HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy Pre-1940 Grand Prix Car Race

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Alfa Remeo P3

Alfa Remeo P3

On 25th March 1933, Yorkshire textiles magnate Edward Ramsden Hall (MG) won Donington Park's first car race. The Historic Grand Prix cars association celebrates its 80th anniversary  and four period Donington GPs  with a spectacular pre-1940 double header. This event is names for Italy's Tazio Nuvolari, arguably the greatest driver of all time. Gritty and charismatic, the 'Flying Mantuan' was a motorcycle racing champion who found his metier in cars. Already victorious in two RAC Tourist Trophy enduros at Ards (piloting an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS in 1930 and an MG K3 Magnette in 1933) , Targa Florios in 1931-32, the '32 Monaco GP and '33 Le Mans (all in Alfas), Nuvolari wowed a massive crowd here in 1938, wrestling a mighty V12 Auto Union for 250 miles to add the final Donington GP to his winning CV. Support from renowned historic car engineers Hall & Hall - restorers of many wonderful Grand Prix cars in the late Donington Park saviour Tom Wheatcroft's resident collection  has inspired a sensational entry, headed by Tony Smith's Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3), aviator Richard 'Mad Jack' Shuttleworth's inaugural Donington GP winner on 1935.
Maserati 4CM

Maserati 4CM

Bugattis - including a rare T39 which contested the 1926 Italian GP - four, six and eight-cylinder Maseratis, hallowed ERAs, gruff Talbot-Lago, raucous Frazer Nash Nurburg, six-wheeled Alfa and Richard Last's Parnell-MG, star on a splendid roster. Quickest of the Maseratis is likely to be the ex-Bira 8CM of Rob Newall, but an ERA is likely to emerge victorious, mirroring period success. Marque founder Raymond Mays raced R3A - now driven by Mark Gillies - in April '35, but R4A won that year's 150-mile Nuffield Trophy with Liverpudlian Par Fairfield up. R10B carried Peters Whitehead and Walker to third in the 1936 Donington GP and Whitehead to the 1938 Australian GP title. Irishman Paddins Dowling races it now, while Germany's Rainer Ott is bringing Charlie Martin's 1936 Nuffield Trophy winner, R9B, from Germany. Another period podium car is American Charles McCabe's R5B 'Remus' in which Prince Birabongse of Siam ('B, Bira') scored a second in 1936 and Tony Rolt won clubbies in 1938. GPI, the sole ERA Grand Prix car competed pre-war, was driven by Arthur Dobson in practice for the 1939 Nuffield Trophy but non-started. Engineer Duncan Rickets has it going well now, and will be a force in the Nuvolari Trophy race.Tags: