Classic Car Catalogue

Coupe des Alpes

Coupe des Alpes
30 July - 6 August 1931
Total finished: 44


Entries and results:
No. Driver Car Model Engine Entrant/Team Pos. Category Class Pos. Pts
5 Donald Healey Invicta 4½-Litre 4467cc Donald Healey 01st Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 1st 0
9 W. Delamr Mercedes Benz Mannheim S 3689cc W. Delamr 02nd Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 1st 0
11 D. von Bitzy / H. Auer Austro Daimler Bergmeister 3614cc D. von Bitzy 03rd Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 1st 0
24 Spiegel-Diesenberg / Kopulety Austro Daimler ADR 2994cc Diesenberg 04th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 1st 0
26 P. Schoeller / K. Dworak Austro Daimler ADR 2994cc P. Schoeller 05th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 1st 0
28 H.E. Symons / N. Garrad Talbot AV 105 2970cc H.E. Symons 06th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 1st 0
32 E.H. Scholten / Von Loon Lancia   2570cc E.H. Scholten 07th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 1st 0
39 C. Adorno OM MM SS 2220cc C. Adorno 08th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 1st 1
43 R. Foligno / G. Majerna Alfa Romeo 1750 1750cc R. Foligno 09th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 2nd 1
57 H. Butenuth Hanomag 4/23 1090cc H. Butenuth 10th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 1st 4
58 C. Pollich Hanomag 4/23 1090cc C. Pollich 11th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 1st 4
59 Mme. L. Roehrs Hanomag 4/23 1090cc Mme. Roehrs 12th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 1st 4
36 L. Peter Fiat 522 C 2516cc L. Peter 13th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 3rd 5
15 A. Graumüller / Ul. Holz Wanderer 10/50 2540cc Wanderer AG 14th Coupe des Alpes →3000 1st 6
16 Bernard Bau / W. Weber Wanderer 10/50 2540cc Wanderer AG 15th Coupe des Alpes →3000 1st 8
17 E. Sander / H. Koebernik Wanderer 10/50 2540cc Wanderer AG 16th Coupe des Alpes →3000 1st 8
30 W.F. Bradley / Whitlock Armstrong Siddeley   2872cc W.F. Bradley 17th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 4th 9
10 Dr. H. Kunheim / E. Auer Austro Daimler Bergmeister 3614cc Dr. H. Kunheim 18th Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 2nd 11
66 Lord de Clifford / Manby-Colegrave MG Midget 847cc de Clifford 20th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 2nd 13
41 "A.B." / L. Knize Standard Ensign 2054cc "A.B." 21st Coupe des Glaciers →3000 5th 16
12 W. Sintenis / Dr. W. Oetting Ford A 3236cc W. Sintenis 22nd Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 3rd 16
25 A. Hein / Ing. O. Langsteiner Austro Daimler ADR 2994cc A. Hein 23rd Coupe des Glaciers →3000 6th 16
40 Prinz Ferdinand Andreas / R. Zikesch Steyr XXX 2078cc F. Andreas 24th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 7th 16
  L. Graunmller Wanderer       25th       18
47 E. Kordewan / H. Jurinek Stoewer V5 1191cc E. Kordewan 26th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 8th 22
51 V. E. Leverett / W. A. Mc Kenzie Riley Nine 1089cc Riley Ltd. 27th Coupe des Alpes →1100 2nd 22
54 J. Heusler / Lebl Jos Praga Piccolo 999cc Kolben-Daněk 28th Coupe des Alpes →1100 1st 24
22 T. Georges / Malbran FN 11 CV 1625cc F. N. 29th Coupe des Alpes →3000 2nd 26
55 St. Pavlovsky / FR. Dymes Praga Piccolo 999cc Kolben-Daněk 30th Coupe des Alpes →1100 1st 30
34 A. Ruhstrat Wanderer W 11 2540cc A. Ruhstrat 31st Coupe des Glaciers →3000 9th 33
56 A. Suldovsky / Jos. Pospíšil Praga Piccolo 999cc Kolben-Daněk 32nd Coupe des Alpes →1100 1st 33
23 Ch. Charlier / Bové FN 11 CV 1625cc F. N. 33rd Coupe des Alpes →3000 2nd 40
27 Princess Liechtenstein / Hentschel Austro-Daimler ADR 2994cc Liechtenstein 34th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 10th 41
64 A. Frick / R. Amler Praga Piccolo 999cc A. Frick 35th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 3rd 55
37 A. Lettich / K. Huber Fiat 521 C 2516cc A. Lettich 36th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 11th 57
