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Hans Stuck's accident, 1929 Grand Prix d'Antibes


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#1 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:47

I've read several articles on him and also an Hans Stuck's biography, but I've never heard it before.

During his seasons as an Austro-Daimler works driver, Hans Stuck was involved in a fatal accident.

According to newspaper Journal de Genève, issue of Sunday, 31 March 1929, one unnamed female spectator was killed and another was seriously injured, in an accident during practice for the II Grand Prix d'Antibes Juan les Pins, held at La Garoupe street circuit. Stuck lost control of his car and crashed into a pole, hitting the two female spectators. He escaped unhurt and later in the season he dominated the European hillclimbs being named as the "Bergkönig".

Any other information on this accident?
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Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 02 September 2009 - 10:48.


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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:34

Stuck is not listed as an entrant in the II Grand Prix d'Antibes in either the Sheldon Black Book or on Darren Galpin's site here. According to Hans Etzrodt in this 8W article on Etancelin:

In March of 1929, he [Etancelin] won the GP du Conseil Général at Antibes with his trusted T35 from 1927. The next day, at the Antibes GP he came third with a bad rear axle ...

so perhaps this earlier race is the one Stuck was practising for.

#3 Marc Ceulemans

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 15:59

Yes there were 2 races.

1, Grand Prix du Conseil général de l'Automobile Club d'Antibes - Juan-Les-pins, on March 31, 25 laps = 101.75 km. For unsupercharged cars.
2, Circuit International d'Antibes - Juan-Les-Pins, on April 1, 75 laps = 305, 25 km.

Hans Stuck crashed during practice for the first event, killing a female spectator. He didn't take part to the race.

#4 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:21

...Hans Stuck crashed during practice for the first event, killing a female spectator. He didn't take part to the race.

According to an April 5, 1929 AUTOMOBIL-REVUE report, Hans Stuck crashed during practice the day before the 300 km Antibes race ahead of a hairpin bend when the brakes failed. His Austro-Daimler racecar was totalled. It turned out that a woman who supposedly was run over at Stuck's crash, had died of a heart attack in her fright.