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Grand Prix de l'ACF (French Grand Prix)

Reims, 2 Jul 1950

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 158 - s/c 8
#6 Alfa Romeo SpA
64 2h 57' 52.8
2 Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 158 - s/c 8
#4 Alfa Romeo SpA
64 2h 58' 18.5
3 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [10C] - s/c V12
#14 P N Whitehead (see note 1)
61 2h 59' 30.3
4 Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - T15C s/c 4
#44 Équipe Gordini (see note 2)
61 3h 00' 43.5
5 Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#16 P Étancelin (see note 3)
59 Shared drive
5 Eugène Chaboud Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#16 P Étancelin (see note 4)
59 Shared drive
6 Charles Pozzi Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#26 C Pozzi (see note 5)
56 Shared drive
6 Louis Rosier Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#26 C Pozzi (see note 6)
56 Shared drive
7 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] 6
#18 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq (see note 7)
52 2h 58' 19.6
R Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 158 - s/c 8
#2 Alfa Romeo SpA
55 fuel pump
R Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#22 P "Levegh" (see note 8)
37 Engine
R Felice Bonetto Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] - Speluzzi s/c 4
#40 Scuderia Milan (see note 9)
15 Engine
R Johnny Claes Talbot T26C [110 011] 6
#42 Écurie Belge (see note 10)
12 Overheating
R Louis Rosier Talbot T26C-DA [110 051] 6
#20 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq (see note 11)
11 Overheating
R Reg Parnell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - s/c 4
#32 Scuderia Ambrosiana (see note 12)
10 Engine
R Franco Rol Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] - s/c 4
#28 Officine Alfieri Maserati (see note 13)
7 Engine
R Louis Chiron Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - s/c 4
#30 Officine Alfieri Maserati (see note 14)
7 Engine
R David Hampshire Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - s/c 4
#34 Scuderia Ambrosiana (see note 15)
6 Engine
R Raymond Sommer Talbot T26C-GS [110 058] 6
#12 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq
5 Overheating
R José Froilán Gonzalez Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] - s/c 4
#36 Scuderia Achille Varzi (see note 16)
4 Engine
DNS Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 3.3-litre Ferrari 275 - V12
#10 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 17)
Did not start
(Entry withdrawn)
DNS Eugène Chaboud Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#24 Écurie Lutetia (see note 18)
Did not start
(Practice only - raced car no.16)
DNP Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 3.3-litre Ferrari 275 - V12
#8 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 19)
Did not take part in official practice
(Entry withdrawn)
DNA Gianfranco Comotti Maserati 4CLT-48 [1599] - s/c 4
#38 Scuderia Achille Varzi (see note 20)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Juan Manuel Fangio (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 158 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 30.6s
2 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 158 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 32.5s
3 Luigi Fagioli (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 158 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 34.7s
4 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] - Talbot 6 2m 39.0s
5 Yves Giraud-Cabantous (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] - Talbot 6 2m 42.7s
6 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 051] - Talbot 6 2m 46.0s
7 Franco Rol (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] - Maserati s/c 4 2m 46.7s
8 José Froilán Gonzalez (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] - Maserati s/c 4 2m 48.0s
9 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 005] - Talbot 6 2m 49.0s
10 Eugène Chaboud * (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] - Talbot 6
11 Felice Bonetto (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] - Speluzzi s/c 4
12 Reg Parnell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - Maserati s/c 4
13 Robert Manzon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - Simca-Gordini T15C s/c 4
14 Louis Chiron (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - Maserati s/c 4
15 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 011] - Talbot 6
16 Raymond Sommer (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-GS [110 058] - Talbot 6
17 Charles Pozzi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6
18 David Hampshire (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - Maserati s/c 4
19 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [10C] - Ferrari s/c V12
- Alberto Ascari * (4.5 F1) 3.3-litre Ferrari 275 - Ferrari V12 2m 42.4s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] (Robert Manzon): Completed late 1949 and run by works for Manzon in 1950 and 1951, including in F1 events with supercharged engine. Rebuilt 1952 as sportscar 0019 and raced by Bordoni in Mille Miglia with 2.3-litre 6-cyl engine. In Musée Nationale 1983 but apparently not by 1993. More recent history unknown.
  3. Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] (Philippe Étancelin): Built for 1950 and raced for the works by Etancelin and Rosier, then Etancelin as a private entry 1951-54. To Terry Hall (US) 1955-57 (also driven by Ernie McAfee and Ignazio Lozano) before conversion to sportscar 1957 and then via a chain of US owners to Peter Giddings who had restored and rebodied by Steve Griswold. Raced by Giddings 1978-96 (and possibly later).
