Grand Prix 1930

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21/09/1930; GP ACF ,Pau ,Juan Zanelli ,Bugatti T35B

An expatriate from Chili, Zanelli lived in France Italy and Spain in the 1920s and 1930s. He was a typical Bugatti independent driver, one of the many from the late 1920s, but by no means a slow one. After a start with a Fiat in 1926, he won the 1929 and 1930 Bugatti GP at Le Mans, finished 2nd in Alessandria in 1930, 2nd at the 1929 Marne GP and 3rd in the 1930 French GP at Pau (in the photograph). He also won the 1930 Gometz-Le Chatel Hillclimb. In 1931 Zanelli raced an unusual but fast 2.8 litre 8C two ohc Nacional Pescara, made by the Spanish Fabrica Nacional de Automoviles, an enterprise backed by the Spanish royal family. Zanelli became the European Hill Climb Champion in this car, with a series of good performances including a victory at Kesselberg from Caracciola. In 1933-35 he raced his private Alfa Romeo Monza winning the 1933 Penya Rhin. He continued to race the Nacional Pescara now in Monoposto guise in hill climbs winning at Val de Guech in 1935. In 1936 he raced a V8-Ri Scuderia Torino and a Maserati 8CM for Scuderia Villapadierna, finishing third in La Turbie hill climb in the now ancient Nacional Pescara. Zanelli quit racing after this season. His trade and personal fate are somewhat mysterious. It seems that he died in 1942 in a German camp.
Pau GP en 1930 sur la route de Tarbes


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