Classic Car Catalogue

Les 24 Heures de Spa

Spa 24 Hours
02 July 1933
Entered: 45
Started: 33
Finished: 17


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Entries and results:
No.   Drivers: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Class: Pos.: Final:. Distance: Speed:
12 Duray / de Gabardie Amilcar C6 1100 cc    →1.1 1st 14th 2090.721 km 87.113 km/h
30   Georges / Mathot FN Prince Baudoin 1994 cc L4  →2.0 3rd 12th 2151.657 km 89.652 km/h
32   Lecomte / Salmon FN Prince Baudoin 1994 cc L4  →2.0 2nd 07th 2354.200 km 98.091 km/h
34   Jackens / Jusay FN Prince Baudoin 1994 cc L4  →2.0 1st 06th 2354.200 km 98.091 km/h
62   Greeve / Thelusson Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s)   →3.0 3rd 03rd 2695.840 km 112.325 km/h
64 Brivio / Siena Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM 2300 cc 8 (s)   →3.0 dnf dnf    
66 Sommer / Stoffel Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s)   →3.0 2nd 02nd 2797.464 km 116.561 km/h
68 Chiron / Chinetti Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8 (s)   →3.0 1st 01st 2806.316 km 116.934 km/h
84   d'Orban / Collon Bugatti T49 3258 cc 8   →4.0 2nd 05th 2371.185 km 98.799 km/h
86   Desvignes / Mongin Bugatti T49 3258 cc 8   →4.0 1st 04th 2431.669 km 101.307 km/h
92   Narichkine / Trixi Graham Paige   5300 cc 8   4.0→ 1st 08th 2235.000 km 93.125 km/h
  Longueville / André Bugatti    →2.0 dnf dnf    
  Abit Argo    →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Humblet / Grosch Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc 8   →3.0 dnf dnf    
  van Parijs / Heulewijck B.N.C.    →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Ferbeck / Telliaes La Perle    →2.0 acc. acc.    
  Danne / Durny Rally    →2.0 acc. acc.    
  Duval / Judet B.N.C.    →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Rezzaghi / Guerrini Lancia     →4.0 dnf dnf    
  Schiffelers / Kominckx   →4.0 dnf dnf    
  Delalande / Ghelfi B.N.C.    →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Bourgier / Montel Lorraine     4.0→ dnf dnf    
  Frans / Oger Auburn     4.0→ dnf dnf    
  Gilbert / Robail Rally    →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Roberfroid / Eggen Bugatti    →2.0 dnf dnf    
  Treunet / Manuel B.N.C.   1098 cc    →1.1 2nd 15th 2071.100 km 86.296 km/h
  Alin / Alin B.N.C.    →1.1 3rd 17th 1871.113 km 77.963 km/h
  Demoulin / Pons Bugatti   1990 cc    →2.0 5th 16th 1946.961 km 81.123 km/h
  Texidor / Texidor  →1.1 dnf dnf    
  Matozza / Meert Alfa Romeo RLTF 3600 cc L6   →4.0 3rd 09th 2208.575 km 92.023 km/h
  Rousseau / Paco Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc L6 (s)  →2.0 4th 13th 2140.522 km 89.188 km/h
  Etienne / Haye Essex Terraplane   3990 cc     →4.0 5th 11th 2193.209 km 91.404 km/h
  Helaers / Vasselle Hotchkiss   3900 cc     →4.0 4th 10th 2204.268 km 91.844 km/h
    Fourcet Mercedes-Benz           dna dna    
    Caerels / Gouvion Mistral     8     dna dna    
    Moysan / Tragniere Margueritte           dna dna    
  Black / Gibson MG           dna dna    
  Ford / Baumer MG           dna dna    
    Weinberg Alfa Romeo           dna dna    
    Penner / Pigranol Bugatti           dna dna    
    Lalous / Evrard Bugatti           dna dna    
    Denly / Gallez MG           dna dna    
    Gas / Gavoux Bentley           dna dna    
    David / Jeunehomme Georges Irat           dna dna    
Motor SportAugust 1933

THE Belgian 24 Hours Race differs from the Grand Prix d'Endurance at Le Mans in that there is no free-for-all category for the honour of travelling the greatest distance. Instead, there are five classes, and the cars in each fight out a separate battle of their own. In effect there are five races going on at the same time, but as always the interest of the crowd is mostly centred in the fastest class, and the cars which are therefore ahead of the rest of the field.
