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1928 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: The Bugatti Trust.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Chiron Bugatti (MC,0,1), Sampson Miller (US,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Louis Chiron (MC,0,1), Louis Meyer (US,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Bugatti: Model T35C, 1.99-liter, eight-cylinder inline, cast-iron engine, OHV, supercharged, four-speed, alloy wheels, hollow front axle, 130 horsepower (Ettore Bugatti).

The AIACR terminates the Manufacturers World Championship for the 1928 season after race organizers fail at presenting three proposed Grand Prix contests for approval before the sanctioning body. The racing venues disagree with the AIACR over the proposed 1928 racing formula and its inability to fill grids. Departures: Emilio Materassi, 33, b. Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy 1894, d. GP Europe, Monza, Italy, September. 22 spectators due to Materassi shunt, GP Europe, Monza, Italy, September.

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.

Sampson Miller12     Meyer L12
Chiron Bugatti12     Chiron12
Haase Miller8     Moore L8
Campari Alfa Romeo8     Varzi8
White Miller5     Campari8
Nuvolari Bugatti5     Souders5
     Nuvolari5

Noteworthy 1928 Races

1928 Gran Premio D'Europa Monza, Italy1928 1928 Gran Premio D'Europa At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (600 kilometers) in September, the race comes to a French Bugatti T35C under Louis Chiron (MC) in 3:45:08.6 (average 99.36 mph), under two and a half minutes ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. On Lap 18, Emilio Materassi in his Talbot collides with a back marker, overturns, and launches airborne into the crowded main grandstand. The horrific shunt claims twenty-three lives, including Materassi, and the race stands as the grimmest motorsport disaster to date. As race officials remove the corpses from the grandstand and Talbot withdraws from the event, the race inexplicably continues with Chiron moving out front with a pass of race leader Achille Varzi in his ALFA Romeo on Lap 20. Italian authorities cancel the Grand Prix event over the next few seasons to implement safety measures at the dangerous yet beloved circuit. Photo Credit: