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1926 AIACR WMC Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Bibliothéque Nationale de France.
Champion Constructor: Automobiles Ettore Bugatti (FR, 1,1)
Putative Constructor: Automobiles Ettore Bugatti (FR,1,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Jules Goux (FR,0,2)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model T39A, 1.49-liter, eight-cylinder inline, cast-iron engine, SOHC, supercharged, four-speed, aluminum body/steel ladder frame, 125 horsepower (Ettore Bugatti).

Many racing enthusiasts view the mid-Twenties as the onset of the gilded age of Grand Prix motorsport, with its larger-than-life racing personalities, beautiful and challenging circuits, and the compelling rivalry between Italian ALFA Romeo and ascendant French Bugatti as the impetus for the same. The modern day Formula 1 racing series remains intensely infused with the same spirit and glamour of its origins during the postwar global economic revival. The AIACR reduces the engine displacement restrictions for Grand Prix racing entries to 1.5 liters. AE Bugatti with its T39A entry snares its maiden WMC constructors' title for the 1926 season, while driver Jules Goux wins his second putative Grand Prix drivers' title and first since the 1921 season. Future Grand Prix racing star Rudy Caracciola makes his debut with a victory at the inaugural German Grand Prix at AVUS in July. New Racing Makes: Daimler German Mercedes Benz.

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.

Bugatti49     Goux24
Delage25     Senechal20
Kreis Miller12     Constantini13
Hartz Miller11     Lockhart12
Campbell Bugatti8     Wagner12

Noteworthy 1926 Races

1926 IV Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France Miramas , France1926 1926 IV Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France At Miramas for the French Grand Prix (509.5 kilometers) in June, a French Bugatti T39A under Jules Goux (FR) takes race honors in 4:38:43.8 (average 68.20 mph), under five minutes ahead of a companion Bugatti entry. Only three Bugatti entries start the contest, and only Goux manages to cross the wire at the finish. Nine other race entries fail to make the grid due to unpreparedness for the contest, and most observers rate the meeting as an abject debacle for motorsport. Photo Credit: Archivo GĂ©rard Crombac. pilotos-muertos.com/.
1926 Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1926 1926 Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (600 kilometers) in September, a French Automobiles Bugatti T39A under Louis Charavel (FR) notches a victory in 4:20:29 (average 85.9 mph), approximately six and a half minutes ahead of a companion Bugatti entry. Charavel moves out front after race leader Meo Constantini in his Bugatti loses drive with only two laps remaining. Constantini stands crushed with the result afterwards while reputed auto manufacturer and driver Ernesto Maserati in his eponymous entry receives a fifth place classification from race officials. Photo Credit:
1926 Real Premio di Roma Rome, Italy1926 1926 Real Premio di Roma At Rome for the Grand Prix (300 kilometers, non-championship) in March, the race comes to an Italian Maggi Bugatti Type 35 under Aymo Maggi (IT) in 3:01:25.6 (average 61.4 mph), under nine seconds ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. Maggi moves out front for a dramatic victory after executing a stellar pass at the final hairpin over race leader Gastone Brilli-Peri in his ALFA, faltering due to dropping oil pressure and a deflating tire, only two kilometers from the finish. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: soymotor.com/.