Of the forty-five entrants, thirty-three cars actually faced the starter at 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon of July 1st. The non-starters were Foucret's Mercedes-Benz, Gas and Gavoux (Bentley), David and Jeunehothme (Georges Irat), Gouvion and Caerels (Mistral), Weinberg (Alfa Romeo), Penner and Pigranol (Bugatti), Lalous and Evrard (Bugatti), Moysan and Tragniere (Marguerite), Ford and Baurner (M.G.), Denly and Gallez (M.G.), Black and Gibson (M.G.).
The absence of the M.G. team deprived the race of 4 great deal of the interest from the British spectators point of view. The starters were made up of the following:—
Over 4 litres. Narisehkine-Trixi (Graham-Paige), Oger-Franz (Auburn), Bourgier-Montet (Lorraine).
4 litres. Desvignes-Mongin (Bugatti), Hage-Etienne (Essex), Orban-Collon (Bugatti), Matozza-Meert (Alfa Romeo), Rezzaghi-Guerrini (Lancia), Schiffelers-Koninckx (Unspecified), Helaers-Vasselle (Hotchkiss).
3 litres. Greeve-Thelusson (Alfa Romeo), Sommer-Stoeffel (Alfa Romeo), Chiron-Chinetti (Alfa Romeo), Humblet-Grosch (Alfa Romeo), Brivio-Siena (Alfa Romeo).
2 litres. T. Georges-Mathot (F.N.), Lecomte-Salmson (F.N), Jockens-Grisay (F.N.), Rousseau-Paco (Alfa Romeo), Ferbeck-Telliacs (La Perle), Demoulins-Pons (Bugatti), Roberfroid-Eggen (Bugatti), Longueville-Andre (Bugatti), Danne-Duruy (Rally).
1,100 c.c. Van Parys-Heuweluckx (N.B.C.), Duval-Judet (B.N.C.), Treunet-Manuel (B.N.C.), Delalande-Ghelti (B.N.C.), Duray-de Gabardie (Amilcar); Aln brothers (B.N.C.), Abit-Another (Argo), Gilbert-Robail (Rally), Texidor brothers (Unspecified).
The weather conditions were good when the signal to start was given, and a tremendous crowd thronged round the whole of the winding and hilly circuit. The leader at the end of the first lap (if one can call a wheel a lead) was Sommer, running neck and neck with Chiron, who was in turn a bare length ahead of Siena. These three Alfa Romeos had outstripped the rest of the field, headed by Greeve and Humblet, both on Alfas. Then came the Hotchkiss, Longueville (Bugatti), Matozza (Lancia), Danne (Rally) and the three F.N.'s.
In spite of the fact that the race was a long distance affair, the three leading Alfas Romeos were setting a real Grand Prix pave, and the crowd responded to their stirring duel with great gusto. On the second lap Chiron got ahead of Sommer, breaking the lap record with a time of 6m. 58s. The field gradually strung out, and at the end of the first hour the following cars had taken the lead in the various classes:—
A familiar scene on the Francorchamps circut. Stoffel (Alfa Romeo) is seen passing an abandoned B.N.C.,
while across the road is the wrecked Rally.
Over 4 litres. Narischkine-Trixi (Graham-Paige), 107.217 km.
4 litres. Helaers-Vasselle (Hotchkiss), 107.351 km.
3 litres. Chiron-Chinetti (Alfa Romeo), 127.233 km
2 litres. Georges-Maltos (F.N.), 98.955 km.
1,100 c.c. Abit-Another (Argo), 95.800 km.
As time wore on a few changes took place in this order, the Hotchkiss having to yield first place in its class to the Bugatti driven by Mongin and Desvignes, and the Duval and Judet (B.N.C.) getting the lead in the 1,100 c.c. class from Abit's Argo.
Chiron was still driving at a furious pace, and repeatedly improved on his time for the lap. 6m. 57s. . . 53 secs. . . 48 secs. . 47 seconds! The records thus gained were of some service when the car had to stop on the 28th lap with that old Alfa Romeo trouble—loose mudguards. For twelve whole minutes the car was stationary, while the wretched mudguard was securely fastened. Siena and Sommer forged steadily ahead, in that order, but when Chiron finally got going again he immediately lowered the lap record to 6m. 45s.
After 6 hours running some of the weaker cars began to drop out, notably Lougueville-Andre (Bugatti), Rezzaghi-Guerrini (Lancia) and Robertfroid-Eggen (Bugatti). The Francorchamps circuit is notorious for accidents, and two had already taken place, involving the Rally and the La Perle. Fortunately neither Ferbeck nor Danne was injured. At 10 o'clock, then, the order was:
Over 4 litres. 1, Narichkine-Trixi (Graham-Paige), 585.946 km.; 2, Oger-Franz (Auburn), 562.453 km.
4 litres. 1, Desvignes-Mongin (Bugatti), 623.170 km.; 2, Orban-Collon (Bugatti), 605.922 km.; 3, Helaers-Vasselle (Hotchkiss) , 590.718 km.
3 litres. 1, Siena-Brivio (Alfa Romeo), 744.872 km.; 2, Sommer-Stoffel (Alfa Romeo), 732.700 km.; 3, Chiron-Chinetti (Alfa Romeo), 711.455 km.;
2 litres. 1, Lecomte-Salmson (F.N .), 598.386 km.; 2, Jackens-Grisay (F.N.), 598.260 km.; 3, Georges-Mathot (F.N.), 594.795 km.
1,100 c.c. 1,Duray-de Gabardie (Amilcar) , 538.550 km.; 2, Treunet-Manuel (B.N.C.), 535.807 km.; 3, Duval-Judet (B.N.C.), 533.027 km.
All through the night the three leading Alfa Romeos continued their battle, Chiron and Chinetti gradually creeping up on the two leaders. To the spectators it seemed that the pace would be bound to take effect before long, and in the early hours of the morning the first to crack up was the car driven by Siena and Brivio. This retirement let Greeve and Thelusson (Alfa Romeo) up into third place.
The team of three F.N.'s were putting up a remarkable performance of regularity. It will be remembered that last year three 8 cylinder 3 litre cars of this make finished almost in line ahead formation. This year the cars were 6 cylinder 2 litre models, and although rather more widely spaced, were extremely regular.
At 8 'clock Sommer bid a hasty farewell to his co-driver Stoeffel, and slipped off by aeroplane for the Grand Prix de la Marne, in which he was down to take part at Rheims that afternoon!
At about 10 o'clock in the morning the outlook began to look hopeless for the Chiron-Chinetti team. While Chinetti was driving through Stavelot the Alfa Romeo lost a wheel, and much valuable time for wasted before the car was put under weigh once more. Chiron took over, and being fresher than Stoeffel he began rapidly to overhaul the veteran's Alfa Romeo. Nearer and nearer he drew, until at last on the 73rd lap he succeeded in wresting the lead from Stoeffel. He did not relinguish it again.
Apart from the performances of the Alfa Romeos and already commented on, we would like to draw attention to the excellent showing of some American cars,, notably Prince Narischkine's Graham-Paige, and the Essex. Impressive displays were also given by Desvignes' Bugatti, the Hotchkiss, and de Gabardie's Amilcar. The last named machine has this season won the 24 hour Bol d'Or race, and finished 12th at Le Mans, making a racing-life of 72 hours in two months!
Over 4 litres.
1, Narischkine-Trixi (Graham-Paige 4,012 c.c.), 2,235 km. Average speed, 58.203 m.p.h.
4 litres.
1, Desvigues-Mongin (Bugatti 3,258 c.c.), 2,431.369 km. 69.597 m.p.h.;
2, Orbon-Collon (Bugatti 3,258 c.c.), 2,371.580 km.;
3, Matozza-Meert (Alfa Romeo 3,600 c.c.), 2,208.578 km.;
4, Helaers-Vasselle (Hotchkiss 3,500 c.c.), 2,204.680 km.;
5, Hage-Etienne (Essex 3,990 c.c.), 2,193.700 km.
3 litres.
1, Chiron-Chinetti (Alfa Rome) 2,300 c.c.), 2,806.423 km., 73.083 m.p.h.;
2, Sommer-Stoeffel (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), 2,797.460 km.;
3, Greeve-Thelusson (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), 2,695.819 km.
2 litres.
1, Jockens-Grisay (F.N. 1,994 c.c.), 2,354.500 km., 61.307 m.p.h.;
2, Lecomte-Salmson (F.N. 1,994 c.c.), 2,354.500 km.;
3, Georges-Mathot (F.N. 1,994 c.c.), 2,151.657 km.;
4, Rousseau-Paco (Alfa Romeo 1,750 c.c.), 2,140.522 km.;
5, Demoulin-Pons (Bugatti 1,990 c.c.), 1,946.961 km.
1,100 c.c.
1, Duray-de Gabardie (Amilcar 1,100 c.c.), 2,090.721 km., 54.445 m.p.h.;
2, Treunet -Manuel (B.N.C. 1,098 c.c.), 2,071.100 km.;
3, Alin brothers (B.N.C.), 1,871.112 km.