Classic Car Catalogue

Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia
10 April 1932
Started: 88
Finished: 41


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Entries and results:
No.   Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Position: Group: Pos.: Class: Pos.:
1   Faccioni / Feruglio Fiat 514 1400 cc (s)   dns VU dns
2   Lamperti / Peroni Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc   41st VU 11th
3   Gilera / Sartori Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc   26th VU 01st
4   Bortolon / Romaro Bianchi S5   dnf VU dnf
5   Gerri / Pallavicini Fiat 514 1400 cc   42nd VU 12th
6   Wührer / Ricci Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc   28th VU 02nd
8   Rognoni / Scalmana Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
9   "Frate Ignoto" / Francani Fiat 514 MM 1400 cc   37th VU 09th
10   Ceschina / Arnaboldi Bianchi S5   dnf VU dnf
11   Manzoni / Lamperti Fiat 514 1400 cc   31st VU 04th
12   Della Mura / Bertazzolo Bianchi S5   dnf VU dnf
14   Mazza / Berretta Fiat 514 1400 cc   36th VU 08th
15   Apruzzi / Zaccaria Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
16   Basagni / Petruccioli Fiat 514 1400 cc   38th VU 10th
17   Cagna / Scandolara Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
19   Di Vecchio / Fioretti Fiat 514 1400 cc   30th VU 03rd
20   Marinelli / Pini Bianchi S5   dnf VU dnf
21   Olimpico / Calderato Bianchi S5   34th VU 06th
22   Monaco / Cervi Fiat 514 1400 cc   33rd VU 05th
24   Spotorno / Stazi Fiat 514 CA spider 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
25   Bettinazzi / Bettinazzi Fiat 514 CA spider 1400 cc   35th VU 07th
26   Ramella / Porrino Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
27   Lufrani / Sorcinelli Bianchi S5   dnf VU dnf
28   Carnevalli / Ermolli Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
29   Biagioni / Fontana Fiat 514 1400 cc   dnf VU dnf
30   Ghiringhelli / Grassi Fiat 509S 1000 cc   dnf S→1.1 dnf
32   Tuffanelli / Bertocchi Maserati 4CTR 1100 cc   20th S→1.1 01st
33   Rossi / Gamborucci Fiat 509S 1000 cc   dnf S→1.1 dnf
34   Manganelli / Marchesini Fiat 509S 1000 cc   dnf S→1.1 dnf
35   Tibida / Porticelli Fiat 509S 1000 cc   40th S→1.1 03rd
36   Losa / Rangoni Fiat 509S 1000 cc   39th S→1.1 02nd
37   Clifford / Selby MG Midget 750 cc (s)   dnf S→1.1 dnf
41   Vergottini / Miozzi Fiat 509S 1000 cc   dnf S→1.1 dnf
42   Donati / Cioni Fiat 509S 1000 cc   dnf S→1.1 dnf
43   Palli / Sivier Fiat   dnf VGI dnf
46   Minoia / Balestrieri Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC 1750 cc (s)   04th VGI 01st
47   Marinoni / Cortese Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC 1750 cc (s)   dnf VGI dnf
51   Tabozzi / Felin Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT 1750 cc (s)   dnf VGI dnf
52   Lurani / Canavesi Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   09th S→1.5 02nd
55   Alfieri / Cella Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   32nd S→1.5 06th
56   Romoli / Garbini Fiat   dnf S→1.5 dnf
57   Catalani / Polini Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   23rd S→1.5 04th
58   Gatti / Biagioni Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   14th S→1.5 03rd
59   Caniato / Caniato Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari 29th S→1.5 05th
61   Cussini / Sandrolini Maserati 26 1500 cc (s)   dnf S→1.5 dnf
63   Giulay / Venturi Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS 1500 cc (s)   06th S→1.5 01st
64   Corsi / Barsotti Maserati 26 1500 cc (s)   dnf S→1.5 dnf
67   Adorno / Falcioni OM   dnf S1.5→ dnf
71   Conz / Crivellari OM   dnf S1.5→ dnf
72   Gentili / Morandi OM   dnf S1.5→ dnf
73   Bassi / Oneto Lancia Artena 1900 cc   21st S1.5→ 16th
74   Carini / Scesa Lancia Dilambda   27th S1.5→ 20th +3.0 02nd
75   Coda / Caligaris Lancia Lambda   dnf S1.5→ dnf
78   Giannini / Poilucci Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
79   Romano / Serboli Bugatti T35   22nd S1.5→ 17th
80   Bruno / Rabbi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   24th S1.5→ 18th
81   Peverelli / Dell'Orto Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   18th S1.5→ 14th
82   Ghersi / Ramponi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari acc S1.5→ acc
83   Trossi / Brivio Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari 02nd S1.5→ 02nd 3.0 02nd
