Classic Car Catalogue

II Masarykuv Okrůh

Czechoslovakia Grand Prix
27 September 1931
Masaryk Circuit, Brno
Group I over 1500 cc: 17 laps x 29.142 km = 495.42 km
Group II up to 1500 cc: 15 laps x 29.142 km = 437.13 km


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Entries and results:
No. Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Class: Pos.: Time: Laps:
2 Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo 8C2300 2.3 S-8 Scuderia Ferrari 1500→ acc.   01
4 Baconin Borzacchini / Nuvolari Alfa Romeo 8C2300 2.3 S-8 Scuderia Ferrari 1500→ Fail.   09
6 Eugenio Siena Alfa Romeo 8C2300 2.3 S-8 Scuderia Ferrari 1500→ Fail.   00
8 Jiří Count von Lobkowicz Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 J. von Lobkowicz 1500→ 4th 4h33m50.51s 17
10 H.-J. von Morgen Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 von Morgen 1500→ 3rd 4h30m06.01s 17
12 H. Prinz zu Leiningen Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 H. Prinz zu Leiningen 1500→ nc 5h00m06.69s 16
  Albert Broschek Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 A. Broschek 1500→ dna    
16 Luigi Fagioli Maserati 8C 2800 2.8 S-8 Officine Alfieri Maserati 1500→ acc.   01
18 Ernesto Maserati / Faggioli Maserati 8C 2800 2.8 S-8 Officine Alfieri Maserati 1500→ Fail.   15
20 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz SSKL 7.1 S-6 R. Caracciola 1500→ acc.   11
  Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz SSKL 7.1 S-6 M. v. Brauchitsch 1500→ dna    
24 Marcel Lehoux Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 M. Lehoux 1500→ Fail.   07
  Max von Arco-Zinneberg Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 von Arco-Zinneberg 1500→ dna    
28 Louis Chiron Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 L. Chiron 1500→ 1st 4h12m07.46s 17
30 Jan Kubiček Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 J. Kubiček 1500→ Fail.   09
  Emil Frankl Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 E. Frankl 1500→ dna    
34 Hans Stuck Mercedes-Benz SSKL 7.1 S-6 H. Stuck 1500→ 2nd 4h26m10.29s 17
36 Achille Varzi Bugatti T51 2.3 S-8 A. Varzi 1500→ acc.   04
38 Josef Šťastný Bugatti T35B 2.3 S-8 J. Šťastný 1500→ acc.   04
  Jean Pesato Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 L. Pesato 1500→ dna    
  Count Tivadar Zichy Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 S-8 Count T. Zichy 1500→ dna    
44 Count Tivadar Zichy Bugatti T35C 2.0 S-8 Count T. Zichy 1500→ nc 5h05m43.65s 16
50 Gerhard Macher DKW RWD 1.0 S-4 G. Macher →1500 6th 5h23m31.24s 16
52 Ernst Prochaska / Mamula Z Z 13 1.5 S-8 E. Proschaska →1500 fail.   13
54 Otto Lukáš Z Z 13 1.5 S-8 Zbrojovka →1500 fail.   05
  Anton Kahle Z Z 13 1.5 S-8 Zbrojovka →1500 dna    
  Hans Simons Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 H.Simons →1500 dna    
  Hugo Urban-Emmrich MG Midget 0.8 S-4 H. Urban-Emmrich →1500 dna    
62 Bruno Sojka Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 B. Sojka →1500 3rd 5h03m36.20s 15
  Hans Ollendorf Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 H. Ollendorf →1500 dna    
66 Florian Schmidt Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 F. Schmidt →1500 1st 4h58m13.05s 15
  Herbert Friedenthal DKW 0.5 S-2 H. Friedenthal →1500 dna    
70 Hans Lewy Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 H. Lewy →1500 acc.   06
  Bernhard Ackerl Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 B. Ackerl →1500 dna    
  Kurt Volkhart Neander Special 1.0 V-2 K. Volkhart →1500 dna    
76 Antonio Valette Maserati 26 1.5 S-8 Ruggeri →1500 5th 5h10m19.97s 15
78 Vladimir Loucký Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 V. Loucký →1500 acc.   09
80 Anton Januszkowski Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 A. Januszkowski →1500 acc.   06
82 Oskar Frankl Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 O. Frankl →1500 4th 5h08m39.15s 15
  H. Ostermuth v.Tschaikoff Amilcar 1.1 H. Ostermuth v. Tschaikoff →1500 dna    
86 Engelbert Graf Arco Zinneberg Amilcar 1.1 S-6 E. Graf v. Arco-Zinneberg →1500 2nd 5h02m58.32s 15
  Fritz Kordik Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 F. Kordik →1500 dna    
  Zdenek Pohl Bugatti T37A 1.5 S-4 G.C. v. Lobkowicz →1500 dna    
Louis Choron; Bugatti

