1936 GP de France
Posted 21 April 2001 - 13:01
(note: not the GP de l'ACF !!)
1. 'Raph' Talbot T150C 4.0 litre
dq 'Helde' (Louis-Dreyfus)
That's all I found ...
Who can help me ?
Posted 21 April 2001 - 14:37
The first race was held on Sunday 30 August and won by Louis Villeneuve (Bugatti 51). It was a race for cars of up to 1.500 cm³. Amédée Gordini won the "Coupe d'Argent" in the 1.100 cm³ class.
The 2nd and 3rd races were held the followig weekeend on 6 September. Desperate to have something to show Paris and the Parisians after a disappointing season, Mr Lago had entered number 2 works Talbot, loaned for a day to "Raph" in recognition of his sterling effort with Cadot's car at Comminges. "Heldé" entered his Talbot in support and since Louis Villeneuve's Delahaye and the 2.5-litre amilcars of Contet and Madame Roux were the only other cars with anything approaching Talbot performance, there ought to have been a Talbot walk-over in a race only 87 km (54 miles) long. One again things didn't work out entirely as expected. Just before the start, "Heldé" self-starter refused to turn the engine and when the flag fell his car was left stranded on the line to be push-started by its pits crew after everyone else had left. He tore off in a vain attempt to catch "Raph" who was well in the lead, and made the fastest lap before finishing 2nd, only to be informed that he had been disqualified.
"Raph"'s victory however was the first ever won by a Talbot T150C, a victory in a minor race against negligible opposition, but a good omen for 1937 all the same and a welcome tonic for the Talbot team.
Louis Villeneuve finished second ahead of the two Amilcars which were just as pleased with a 3-litre class win.
Posted 21 April 2001 - 15:36
Posted 22 April 2001 - 06:48
Do you know if the car races on 30 August and on 6 September 1936 were for sports cars or open wheel racing cars? I read that France had changed their racing formula for 1936 and allowed only sports cars without supercharger. In accordance with this 1936 sports car formula there were three races held.
1. GP of France
2. Marne GP
3. Comminges GP
Do you know if this tiny event at Montlhéry had been part of those sports car races or was it a true gap filler as you have pointed out already?
To my knowledge, only one French race in 1936 saw racing cars and this was the La Turbie mountain climb on 9 April, won by Hans Stuck (Auto Union). The Mont Ventoux race on 20 September was won by Robert Carrière on a Delahaye sports car.
On 27 September there was the Lapize Mountain Race at Montlhéry over 800 meter distance. Hans Rüesch won in an Alfa Romeo, taking 30 seconds flat. Do you know if this was in fact another race restricted to sports cars? I know that Hans Rüesch had a 3.9-liter Alfa Romeo 8C-35 grand prix car at that time, but don’t know what Alfa he raced at this Lapize/Montlhéry event. You expert knowledge, especially about the French events, is needed.
Posted 22 April 2001 - 08:22
1936-05-24 Marseille (3 hours)
1937 there had been a french drivers championship. No one else than 'Lionheart' Raymond Sommer became Champion, and for sure the Tourist Trophy (!) counted for the french drivers championship !!
I have no info about a similar drivers championship in 1936, but I am intrigued, if somebody now present some more details about it.
Posted 22 April 2001 - 08:36
No mention of French Championship before 1937
49/50/51/52 Rosier (50F2 Manzon)
55 not awarded
61 Guichet ?
64 Jo Schlesser
77 Depailler & Laffite
Posted 22 April 2001 - 12:50
When I was working with GM Styling, Bill Mitchell had a lovely portrait made of Rene, which later hung in his New York restaurant. We had captioned it something like 'Champion of France' but he taped that over -- whether out of modesty or in the interest of accuracy I never did ascertain. A wonderful man and obviously no slouch as a driver.
Posted 22 April 2001 - 14:10
"Open" Grands Prix were held at Pau and Deauville in 1936, plus the hillclimbs at La Turbie (as mentioned), Chateau Thierry, Eymoutiers, Lapize and possibly elsewhere as well
Posted 22 April 2001 - 15:02
Amédée Gordini finished sixth with another class win for the modified Simca Fiat Ballila (6629-RJ) #12, fitted with an ultra lightweight body. As a result of those victories, Gordini was drawn closer to Simca who lost no opportunity to boast of his successes in the 1936 GP d'Alger (Targa Bouzarea), Coupe de Provence, GP de l'ACF, Bol d'Or (overall win), 24 Hours of Spa, GP de Lorraine, Coupe d'Argent and GP de France du MCF.
Posted 22 April 2001 - 16:50
David would you please give me some more information about the 1936 Chateau Thierry and Eymoutiers? I am looking for
Originally posted by David McKinney
.....the hillclimbs at La Turbie (as mentioned), Chateau Thierry, Eymoutiers.....
2. event's name
3. circuit and distance
4. winner's name in the racing cars class
5. car (and type if available)
7. category of winner (touring, sports or racing)
8. source/reference of information
Posted 22 April 2001 - 18:58
All I know about the 1936 Eymoutiers event is that it took place in July and that Sommer won in his P3 Alfa.
Distances of the courses unknown to me: however, both venues were used for several years, so not should be impossible to find.
I can’t even help much with my sources for this information. At the time I made the notes I was gathering information purely for my own enjoyment, so didn’t feel any need to note sources. My researches over the years have included Autocar, which is a possibility for either of both of these events. The fact that I know about only one car in each event however suggests that more likely sources would be marque histories - perhaps Tragatsch for Chateau Thierry? Hull & Slater for Eymoutiers?
Posted 23 April 2001 - 06:26
Thank you very much. Hull's book contains very little about mountain climbs and Tragatsch does not mention these events in his books.
Posted 25 July 2001 - 17:49
1- Giraud-Cabantous, 24 points
2- Wimille, 22 points
3- Rosier, 19.5 points
4- Chiron, 10 points.
La Coupe du Salon was the last race for the 1948 Championship. The winner was Rosier and Giraud-Cabantous, finishing third, won the championship. I don't know which other races counted for the chammpionship...
Posted 01 October 2001 - 17:05
In 1947, when Chiron won the Comminges GP, he became leader of the French championship. Not for a long time as suddenly it was realized that he had no French licence so he couldn't score points for the National championship. Eugène Chaboud thus won the 1947 championship...