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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1933

Last Edit: 27/07/2020

 

The 1933 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 11th Grand Prix of Endurance. It took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe on 17 and 18 June 1933. Up against five strong privateer entries from Alfa Romeo, the opposition looked fairly weak, mostly being of 1920s vintage. There was a strong British contingent in the smaller classes. The big draw was the presence of top European drivers Louis Chiron and Tazio Nuvolari. The current European champion was paired with one of the previous year's winners, Raymond Sommer

After the major circuit changes in the previous year, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) continued with further improvements to the track. A yellow centre-line was painted down the Hunaudières Straight and reflective markers – forerunners of cat's eye reflectors were put on the approach to all the corners to assist during night driving. A further addition to the facilities was from the city of Le Mans. A small chapel was built to allow spectators to attend mass on the Sunday morning.

In line with the ACO's policy to alternate fuel supplier, this year the contract was with Shell, who offered four fuel choices: its regular fuel, a premium grade, 100% benzole and a 70/30 blend of the premium with benzole. The ACO also revised the equivalence factor for supercharged engines up to x1.4 from the x1.33 set the previous year.

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

IXO LM1933; Alfa Romeo 8C; 1933 24h Le Mans 1st; Nuvolari & Sommer; RN11

11

 R. Sommer
(private entrant)

 Raymond Sommer
 Tazio Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM-LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

233

2

Alfa Romeo 8C (example)

8

 L. Chinetti
(private entrant)

 Luigi Chinetti
 "Philippe Varent"
(Philippe de Gunzburg)

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM-LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

233

3

Alfa Romeo 8C (example)

12

 Arthur W. Fox

 Brian Lewis, Baron Essendon
 Tim Rose-Richards

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

225

4

Riley Ulster Imp (example)

30

 Riley (Coventry) Ltd

 Kenneth Peacock
 Alex "Bill" van der Becke

Riley Nine Brooklands

Riley 1091cc S4

191

5

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

25

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Pat Driscoll
 Clifton Penn-Hughes

Aston Martin 1​12 Le Mans

Aston Martin 1496cc S4

188

6

MG Midget (example)

41

 J.L. Ford
(private entrant)

 John Ludovic Ford
 Maurice Baumer

MG C-type Midget

MG 745cc S4
supercharged

176

7

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

24

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Augustus "Bert" Bertelli
 S. C. H. "Sammy" Davis

Aston Martin 1​12 Le Mans

Aston Martin 1496cc S4

174

8

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS (example)

21

 A. Rousseau
(private entrant)

 André Rousseau
 François Paco

Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 GS Coupé

Alfa Romeo 1742cc S6
supercharged

167

9

Still Looking

35

 SA des Automobiles
Tracta

 Félix Quinault
 Pierre Padrault

Tracta Type A

SCAP 999cc S4

161

10

Still Looking

28

 J.-É. Vernet
(private entrant)

 Just-Émile Vernet
 Fernand Vallon

Salmson GS Spéciale

Salmson 1092cc S4
supercharged

159

11

Still Looking

32

 Alin Fréres
(private entrant)

 Adrien Alin
 Albert Alin

BNC Type 527 Sport

Ruby 1087cc S4

151

N/C
***

Still Looking

19

 Société des
Automobiles Charley

 Gaston Mottet
 André Marandet

SARA SP7 Spéciale

SARA 1818cc S6

150
***

12

Still Looking

34

 Équipe de l'Ours

 Jean de Gavardie
 Henri de Gavardie

Amilcar CO
Spéciale Martin

Amilcar 1094cc S6

148

13

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

37

 Singer Motors

 F. Stanley Barnes
 Alf Langley

Singer Nine Sports

Singer 972cc S4

140

DNF

Alfa Romeo 8C (example)

15

 L. Chiron
(private entrant)

 Louis Chiron
 Franco Cortese

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

177

DNF

MG Midget (example)

38

 N. Black
(private entrant)

 Gordon Hendy
 Harold Parker

MG J3 Midget

MG 745cc S4
supercharged

125

DNF

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS (example)

20

 O. Siko
(private entrant)

 Odette Siko
 "Sabipa" (Louis Charavel)

Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 SS

Alfa Romeo 1768cc S6
supercharged

120

DNF

1932 Bugatti Type 50 Coupe (example)

3

 G. Bouriat
(private entrant)

 Pierre Bussienne
 Marie Desprez

Bugatti Type 50S

Bugatti 5.0L S8
supercharged

119

DNF

Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 (example)

6

 R. Labric
(private entrant)

 Roger Labric
 Guy Daniel

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Le Mans

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

105

DNF

1934 Aston Martin Mark II (example)

26

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Mortimer Morris-Goodall
 Elsie "Bill" Wisdom

Aston Martin International

Aston Martin 1496cc S4

84

DNF

Austin 7 (example)

42

 H.B. Metchim
(private entrant)

 Charles Metchim
 Cecil Masters

Austin 7 Chummy Special

Austin 742cc S4

78

DSQ

Alfa Romeo 8C (example)

10

 P.-L. Dreyfus
(private entrant)

 Guy Moll
 Guy Cloitre

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8
supercharged

77

DNF

1932 Bugatti Type 51 (example)

23

 S. Czaykowski
(private entrant)

 Count Stanisław Czaykowski
 Jean Gaupillat

Bugatti Type 51A

Bugatti 1493cc S8

52

DSQ

1933 Duesenberg SJ (example)

2

 N. von Hohenzollern-
Sigmaringen (private entrant)

 Prince Nicholas of Romania
 Joseph Cattaneo

Duesenberg Model SJ

Duesenberg 6.9L S8
supercharged

50

DNF

Still Looking

27

 J. Danne
(private entrant)

 Jean Danne
 Charles Duruy

Rally NCP

Salmson 1362cc S4
supercharged

39

DNF

Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower (example)

5

 J. Trévoux
(private entrant)

 Jean Trévoux
 Louis Gas

Bentley 4​12 "Blower"

Bentley 4.4L S6
supercharged

25

DNF

Riley Ulster Imp (example)

31

 J. Sébilleau
(private entrant)

 Jean Sébilleau
 Georges Delaroche

Riley Nine Brooklands

Riley 1091cc S4

20

DSQ

Still Looking

36

 Équipe de l'Ours

 Clément-Auguste Martin
 Auguste Bodoignet

Amilcar CO/4
Spéciale Martin

Amilcar 990cc S4

13

DNF

Still Looking

33

 Équipe de l'Ours

 Lucien Buquet
 Bernard Clouet

Amilcar CO/4
Spéciale Martin

Amilcar 1074cc S4

13

 


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