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1923 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.grandprixhistory.org/sunbeam.htm.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Sunbeam (GB,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Tommy Milton (US,0,1), Henry Segrave (GB,0,1), Carlo Salamano (IT,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: 1.99-liter, four-cylinder inline, cast-iron engine, DOHC, twin carburetors, three-speed, servo-assisted brakes, pressed steel frame, 107 horsepower (Louis Coatalen, Ernest Henry).

Italian manufacturer FIAT ushers Grand Prix racing into the forced induction era. Departures: Ugo Sivocci, 38, b. Salerno, Italy 1885, d. at practice, GP Italy, Monza, September. Racing Evolution: Inflatable tires (Firestone). Supercharged racing engines (FIAT).

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.

Sunbeam23     Milton T12
FIAT20     Seagrave12
HCS Miller17     Salamano12
Durant Miller17     Murphy J10
Bugatti5     Hartz8
Benz3     Divo8

Noteworthy 1923 Races

1923 I Grand Prix d'Europe Monza, Italy1923 1923 I Grand Prix d'Europe At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (800 kilometers) in September, an Italian FIAT 805/405 under Carlo Salamano (IT) takes the flag in 5:27:38 (average 92 mph), twenty-four seconds ahead of a companion FIAT entry. Salamano dices with co-leader Felice Nazzaro in his FIAT as the pair begin the final circuit before a broken oil line slows Nazzaro and allows Salamano to sprint away for victory. American Jimmy Murphy in a Miller 122 participates in the event and finishes in third position, yet proves no match for the supercharged FIAT entries. Nearly 250,000 spectators attend the event officially presided over by Italian Premier Benito Mussolini. The race claims the life of 1923 Targa Florio winner Ugo Sivocci, who perishes during a practice session. Photo Credit: Le Monde Illustré du 15 septembre 1923.