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1912 AIACR Grand Prix Season

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1912 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Peugeot (FR,0,3)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Georges Boillot (FR,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model L76, 7.59-liter, four-cylinder inline, hemispheric head, DOHC, dry sump lubrication, four-speed, pressed steel chassis, 130 horsepower (Paolo Zuccarelli).

AIACR Grand Prix racing resumes in Europe for the 1912 season. Electric starters appear on passenger cars for the first time in April. New Racing Makes: Italian Nazzaro. Racing Evolution: Dual overhead camshaft configuration for racing, dry sump lubrication for racing (Peugeot).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Peugeot12     Boillot12
Sunbeam10     Wagner8
FIAT8     Rigal5
Excelsior1     Resta3
     Medinger2
     Christiaens1

Noteworthy 1912 Races

1912 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France Dieppe, France1912 1912 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France At Dieppe for the French Grand Prix (two-day meeting, 1539.5 kilometers) in June, the race comes to a French Peugeot L76 under Georges Boillot (FR) in heavy rains in 13:58.02.6 (average 68.0 mph), thirteen minutes aggregate time ahead of a FIAT entry. Race officials disqualify Day 1 race leader David Bruce-Brown in his FIAT on Day 2 for taking on fuel at an unapproved station, unexpectedly gifting the contest to Boillot. Photo Credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France.
1912 American Grand Prize Cup Wauwatosa, Wisconsin1912 1912 American Grand Prize Cup The American Automobile Association (AAA) relocates the American Grand Prize Cup contest (410 miles) from Savannah, Georgia to Wisconsin in October and an Italian FIAT unexpectedly takes race honors under gentleman racer Caleb Bragg (US) in 5:59:25 (average 69.3 mph), over fifteen minutes ahead of a Benz entry. Bragg and Ralph De Palma in his Mercedes wage a tight battle over the closing miles before De Palma accidentally runs into the rear of race leader Bragg on the final lap. The shunt delivers De Palma into a ditch as Bragg races to victory and De Palma goes to the hospital with serious injuries. The race claims the life of two-time Savannah winner David Bruce-Brown, who perishes in a tragic practice shunt. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: Archivo "AutoRama" de www.forum-auto.com. pilotos-muertos.com/.