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Volume 25, Issue 2

Circuit Automobile de Lyon

Grand Prix d'Europe

Les Coureurs - Avec plan du circuit

Some while ago I acquired a small booklet, with 25 drivers, all photographed in their automobiles. Each photograph is in fact a postcard, which can be sent to friends and relatives. On the other hand, the booklet could also be used during the race, to see what each driver actually looked like. It was published on the occasion of the XVIII Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France, held on August 3, 1924, in Lyon. It was also designated European Grand Prix of the 1924 season.

The booklets were probably sold at the race track itself, and maybe also in the city of Lyon in the weeks before the race.

Obviously, the drivers have been photographed correctly, and as such it was printed quite a while before the race. Therefore, all Bugatti drivers were photographed in a Type 30, or even a T29/30, but not in the iconic Type 35, which would debut at this very race!

So, even if there is only a very limited number of Bugattis and Bugatti drivers in this booklet, it still is an incredible historic piece, and in quite good condition, after almost 100 years!

The below table is the list (from Wikipedia) of participants, and the order they finished in the race, with Campari on Alfa Romeo being the winner. Added to the list are the three last columns. The first is, which drivers are represented in the booklet, the second is in what make of car they are photographed. This turns out to be different from the actual race in only one case, Henry Segrave was depicted in a Schmid in the booklet, but obviously participated in a Sunbeam. In the last row any additional remarks are given, names that are given wrong in the booklet, and drivers who were featured twice; in fact three of them!

There are quite a few drivers missing though, amongst whom the winner Campari, and also Ascari, who was doing very well until close to the end of the race.

On the other hand, drivers Salamano on Fiat, Lee Guiness on Sunbeam and Maselti on Alfa Romeo are in the booklet, but never took place in the race!

Position Race No Driver Country Car Laps Time/Retired Booklet? Car Remark
1 10 Giuseppe Campari Italy Alfa Romeo P2 8C/2000 35 7h05m34.8
2 2 Albert Divo France Delage 2LCV 35 7h06m40.2 Yes Delage Two times!
3 9 Robert Benoist France Delage 2LCV 35 7h17m00.8 Yes Delage Called Benoit, two times!
4 16 Louis Wagner France Alfa Romeo P2 8C/2000 35 7h25m10.8 Yes Alfa Romeo
5 1 Henry Segrave United Kingdom Sunbeam 35 7h28m56.0 Yes Schmid Called Seagraves
6 15 René Thomas France Delage 2LCV 35 7h37m27.4 Yes Delage Two times!
7 7 Jean Chassagne France Bugatti T35 35 7h46m26.6 Yes Bugatti
8 13 Ernest Friderich France Bugatti T35 35 7h51m45.6 Yes Bugatti Called Friederichs
9 3 Antonio Ascari Italy Alfa Romeo P2 8C/2000 34 Engine
10 14 Dario Resta United Kingdom Sunbeam 33 Flagged off Yes Sunbeam Called Restu
11 21 Leonico Garnier France Bugatti T35 33 Flagged off
Ret 5 Felice Nazzaro Italy Fiat 805 22 Brakes Yes Fiat
Ret 8 Kenelm Lee Guinness United Kingdom Sunbeam 20 Engine
Ret 11 Jules Goux France Rolland-Pilain-Schmid 19 Radiator Yes Schmid
Ret 17 Onesimo Marchisio Italy Fiat 805 17 Engine
Ret 12 Pietro Bordino Italy Fiat 805 17 Brakes Yes Fiat
Ret 6 Louis Zborowski Poland Miller 122 16 Front axle
Ret 22 Meo Costantini Italy Bugatti T35 16 Steering Yes Bugatti Called Constantini
Ret 18 Pierre De Vizcaya Spain Bugatti T35 11 Crash Yes Bugatti Called Viscaya
Ret 20 Cesare Pastore Italy Fiat 805 11 Crash
DNS 4 Giulio Foresti Italy Rolland-Pilain-Schmid Crash Yes Schmid
DNS 19 Enzo Ferrari Italy Alfa Romeo P2 8C/2000 Driver ill
Salamano Fiat
Lee Guiness Sunbeam
Maselti Alfa Romeo

Below, all photographs with the drivers, in the order they appear in in the booklet. See that there is a huge variation in the kind of cars they are photographed in, some already look rather antiquated, even in 1924!

Below, the rear of each card is properly printed as a postcard. Besides that, the rear of the booklet, with the publisher A. Frimat, from Lyon.

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