Grand Prix 1939

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January 1939 ,In a South African port ,Mechanics Bortolini, Bertocchi and Facetti with Steve Chiappini’s Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 6CM

Nine Maseratis were pitted against four ERAs and Fay Taylour’s Riley in the two international races, the Grosvenor Grand Prix at Capetown and the South African Grand Prix at East London in January 1939. Scuderia Ambrosiana had shipped five cars of the 6CM model for Taruffi, Villoresi and Cortese, for Briton/South African of Italian origin Steve Chiappini and for expatriate Italian Mario Mazzacurati, all with works assistance represented by “Guerrino” Bertocchi and Bortolini. (see Xmas game # 6). Chiappini (1908/1976) finished eighth at East London and third at Capetown. He had raced the ex-Oates Maserati 2.5L the previous year.
14/01/1939; Grosvenor Grand Prix ,Capetown ,Mario Mazzacurati, Franco Cortese, Piero Taruffi ,Maserati 6CM

Nine Maseratis were pitted against four ERAs and Fay Taylour’s Riley in the two international races, the Grosvenor Grand Prix at Capetown and the South African Grand Prix at East London in January 1939. Scuderia Ambrosiana had shipped five cars of the latest 6CM model for Taruffi, Villoresi, Cortese, and for expatriate Italian Mario Mazzacurati, while an older 6CM was destined to Steve Chiappini. Pietsch would also drive one the latest 6CM while Swiss Armand Hug in his usual fast 4CM, Buller Meyer and Frenchman Louis Gerard in older 6Cms were the other Trident drivers. The ERAs were driven by Howe, Aitken, Hesketh and Peter Whitehead. The South African organizers had abandoned the handicap format for their races, which had provoked some disconcerts among Continentals the previous years and opted for the voiturette formula. Maserati had attached some importance to these races so head tester Guerrino Bertocchi was dispatched to help Ambrosiana chief mechanic Piero Facetti. The well-prepared Maseratis easily won from the ageing ERAs both times, at East London – South African GP – with Villoresi, and at Capetown (picture) with Franco Cortese.
02/04/1939; Grand Prix de Pau ,Emmanuel de Graffenried ,Maserati 6C-34


Tripoli Grand Prix, May 7, 1939: Rudolf Caracciola finished in second place in a Mercedes-Benz 1.5 liter W 165 racing car


Tripoli, Hermann Lang, Mercedes_W165

Tripoli, Maserati 6CM/4CL [1565], Villoresi


14/05/1939; XXX Targa Florio ,Parco della Favorita, Palermo ,Franco Cortese ,Maserati 6CM 1565


14/05/1939; XXX Targa Florio ,Parco della Favorita, Palermo ,Ettore Bianco ,Maserati 4CM 1559

Ettore Bianco, from Genoa, owned four different Maserati voiturettes in the years 1935/1939, after racing a Balilla in the early 1930s. These cars were 4CS 1126 (1935) 4CM 1526 (1935) 4CM 1559 (1938) and 4CL 1571 (1939). Owing to Chula’s fortunate series of books on Bira’s racing seasons, Bianco became (in)-famous mainly for having blocked during half of the race a much faster Bira while leading at Turin in 1937. This is very unfair if we look at his record, which is exemplary for this kind of driver:
1935 Mille Miglia 7th and 1st in class, 2nd Leghorn 2nd Pescara
1936 4th Lucca 4th Milan 10th Bern
1937 5th Naples 2nd Pescara 4th Torino 3rd TF 3rd Florence
1938 2nd Peronne 6th Monza 4th Naples 4th Tripoli 2nd Bern
1939 5th Naples
1940 4th TF
Bianco should instead be remembered for his impeccable drive at the awesome Bremgarten in 1938, where he finished second only to Hug, a driver of a higher class.
The car in the photo resurfaced after the war in a blue livery in a Concours d’Elegance at the Bois de Boulogne with a rather plump unknown lady at the wheel and at Reims in 1947 driven by Louveau.
"Raph" ou si tu préfères Jules Räphael Béthenod, Comte de Montbressieux, Varon de Las Casas. Delahaye 145, GP de l'ACF à ... Reims, Le 9 juillet 1939

German Grand Prix on the Nurburgring, July 23, 1939. From the left: Hermann Lang, racing director Alfred Neubauer and Rudolf Caracciola, who was to win the race

German Grand prix at the Nurburgring, July 23, 1939, starting scene. Mercedes-Benz W 154. Manfred von Brauchitsch (start number 14), on the right Rudolf Caracciola (start number 12), who was to win the race, on the left Hermann Lang (start number 16).


hermann lang
1939 ,Circuit d’Angouleme ,Raymond Sommer ,Alfa Romeo 308

first race in this interesting circuit. In 1939 Sommer drove for Alfa Corse in sports car events while a 308 was avalaible for him in grand prix, which if not a works entry still had a lot of factory infuence. Sommer made quite a lot of apparitions with that car: Pau (4th) La Turbie hillclimb (3rd and first in 2000-3000cc class), Angouleme (1st), Coupes de Paris (2nd), Belgium GP (4th with the 308 and not a 312 as oftenly written), ACF GP (5th), German GP (retired) and he took an entry in the Swiss GP but did'nt arrived. After all not a too bad season.
Raymond Sommer ALFA Romeo 308 3L 8 cylindres, vainqueur 1939


Raymond Mays in a Talbot at Reims in 1939, the last French GP before WWII


Hermann Müller's Auto Union in the pits at Reims in 1939 - he would win the race. It is a good shot of the long straights at Reims.


1939 Сoppa Сiano Livorno Clemente Biondetti №44 и Giuseppe Farina №32 Alfa-Romeo 158





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