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Grosser Preis der Schweiz

Bremgarten, 3 Jul 1949

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 125 [08C] - s/c V12
#30 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 1)
40 1h 59'24.6
90.92 mph
2 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 125 [12C] - s/c V12
#34 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 2)
40 2h 00'21.2
3 Raymond Sommer Talbot T26C [110 009] 6
#18 R Sommer (see note 3)
40 2h 00'41.3
4 Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C [110 008] 6
#8 P Étancelin (see note 4)
40 2h 01'07.9
5 "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - s/c 4
#22 Enrico Plate (see note 5)
40 2h 01'31.3
6 Louis Rosier Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#16 Écurie Rosier (see note 6)
40 2h 01'52.9
7 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#46 Enrico Plate (see note 7)
39
8 Reg Parnell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - s/c 4
#28 R Parnell (see note 8)
39
9 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [10C] - s/c V12
#36 P N Whitehead (see note 9)
39
10 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#14 P "Levegh" (see note 10)
38
11 Fred Ashmore Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - s/c 4
#50 R Parnell (see note 11)
38
12 Georges Grignard Talbot T26C [110 006] 6
#12 G Grignard (see note 12)
38
13 Johnny Claes Talbot T26C [110 011] 6
#2 Écurie Belge (see note 13)
38
14 Toni Branca Maserati 4CL [1582] - s/c 4
#38 A Branca (see note 14)
37
15 Rudi Fischer (F2) 1.4-litre Simca-Gordini T11 [0005-GC] 4
#44 R Fischer (see note 15)
36
16 Harry Schell Talbot T26 [MD90130] 6
#48 Horschell Racing Corporation
34
17 Alfred Dattner (F2) 1.4-litre Simca-Gordini T11 [0002-GC] 4
#42 A Dattner (see note 16)
31
R Giuseppe Farina Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] - s/c 4
#20 G Farina (see note 17)
13 engine
R Frankie Séchehaye Maserati 4CL [1587] - s/c 4
#24 Enrico Plate
10 oil-pressure
R Clemente Biondetti Plate Special - Talbot s/c 4
#26 L Plate
2 brake-pipe
DNA Louis Chiron Talbot T26C [110 007] 6
#4 Écurie France (see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA Guy Mairesse Talbot T26C [110 002] 6
#6 Écurie France (see note 19)
Did not arrive
DNA Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 003] 6
#10 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 20)
Did not arrive
DNA Raymond Sommer Ferrari 125 - s/c V12
#18 Scuderia Ferrari
Did not arrive
DNA Felice Bonetto Ferrari 125 - s/c V12
#32 Scuderia Ferrari
Did not arrive
DNA Max Christen Suiza - Maserati s/c 6
#40 M Christen
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.5-litre s/c F1 or 4.5-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] - Maserati s/c 4 2'50.4
2 "B Bira" (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - Maserati s/c 4 2'53.2
3 Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [08C] - Ferrari s/c V12 2'55.7
4 Raymond Sommer (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 009] - Talbot 6 2'56.8
5 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 2'57.5
6 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 008] - Talbot 6 2'59.6
7 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 2'59.6
8 Reg Parnell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - Maserati s/c 4 3'00.2
9 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [12C] - Ferrari s/c V12 3'00.8
10 Toni Branca (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CL [1582] - Maserati s/c 4 3'06.9
11 Georges Grignard (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 006] - Talbot 6 3'08.0
12 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [10C] - Ferrari s/c V12 3'10.1
13 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 011] - Talbot 6 3'11.0
14 Fred Ashmore (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - Maserati s/c 4 3'11.0
15 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 005] - Talbot 6 3'12.7
16 Rudi Fischer (F2) 1.4-litre Simca-Gordini T11 [0005-GC] - Simca-Gordini 4 3'16.6
17 Harry Schell (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26 [MD90130] - Talbot 6 3'30.6
18 Frankie Séchehaye (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CL [1587] - Maserati s/c 4 3'32.3
19 Clemente Biondetti (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Plate Special - Talbot s/c 4 3'41.4
20 Alfred Dattner (F2) 1.4-litre Simca-Gordini T11 [0002-GC] - Simca-Gordini 4 3'52.8

