1936 Monaco Grand Prix poster.
And welcome to 1939.
The place is the Nurburgring, Germany. Rudi Caracciola approaches in spectacular motion one of the most dangerous corners of the circuit, in his Mercedes W154.
The people at the Mercedes Heritage website pointed this out: notice the rails. You can’t, actually, because there aren’t any. Judging by the angle of the rear end of that Mercedes, this move took some serious courage. I say courage, but I really means balls.
Welcome to 1937, Donnington.
Bernd Rosemeyer, winner of the 1937 edition of the Donnington Grand Prix, celebrates his victory behind the wheel of the incredibly fast Auto Union Type C, with a lot of smoke.
The great Tazio Nuvolari, a fearless and amazing driver that shaped the profile of modern racing drivers.
This was taken during the Monza Grand Prix of 1934, the car seems to be a Maserati 6C, but I might be wrong.
Back in 1934, the competing GP brands were mainly Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Bugatti and Auto-Union.
Auto-Union Type C (1937)
Built by Ferdinand Porsche to be a proper beast and delicate dancer on the track. It’s interesting to know that those people were cheering for more than 500 bhp in the mid 30’s.
Auto Union Type A (1934)
Driven by Hans Stuck (no, the one before that).
This is Tazio Nuvolari, running in the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 at the 1932 Monaco Grand Prix.
Delahaye 165 (1938)
Figoni & Falaschi did not create a car, with the 165.
They’ve created a very elegant and handcrafted piece of art in which you could travel, both in comfort and speed.
I’ll leave you with this quote:
In 1973, it received a perfect 100 point score while being judged in a Classic Car Club of America event.
Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia (1938)
From an interesting Spanish engineering firm with quite the reputation for plane-like luxury cars (worth mentioning they also built aviation engines).