Articles tagged French Air Force

Page 27 of August 1927 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, August 1927


GREAT RACING MARQUES. VI.—SALMSON. By E. K. H. KARSLAKE LA Societe des Moteurs Salmson was a well-known concern before the car bearing its name ever came into existence. Their original business was the manufacture of aeroplane engines, which acquitted themselves with great credit in the service of the French Air Force, and it was not until after the war that M. Armand Bovier, who realised the...

Page 26 of July 1947 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, July 1947


We report with deep feeling the death of Jean Chassagne. Speaking very good English and well-liked in this country, Jean was one of France's great drivers. He drove in the Sunbeam team prior to 1914, after mechanicing for Rigal when he won the 1912 3-litre Dieppe race. In 1913 he was third in a Sunbeam behind two Peugeots in the French Grand Prix. Serving as a pilot with the French Air Force...

Page 15 of March 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, March 1956


BRITAIN'S FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY Some Details of the Sunbeam Success at Tours in 1923 ALL SET FOR BATTLE.—The great French driver Albert Divo and his mechanic Hivernet ready for the 1923 French Grand Prix in one of the 2-litre Italian-inspired Sunbeams, first British car so win this grande epreuve. Div. finished second to Segrave, both cars averaging over 70 m.p.h. for nearly 500 miles. We are...

Page 95 of June 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, June 2004

Bill Boddy

Farman - the Hispano-Suiza rival Not all that much seems to have been known about the Farman cars, especially in comparison with the respect accorded, absolutely rightly, to the Hispano-Suiza, although both these 37.2hp cars surfaced at the same time. The Farman was a product of racing drivers, like the Bentley, Lancia and Nazzaro But whereas these drivers had raced in later, more sophisticated...

Page 6 of September 1927 archive issue thumbnail Page 6, September 1927

great racing marques

GREAT RACING MARQUES. VII.—PEUGEOT. By E. K. H. KARSLAKE. SEVERAL times during the history of motor racing, there have been periods when one make of car seemed to be absolutely supreme. Panhard et Levassor were invincible in the early days ; Fiat had a great period in 1907 and another in 1922; at the moment the name of Bugatti stands at he head_ of the result of nearly every race ; but none of...

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RACING NEWS. THE RACE FOR THE COUPE DE LA COMMISSION SPORTIVE. RESULT. Time. Speed. 1. Andre Boillot (Peugeot), 3 hrs. 53 mins. 20 1/5 secs. 63.89 m. p. h. 2. Dore (Corre La Licorne). 3 hrs. 53 mins. 21 3/5 secs. 63.79 m.p.h. 3. Goux (Bugatti), 3 hrs. 54 imns. 27 4/5 secs. 63.59 m.p.h. 4. Goutte (Salmson). 5. Conelli (Bugatti). 6. Casse (Salmson). 7. Rost (Georges Irat). ?THE race for the Cup...

Page 79 of November 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 79, November 2002

Victory & Albert

From WWI pilot to riding mechanic to Grand Prix and Targa Florio winner, Albert Divo was always willing to accept a challenge, says Bill Boddy I suppose most people have some regrets. Mine include never having the money to race even modest cars at Brooklands, nor having the skills (or patience) to work on cars, so that Special-building was out of my orbit. A minor regret is that having met Divo,...

Page 39 of July 1932 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, July 1932


CONTINENTAL NEWS. PROSPECTS OF A WONDERFUL FRENCH G P. ALFA-ROMEO-BUGATTI DUEL TO BE FOUGHT ONCE AGAIN AT RHEIMS T•EN years ago the most important road race in the world was the French Grand Prix. To win this race was the ambition of manufacturers and drivers alike, the blue rib and of motor racing. Then came the advent of " sports " car racing, and the prestige of the race declined. Entries fell...

Page 98 of December 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, December 2003

Oh brother, which art thou?

Journalists are told not to reveal their news sources, which in politics has led to tragic results. I wonder who in motor racing got it wrong in 1921. Before WWI, Georges Boillot was one of the greatest drivers, with the revolutionary Henry-designed twin-cam 16-valve Peugeots. He won the 1913 and '14 French GPs and the 1913 Coupe de L'Auto race. He then joined the French Air Force and earned top...

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Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters La Monotrace A reader called at our offices the other day with some literature left by his wife's grandfather, a Frenchman who worked for Talbot-Darracq from 1918 to 1934, one of his last tasks for them being to spend many hours preparing the fabric bodies of the Weymann saloon exhibits at that year's Paris Salon. One of the catalogues in the collection is for...



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