Motor SportNovember 1931
The Grand Prix of Czechoslovakia

The start of the up to 1500 cc class.
THE Grand Prix of Czechoslovakia race, run off on the circuit of Masaryk on September 27th, provided a double victory for Bugatti, the unlimited class being won by Chiron and the 1½-litre category by Schmidt. It was a race full of interest for there was Bugatti, winners of the French Grand Prix and also at Spa ; Alfa-Romeo, with the Targa Florio and the Italian Grand Prix to their credit among other events ; Maserati, winner at Monza, and Caracciola's famous Mercedes, whose victories this year included the Nurburg ring, the Thousand Miles Race and the Mont Ventoux hill climb.
Surely enough to satisfy the most critical, and the drivers included Louis Chiron, Achille Varzi, Nuvolari, Fagioli, Lehoux, Borzacchini, and Von Morgen, all stars of the first magnitude.
The circuit is 29 kilometres in length, and a record crowd assembled to see the race, in fine but chilly weather.
The cars got away to a fine start except Von Morgen, who anticipated the flag by some 3 seconds. On the first lap Fagioli (Maserati) drew slightly away from the pack, followed by Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo), Varzi (Bugatti), Caracciala (Mercedes), Chiron (Bugatti) and Nuvolari (Alfa-Romeo), all close together.
An extraordinary mishap.
Everyone was settling down to enjoy a wonderful race when there occurred the incident which robbed the race of much of its interest A bridge, grazed by Fagioli fell across the road, and in a few seconds the most amazing, but fortunately harmless ''pile-up" occurred.
Borzacchini, by some miracle roared through the falling debris without touching it. Then Varzi and Nuvolari neck and neck charged at the obstacle to find at the last minute that they could not pass. It is such a moment that calls for the driver's utmost skill and quickness of thought. Without hesitatin, they took to opposite sides of the road, one in the ditch and one on the bank.
Varzi's car was still able to run but had to be withdrawn, but Novulari had smashed his back axle, so he accompanied Varzi back to the stands.
Fagioli also had to retire.
Five seconds after this crash the big Mercedes thundered out of the bend and came on the general melee, with Chiron's Bugatti a few yards behind with nothing to see except the back of the Mercedes, and he had to act entirely on what Caracciola did.
The German driver braked violently and took to the ditch, smashing a shock absorber but continuing. Chiron, with marvellous skill, avoided the skidding Mercedes, and got through unscathed, although he too had to take to the ditch.
Caracciola retires.
Shortly after Caracciola, his broken shock absorber making the car hard to place accurately, grazed a tree and a wheel broke up. He escaped unhurt, but retired.
J. K. Lobkovic (Bugatti)
Lehoux was going wonderfully, and actually pulled up seven seconds on Chiron. It was evident, however, that Chiron was easing off and taking no risks now that he was in the lead. Lehoux has driven this car in many events already this year, and he had no hope of anything but a place. At the last moment even this was snatched from his grasp. Coming out of a left hand bend he touched the bank with a rear wheel, and the aluminium flew in all directions. He contrived to fit the spare wheel by the side of the road, but it took 19 valuable minutes. He started off again in pursuit, and after filling up, actually broke the lap record, but retired shortly afterwards.
Nuvolari, tired of remaining at the pits signalled in Borzacchini to take over. After considerable altercation he leapt into the driving seat, but the motor refused to start. They wound the handle without avail, and then resorted, with complete indifference to the regulations, to pushing the car down hill, and ended up with three men working on the car 500 yards from the pits !
No one could catch Chiron and he came home an easy winner having driven a well-judged race.
Schmidt won the 1000 c.c. class after a fine race with the Comte d'Arco's Amilcar which put up a valiant show.
1st. Louis Chiron (Bugatti), 4h. 12m. 7s. Speed, 117 km.p.h.
2nd. Stuck von Villirs (Mercedes), 4h. 26m. 3s.
3rd. Von Morgen (Bugatti), 4h. 30m. 6s.
4th. Lobkowicz (Bugatti), 4h. 33m 50s.
5th. Prince de Leiningen (Bugatti), 5h. 5m. 36s.
Fastest lap., Chiron (4m. 25s.).
1500 C.C. CLASS.
1st. Schmidt (Bugatti), 4h. 58m. 13s.
2nd. Comte Arco (Amilcar).
3rd. Sojka (Bugatti).
4th: Franckl (Bugatti).
5th. Antonio (Maserati).

The large cars start.

The up to 1500 cc cars started 5 minutes after the Group I.

Hans Stuck's Mercedes SSKL passing Fagioli's Maserati.

Ernesto Maserati driving the 8C 2800.
Světozor October 1931

Chiron in his Bugattti T51 just after crossing the finishing line.

Alfieri Maserati and Luigi Fagioli.