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Liège Sports Cars GP, August 27th, 1939

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#1 Patrick Italiano

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 14:21

In the thread
Marcor wrote:

Originally posted by Marcor
In Belgium, the "GP Automobile de l'Exposition Internationale de l'Eau de Liège" was cancelled between the practice and the race because of the mobilisation which was proclaimed on Sunday 27th in August 1939. This was the last motorsport event in Belgium until May 1946 (the "Rallye-Surprise" of the Motor Union) and more seriously the GP des Frontières (June 9th) and the Belgium GP events (June 16).

The race at Liège was a sportscar race. The 1946 Belgium GP were in fact three sportscars races.

I have scanned the map of the track used for those practice. The circuit length was claimed 6 km.

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Entrants were:

Farina on Alfa Romeo 412 (w/o S.C.)

Villeneuve on Delahaye

Levegh on Talbot

Trintignant on Bugatti

Lord Selsdon on Lagonda

Herculens on M.G.

Actually the decision of cancelling the race was taken on Satursday. The two Alfas didn't practice that day. The reason was that, due to imminent risk of war, and the German border was the only 40km away from Liège, the authorities feared that panic could had heavy consequence if a large crowd was gathered to watch the race.


#2 Vitesse2

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 22:50

What an interesting circuit :rolleyes: A sort of bent AVUS without the banking. :p

Herculens on M.G.

Presumably the Dutchman Harry Herkuleyns?

I posted this in the other thread above, but as we have a new thread about the race .... according to The Motor September 5th 1939, p212, the Liege race was was first cancelled on the orders of the local military governor, then reinstated, then cancelled again after first practice.