Coupe des Alpes

Coupe des Alpes
Total finished: 44


Entries and results:
No.   Driver: Car: Engine: Model: Position: Points: Category:
    Donald Healey Invicta     1st 0  
    W. Delmar Mrecedes Benz     2nd 0  
    von Bitzy Austro Daimler     3rd 0  
    Spiegel-Duesenberg Austro Daimler     4th 0  
    P.Schoeller Austro Daimler     5th 0  
    H.E. Symons Talbot     6th 0  
    E.H. Scholten Lancia     7th 0  
    C. Adorno OM     8th 1  
    R. Foligne Alfa Romeo     9th 1  
    H. Butenuth Hanomag     10th 4  
    C. Pouch Hanomag     11th 4  
    L. Roehrs Hanomag     12th 4  
    L. Peter Fiat     13th 5  
    A. Gratunuller Wanderer     14th 6  
    B. Bau Wanderer     15th 8  
    J. Hinterleitner Wanderer     16th 8  
    W. F. Bradley Armstrong Siddeley     17th 9  
    Kunheim Austro Daimler     18th 11  
    Sprenger Ford     19th 11  
    Lord de Clifford MG   Midget 20th 13  
    "A.B." Standard   Ensign 21st 16  
    W. Sintenis Ford     22nd 16  
    A. Hein Austro-Daimler     23rd 16  
    Prince Liechtenstein Steyr     24th 16  
    L. Graunmller Wanderer     25th 18  
    E. Kordewan Stoewer     26th 22  
    V. E. Leverett Riley     27th 22  
    J. Heusler Praga   Piccolo 28th 24  
    T. Georges FN     29th 26  
    St. Pavlovsky Praga   Piccolo 30th 30  
    A. Ruhstrat Wanderer     31st 33  
    A. Suldovsky Praga   Piccolo 32nd 33  
    C. Charlier FN     33rd 40  
    Princess Liechtenstein Austro-Daimler     34th 41  
    A. Frick Praga   Piccolo 35th 55  
    Lettich Fiat     36th 57  
    L. von Raffay Hanomag     37th 59  
    E. Collignon FN     38th 60  
    H. Ferigo Amilcar     39th 64  
    Krailsheim Stoewer     40th 115  
    V. Kumpera Walter     41st 125  
    G. F. Dennison Riley     42nd 145  
    A. G. Gripper Riley     43rd 255  
14   A. Faure-Durif Hotchkiss     44th 426  
3,000 CC. CLASS.
1st. Wanderer 22 points
2nd. F. N. Saloons 120 points

1,100 c.c. CLASS.
Praga Piccolo 88 points
Motor SportSeptember 1931
The Coupe des Alpes
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Stoewer on the famous Stelvio Pass.
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Faure-Durif in difficulties with his Hotchkiss on one of the mountain curves.
He had to reverse, and thereby lost several points.
IT is a very good sign that British manufacturers are taking a greater interest in continental trials, as an event like the Coupe des Alpes is absolutely unrivalled for testing out cars, not only of the sports variety, but also touring cars. A car which will function satisfactorily for long periods on the main roads of this country will not always behave so well under the arduous conditions of a continental tour, while a successful performance in such an event as this, should carry considerable weight in the overseas market.
In this Alpine event the sports car certainly has a great advantage as its high power weight ratio enables it to keep up the very high average speed required by the regulations with much greater ease than its heavier and less powerful brethren.
The best examples of this were the Invicta driven by Donald Healey who has already won fame in many events of this type, and who won the Monte Carlo Rally on a similar car, and the "105" Talbot driven by H. E. Symons, who put up a wonderful show, both drivers coming through without loss of marks, a feat accomplished by only seven competitors altogether.
Continental cars in general are brought up, as it were, under more strenuous conditions than our own, and the result is that their normal saloon or touring car is in reality closely allied in performance to a sports car.
After all, a sports car does not merely consist of a pretty streamlined body though that is sometimes very attractive. Its real test is the way in which it performs over bad climbs and rough country, and here appearances are apt to be deceptive.
The Rileys were unfortunate and did not repeat their previous successes on this occasion. They lost one car of the team due to mechanical trouble, and the team award in the 1100 c.c. class went to the team of Praga Piccolos. They showed great enterprise, however, in supporting the event in force, and gained much valuable information. It is to be hoped that other British makers will follow their example next year.
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Foligno (Alfa-Romeo) going fast on one of the mountain roads.
British cars to do well with solo efforts were W. F. Bradley's Armstrong Siddeley, and Lord de Clifford's M.G. Midget, while a Standard Ensign entered by an Austrian driver also did very well.
The chief troubles encountered were due in the main to inadequate cooling or lubrication or the effect of one on the other. Brakes and gears came in for a hard time, but stood up well on the whole and it was in the actual engine that most failures were recorded.
To the ordinary motorist, who is used to the hills of this country, and who is somewhat agreeably surprised when, on a west-country tour, his car surmounts Porlock Hill without boiling, the length of the Alpine passes would come as a rude shock, and would probably be even more of a shock to his car.
In the Coupe des Alpes the climbs must not only be made non-stop, but they must be made at a certain minimum, and fairly stiff, average speed to avoid loss of marks. Thus it comes about that a climb like the Stelvio Pass involves some three-quarters of an hour of full throttle hard collar work, mainly on low gear. The timed section did not commence till the cars were already beginning to get well warmed up, and lasted for about half an hour according to the car's speed.
The route of the trial included the Col St. Michel, the Cols d'Allos, de Gets, de Morgirts, de Billon and de Jame. Although not the longest, the Galibier Pass caused a great deal of mechanical trouble, probably resulting to some extent from the previous gruelling the engines had suffered up till then. It was on this climb that the Riley hopes were dashed when C. Riley's engine ran a big end and had to retire from the event, thus breaking up their team. Here Healey scored an individual success in making fastest time of the day, beating a supercharged Alfa by 8 secs, on his 4½ litre Invicta.
The trial embraced every variation of weather from sunshine to thunderstorms, and the survivors have every reason to be proud of their performance.
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The Hanomag cars in close cpmpany, passing over the Flexen Pass.