84   Trevisan / Ronchi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   19th S1.5→ 15th
85   Siena / Taruffi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari dnf S1.5→ dnf
86   Pellegrini / Matrullo Itala 75V 2300 cc   dnf S1.5→ dnf
87   Cazzaniga / Rosa Bugatti T43 2300 cc (s)   13th S1.5→ 10th
88   Strazza / Gismondi Lancia Lambda 4800 cc   08th S1.5→ 06th +3.0 01st
89   Scarfiotti / d'Ippolito Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GStf 1750 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari 03rd S1.5→ 03rd 2.0 01st
90   Broschek / Sebastian Mercedes-Benz SSK 7068.5 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
92   Santinelli / Berti Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   07th S1.5→ 05th
93   Tadini / Bucci Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari dnf S1.5→ dnf
94   Auricchio / Facchetti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
95   Foligno / Binda Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   16th S1.5→ 12th
96   Carraroli / Ghersi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari 05th S1.5→ 04th 3.0 03rd
97   Lewis / Barnard Talbot AV105 3000 cc (s)   Fox & Nicholl 25th S1.5→ 19th
97T   Talbot AV105   dns dns
98   Campari / Sozzi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Alfa Romeo acc S1.5→ acc
99   Restelli / Pieri Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   17th S1.5→ 13th
100   Zaccarini / Bruno Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari dnf S1.5→ dnf
101   Dusio / Munaron Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
102   Varzi / Castelbarco Bugatti T55 2300 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
103   Battaglia / Bianchi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   15th S1.5→ 11th
104   Cornaggia Medici / Rusca Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
105   Nuvolari / Guidotti Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM 2300 cc (s)   Alfa Romeo acc S1.5→ acc
106   Borzacchini / Bignami Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Alfa Romeo (I) 01st S1.5→ 01st 3.0 01st
107   Orefice / Marino Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   dnf S1.5→ dnf
108   Cobianchi / Cobianchi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   12th S1.5→ 09th 2.0 04th
109   Avanzo / Severi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari dnf S1.5→ dnf
110   Gazzabini / "Zai" Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1750 cc (s)   10th S1.5→ 07th 2.0 02nd
111   Bottoni / Comotti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 1750 cc (s)   Scuderia Ferrari 11th S1.5→ 08th 2.0 03rd
112   Savi / Vertua OM   dnf S1.5→ dnf
115   Caracciola / Bonini Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   Alfa Romeo dnf S1.5→ dnf
116   Negroni / Minozzi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2300 cc (s)   dnf   dnf
      Austin Seven 750 cc (s) Scuderia Ferrari dna S→1.1 dna    

The winners: Borzacchi and Bignami in the Alfa Romeo
8C 2300.
Motor SportMay 1932

WHEN Charles Jarrott wrote his fine account of the Paris-Madrid race of 1903 he deplored the closing of the era of town to town races which marked the early days of motoring. His view was that the modern type of race over a short closed circuit lacked the sporting qualities of the older type, and though the series of Grand Prix races has shown that his fears were without cause, there is no doubt of the appeal of the race covering great tracts of country.
From 1903 till 1927 the circuit race was the only road race available. In the latter year was conceived the brilliant idea of the Italian Mille Miglia, over a course from Brescia to Rome and back to the starting point which formed a giant figure of eight over the whole of Italy, and embraced every type of road over which a car is likely to travel.
The route goes from Brescia through Bologna and over the Apennines to Florence, then to Siena and Rome, where it turns back again and leads through Terni, Perugia, Marcerata, Ancona, and Bologna, where it crosses the outward road, and goes via Treviso and Verona to Brescia. Such a course has all the romance and variety which anyone could desire, and provides a test of endurance for cars and drivers unequalled by any motor race in the world.
History of the Race.
