Classic Car Catalogue
II Grand Prix de Casablanca
||Grand Prix of Casablanca
||22 May 1932
||47 laps x 8.861 km = 416.5 km
Motor SportJune 1932The Grand Prix of Casablanca.
A tremendous crowd filled the grandstands, and thronged the length of the course. The weather was fine, but a Strong sea breeze reduced the speed of cars an the road bordering the coast. Twenty-one cars came to the starting line, there being 14 Bugattis, 3 Alfa Romeos, 3 Maseratis and 1 Amilcar, and the following well-known drivers were competing : Wimille (Bugatti), Etancelin (Alfa-Romeo), Zehender (Alfa-Romeo), Lehoux (Bugatti), Czaikowski (Bugatti), Caupillat (Bugatti) and Scaron (Amilcar). Caupillat was delayed at the line, and at the end of the first lap Wimille led from Lehoux, followed by Benoit, Etancelin and Czaikowski.
Wimille steadily increased his lead over Lehoux, and drove in a most masterly fashion. It is a recognised fact in France that this young driver has a most promising future, and his performance to-day was certainly a further proof of his skill. Zehender retired, as did Mole on a Bugatti. In the 1,500 c.c. class a stirring battle was being waged between Scaron and Veyron (Maserati). Etancelin passed Benoit, and at half distance the order was, 1. Wimille (Bugatti); 2. Lehoux (Bugatti); 3. Etancelin (Alla-Romeo); 4. Benoit (Bugatti); 5. de Maleplane (Maserati); 6. Veyron (Maserati); 7. Gaupillat (Bugatti). Wimille was 52 seconds in front of Lehoux, but soon after he stopped at his pit to refuel and change wheels, Lehoux passed as he was in the pits, but on the following lap he himself had to stop for the same purpose, so the positions remained unchanged.
Then, an the 31st out of 47 laps, Wimille had the ill fortune to experience engine trouble, and pushed his car to the pits after a magnificent run. That left Lehoux two minutes in front of his old rival Etancelin, who in turn led Czaikowski, and that order was maintained, until the finish. Veyron won the 1,500 class.
1. Lehoux. (Bugatti), 47 laps, 259 miles, 311. 19m. 29s. Average, 77.83 m.p.h.
2. Etancelin (Alfa-Romeo), 3h. 23m. 1/Ss.
3. Czaikowski (Bugatti), 3h. 22,1n. 27 3 '5s.