Grand Prix 1946

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1946. V Grand Prix de Nice

start of the first race of 1946, at Nice

Tazio Nuvolari leading Raymond Sommers in the 1946 Marseille GP

May, 1946; Indianapolis 500 (practice) ,Duke Nalon, Achille Varzi, Gigi Villoresi ,Scuderia Milan Maseratis 4CL 1573 & 1568 ,Maserati 8CL 3035

It was the first Indy 500 after the war. During the war Indianapolis remained closed, until one day racing star Wilbur Shaw went there to make a promotional film. The Indy 500 winner of 1939-40 found that the track was becoming overgrown and the wooden grandstands were falling down. He vowed to do something about it and sought out Eddie Rickenbacker to worry about the Speedway. Shaw organized the sale of the track in November 1945 to Tony Hulman for US$700,000 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway remains in the Hulman family to this day. A hard work was done to have Indy 500 on 30th of May 1946 .Thousands of old boards were replaced and thousands of gallons of paint were applied to give the old place a new face. A new grandstand was built where the Tower Terrace seats are today. This time for Indy 500 many European cars were entered, approximately 10 of them were Maseratis. Scuderia Milan had three of them. Two 4CL were given to Nalon and Varzi while a potential winner 8CL was entrusted to Villoresi. During one of the qualifications that were held over 8 days the engine on Varzi's car blew up. So only two Milan's car remained. And they had poor qualifications too - Nalon was only 32th and the best that Villoresi managed to show was 28th average speed. In the race Nalon had to retire after 45 laps while Villoresi had to do too many pit stops which probably costed him a victory as all fastest cars suffered from various problems and the race was won by outsider George Robson, who had never won a major auto race. And inspite of all his troubles Villoresi finished the five-hour race in 7th position that wasn't bad result after all.
1946.06.09 I Coupe Rene le Begue, St.Cloud, #3 Raymond Sommer, Maserati 4CL

1946.06.09 I Coupe Rene le Begue, St.Cloud, Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 (слева)

1946.06.09 I Coupe Rene le Begue, St.Cloud, Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 leads Raymond Sommer, Giuseppe Farina, Tazio Nuvolari and Robert Mazaud.

14/07/1946; GP Albi ,Reg Parnell in the ex-Johnny Wakefield Maserati 4CL 1569 at Albi in 1946

14/07/1946; GP Albi ,#12 ,Raymond Sommer ,Maserati 6CM/4CL

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /#26 /George Abecassis /Alta /Q- / R-9(ret)

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /Emanuel de Graffenried, a very talented Swiss amateur, in his Maserati 4CL. He finished fourth in his heat race and fifth in the final. (Photo by Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images)

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /The moment everyone has been waiting for! The flag has just dropped for the final and the field surges forward. The front row is all Alfa 158s with Trossi, Wimille and Farina (left to right in the photo). Be (Photo by Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images)

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /A close-up of Tazio Nuvolari at work with his Maserati 4CL entered by Scuderia Milano. He finished third in the second heat and fourth in the final. He was lapped along the way by the winner, Jean-Pierre Wimille, and gave vent to his displeasure by punting Wimille off the road. (Photo by Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images)

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /Achille Varzi with the Alfa Romeo 158. He finished second in the first Heat and seventh in the Final. (Photo by Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images)

1946.07.21 /Nations GP /Geneva /giuseppe farina alfa-romeo 158 heat 2 1st final 1st jean-pierre_wimi

1946.07.21 /GP Nations (Geneva), Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo 158

1946.07.21 /GP Nations (Geneva), Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 158

1946.07.21 /GP Nations (Geneva), Giuseppe Farina №42 и Jean-Pierre Wimille №18 Alfa Romeo 158

25/08/1946; GP des Trois Villes ,Lille, Circuit des Trois Villes ,PAT Garland ,Delage 3L

1946 GP Turin, Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo 158

1946 GP Turin, Jean-Pierre Wimille (на переднем плане) и Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo 158

01/09/1946; III Gran Premio del Valentino ,Circuito di Torino ,Dioscoride Lanza ,Maserati 4CL 1564

Dioscoride Lanza was a little-known pre-war Italian voiturette driver who had some links with Naphtra Course. In the time of that race he was the owner of a 4CL (chassis 1564). The race itself was very interesting as it was the first of three 1946 races (the others were races in Milan and Bois de Boulogne) that were run under the Formule Internationale rules (1.5L s/c and 4.5L u/s) which officially came into force in 1947 and later (since 1948) would be known as Formule Internationale I or simply Formula 1. In the race Dioscoride started from the last row and managed to finish in the last, 9th, position, 10 laps behind the Achille Varzi in Alfa Romeo 158 who won that Grand Prix in a struggle with Jean-Pierre Wimille in the same car.
27/10/1946; Gran Premio de Penya Rhin ,Barcelona, Pedralbes ,Francesco Carena/Raymond De Sauge (Alberto Puig Palau) ,Cisitalia D46 GP (Maserati 6CM)

this 1946 Penya Rhin Grand Prix at Pedralbes became the first race on Spanish soil after the war.


STATS F1.1946
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