Classic Car Catalogue

Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia
09 April 1933
Entered: 95
Started: 85
Classified: 52


Sport e turismo preparato oltre 1500
Sport fino 1500
Sport fino 1100
Vetture utilitarie oltre 1100
Vetture utilitarie fino 1100
Vetture a guida intrerna

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Entries and results:
No. Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Result: Class: Pos.: Cat.: Pos.:
1 Romoli / Mancini Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dns VU→1.1 dns
2 Spotorno / Ghiringhelli Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 30th VU→1.1 02nd
3 Periccioli / Biagini Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
4 Villoresi / Villoresi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 33rd VU→1.1 05th
5 Villa / Colombo Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 42nd VU→1.1 09th
6 Vernazza / Di Vecchio Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
7 Sidoli / Bertolotti Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
8 Ceschina / Guagnellini Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 31st VU→1.1 03rd
9 Gilera / Sertori Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
10 Bellini / Silvagni Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
11 Lombardi / Lombardi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
12 Mellei / Palmi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
13 Ragnoli Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dns VU→1.1 dns
14 Capelli / Forni Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dns VU→1.1 dns
15 Capello / Soprani Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 44th VU→1.1 10th
16 Ghizzoni / Strada Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 45th VU→1.1 11th
17 Parravicini / Gezzi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 48th VU→1.1 13th
18 Apruzzi / Bellocchi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 39th VU→1.1 08th
19 Beccaria / Cattaneo Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 36th VU→1.1 07th
20 Petriccioli / Ricceri Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
21 Ricci / Maggi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 29th VU→1.1 01st
22 A. Vertunni Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dns VU→1.1 dns
23 Cain / Aymini Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 32nd VU→1.1 04th
24 Mattoli / Selmini Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 46th VU→1.1 12th
25 Brussi / Budellazzi Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 dnf VU→1.1 dnf
26 Montanari / Mondini Fiat 508 berlina 1000 cc L4 dnf VGI dnf
27 Pacini / Cucci Fiat 508S Balilla 1000 cc L4 35th VU→1.1 06th
28 Lufrani / Filbi Bianchi S5 dnf VU1.1→ dnf
29 Manzoni / Lamperti Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc L4 50th VU1.1→ 04th
30 Gianelli / Cavanna Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc L4 52nd VU1.1→ 05th
31 Bettinazzi / Bettinazzi Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc L4 dnf VU1.1→ dnf
32 Olimpico / Calderato Bianchi S5 34th VU1.1→ 02nd
33 Pellerano / Stefani Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc L4 47th VU1.1→ 03rd
34 Marinelli / Tragella Bianchi S5 28th VU1.1→ 01st
35 "Frate Ignoto" / Del Luca Bianchi S5 dnf VU1.1→ dnf
36 Tabanelli / Borgnino Maserati 4CTR 1100 cc L4 (s) 37th S→1.1 04th
37 Cagna / Fidora Fiat 508 berlina 1000 cc L4 dnf VGI dnf
38 G. Bettoja Fiat dns S→1.1 dns
39 Eyston / Lurani MG Magnette K3 1087 cc L6 ohc (s) MG 21st S→1.1 01st
40 Tibida / Porticelli Fiat dnf S→1.1 dnf
41 Birkin / Rubin MG Magnette K3 1087 cc L6 ohc (s) MG dnf S→1.1 dnf
42 Howe / Hamilton MG Magnette K3 1087 cc L6 ohc (s) MG 22nd S→1.1 02nd
43 Tuffanelli / Bertocchi Maserati 4CS 1100 cc 8 (s) dnf S→1.1 dnf
44 Ambrosini / Menchetti Siata Fiat Balilla 1000 cc L4 25th S→1.1 03rd
45 Torriani Tavanti / Amatori Fiat 508 berlina 1000 cc L4 51st VGI 04th
46 Peragallo / Nardi Fiat 508 berlinetta 1000 cc L4 dnf VGI dnf
47 Ferrero / Monaco Fiat 522 2500 cc L6 41st VGI 03rd
48 Rossi di Montelera / Cattaneo Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT 1750 cc L6 18th VGI 02nd
49 Pintacuda / Oneto Lancia Astura 2600 cc V8 dnf VGI dnf
50 Ghersi / Tassara Ford V8 V8 dnf VGI dnf
51 de Grolée Virville / Bruttini Bugatti T37 1500 cc L4 dnf S1.1→1.5 dnf
52 Berrone / Carraroli Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc L6 (s) Scuderia Ferrari 16th S1.1→1.5 01st
53 Gurgo Salice / Laredo de Mendoza Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc L6 (s) 26th S1.1→1.5 03rd