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ferrari 125 [08C] (Alberto Ascari): This 125 was built for the 1949 season and first appeared as a F2. It was rebodied for 1950 and is therefore hard to identify but may be car raced by Dorino Serafini in 1950. It may then be the car that appeared in Argentina early 1952, possibly renumbered 0108.
  2. Ferrari 125 [12C] (Luigi Villoresi): One of two works 125s built for the start of 1949, 12C was also used as a F2 car early in the season. It may be the car used by Sommer in 1950 but as it had been rebodied, it is not possibly to identify. It may be the car renumbered #0104 and sold to Peter Staechelin for 1951.
  3. Talbot T26C [110 009] (Raymond Sommer): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 009' was Raymond Sommer's 1949 car and then passed to Yves Giraud-Cabantous for 1950. Driven by Giraud-Cabantous and Pierre Meyrat 1951 and next seen with Louis Girardot 1953-56 and then possibly via Serge Pozzoli to Fritz Schlumpf 1957. In Musée de l'Automobile in Mulhouse 2001, possibly numbered 110002.
  4. Talbot T26C [110 008] (Philippe Étancelin): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 008' was Philippe Etancelin's car in 1948 and then passed to Jean Achard November 1950. Achard moved to Brazil, taking the car, and sold it there to Pinheiro Pires who raced it in Brazil from 1951 to 1954. Remains to UK via Colin Crabbe in the 1980s and then via other UK owners to Tony Bianchi c1999. Has been raced in historics up to 2005.
  5. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] ("B Bira"): Maserati records show this car going to 'B. Bira' 23 Sep 1948. Bira raced 1948 British GP, 1949 Argentine Temporada and 1949 European season. Retained 1950 being used as Platé team car from Pescara. Raced by Harry Schell for Enrico Platé in 1951 then becoming one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Platé-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Giovanni de Riu in F2 in 1953. Then sold via de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work and then acquired by Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Louis Rosier): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 001' was raced by Louis Rosier from 1948 to 1950 and then under the Ecurie Rosier banner by Pozzi in 1950; by Henri Louveau and Louis Chiron in 1951; and by Giraud-Cabantous, Chaboud and Mairesse in 1952. It was acquired by the Musée Henri Malatre at Rochetaillé, France, in 1956 and was still on display in 1990.
  7. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] (Emmanuel de Graffenried): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 7 Mar 1949 in Maserati records) and driven by Emmanuel de Graffenried. Continued as de Graffenried's well-used car through 1950 and 1951. Probably one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Plate-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Ottorino Volonterio in F2 in 1953. Sold with the sister car (probably 1598) by de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work then sold again via Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] (Reg Parnell): Maserati records list this as Reg Parnell's car dated 14 Sep 1948. Raced by Parnell from 1949 to 1951, under the Scuderia Ambrosiana banner in 1950 and 1951, also by Hampshire in 1951. Sold or leased to Bobby Baird mid-1951 and then sometime after 1952 sold to Count Johnny Lurani. Lurani sold it in 1955 to Pat Hoare in New Zealand where it raced until the mid-1960s and then spent many years in the Queenstown Motor Museum. It was sold in 1982 and returned to Europe in 1989. Sold at auction a number of times in the late 1980s and 1990s. Owned by Max Lustenberger (Switzerland) from 1999. Retained 2004.
  9. Ferrari 125 [10C] (Peter Whitehead): Peter Whitehead bought 10C new for 1949 and used it through 1949 and 1950 before buying a newer ex-works 125. This car was raced by Dobson in 1951 and later sold to David Murray. Whitehead later bought a 1949/50 LWB Tipo 125 renumbered 0114; it is this latter car that spent many years in the Donington Collection.
  10. Talbot T26C [110 005] (Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh")): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 005' was raced by 'Levegh' from 1948 to 1951 and by Grignard once in 1951. Retained by the works until it was sold to Otto Zipper in the US in 1957. Then to the Briggs Cunningham museum via two other US owners to Tony Wang 1988.
