Aero 1949



Minor II

Minor (October)


Leopold Lancman took the 2nd place in Rallye Monte Carlo in 1949, in the category up to 750 cm³ and other racers took the 5., 6. and 9 places also with Minors. The crew Hodac-Versini reached the more success, when they put the Minor to the finish on the 1st place in its class and the 17th in total classification in the 12th Alpine Rallye in 1949.
The race The 24 hours Le Mans was entered on 25th June in 1949 at 16 hrs by attendance of 185 000 spectatores, 1500 organizers and the flock of 2000 policmen. 49 automobile makes such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rilley, Singer, Healey, Frazer Nash, Talbot, Delage, Delahaye and others started. The Prench drived strong teams of law-category cars Renault and Simca, on whose position they mattered. The biggest car in race was aristocratic Rolls-Bentley with engine capacity 4246 m3. The Czech primarily wanted to run out. They didn´t started happili. Departure from Prague was delayed, cargo truck Aero 150, which carried Krattner´s and Sutnar´s car, couldn´t reach Le mans on time any more. Then the racing car went out by its own power. It was its first kilometers, because wasn´t time for running-in in Prague. The second car was waiting in Le Mans, but even this one wasn´t without problems. The merciless heat cut cars of every automobile makes and new cutout which improved the coaling occured in bodies.
Finally the start! Krattner, who started with plan not tax his car, found out that he led the whole field in first turning. He rather slowed and let stronger competitors to overtake him. The rivals droped out step by step because of breaks down and crashes. Also the second Minor sloped off for a longer time with break down of transmission in depot. Krattner and Sutnar were on the 7th place in total classification by capacity coefficient after 18 hours of driving, after 20 hours they were on the 5th place and they were the 4th in 21st hour of race! The race was finished by great success of Minors. Krattner and Sutnar took the 1th place in class and the second in total classification after twelvecylinder car Ferrari. They drived 2392 km and improved the previous reCord of the class by 15 km per hour with average 99,666 km per hour, whereas the winners of the other classes deeply tailed off behind the reCord achievements from the last pre-war volume. This situation was probably promoted by circle condition. The second Minor took the 13th place in total classification of 19 cars, which finished the race. The Aero Minor became the only one automobile make, which finished the race with complement starting cars! Hereat the Minor was very close to become absolute winner, if it had had more experiences, better working depot, running-in car and if the victorious crew had been alternated. The alternation became obligatory in later years. Luigi Chinetti, the later representative of Ferrari in New York, drived over the 23 hours and Lord Selsdon, much weaker driver, who financed the car´s start, didn´t drive even solid hour.









  24h Le Mans 25.06.1949 Entrant: Results:
        gen. class
#58 Sport 745 cm³ Krattner / Sutnar Let-Aviation 15th 1st - 501-750
#59 Sport 745 cm³ Poch / Hodaè Poch 19th 3rd - 501-750


3rd in 501-750 cc class at Le Mans: Jacques Poch and Hodaè in the Aero Minor Sport 750

2nd in performance index (1.22500) at Le Mans and 1st in 501-750 cc class: O. Krattner / F. Sutnar in the Aero Minor Sport 750.

Aero Sport


Aero Minor (w głębi) startują w Rajdzie Monte Carlo.