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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1931

Last Edit: 26/07/2020

 

The 1931 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 9th Grand Prix of Endurance that took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 13 and 14 June 1931. With the demise of Bentley, the favourite for an outright victory was split between the Bugatti and Alfa Romeo works teams, with a lone privateer Mercedes as an outside chance. Once again it was one of the smaller fields, with only 26 starters.

This year there were no changes to the racing regulations of either the AIACR (forerunner of the FIA) Appendix C rules, nor those of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The biggest change this year was in the pits. Rather than refuelling with 10-litre cans, a series of 4-metre high reservoir towers were built holding 1000-litres. Three hoses from each allowed gravity-replenishment at about 250 litres per minute. Shell once again had the fuel contract and again offered its three standard fuel options. The ACO also now allowed a mechanic to assist the driver with the refuelling.

Where we have not had a model of the car as raced through the business I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

 

Pos

Car

No.

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

1

1931 Alfa Romeo 8c

16

 Earl Howe
(private entrant)

 Francis Curzon, Earl Howe
 Sir Henry Birkin

Alfa Romeo 8c-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

184

2

1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK (example)

1

 V. Tatarinoff
(private entrant)

 Boris Ivanowski
 Henri Stoffel

Mercedes-Benz SSK

Mercedes-Benz 7.1L S6
supercharged

177

3

Still Looking

11

 Fox & Nicholl

 Tim Rose-Richards
 Owen Saunders-Davies

Talbot AV105

Talbot 3.0L S6

173

4

Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 (example)

9

 Roger Labric

 Henri Trébort
 Louis Balart

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Le Mans

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

150

5

1931 Aston Martin 1500 (example)

25

 Aston Martin Ltd

 Augustus “Bert” Bertelli
 Maurice Harvey

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

139

6

Still Looking

29

 Roger Labric

 Just-Emile Vernet
 Fernand Vallon

Caban Spéciale

Ruby 1097cc S4

128

N/C***

MG Midget (example)

31

 F. Samuelson
(private entrant)

 Sir Francis Samuelson
 Fred Kindell

MG Midget C-type

MG 746cc S4

?

DNF

Still Looking

10

 Fox & Nicholl

 Brian Lewis, Baron Essendon
 Johnny Hindmarsh

Talbot AV105

Talbot 3.0L S6

132

DNF

1931 Aston Martin 1500 (example)

26

 Aston Martin Ltd

 Kenneth Peacock
 Sammy Newsome

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

126

DNF

1931 Aston Martin 1500 (example)

24

 Aston Martin Ltd

 Humphrey Cook
 Jack Bezzant

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1495cc S4

111

DSQ

Still Looking

27

 C. de Ricou
(private entrant)

 Gustave Duverne
 Robert Girod

B.N.C. Type 527 Sport

Ruby 1097cc S4

111

DNF

1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (example)

14

 SA Alfa Romeo

 Attilio Marinoni
 Goffredo Zehender

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

99

DNF

Still Looking

23

 J. Sébilleau
(private entrant)

 Jean Sébilleau
 Georges Delaroche

Bugatti Type 37

Bugatti 1496cc S4

96

DNF

Still Looking

12

 P. Hope-Johnson
(private entrant)

 Peter Hope-Johnson
 Jack Bartlett

Arrol-Aster 17/50

Arrol-Aster 2.4L S6
supercharged

95

DNF

Still Looking

28

 Roger Labric

 Roger Labric
 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

Caban Spéciale

Ruby 1097cc S4

89

DSQ

Still Looking

22

 M. Mareuse
(private entrant)

 Marguerite Mareuse
 Odette Siko

Bugatti Type 40

Bugatti 1496cc S4

45

DNF

Still Looking

30

 C. Charrier
(private entrant)

 Charles Charrier
 Camille Royer

Lombard AL3

Lombard 1097cc S4

45

DNF

MG Midget (example)

32

 Hon. Mrs J. Chetwynd
(private entrant)

 Hon. Joan Chetwynd
 Henry Stisted

MG Midget C-type

MG 746cc S4

30

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower (example)

7

 G. Bevan
(private entrant)

 Gerald Bevan
 Mike Couper

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

29

DNF

1932 Bugatti Type 50 Coupe (example)

5

 Automobiles Ettore Bugatti

 Albert Divo
 Guy Bouriat

Bugatti Type 50S

Bugatti 5.0L S8
supercharged

26

DNF

1932 Bugatti Type 50 Coupe (example)

4

 Automobiles Ettore Bugatti

 Louis Chiron
 Achille Varzi

Bugatti Type 50S

Bugatti 5.0L S8
supercharged

24

DNF

Still Looking

19

 A. Schumann
(private entrant)

 Pierre Louis-Dreyfus
 Antoine Schumann

Bugatti Type 43

Bugatti 2.3L S8
supercharged

22

DNF

1932 Bugatti Type 50 Coupe (example)

6

 Automobiles Ettore Bugatti

 Maurice Rost
 Conde Caberto Conelli

Bugatti Type 50S

Bugatti 5.0L S8
supercharged

20

DNF

1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster (example)

3

 É. Brisson
(private entrant)

 Édouard Brisson
 Joseph Cattaneo

Stutz Model M Blackhawk

Stutz 5.3L S8

19

DNF

Still Looking

2

 H. de Costier
(private entrant)

 Henri de Costier
 Raymond Lussan

Chrysler CG Imperial Eight

Chrysler 6.3L S8

18

DNF

Still Looking

8

 H. de Costier
(private entrant)

 Raymond Sommer
 Jean Delemer

Chrysler CD Eight

Chrysler 4.0L S8

14

 

 

 


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