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1933 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Keystone Images.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo (IT,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Tazio Nuvolari (IT,1,2)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model Tipo B P3 Monoposto, 2.65-liter, eight-cylinder inline, DOHC, twin carburetors, twin superchargers, four-speed, 220 horsepower (Vittorio Jano).

The AIACR ceases the European Drivers' Championship after the 1932 racing season, yet taking a rare cue from the American Automobile Association, the European sanctioning body adopts the use of practice times to set the grid order for Grand Prix events rather than favored draw for the first time. Scuderia Ferrari, with its collaboration with SA ALFA Romeo, picks up its maiden Grand Prix putative constructors' title as its flamboyant driver Tazio Nuvolari swiftly gathers international fame after prevailing for his second consecutive putative drivers' crown. Departures: Otto Merz, 43, b. Esslingen am Neckar, German Empire 1889, d. at practice, GP Germany, May. Sir H. 'Tim' Birkin, 36, b. Nottingham England 1896, d. postrace GP Tripoli, Tripolitania, May. Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart, 31, b. Paris, France 1902, d. GP Picardie, Péronne, France, May. C. Giuseppe Campari, 41, b. Lodi, Italy 1892, d. GP Monza, Italy, September. Baconino Borzacchini, 34, b. Terni, Italy 1898, d. GP Monza, Italy, September. Count Stanislaus Czaykowski, 34, b. The Hague, Netherlands 1899, d. GP 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.

SF Alfa Romeo46     Nuvolari23
Bugatti22     Varzi20
Maserati13     Fagioli20
Varzi Bugatti12     Chiron15
SF Maserati12     Campari12
Campari Maserati12     Lehoux11

Noteworthy 1933 Races

1933 V Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1933 1933 V Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (318 kilometers) in April, the race comes to a French Bugatti T51 under Achille Varzi (IT) in 3:27:49.4 (average 57.04 mph), two minutes ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. Varzi and Tazio Nuvolari in his ALFA Romeo dice over the closing miles before Nuvolari loses drive on the downhill run from the Casino on the final lap. Photo Credit: Archivos M. Hughes, C. Moity, Foundation Prestige Bugatti.
1933 XIX Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France Montlhéry, France1933 1933 XIX Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France At Montlhéry for the French Grand Prix (500 kilometers) in June, an Italian Campari Maserati 8C 3000 under Giuseppe Campari (IT) takes race honors in 3:48:45.4 (average 81.49 mph), fifty-two seconds ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. Campari moves out front after passing race leader Philippe Étancelin in his ALFA Romeo, ailing with gearbox troubles, on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Le Miroir des sports, 13 juin 1933.
1933 VIII Grand Prix de España Lasarte, Spain1933 1933 VIII Grand Prix de España At Lasarte for the Spanish Grand Prix (519.5 kilometers) in September, the race unexpectedly comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo B/P3 under Louis Chiron (MC) in rainy conditions in 3:50:57.4 (average 83.9 mph), under four and a half minutes ahead of a companion ALFA Romeo entry. Chiron moves to the front after race leader Tazio Nuvolari in his Maserati suffers an overturn shunt in the wet at Turn 2 past the main grandstand with only ten laps remaining. Photo Credit:
1933 VII Gran Premio di Tripoli Tripoli, Italian Tripolitania1933 1933 VII Gran Premio di Tripoli At Tripoli for the Grand Prix (394 kilometers, non-championship) in May, a French Bugatti T51 under Achille Varzi (IT) takes race honors in 2:19:51.4 (average 104.80 mph), under a second (.20) ahead of an ALFA Romeo driven by Tazio Nuvolari. Nuvolari runs down race leader Varzi after the former makes a stop at mid-race, and both dice side-by-side for the lead until the final circuit when Varzi makes his car wide on the final corner and holds off his longtime rival for a dramatic victory. The race stands tainted in motorsport history due to a pre-race arrangement between race organizers and drivers Nuvolari, Varzi, and Baconin Borzacchini where the organizers plan to sell lottery tickets to enthusiasts aiming to cash in on the top three placing entries, and how all six people will share the cash pool if one of the selected drivers wins the event. Photo Credit:
1933 III Avusrennen Berlin, Nazi Germany1933 1933 III Avusrennen At Berlin on the Avus Circuit for the Avusrennen in May, a French Bugatti T54 under Achille Varzi (IT) takes the flag in 1:25:24.4 (average 128.5 mph), under a second (.20) ahead of a Bugatti driven by Count Stanislaus Czaykowski. Varzi moves out to the front after passing race leader Czaykowski with two laps remaining before holding off the determined Count on the final circuit for a thrilling triumph. Photo Credit:
1933 IX Grand Prix de Picardie Pérrone, France1933 1933 IX Grand Prix de Picardie At Pérrone for the Picardy Grand Prix (195.5 kilometers, non-championship) in May, a French ALFA Romeo Monza under Philippe Étancelin (FR) notches a victory in 1:25:36.2 (average 85.10 mph), under three minutes ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. Guy Bouriat in his Bugatti tracks down race leader Étancelin with only four laps remaining before both entries tangle and Bouriat careens off the circuit and slams into a stand of trees. Bouriat tragically perishes from his injuries. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1933 VI Gran Premio di Monza Monza, Italy1933 1933 VI Gran Premio di Monza At Monza for the Grand Prix (99 kilometers, heats plus final, non-championship) in September, a French Lehoux Bugatti T51 under Marcel Lehoux (FR) crosses first in 00:21:17 (average 110.40 mph), under four seconds ahead of an ALFA Romeo driven by Guy Moll. The tragic afternoon begins during Heat 2 when race leader Giuseppe Campari in his ALFA Romeo overcorrects a driving error at the South Curve and soars over the concrete barrier into a barranca. In the same instant Baconin Borzacchini in his Maserati swerves to avoid contact with Campari, loses control, and also careens over the same wall. Both reputed drivers perish in the horrific incident. After a lengthy delay to clear the carnage, race officials launch Heat 3 and the Final only to their horror to learn that race leader Count Stanislaus Czaykowski in his Bugatti on Lap 8 skids, flips, and rockets over the barrier at the South Curve in virtually the same location that claims Campari and Borzacchini. Grief stricken race officials halt the event six laps later, and the angry recriminations afterwards regarding circuit safety, specifically the shallow banking angles on the circuit, forever dubs the event as the 'Black Day of Monza'. Photo Credit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Cesare Gobbo, 1933.