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#1 Cheater

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:08 PM



Per Google Translate, from the YouTube caption:

One day after the opening of the Hochalpenstrasse, the first Grossglockner race started on 4 August 1935. Bold pilots were then driving their vehicles up the 19.5 km from Fusch (807 m) to the Fuscher Törl (2,428 m) uphill.

On the first of two consecutive races, Mario Tadini (I) won on an Alfa Romeo P3 with a journey time of only 14.42.74 minutes. This corresponds to an average speed of 79.59 kmh on a rolled sand track. Unfortunately only one run was run, this had to be ideal.

Sources have reported nearly 60,000 visitors during the 1935 race at the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse.

Participant field 1935:
Rey / Bugatti, Cabbage / MG, Seamann / ERA, Christian / Maserati and Miss Ellison / Bugatti.

Winner 1935: Mario Tadini (I) / Alfa Romeo P3 in 14:42.74 minutes.

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:00 PM

Hillclimbs have always been popular in Europe. The VSCDA used to hold one each year at Alpine Valley, between ski season and concert season. That was back when the pre-war cars outnumbered the post-war ones. Shot a lot of VHS, glad because I don't think there are any such events there anymore.

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 04:46 PM

Talking of ERAs here's a hillclimb version, complete with twin rear wheels.

 

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Then there's doing it the American way.... or what to do with a retired Indy Winner! The Unsers will race anywhere!


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:58 PM

As I told Greg I've been on that road and instead of a guard rail there are these big boulders between you and Valhalla.

Not a place I would want to race in an Auto Union.

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:16 PM

OK. We can see what the car was. Who knows what engine they used?



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

Since I see no exhaust on the right side of the car, I'd assume it was still the Maserati motor (exhaust on left).

When Louis Unser installed the Offy, the exhaust exited the right side on the right, like the photo below.

 

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:19 PM

The picture in post 3 is not real clear, but it should indeed be the 270 Offy.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:14 AM

Nope, it's still got the Maserati Motor. This was tacken in1947.

 

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 04:23 PM

Then that photo is not of the Pikes Peak run of September of 1947, where he won with that car. I show the Offy engine in the entry list for that year. It could have been 1946, I do not have an entry list for that. 







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