Ballot history

Author

Motor Sport

View profile
Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Sir,

I have read, with great interest, your report on the splendid rebuild, by Mr. Milling, of the 1921 Grand Prix Ballot and I can, perhaps, account for the missing car, chassis No. 1005, and part of its history.

A wealthy Argentine driver Martin Alzaga (I believe his full name was Martin de Alzaga ‘nzue) had acquired one of these Ballots and in the spring of 1924 it was lying in the Ballot Works in Paris. Now Jules Goux, who had won the Coppa Florio in 1921 when Cav. Vincenzo Florio had awarded the Coppa to the winner of the first Italian Grand Prix, at Brescia, realised that if he could persuade Monsieur Ballot to borrow Alzaga’s car and enter it for the Coppa Florio which was being run concurrently with the Targa Florio that year there was a chance of perhaps winning the Coppa for a second time, and thus gaining permanent possession of this trophy.

It took all Goux’s persuasive powers to get Monsieur Ballot to agree to his suggestion for the latter had withdrawn from racing, somewhat disillusioned, at the end of 1922. However, he finally agreed and, late entry having been made, frantic night and day work ensued to get the car ready in time. In due course Goux arrived in Sicily but did not have much luck in the race retiring in the fourth lap of the tortuous mountain course never having been among the leaders.

I cannot find any reference to Alzaga driving the Ballot in any European event and, if it is, indeed, the missing car, it may well have gone to Argentina although I can find no reference to it appearing there in any race, and my records of racing in that country are reasonably complete. Incidentally, the story of De Palma’s clash with Monsieur Ballot over the gear changing is true, believe it or not, for Peter de Paolo, de Palma’s nephew and riding mechanic, describes the incident in his book and in a magazine article. There is no doubt that De Palma would have been more successful with the Ballot on American board tracks if he had used Firestone

tyres, the best available at the time but, owing to a personal feud with Barney Oldfield, who had a contract with Firestone, he steadfastly refused to do so. In spite of this he won numerous dirt track races throughout America during 1920 and 1921 including a meeting in Havana.

In spite of their disagreements Monsieur Ballot must have had a high opinion of De Palma as a driver for he sent a mechanic to America, specially, to fit four wheel brakes to the Ballot prior to the Elgin National Road Race which De Palma duly won. This mechanic liked America so much that he never returned to France! I believe his name was Jean Marcenac and he became one of America’s leading racing mechanics in later years.

Paris T. A. S. O. MATHIESON

Related articles

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore

Related products

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore