Classic Car Catalogue

VIII Grand Prix du Comminges

Grand Prix du Comminges
14 August 1932


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Entries and results:
No. Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Class: Result:
2 Marcel Lehoux Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 Marcel Lehoux 2000→ 2nd
4 Stanislav Czaykowski Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 Stanislav Czaykowski 2000→
6 Jean Gaupillat Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 Jean Gaupillat 2000→ dnf
10 Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Jean-Pierre Wimille 2000→ acc
12 Raymond Sommer Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Raymond Sommer 2000→ 3rd
14 Goffredo Zehender Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Goffredo Zehender 2000→ 1st
16 Pierre Félix Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Pierre Félix 2000→ acc
20 "Williams" Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 Automobiles E. Bugatti 2000→ dnf
22 René Dreyfus Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 René Dreyfus 2000→ acc
24 Benoît Falchetto Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 Benoît Falchetto 2000→ 4th
26 Philippe Etancelin Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Philippe Etancelin 2000→ dnf
28 Laurens Cousinié Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 Laurens Cousinié 2000→ dnf
30 Jean de Maleplane Maserati 26M 2.8 S-8 Jean de Maleplane 2000→ 5th
34 Raoul Miquel Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 Raoul Miquel 2000→ dnf
38 Karl von Waldthausen Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Ecuire Versoix 2000→ dna
32 Jean de Maleplane Maserati 26M 2.0 S-8 Jean de Maleplane 1500→2000
42 Amand Rostaind Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Amand Rostaind 1500→2000 dna
44 Bonnefons Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Bonnefons 1500→2000 dna
46 Gilbert Ralph Bugatti T35 2.0 S-8 Gilbert Ralph 1500→2000 dnf
50 Louis Trintignant Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Louis Trintignant 1500→2000 dna
52 Jean Delorme Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Jean Delorme 1500→2000 dnf
54 "Ivernel" Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 "Ivernel" 1500→2000 3rd
56 Lobre Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Lobre 1500→2000 dna
60 Stanislav Czaykowski Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Stanislav Czaykowski 1500→2000 1st
62 Charles Druck Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Charles Druck 1500→2000 dnf
64 "Sim Devil" Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 "Sim Devil" 1500→2000 dna
68 Gaborez Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Gaborez 1500→2000 dna
70 Honoré Lormand Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Honoré Lormand 1500→2000 2nd
81 Henri Durand Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 Henri Durand →1500 dna
82 de Fumel Rally 1.1 de Fumel →1500 dnf
83 Antonio Valette Maserati 26 1.5 S-8 Antonio Valette →1500 3rd
84 Auguste Rongieras BNC 527 1.1 S-4 Auguste Rongieras →1500 6th
85 André Vagniez Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 André Vagniez →1500 dna
86 Lucién Demazel Salmson 1.1 S-4 Lucién Demazel →1500 dnf
87 Marcel Lister Maserati 26 1.5 S-8 Marcel Lister →1500 dna
89 Alain Guilbaut Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 Alain Guilbaut →1500 4th
90 Just-Émile Vernet Salmson 1.1 S-4 Just-Émile Vernet →1500 7th
91 "Eric Lora" Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 A. Cochin →1500 dnf
92 Emile Dourel Amilcar 1.1 Emile Dourel →1500 2nd
93 Bernardo de Souza Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 Bernardo de Souza →1500 dna
94 Lucién Lemasson Salmson 1.1 S-4 Lucién Lemasson →1500 dnf
95 Casimir Ragot Ragot Speciale Casimir Ragot →1500 5th
96 Rallu Rally 1.1 Rallu →1500 dna
97 Pierre Veyron Maserati 26 1.5 S-8 Pierre Veyron →1500 1st
98 Maurice Faure BNC 527 1.1 S-4 Maurice Faure →1500 dnf
99 Louis Joly Maserati 26 1.5 S-8 Louis Joly →1500 dna
100 Courbin Salmson? Courbin →1500 dnf
102 Roger Boucly Salmson 1.1 S-4 Roger Boucly →1500 dnf


Motor SportSeptember 1932

A WINDING, narrow road running beside the river Garonne, at the foot of a deep valley, followed by a long straight "leg" of 8 miles, with "tribunes" built on the side of a hill, facing the majestic chain of the Pyrenees, form the picturesque setting of the Grand Prix du Comminges.
This race has steadily added to its reputation as one of the most important events in France, and this year, with an entry of 20 Bugattis, 6 Alfa Romeos, 4 Maseratis, 4 Salmsons, 2 Rallys, 1 Amilcar, and 1 Courbin, in the hands of such drivers as Lehoux, Gaupillat, Sommer, Wimille, Zehender, Dreyfus, Etancelin and Williams, there seemed every prospect of one of the finest races ever seen on the Circuit de Saint-Gaudens.
The circuit measures 26 kilometres, 300 metres, and with its combination of the long straight, where high speeds can be attained, and the sinuous winding of a great part of the course, demands a great amount of versatility from both cars and drivers alike.
The start took place with all the air of excitement and suspense which is so characteristic of a Continental road race, and a huge crowd lined the whole 26 kilometres of the course. When the cars were lined up in rows of three, and the starter had raised his flag, the stands were chock full of a cheering mass of people, whose shouts were drowned as the cars shot forward with a terrific roar. Indeed, the massed start of the 36 cars in the Grand Prix du Comminges was one of the most impressive sights we have ever seen.
Eleven minutes later the cars appeared at the end of the first lap, and as the solid pack drew nearer we saw that Williams (Bugatti) led, followed closely by Lehoux (Bugatti), Zehender (Alfa Romeo), Wimille (Alfa Romeo), Sommer (Alfa Romeo), Etancelin (Alfa Romeo), and Benoit (Bugatti). Bugatti 1st and 2nd, Alfa Romeo 3rd and 4th-every prospect of a terrific struggle!
Sensations quickly developed, for on the second lap Williams failed to appear, and after a few minutes' anxiety we learnt that he had retired on the far side of the course with petrol feed trouble. The Bugatti hopes were quickly, revived, however, for Lehoux stepped into the lead, closely followed by Rene Dreyfus, who by dint of magnificent driving had picked up many places on the 2nd lap.
In the 2,000 c.c. class the lead was comfortably held by Count Czaikowski whose special double-camshaft Bugatti, carefully prepared for the race by the veteran driver, Friederich, was travelling splendidly. Lormand was lying second, while Dourel (Amilcar) was just in front of Veyron (Maserati) in the 1,100 c.c. class.
Dreyfus was not content with 2nd place, for on the next lap he broke the record for the course with a lap in 10m. 49 secs., taking the lead from Lehoux, and from there on a great duel developed between the two Bugattisti, while an internecine warfare was being waged in the Alfa Romeo camp between Wimille and Zehender. Then Lehoux was delayed with tyre trouble, and fell back to 6th place, but Dreyfus continued with unabated verve, lowering the record still further to 10 min. 38 secs., following this up with a lap in 10 mins., 35 secs.
The order at this point (7 laps) was : 1, Dreyfus ; 2, Wimille ; 3, Zehender ; 4, Gaupillat (Bugatti) ; 5, Etancelin (Alfa Romeo ; 6, Sommer (Alfa Romeo).
Soon after, Gaupillat and Etancelin retired, while Sommer hit a wall at Huos but was able to continue. Lehoux was driving like one possessed in order to wipe off the delay caused by his tyre trouble, and actually covered a lap in 10 mins. 29 secs., a record which remained unbeaten for the rest of the race.
And so the order remained unchanged until the very last lap, when there occurred a series of incidents which altered the whole aspect of the race. Dreyfus had appeared to have the race in his pocket, but it was not to be, and the cause of his downfall was a slight shower of rain. But let us recount these misfortunes in their chronological order. First of all Felix got into a skid on the wet road just before the stands, and finished up in the ditch at the side of the road. Happily, he was not injured seriously, although he was unable to get out of his Alfa Romeo without assistance.
Immediately afterwards, Dreyfus appeared, and to our horror developed a series of terrifying skids on the same spot. For a moment we thought he was going to regain control, but with a sickening lurch the Bugatti crashed into a tree, which it felled, leapt into the air, and turned over, throwing Dreyfus out into the road. When he was picked up Dreyfus was found to be covered with blood, and it was feared that he was seriously injured. To everyone's great relief, however, on being taken to the first-aid post he was found to be suffering only from superficial cuts and bruises. In one respect it was lucky that the car struck the tree, for otherwise it might have dashed into the crowd.
But the race was not yet over. Wimille (Alfa Romeo) was now leading, on the last lap, but adding sensation to sensation, he overturned at the foot of the Cote de Valentine, without injuring himself in the least, but losing the lead to Zehender, who came home the winner of a most exciting race.
In the 2-litre class Count Czaikowski was never headed, finishing 11 minutes ahead of Lormand (Bugatti).
Veyron, driving his usual consistent race, finished first in the 1,500 c.c. class, 6 minutes ahead of Dourel (Amilcar).
OVER 2,000 c.c., 16 LAPS.
1, Zehender (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), 3h. 2m. 21s. ;
2, Lehoux (Bugatti 2,300 c.c.), 3h. 5m. 46s. ;
3, Sommer (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), 3h. 13m. 30s.;
4, Benoit (Bugatti 2,300 c.c.);
5, De Maleplane (Maserati 2,800 c.c.).
2,000 c.c., 14 LAPS.
1, Czaikowski (Bugatti), 2h. 52m. 36s.;
2, Lormand (Bugatti), 3h. 9m. 25s. ;
3, Vernet (Bugatti), 3h. 44m. 6s.
1,500 c.c., 12 LAPS.
1, Veyron (Maserati 1,500 c.c.), 2h. 35m. 15 3/5s. ;
2; Dourel (Amilcar 1,100 c.c.), 2h. 41m. 40s.;
3, Antonio (Maserati 1,500 c.c.), 2h. 44m. 9s. ;
4, Guilbaut (Bugatti 1,500 c.c.), 2h. 45m. 33s.