Classic Car Catalogue
|31 July 1932
|Over 1100cc: 10 laps x 20.0 km = 200.0 km
Up to 1100cc: 8 laps x 20.0 km = 160.0 km
Motor SportSeptember 1932
Nuvolari wins Coppa Ciano.
SO tortuous is the nature of the Circuit
of Montenero, on which was held the race for the Coppa Ciano, that it was considered too dangerous to use a massed start, and the cars were accordingly sent off in threes, with a minute interval between each group.
Achille Varzi was the sole Bugatti representative against an opposition composed primarily of Alfa-Romeos, and for some time he worthily upheld the honour of the Molsheim manufacturer. Starting in the first group, Varzi held his lead well, and for some time the official Alfa-Romeo team (Campari was in the 3rd group, and Nuvolari and Borzacchini were in the 4th) did not gain at all on the 2.3-litre Bugatti.
Then it was seen that Nuvolari was gradually gaining on the French car, and soon afterwards he covered a record lap in 13 mins. 42 secs. Borzacchini was not far behind, however, and with Campari driving his usual steady race, the ultimate issue of the event was not difficult to guess.
The winding nature of the course began to tell on the drivers. Premoli (Maserati) overturned, injuring his shoulder. Finally, Varzi crossed the line first, not having been passed throughout the entire race, but as he had started three minutes before Nuvolari, victory went to the latter as he roared over the finishing line one minute later. Soon after came Borzacchini and Campari, who beat Varzi by the narrow margin of 20 secs.
A race for 1,100 c.c. was also held, and resulted in an easy win for Cerami (Maserati).
60,000 spectators witnessed the race, which was attended by the donor of the Coppa, Signor Ciano, Minister of Communications.
OVER 1,100 C.C.
1. Nuvolari (Alfa-Romeo 2,650 c.c.),
2 h. 20 min. 53 secs. (Average speed 54 m.p.h.).
2. Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo 2.650 c.c.),
2 h. 18 min. 45 secs.
3. Campari (Alfa-Romeo 2,650 c.c.),
2 h. 20 min. 38 secs.
4. Varzi (Bugatti 2,300 c.c.).
5. Taruffi (Alfa-Romeo).
6. Ghersi (Alfa-Romeo).
7. Brivio (Alfa-Romeo).
8. d'Ippolito (Alfa-Romeo).
9. Balestrero (O .M.).
10. Castelbarco (Maserati).
UNDER 1,100 C.C.
1. Cerami (Maserati), 2 h. 4 min. 29 secs.
2. Matrullo (Salmson), 2 h. 10 min. 15 secs.
3. Ruggeri (Maserati), 2 h. 11 min . 33 secs.