54 Barsotti / Corsi Maserati 26 1500 cc 8 (s) 43rd S1.1→1.5 05th
55 Carpegna / Marnetto Maserati 26 1500 cc 8 (s) dnf S1.1→1.5 dnf
56 Della Mura / Crivellari Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 1500 cc L6 23rd S1.1→1.5 02nd
57 Fabbri / Borges Maserati 26 1500 cc 8 (s) dnf S1.1→1.5 dnf
59 Alfieri / Scesa Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc L6 (s) 27th S1.1→1.5 04th
60 Parodi / Campanelli Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc L6 19th S/TP1.5→ 16th 1.5→2.0 4th
61 Rondina / De Negri OM dns S/TP1.5→ dns
62 Pertile / Greggio Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc L6 dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 1.5→2.0
63 Foligno / Comotti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc L6 (s) Scuderia Ferrari 09th S/TP1.5→ 09th 1.5→2.0 1st
64 Casti / Soffietti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc L6 (s) 12th S/TP1.5→ 12th 1.5→2.0 3rd
65 Ramella / Portaleoni Alfa Romeo dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf
66 Brughera / Cipelli Itala 75V 49th S/TP1.5→ 21st
69 Ferraguti / Agostini Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc L6 nc S/TP1.5→ nc 1.5→2.0
70 Damiani / Masserini Lancia Astura V8 40th S/TP1.5→ 20th 2.0→3.0 12th
71 Adorno / Scarpari OM 38th S/TP1.5→ 19th
72 Bruno / Jannantuoni Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc L6 20th S/TP1.5→ 17th 1.5→2.0 5th
73 Peverelli / Dell'Orto Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc L6 (s) 10th S/TP1.5→ 10th 1.5→2.0 2nd
74 Donnini / Sperti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT 1750 cc L6 17th VGI 01st
76 Auricchio / Rosa Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 13th S/TP1.5→ 13th 2.0→3.0 9th
77 Santinelli / Berti Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 06th S/TP1.5→ 06th 2.0→3.0 6th
78 Ruesch / Keßler Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 07th S/TP1.5→ 07th 2.0→3.0 7th
79 Rapieri / Bertolotti Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 2.0→3.0
80 Battaglia / Bianchi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 04th S/TP1.5→ 04th 2.0→3.0 4th
81 Facchetti / Bellingeri Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 15th S/TP1.5→ 15th 2.0→3.0 11th
82 Strazza / Gismondi Lancia Dilambda 3956 cc V8 11th S/TP1.5→ 11th 3.0→ 1st
83 Cornaggia Medici / Premoli Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 14th S/TP1.5→ 14th 2.0→3.0 10th
84 Cazzaniga / Mughetti Bugatti T43 2300 cc 8 (s) dns S/TP1.5→ dns 2.0→3.0
85 Scarfiotti / d'Ippolito Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 05th S/TP1.5→ 05th 2.0→3.0 5th
86 Balestrero / Battilana Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 2300 cc 8 (s) dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 2.0→3.0
87 Trossi / Brivio Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) Scuderia Ferrari acc S/TP1.5→ acc 2.0→3.0
88 Fontanini / Girelli Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) dns S/TP1.5→ dns 2.0→3.0
89 Barbieri / Ghersi Ford V8 3600 cc V8 dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 3.0→
90 Taruffi / Pellegrini Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) Scuderia Ferrari 03rd S/TP1.5→ 03rd 2.0→3.0 3rd
91 Castelbarco / Cortese Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 2300 cc 8 (s) 02nd S/TP1.5→ 02nd 2.0→3.0 2nd
92 Masera / Schiavio Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 2.0→3.0
93 Eugenio Siena Alfa Romeo dns S/TP1.5→ dns 2.0→3.0
94 Borzacchini / Lucchi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) Scuderia Ferrari dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 2.0→3.0
95 Penn Hughes / Thomas Mercedes-Benz SSK 7068.5 cc L6 ohv (s) 24th S/TP1.5→ 18th 3.0→ 2nd
96 von Brauchitsch / Zimmer Mercedes-Benz SSKL 7100 cc L6 (s) dnf S/TP1.5→ dnf 3.0→ dnf
97 Gazzabini / D'Alessio Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s) 08th S/TP1.5→ 08th 2.0→3.0 8th
98 Nuvolari / Compagnoni Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM 2300 cc 8 (s) Scuderia Ferrari 01st S/TP1.5→ 01st 2.0→3.0 1st
68 Della Chiesa / Penati Alfa Romeo     dna S/TP1.5→ dna    
Motor SportMay 1933
The Seventh Mille Miglia

THAT the Italians are more enthusiastic about motor racing than any other community in the world is proved by the ability of the Royal Automobile Club of Italy to hold its annual 1,000 mile race over roads voluntarily closed by the general public. Even in France such a race would be impossible, while what would happen if the suggestion were put forward in our own House of Commons could only be done justice to by a Bateman cartoon!
