

ERA

16
Whitehead

ERA

6
Fairfield

ERA

17
Mays

ERA

15
Aitken

Frazer Nash

7
Maclure

Riley

19
Wilkinson

Riley

4
Brackenbury

Maserati



As the flag was dropped Mays and Dobson were both fast away, the latter being slightly faster to take the lead of the race. After the first lap Dobson's white ERA was leading from Fairfield's and Mays' works cars. Mays went past his team-mate to retake second position and on the third lap the two works cars took over first and second positions from Dobson. The trio was followed by Whitehead, Brackenbury, Wilkinson, Hanson, Maclure and Aitken.
      On the fifth lap Brackenbury lost the brakes on his Maserati and nearly touched the sand bank at the Stadium Curve, and almost got hit by Wilkinson and Hanson. In the next corner Brackenbury then ploughed into a sand bank and got stuck. On the seventh lap Mays slowed down to let Faifield pass as did Dobson one lap later. Mays then retired with both engine and brake problems. On the same lap Wilkinson skidded into the Stadium Curve sand bank after his engine had failed. On lap 13 Aitken retired the mis-firing Frazer Nash with a broken oil pipe.
      Fairfield, in the works ERA, held a good lead, and could take it easy. Whitehead lost his third position when he spun at the Ramp Bend when trying to lap Maclure and lost two laps trying to restart the ERA. On the last lap Fairfield was back up in speed, setting the fastest lap of the day with a time of 2m11.9s. Dobson finished second with his ERA and Hanson was third with his Maserati.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.6Patrick FairfieldH. W. CookERAC1.5S-6301h07m08.8s(Note 2)
2.12Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6301h07m57.2s+ 48.4s
3.14Robin HansonMrs Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6301h09m25.2s+ 1m16.4s
4.7Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley1.1S-4301h10m18.1s+ 3m19.3s
5.16Peter WhiteheadP. WhiteheadERAB1.5S-6301h13m45.0s+ 6m36.2s
DNF15Peter AitkenP. AitkenFrazer NashS-414oil pipe
DNF19Walter WilkinsonW. CottonRiley1500/61.5S-67engine
DNF17Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAC1.5S-66engine
DNF4Charles BrackenburyE. K. RaysonMaserati4CM1.5S-44brakes, crash
Fastest lap: Patrick Fairfield (ERA) 2m11.9s = 87.8 km/h (54.6 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 86.3 km/h (53.6 mph) (Note 2)
Weather: sunny

Footnote:
1. It is not clear whether the car was raced by Aitken himself or by A.M.C. Jameson. "The Autocar" and Sheldon have Aitken. Motor Sport has Jameson in the text and in the final results but Aitken in the heat results.

2. The time is from the magazine "Motor Sport" and corresponds to 53.61 mph. Both "Motor Sport" and "The Autocar" give the obviously official speed of 53.77 mph, the latter magazine only publishing the results as speeds, but that would correspond to a time of 1h06m57.1s. There are several other inconstancies between the published times and speeds (only 2 out of 14 results are correct down to the 1/100 mph) but this is the worst case.

Primary sources researched for this article:
The Autocar, London
Motor Sport, London
Also:
Raymond Mays "Split Seconds"



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