Articles tagged Tripoli GP

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Lancia and De Virgilio, At the Center Geoffrey Goldberg When I drove a Lancia Aurelia I was astonished at how sophisticated it was. Much of the credit belongs to Francesco De Virgilio, a brilliant Lancia engineer whose career spanned wartime scout vehicles up to the LC2 GpC prototype. Engineers aren’t much in the spotlight, so it takes a book like this to illuminate the hidden genius of a man...

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Maserati 4CM

No.1128 In the January issue of Motor Sport, in an article about the 1939 British Empire Trophy race held at Donington Park, I mentioned an 1100 c.c. Maserati that was driven by Charlie Dodson and was running in second place until it retired. I said that as far as I knew this car had disappeared completely, but it is not so, for a most interesting letter came from Count "Johnny" Lurani to say...

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Reader's Letters

Africa revisited Sir, Mr Victor Bryant has raised some objections to my piece on the 1939 Tripoli GP (April). He is correct in saying that Nuvolari, not Lang, won the 1939 Yugoslav GP — I misread my notes. A different matter is my including the Tripoli GP in the European Championship; that was industrial strength brain-fade. The question as to who was the more successful driver, Caracciola or...

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Ormers The 1937 Avus GP was a high-speed party The 1937 Avus GP was a high-speed party political broadcast. Chris Nixon tells the story of a thirst of power and glory that was quenched at 240mph. 'Three races each won at over 150 mph was the staggering result of Sunday's Avus meeting. Without exaggeration, there were gathered at the Berlin track easily the fastest group of racing cars in the...

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Pit stops can damage your health

A reader queries how Sir Henry Birkin received the fatal burns which ended his life. It happened during the 1933 'Tripoli GP in which Birkin drove his new 3-litre Maserati brilliantly, leading for fur laps, ahead of Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo. At half distance he was second, only a few yards behind Nuvolari, with Varzi (Bugatti) and Campari (Alfa Romeo) behind him, finally coming third behind Varzi...

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The Count's Maserati

It's been out of sight for 30 years – hanging on a wall. Now one of only four examples of Maserati's exquisite little 4CM voiturette has reappeared. Its story is intertwined with one of motor racing's aristocrats, Count 'Johnny' Lurani CernuschiWords: Gordon Cruickshank. Photography: James Mann Breeding. It's in this car's genes, as it was in its first owner. Giovanni Lurani di Cernuschi was not...

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Veteran to Classic Miscellany

The Meadows-engined Bayliss Thomas which WJ Hayward modified for trials work and which his family gave to the National Motor Museum is now back at Beaulieu, being tidied up for exhibition there. The Daimler-Benz Museum sends three of its top exhibits over to Great Britain every year, so that these can be circulated between the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Milton Keynes, the London showrooms and...

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Maserati V8 R1: Interesting but Unsuccessful

Maserati V8 RI: Interesting but Unsuccessful /N 1934 a new Formula for Grand Prix racing began, with the barest minimum of rules, so that designers had a fairly free hand. The car had to be weighed without fuel, oil, water and tyres and the weight could not be more than 750 kilogrammes (1650 lbs). The thinking behind this limit was that it would control engine size to somewhere around 234 to 3...

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The tangled tale of Tripoli

It has entered into motor sport legend that Achille Varzi conspired with others, including Tazio Nuvolari, to ‘fix’ the 1933 Tripoli GP – but the true story is far more subtle and complex Colonel Don Capps is a US Army Vietnam veteran, a lifelong motor racing fan, and a serious historian. Twelve years ago this magazine ran a story on the 1933 Tripoli GP. Nobody’s perfect – I can say that since...

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Three policeman, one rally car and an icy hill climb..

While the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours became accepted highlights of the road racing summer season, over many decades the depths of winter were absolutely dominated by the Monte Carlo Rally. With multiple starting points in major European – and UK – cities, the event used to be so dominated by deep snow and fiendish ice that one unusually mild edition attracted the memorable magazine...



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