In 1927, the first year this now famous classic was held, it was won by Minoia and Morandi driving a 2-litre O.M. in 21h. 4m. 48s. at an average speed of 48 m.p.h. while similar cars were second and third.
In 1928 the victory went to the famous Milan firm of Alfa-Romeo, who, with a 1,500 c.c. model driven by Campari and Ramponi, beat a 2-litre O.M. by the narrow margin of 8 minutes. Their time was 19h. 14m. 5s., a speed of 52 m.p.h.
1929 saw a repeat victory for Campari and Ramponi, this time on a 1,750 c.c. Alfa, again taking their place from a 2-litre O.M., 10 minutes behind them, with another 1,750 c.c. Alfa third. This time they took 18h. 4m. 28s., a speed of 55.6 m.p.h.
1930 brought another win for Alfas again with a 1,750 c.c. car, driven this time by Nuvolari and Guidotti, while the first four places were occupied by similar models. The winners' time was much shorter than hitherto, being 16h. 18m. 59s., speed 62 m.p.h.
Last year, 1931, saw the introduction of two models new to the event, the 2,300 c.c. Alfa-Romeo, and the 4,900 c.c. Bugatti. Once more Alfas put up a great fight but were defeated by the lone entry of Caracciola on the 7-litre supercharged Mercedes, who broke all previous records for the race in 16h. 10m. 10s., his speed. being 62.85 m.p.h. under difficult weather conditions.
This year the race was favoured with dry weather and 88 cars left Brescia on their long journey. The big cars, as usual, started after the utility class and included no less than 31 Alfas out of 48 cars, the largest number of any other make being 4 O.M.'s. This class also included the 105 Talbot driven by Brian Lewis, who put up a very fine show against the strong entry of supercharged cars, and in spite of a crash which would have been enough for most drivers, got going again and finished 25th. As only 41 cars finished, the strenuous character of the race can well be imagined.
From the first it was obvious that the pace was going to be terrific, and on the first stage to Bologna which is the fastest piece of road in the course, three cars were practically equal. These were Nuvolari and Guidotti on one of the 2,300 c.c. Alfas, Caracciola and Bonini on another, and Varzi and Castelbarco on a 2,300 c.c. Bugatti. Five seconds of time covered these three cars while they had put up the almost incredible average speed for the 130 miles of 101 m.p.h.
Such a pace was bound to cause trouble, and by the time Florence was reached two of the Alfas had crashed. Ghersi first came to grief, fortunately sustaining only minor injuries, and in turning to look at the wreckage, Nuvolari also left the road and had to retire.
The German ace Carracciola with his Alfa at Rome. He failed to finish.
At Florence, 195 miles, the order was :
1. Caracciola-Bonini (Alfa-Romeo), 2h. 36m,
2. Campari-Soczi (Alfa-Romeo), 2h. 40m.
3. Siena-Taruffi (Alfa-Romeo), 2h. 42m.
4. Broschek-Sebastian (Alfa-Romeo), 2h, 43m.
4. Varzi-Castelbarco (Bugatti), 2h. 44m.
6. Borzacchini-Bignami (Alfa-Romeo), 2h. 46m.
The next section of the route saw the end of the Bugatti chances, when Varzi went out of the race with a damaged petrol tank. Caracciola was still holding his lead, but Broschek had pulled up to second place, and at Siena was only four and a half minutes behind the leader.
The Small Class.
In the small class much favourable comment was caused by the performance of the supercharged M.G. Midget driven by Lord de Clifford and V. G. Selby. They had bad luck in the early stages through being held up with a puncture, and lost much ground on Tuffanelli, who, at the wheel of a 4 cylinder 1,100 c.c. Maserati, had established a firm lead in his class. However on the mountainous section the M.G. went to such purpose that it gained on its larger rival and got up to second place in the 1,100 c.c. class. Unfortunately near the end of the race the M.G. had to retire with a sheared camshaft drive.
At Rome (376 miles), the order was :
1. Caracciola (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 22m. 52s.
2. Siena (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 31m.
3. Campari (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 32m. 20s.
4. Trossi-Brivio (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 39m. 31s.
5. Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 40m, 12s.
6. Broschek (Alfa-Romeo), 5h. 54m.
Caracciola was driving a truly magnificent race, having averaged over 70 m.p.h. to Rome, and looked like repeating his success of last year. Borzacchini was driving with his usual cunning and not forcing his car too much, while Caracciola had to stop at Terni to adjust his brakes which were beginning to give out under the strain of the pace he was setting.