60 L. von Raffay / G. Osjord Hanomag 4/23 1090cc L. von Raffay 37th Coupe des Glaciers →1100 4th 59
21 E. Collignon / Nelissen FN 11 CV 1625cc F. N. 38th Coupe des Alpes →3000 2nd 60
42 H. Ferigo Amilcar 10 CV 1800cc H. Ferigo 39th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 12th 64
50 Dr. R. Krailsheim Stoewer V5 1191cc R. Krailsheim 40th Coupe des Glaciers →3000 13th 115
1 V. Kumpera / J. Traube Walter Super 6 3250cc J. Walter 41st Coupe des Alpes 3000→   125
2 Kumpera / K. Nemota Walter Super 6 3250cc J. Walter   Coupe des Alpes 3000→    
3 J. Knapp / J. Manda Walter Super 6 3250cc J. Walter   Coupe des Alpes 3000→    
53 G. F. Dennison / W. L. Greenvay Riley Nine 1089cc Riley Ltd. 42nd Coupe des Alpes →1100 2nd 145
62 A. G. Gripper Riley Nine 1089cc A. G. Gripper 43rd Coupe des Glaciers →1100 5th 255
14 A. Faure-Durif Hotchkiss AM 80 3016cc A. Faure-Durif 44th Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 4th 426
4 Otto Probst Horch   4518cc Otto Probst   Coupe des Glaciers 3000→    
6 W. Bretschneider / M. Petzold Oakland 8 4038cc Bretschneider   Coupe des Glaciers 3000→    
7 H. Loenhold / A. Winther NAG Protos 208 3963cc H. Loenhold   Coupe des Glaciers 3000→    
8 H.A. Burgerhout / M. Hauswirth Chrysler   3939cc Burgerhout   Coupe des Glaciers 3000→    
13 Sprenger van Eyk / van Beeck Calkoen Ford A 3236cc van Eyk 19th Coupe des Glaciers 3000→ 2nd 11
18 Ing. Mucha Petr / Knytl Zdeněk Praga Alfa 1795cc Kolben-Daněk   Coupe des Alpes →3000    
19 Synek Frant / Hribal Rud Praga Alfa 1795cc Kolben-Daněk   Coupe des Alpes →3000    
20 Kulich Boh / Pachr Rud Praga Alfa 1795cc Kolben-Daněk   Coupe des Alpes →3000    
29 F. Neuer / Frau F. Neuer Adler Standard 6 2895c F. Neuer   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
31 Mme. K. Martin / L. Martin Hillman Wizard 2810c Mme. K. Martin   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
33 A. Gutknecht / E. Voigthlaender Wanderer   2540cc A. Gutknecht   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
35 Oberl. Wimmer / Oberl. Orlovius NSU 2,5 Liter 2516cc Oberl. Wimmer   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
38 H. Quartier Röhr 9/50 2246cc H. Quartier   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
44 F. Rosenthal Skoda 430 1660cc F. Rosenthal   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
45 V. Kumpera / G. Čáslavský Walter Bijou 1438cc Walter-AG   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
46 H. Schmid Stoewer V5 1191cc H. Schmid   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
48 J. Stoewer / R. Ziehm Stoewer V5 1191cc J. Stoewer   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
49 Prinz von der Leyen / F. Wartenberg Stoewer V5 1191cc von Leyen   Coupe des Glaciers →3000    
52 C. Riley / T. C. Griffiths Riley Nine 1089cc Riley Ltd. dnf Coupe des Alpes →1100 dnf  
61 J. Hobbs / E. Holdup Riley Nine 1089cc J. Hobbs   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
63 R. C. Porter / H. J. O. Ripley Riley Nine 1089cc R. C. Porter   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
65 G. Macher / S. Seher DKW   988cc G. Macher   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
67 R. V. D. Sullivan / A M. Slater MG Midget 847cc R.V.D. Sullivan   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
68 A. Sommer / Meixner BMW   748cc A. Sommer   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
69 O. Rasmussen / P. Falscheer DKW Front 584cc O. Rasmussen   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
70 H. Rasmussen / Mme. J. Krause-Rasmussen DKW Front 584cc H. Rasmussen   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
71 Oberl. M. Hennig / H. Weber DKW Front 584cc M. Hennig   Coupe des Glaciers →1100    
TEAM AWARDS (Coupe des Alpes).
3,000 c.c. CLASS.
1st. Wanderer 22 points
2nd. F. N. Saloons 120 points

1,100 c.c. CLASS.
1st. Praga Piccolo 88 points
Motor SportSeptember 1931
The Coupe des Alpes
Coupe des Alpes
Stoewer on the famous Stelvio Pass.
Coupe des Alpes
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.