Classic Car Catalogue
II Sveriges Vinter Grand Prix
|Swedish Grand Prix
|28 February 1932
Motor SportApril 1932The Swedish Grand Prix.
THIS event was this year more hazardous than usual owing to the lack of the usual amount of snow on the course. This may sound somewhat contradictory, but the reason lies in the fact that the course, which is 8 laps of a 29 mile circuit, is chiefly bordered by ditches with large boulders therein, and in the absence of snow this means that a car leaving the road is likely to be written off. The likehood of a car leaving the road was much increased by the fact that the route was mainly covered with ice. This made cornering dangerous and hard braking suicidal, the only relief from the ice being in patches where the sun had melted it and formed young watersplashes instead.
A competitor with whom we discussed the event afterwards said he considered the conditions much harder than usual, especially as he was unable to use the special steel studded tyres which are made up for use on snow, but which naturally wear down immediately on the hard surface. These are not the normal steel studded tyres as once worn on taxicabs, but tyres with long points sticking right out of the tread.
The event was won by Bennstronini on a very hot Ford, at an average of 51.28 m p.h. He took the lead near the start and was never seriously challenged. Second place provided a good race between Bake's Buick and Keinanen's Chrysler, the latter just getting away with it. P. W. Widengren (Mercedes) was fourth, while H. Widengren who is well known in this country, drove an Aston Martin into ninth place.