The Talbot driven by Brian Lewis, who made a very gallant show in the great Italian race.
This stop cost him nearly the whole of his lead, and Campari and Siena were closing up on him, and eventually passed him.
At Perugia (495 miles), the order was :—
1. Siena (Alfa-Romeo), 7h. 14m.
2. Campari (Alfa-Romeo), 7h. 14m, 35s.
3. Caracciola (Alfa-Romeo), 7h. 18m.
4. Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo), 7h. 20m.
5. Trossi (Alfa-Romeo), 7h, 35m.
6. Scarfiotti-d'Ippolito (Alfa-Romeo), 7h. 37m.
Scarfiotti's car was a 1,750 c.c. model, all the others being the famous 2,300 c.c. type. Between Perugia and Marcerata the winding and difficult roads caused further changes in the leaders, and Campari took the lead from Siena, who dropped back to third, second place being taken by the wily Borzacchini, who was now beginning to show once again his remarkable ability under difficult driving conditions and when they reached Ancona he had taken the lead, not to lose it again.
At this control Campari was lying second but as he was leaving the town disaster overtook him. Wishing to replace his goggles which he had pulled down in the control, he left the wheel to his co-driver Soczi. However, this method of control was insufficient to cope with an awkward moment, and the car left the road and was rendered hors-de-combat fortunately without injury to the drivers.
On the run from here to Bologna, Borzacchini really showed his hand, and in spite of the complete darkness covered the intervening 130 miles at the perfectly horrible average of nearly 89 m.p.h. This remarkable feat of driving gave him a really comfortable lead, the second man now being Caracciola who had made a last effort, but to no avail as his car finally gave out at Verona, and he retired after a fine drive.
At Treviso (855 miles), Trossi gained second place, in which order they reached the finish at Brescia, the winners' average speed of 67.7 m.p.h. beating all previous records by a handsome margin. Brian Lewis on the Talbot had a narrow escape when travelling at over 90 m.p.h. with only one headlight working. He failed to see a bend in time and left the road, finishing in a wide ditch. By some miracle neither car nor driver were noticeably damaged, and with enthusiastic local assistance the car was eventually got back onto the road, and he managed to finish 25th in the general classification, a very fine effort under the circumstances.
The results were as follows :
1. Borzacchini-Bignami (Alfa-Romeo, 2,300 c.c.), 14h. 55m. 19 2/5s. Average speed, 109.884 km.p.h.
2. Trossi-Brivio (Alfa-Romeo 2,300 c.c.) 15h. 10m. 59s.
3. Scarfiotti-d'Ippolito (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), 15h. 44m. 41 3/5s.
4. Minoia-Balestreri (Alfa-Romeo 1,750 c.c.), 16h. 54m. 37 2/5s.
5. Carraroli-M. Ghersi (Alfa-Romeo), 17h. 4m. 3 4/5s.
6. Guilai-Venturi (Alfa-Romeo), 17h . 9m. 14 2/5s.
7. Santinelli-Berti (Alfa-Romeo), 17h. 10m. 55 1/5s.
8. Strazza-Gismondi (Lancia-Lambda), 17h. 14m. 22 3/5s.
9. Lurani-Caverni (Alfa-Romeo), 17h. 22m. 54s.
10. Gazzabini-Diaz (Alfa-Romeo), 17h. 26m. 21s.

UTILITY CLASS. Gilera-Sartoni (Fiat), 19h. 53m. 25 2/5s.
SALOON CLASS. Minoia-Balestreri (Alfa-Romeo), 16h 54m. 37 2/5s.
1,100 C.C. CLASS. Tuffanelli-Bertocchi (Maserati)
1,500 c.c. CLASS. Guilai-Venturi (Alfa-Romeo), 17h. 9 14 2/5s.
2-LITRE CLASS. Scarfiotti-d'Ippolito (Alfa-Romeo), 15h, 44m. 41 3/5s.
3 LITRE CLASS. Borzacchini-Bignami (AlfaRomeo) , 14h. 55m. 19 2/5s.
OVER 3 LITRES. Strazza Gismondi (Lancia Lambda), 17h. 14m. 22 2/5s.