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Grand Prix de l'ACF (French Grand Prix)

Reims, 1 Jul 1951

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#8 Alfa Romeo SpA
77 Shared drive L20 car to Fangio
1 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#8 Alfa Romeo SpA
77 Shared drive
2 José Froilán Gonzalez Ferrari 375 [375-5] - V12
#14 Scuderia Ferrari
77 Shared drive L35 car to Ascari
2 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 [375-5] - V12
#14 Scuderia Ferrari
77 Shared drive
3 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 [375-3] - V12
#10 Scuderia Ferrari
74 3h 23' 28.5
4 Reg Parnell Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [125-C-02] - V12
#26 G A Vandervell (see note 1)
73 3h 22' 48.5
5 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#2 Alfa Romeo SpA
73 3h 23' 51.5
6 Louis Chiron Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#42 Écurie Rosier (see note 2)
71 3h 23' 29.0
7 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 009] 6
#46 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 3)
71 3h 24' 48.2
8 Eugène Chaboud Talbot T26C-GS [110 058] 6
#44 E Chaboud
69 3h 22' 19.6
9 Guy Mairesse Talbot T26C [110 002] 6
#48 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 4)
66 3h 24' 58.9
10 Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#6 Alfa Romeo SpA
58 3h 22' 30.0
11 Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#4 Alfa Romeo SpA
55 Shared drive
11 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#4 Alfa Romeo SpA
55 Shared drive L15 car to Fagioli
R Johnny Claes Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] 6
#28 Écurie Belge (see note 5)
53 Accident
R Louis Rosier Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#40 Écurie Rosier (see note 6)
42 Transmission
R Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#38 P Étancelin (see note 7)
36 Engine
R Aldo Gordini Simca-Gordini T11 [0004-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#36 Équipe Gordini (see note 8)
26 Engine
R Harry Schell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - s/c 4
#20 Enrico Platé (see note 9)
23 Overheating
R Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#32 Équipe Gordini (see note 10)
11 Engine
R Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 [375-4] - V12
#12 Scuderia Ferrari
10 Gearbox
R André Simon Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#34 Équipe Gordini (see note 11)
7 Engine
R Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - T15C s/c 4
#30 Équipe Gordini (see note 12)
3 Engine
R Onofre Marimón Maserati 4CLT-50 [1612] - Speluzzi s/c 4
#50 Scuderia Milan (see note 13)
2 Engine
R Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#18 Enrico Platé (see note 14)
1 Transmission
R Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [114] - s/c V12
#24 P N Whitehead
1 Engine
DNP Brian Shawe-Taylor Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [125-C-02] - V12
#26 G A Vandervell (see note 15)
Did not take part in official practice
(Alternative driver)
DNA Piero Taruffi Ferrari 375 - V12
#16 Scuderia Ferrari
Did not arrive
DNA "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - OSCA V12
#22 Ecurie Siam (see note 16)
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 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 25.7s
2 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 27.4s
3 Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-4] - Ferrari V12 2m 28.1s
4 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-3] - Ferrari V12 2m 28.5s
5 Consalvo Sanesi (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 28.9s
6 José Froilán Gonzalez (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-5] - Ferrari V12 2m 30.8s
7 Luigi Fagioli (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 33.1s
8 Louis Chiron (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 2m 43.7s
9 Reg Parnell (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [125-C-02] - Ferrari V12 2m 44.0s
10 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] - Talbot 6 2m 44.8s
11 Yves Giraud-Cabantous (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 009] - Talbot 6 2m 45.7s
12 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] - Talbot 6 2m 46.6s
13 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] - Talbot 6 2m 48.0s
14 Eugène Chaboud (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-GS [110 058] - Talbot 6 2m 49.6s
15 Onofre Marimón (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-50 [1612] - Speluzzi s/c 4 2m 49.8s
16 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 2m 50.1s
17 Aldo Gordini (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T11 [0004-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 2m 50.3s
18 Maurice Trintignant (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 2m 50.3s
19 Guy Mairesse (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 002] - Talbot 6 2m 58.4s
20 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [114] - Ferrari s/c V12 No time
21 André Simon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 No time
22 Harry Schell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - Maserati s/c 4 No time
23 Robert Manzon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - Simca-Gordini T15C s/c 4 No time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [125-C-02] (Reg Parnell): Vandervell acquired a Tipo 125 for 1950 and entered it at the International Trophy for Ascari to drive. This car is now in the Donington Collection and is stamped 125-C-02 indicating it is one of the three 'GP49' cars but it was rebodied before the International Trophy so identifying whether it was Ascari's or Villoresi's regular car has not been possible.
  2. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Louis Chiron): 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.
  3. Talbot T26C [110 009] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): 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 [110 002] (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.
  5. Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] (Johnny Claes): 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.
  6. Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] (Louis Rosier): 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'.
  7. 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).
  8. Simca-Gordini T11 [0004-GC] (Aldo Gordini): Works car 1947 to early 1952. Possibly raced by Fangio in Argentina in 1948. Driven by Aldo Gordini and André Simon 1950. Rebuilt 1952 as sportscar 0018 and raced by works with 1500 engine. Possibly then by Bordoni (Italy) with 6-cylinder engine. In Collection Hamoniaux 1983 and Musée Nationale 1994.
  9. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] (Harry Schell): 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.
  10. Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] (Maurice Trintignant): Works car 1949 to early 1952. Driven by Trintignant (and possibly Fangio) 1951. Rebuilt 1952 as sportscar 17S and raced at Le Mans with 2.3-litre 6-cyl engine. In Musée de Gérier 1983. More recent history unknown.
  11. Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] (André Simon): Works car 1949-53, driven by Pollet 1951-53, Simon 1951, and Behra, Bira and Schell 1952. Converted to T15S sports as chassis 16S in 1952. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. 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.
  13. Maserati 4CLT-50 [1612] (Onofre Marimón): Listed in Maserati records as going to Officine A. Maserati and then Scuderia Milan. It is not clear if this car ever raced.
  14. 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.
  15. Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [125-C-02] (Brian Shawe-Taylor): Vandervell acquired a Tipo 125 for 1950 and entered it at the International Trophy for Ascari to drive. This car is now in the Donington Collection and is stamped 125-C-02 indicating it is one of the three 'GP49' cars but it was rebodied before the International Trophy so identifying whether it was Ascari's or Villoresi's regular car has not been possible.
  16. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] ("B Bira"): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 14 Nov 1949 in Maserati records) and raced by Bira up to Geneva 1950. Car fitted with a 4450cc OSCA V12 engine for Bira for the 1951 season. The OSCA was taken to Australia in 1955 by Bira as a spare car to his 250F and sold there to Alf Harvey who raced it from 1955 to 1959. The car then went to the UK for historic racing and was bought by Tom Wheatcroft in 1971. Subsequently in the Donington Museum.

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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