  11. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] (Fred Ashmore): Shown in Maserati records as Alberto Ascari's early 1948 car. To Reg Parnell 1949 for Fred Ashmore then raced in 1950 by David Hampshire and others as part of Scuderia Ambrosiana. Then David Murray's car for 1951. Crashed in practice at the Nürburgring for the 1951 German GP and not seen again.
  12. Talbot T26C [110 006] (Georges Grignard): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 006' was raced by Georges Grignard in 1948, by Giraud-Cabantous in 1949, Pozzi and Levegh in 1950 and by Jean Blanc in one 1951 hillclimb. Then to Ecurie Belgique in 1951 and retained to 1952. Reappeared in US ownership in 1964 and then via two further US owners to Dean Butler in 1998. Retained 2003. This car was on display at the 2006 Brussels Retro Festival honouring Ecurie Francorchamps.
  13. Talbot T26C [110 011] (Johnny Claes): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 011' was Johnny Claes car in 1948-50 and then sold to Duncan Hamilton (and Fotheringham-Parker) and raced 1951-53. Stored in France until 1955 when Hamilton sold it to Allan Freeman in New Zealand who raced it through to 1961. It was bought by Joe Hepworth in 1963 and returned to England; then via other UK and French owners until sold to Bernie Ecclestone 1996. Retained 2002.
  14. Maserati 4CL [1582] (Toni Branca): Delivered 31 July 1946 to Guido Barbieri from Reggio Emilia, and raced in the 1946 Turin and Milan GPs. It is possible that the chassis was then used by Barbieri in his 1.5 litre Maserati 6C Sports Special, which first appeared in October 1946. The car reappeared in normal 4CL form in 1949 in the hands of Swiss Anton Branca, who raced it throughout 1949 and 1950. The car then passed through a variety of Swiss owners’ hands, at one stage fitted with a Ford V8 engine, before being campaigned in historic racing by Dan Margulies for more than 20 years, and being owned most recently by Klaus Edel and then Oliver Maierhofer. The car was for sale in early 2007.
  15. Simca-Gordini T11 [0005-GC] (Rudi Fischer): Works car 1947 and possibly 1948, or "Emart" (Tornquist) 1948. "Emart" raced in Europe 1949 and 1950 and in his native Argentina 1953. Possibly the car later raced in Argentina by Kurt Delfosse in sportscar trim with Porsche engine. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. Simca-Gordini T11 [0002-GC] (Alfred Dattner): The second Simca-Gordini single-seater, driven by Amedée Gordini at Turin in September 1946. Campaigned by Prince Igor Troubetskoy 1947 and with Alfred Dattner (Switzerland) 1949/50, later to Germany, then rebodied and fitted with a Stanguellini-Fiat engine, in which form it competed in Italian events in the 1960s. At the Stanguellini factory for many years until returned to France in the mid 1980s and restored to original, though with 1500 engine. In Brooks auctions 1996 and 1997 and in 2000 in the ownership of Jean-Jacques Bally.
  17. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1602] (Giuseppe Farina): Maserati records show this car going to Nino Farina on 15 Jun 1949. Raced by Farina in 1949 and used as a spare car in 1950 Argentine Temporada series. Note that the 1602 chassis plate appears to have been used on 1609.
  18. Talbot T26C [110 007] (Louis Chiron): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 007' was Paul Vallee's Ecurie France car driven by Chiron 1948-49 and Apezteguia in 1950. To Tom Hawkes in Australia in 1951. From him it passed to Doug Whiteford, Rex Taylor and then a string of Australian, UK (including a loan period in the Donington Collection), Swiss, US and French owners to Bernie Ecclestone's collection in 1997. Retained 2002.
  19. Talbot T26C [110 002] (Guy Mairesse): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 002' was raced by 'Raph' and Eugene Chaboud in 1948 and Paul Vallee and Guy Mairesse in 1950. Owned by Mairesse 1950-51; also raced by Giraud-Cabantous 1950; by Jean Blanc and Levegh 1952; and by Etancelin in 1953. In late 1953, Vallee sold the car to Doug Whiteford in Australia to replace his existing chassis '110 007'. Whiteford was surprised to discover that he'd bought an earlier model and it was 1955 before the car raced in Australia. It was sold to Ralph Snodgrass in 1956 but crashed badly at Mt Druitt in 1957. Snodgrass retained the car until 1980 when it was sold to Reg Hunt who restored it for historic events. Retained by Hunt until sold to Ron Towney in 2006.
  20. Talbot T26C [110 003] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 003' was raced by Joseph Chotard in 1948 and Yves Giraud-Cabantous in 1950 before being rebuilt as '110 053'

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

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