The mere fact of never having driven in a sports or racing car does not detract from the excitement of the Italian peasant at the prospect of witnessing a motor race. Weeks before the Mille Miglia takes place the word is passed round that the cars will be passing through a particular town or village at a certain time, and woe betide the cyclist or driver of a cart who tries to use the road and thereby impede the progress of the racing cars. So that, in effect, the public are their own marshals, which no doubt accounts for the few accidents which occur, when one considers that the entry list is always about one hundred cars.
Earl Howe (at the wheel) and H. C. Hamilton speeding through a town with their M.G. Magnette.
In accordance with usual practice, the Utility class, the Saloons, and the 1,500 c.c. and 1,100 c.c. cars were sent off first, and a tremendous crowd assembled in Brescia to see the start. In quick succession the machines disappeared out of sight towards Cremona, great interest being aroused by the green M.G.Magnettes, driven by Lord Howe and H.C.Hamilton, G.E.T.Eyston and Count Lurani, and Sir H.Birkin and B.Rubin. The first stage of the 1,000 miles course, to the control at Bologna, is the fastest of the whole route, towns and villages being taken flat out at speeds of anything up to 130 m.p.h. Through Cremona, Parma, Reggio and Modena the cars roared, fastest of all being Borzacchini on one of the Ferrari-stable Alfa Romeos, who averaged 100.5 m.p.h. and beat the record by 10 seconds. On this stretch Count Trossi, a popular Italian driver, got into a disastrous skid on a corner. He wrecked his Alfa Romeo, receiving slight injuries himself and hurling his mechanic through space.
From the start it was evident that Sir Henry Birkin was destined to pursue his well known role of setting up a very fast pace in order to crack up the rival cars in the class. At the Bologna control he was well ahead, and over the Raticosa Pass to Florence he maintained a record average. And so to Siena, where the note of the gallant Magnette began to falter, and finally the car had to be withdrawn with a broken valve. By this time, too, the rear axle was giving trouble, but in any case Birkin's work was done, for the Maserati, driven desperately by Tuffanelli in an effort to keep pace with the flying Magnette (which had averaged 87 m.p.h. for 129 miles), came to a standstill on the Puta Pass, before Siena, with an irreparably damaged gearbox.
Of the larger cars, Borzacchini held his lead over Nuvolari all the way to Rome, beating the record to Florence by some three minutes. Von Brauchitsch, the German driver of a Mercedes-Benz, was experiencing a tremendous amount of tyre trouble, throwing three treads in 24 miles, and eventually gave up the uneven battle. Penn-Hughes, who was driving Earl Howe's Mercedes-Benz as a sort of tender to the Magnettes, experienced little trouble, on the other hand, with normal Dunlop Fort covers.
After Rome had been passed, a different complexion was put on the race by the retirement of Borzacchini, with a cracked cylinder head on his Alfa Romeo. Nuvolari took the lead, which he was to hold until the end, and as he had a comfortable advantage of thirteen minutes over the next man, Castelbarco, on a similar Alfa Romeo, he could afford to ease up considerably. Then came the difficult section to Perugia, Macerata and Ancona, after which there is a fast run through Pesaro, along the shores of the Adriatic, to Bologna.
Race organised by R.A.C. of Italy.
Distance 1,000 miles.
Previous winners :
1927 Minoia-Morandi (O.M.), 48 m.p.h.
1928 Campari-Ramponi (Alfa Romeo), 52 m.p.h.
1929 Campari-Ramponi (Alfa-Romeo), 55.6 m.p.h.
1930 Nuvolari-Guidotti (Alfa-Romeo), 62 m.p.h.
1931 Caracciola-Sebastian (Mercedes-Benz), 62.85 m.p.h.
1932 Borzacchini-Bignarni (Alfa-Romeo), 67.7 m.p.h.
Although the two Magnettes were leading in the 1,100 c.c. class, unexpected opposition was coming from the little Ballila Fiats. These unsupercharged 4-cylinder side-valve cars of under 1,000 c.c. were putting up a most impressive show, averaging about 60 m.p.h. for the 750 miles to Bologna. On arrival at Bologna Eyston had to fit new batteries, for his dynamo had ceased to function. Howe's trouble was plugs and a broken headlamp bracket, but eventually the two cars got going again within twelve minutes of each other. The remaining Maserati, driven by Tabanelli, had run off the road and damaged its front axle. With great determination the crew had removed the axle, heated and straightened it at a local garage, and returned to the fray, arriving at Bologna an hour after the Magnettes had left.
Eyston, through having to economise with his lights, using one only wherever possible, was gradually overhauled by Earl Howe, but no sooner had the latter got within striking distance than he was delayed once more with faulty plugs. Strazza, on a special Lancia Astura, had made a splendid run until just before the second Bologna control, when he tore out the fabric of a universal joint. After a hasty repair, however, he continued.
Tazio Nuvolari, idol of the Italian crowds, cheered on his way to victory.
At two o'clock in the morning we stood at the finishing point, a street on the outskirts of Brescia. All around thronged a dense crowd of Italians, excitedly discussing the possible winners of the various classes. So powerful were the street lamps that it was almost like daylight, but up above the mysterious foliage of the budding chestnut trees held the darkness. Suddenly the sound of a bugle rang out (how well the Italians can stage-manage a motor race!) and simultaneously a car with blazing headlights appeared down the road from Verona. It was difficult to distinguish the make of the car in its dazzling lights, and we screwed up our eyes in an effort to overcome this disability. Then the car came so near that we could see, and a great shout went up from the crowd, such as to gladden the hearts of the few Englishmen present. For the car first to arrive and winner of the 1,100 c.c. class, at an average of 56.89 m.p.h., was the dusty and mud-stained M.G.Magnette driven by George Eyston with Count Lurani beside him.
Hardly had the two weary drivers recovered from the congratulatory embraces of pressmen and officials, and Eyston had driven off to the official park, before the second Magnette arrived, followed by a steady stream of travel stained Alfa Romeos, Fiats and Bianchis. By this time everyone knew that Nuvolari was the winner, and he received a tumultuous welcome as he pulled up, winner of the seventh Mille Miglia at an average speed of 67.45 m.p.h. His time was a shade slower than Borzacchini's last year, but this was not to be wondered at in view of the lack of competition. Castelbarco, the second man, finished 27 minutes behind, so that Nuvolari could well afford to take it easily. The first nine cars were Alfa Romeos, when the sequence was broken by Strazza's Lancia, which, had it not been for the delay caused by its universal, could have finished third. But there should be no "ifs" or "buts" in motor racing!
The victory of the M.G. Magnette, apart from being a splendid performance on the part of its drivers, George Eyston and Count Lurani, is a good omen for the future of the car itself. It is safe to say that the average speed of both Magnettes would have been considerably higher if suitable plugs had been used. As it was, an enormous quantity were burnt out, and the constant stoppages brought down the average speed greatly. In spite of this, the cars showed themselves capable of very high speed, the chassis stood up to the rough roads without trouble, and the Wilson pre-selective gearbox has been triumphantly vindidated as a definite improvement in the design of a racing car.
One ot the finest performances in the race was made by the little "Balilla" Fiats.
They are here seen lined up for the start.
Special praise must be given to the little Balilla Fiats, which gave a performance little short of miraculous. Unsupercharged, with side-valve 995 c.c. engines, these little cars averaged over 53 m.p.h. for the race, being 100% reliable, and possessing remarkable road holding qualities.
1. Nuvolari and Compagnoni, Alfa Romeo, 15h. 11m. 50s. Average 67.45 m.p.h.
2. Castelbarco and Cortese, Alfa Romeo, 15h. 38m. 2s.
3. Taruffi and Pellegrini, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 0m. 57s.
4. Scartiotti and D'Ippolito, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 22m. 10s.
5. Santinelli and Berti, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 25m. 39s.
6. Ruesch and Kessler, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 25m. 46s.
7. Gazzabini and D'Allesio, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 31m. 28s.
8. Foligno and Comotti, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 41m. 48s.
9. Peverelli and D'Orto, Alfa Romeo, 16h. 51m. 55s.
10. Strazza and Gismondi, Lancia, 16h. 58m. 20s.
11. Casti and Favero, Alfa Romeo, 17h. 7m. 37s.
12. Auricchio and Rosa, Alfa Romeo, 17h. 9m. 33s.
1,100 c.c. Class.
1. Eyston and Lurani, M.G., 18h. 1m. 4s. Average 56.89 m.p.h.
2. Earl Howe and Hamilton, M.G. 18h. 2m. 34s.
3. Ambrosini and Menchetti, Fiat Special.
4. Tabanelli and Borgnino, Maserati.
Saloon Cars.
1. Sperti and Donnini, Alfa Romeo, 17h. 49m. 58s. Average 57.5 m.p.h.
2. Count Rossi Theo-Cattanco Alfa Romeo.
1,500 c.c. Class.
1. Berrone and Carraroli, Alfa Romeo, 17h. 38m. 35s.
2. Dalla-Mura-Crivellari, Alfa Romeo.
Utility Class, under 1,100 c.c.
1. Ricci and Maggi, Fiat, 19h. 11m. 36s. 53.8 m.p.h.
2. Spotorno and Ghiringelli, Fiat.
3. Ceschina and Guagnellini, Fiat.
Utility Class, above 1,100 c.c.
1. Martinelli and Tragella, Bianchi, 18h. 54m. 15s. Average 54.2 m.p.h.