  4. Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] (Eugène Chaboud): Built for 1950 and raced for the works by Etancelin and Rosier, then Etancelin as a private entry 1951-54. To Terry Hall (US) 1955-57 (also driven by Ernie McAfee and Ignazio Lozano) before conversion to sportscar 1957 and then via a chain of US owners to Peter Giddings who had restored and rebodied by Steve Griswold. Raced by Giddings 1978-96 (and possibly later).
  5. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Charles Pozzi): 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.
  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. Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): Built in 1950 using parts from '110 012' and raced for the works by Giraud-Cabantous, Sommer and, in Argentina, Gonzalez. To Claes for 1951 and then Ecurie Belgique (Claes and Pilette) 1952. Some differences of opinion over its ownership in the 1950s but then via UK and German owners until 1987. Next seen with Peter Mullin (USA) in 2001. Raced by Mullin at 2007 Monterey Historics.
  8. 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.
  9. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1611] (Felice Bonetto): Listed in Maserati records as going to Officine A. Maserati 7 Mar 1950 and then Scuderia Milan. Used by Milan for second Milan (Speluzzi)-engined 4CLT and raced in 1950 (for Bonetto at Monza and Godia at Barcelona) and 1951 (Marimon at Reims and Landi at Albi). Subsequent history unknown but one of the Milan-Maseratis is owned by Doreen Fielding in Scotland.
  10. 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.
  11. Talbot T26C-DA [110 051] (Louis Rosier): Originally a works car Rosier in 1950 and then for Fangio in Argentina that December. Raced by Grignard 1951-56 (mainly in hillclimbs), then possibly in in Clères Museum before appearing in UK historic racing with Bob Roberts 1970-71. Via two other UK owners until bought by Jim Hull (US) in 1988. Retained 1991.
  12. 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.
  13. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1604] (Franco Rol): Maserati records state that this car went to Franco Rol 8 Sep 1949. Raced by Rol through 1950 until Rol's crash at Pedralbes 29 Oct 1950. Then raced by Adolfo Macchieraldo 1952-54. To USA, where Marguerite Morgan entered 1957 Indianapolis 500 but driver Danny Kladis failed to qualify. Reappeared in the US in 1965 then via a chain of US, UK, Australian, South African and German owners up to 2002. Owned by Wolf-Dieter Baumann from 2002. Raced by Thomas Steinke 2007 Goodwood Revival but possibly still owned by Baumann.
  14. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] (Louis Chiron): Shown in Maserati records as going to Louis Chiron in Monte Carlo 21 Sep 1949. Raced by Chiron through 1950 then to Toni Branca for 1951 and then de Walckiers (who entered Steve Watson and Pilette) for 1952. Reappeared Italy 1960s then via chain of Italian, Belgian, Swiss, German and French owners to 1998. Owned by Bernie Ecclestone from 1998.
  15. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] (David Hampshire): 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.
  16. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1600] (José Froilán Gonzalez): Built in 1949 for Automovil Club Argentina and raced by under the ACA's "Scuderia Achille Varzi" banner Malusardi and Benedicto Campos. Raced in 1950 by Jose Froilan Gonzalez and then 1950-52 by other ACA drivers in South America. Reportedly to Venezuela then via US, Japanese and further US owners to 1996. Owned by Jean-Louis Duret from 1996. Retained 2000.
  17. Ferrari 275 (Alberto Ascari): Two new two-stage supercharged, long-wheelbase Tipo 125s were built for the 1949 Italian GP with the internal designation 'GP49'. These were numbered either 125-C-00 and 125-C-01 or 125-C-01 and 125-C-02 and it is unclear which car Ascari drove. However, it was normal practice that he would have kept the same car thereafter. At Spa in 1950, Ascari's car was fitted with a Tipo 275 (3.3-litre) sports car Lampredi engine. It is not clear whether Ascari's car was even present at the French GP. One of these two 'GP49' cars became the Thin Wall Special while the other was renumbered 0114 and sold to Peter Whitehead for 1951.
  18. Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] (Eugène Chaboud): Built in 1950 using parts from '110 003' and raced for the works by Martin, Chaboud and Giraud-Cabantous in 1950 then by Rosier as a private entry in 1951. Driven by Trintignant for Ecurie Rosier in 1952, then Giraud-Cabantous 1952-53. Owned by Marceau Hauret 1955 and Houdayer (Paris) 1981. Raced from 1987-2000 by François d'Huart (Belgium) as '100105'.
  19. Ferrari 275 (Luigi Villoresi): This car was one of the new two-stage supercharged, long-wheelbase Tipo 125s built for the 1949 Italian GP and now known to have had the internal designation 'GP49'. These were numbered either 125-C-00 and 125-C-01 or 125-C-01 and 125-C-02 and it is unclear which serial applies to the car that Villoresi drove. However, it is probable that he had the same car throughout. Villoresi's car was fitted with a Tipo 275 (3.3-litre) sports car Lampredi engine at Albi. At the French GP, Villoresi was to have a 275 engine but it's not clear whether his car was even present. One of these two cars became the Thinwall Special while the other was renumbered 0114 and sold to Peter Whitehead for 1951.
  20. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1599] (Gianfranco Comotti): Built in 1949 for Automovil Club Argentina and under the ACA's "Scuderia Achille Varzi" banner raced by Fangio and others. Raced occasionally in Europe 1950 by Fangio then to South America 1950-52 for various ACA drivers. A car with this number discovered in Argentina in 2002. Owned by Daniel Sielecki (Argentina) 2002.

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' original results.

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