Motor SportSeptember 1932
The Coppa Acerbo.
An unlooked for excitement was included this year in the race for the Coppa Acerbo by some enterprising burglar lifting the valuable Coppa itself a few days before the race. This little incident did not deter the participants, however, and a fierce struggle over a course of 306 kilometres resulted in a win for the invincible Nuvolari, who averaged 139 k.p.h. on his " Monoposto " Alfa Romeo. Only 14 seconds behind came Caracciola, on a similar car, and he was 2 minutes ahead of the third man, Chiron.
Tazio nuvolari at speed in the Coppa Acerbo. Note the regular path of the cars.
For the first time, an Englishman took part in the race, Earl Howe driving his 1½-litre Delage. As there were only two classes, unlimited and 1,100 c.c., the Delage had to compete against considerably heavier metal, but in spite of this it was the first 1½-litre car to cross the line.
The course is the usual triangular shape, with one mountainous stretch and two very fast "legs," on which Earl Howe informs us he was able to use 5th gear on the Delage.
1. T. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo 2,650 c.c.), 2h. 11m. 18 3/5s.
2. R. Caracciola (Alfa Romeo 2,650 c.c.), 2h. 11m. 33s.
3. L. Chiron (Bugatti), 2h. 13m. 13 2/5s.
4. Brivio (Alfa Romeo).
5. Fagioli (Maserati).
1. Scaron (Amilcar), 51m. 11s.
2. Chambost (Salmson).
3. Matruelo (Maserati).
4. Perarrin (Maserati).