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1934 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo (IT,0,2)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Luigi Fagioli (IT,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model Tipo B P3, 2.65-liter, eight-cylinder inline, DOHC, twin carburetors, twin superchargers, four-speed, 220 horsepower (Vittorio Jano).

The Germans again burst upon the elite global motorsport stage with their simply magnificent Mercedes W25 and Auto Union Typ A Grand Prix entries. Departures: Jean Gaupillat, 43, b. Paris, France 1891, d. GP Dieppe, France, July. Guillaume Moll, 24, b. Rivet, Algeria 1910, d. Coppa Acerbo, Pescara, Italy, August. Scuderia Ferrari earns the Grand Prix putative constructors' title for the second consecutive season. New Racing Makes: British English Racing Automobiles (ERA). Racing Evolution: German Mercedes-Auto Union Grand Prix racing evolution.

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 Romeo53     Fagioli32
Mercedes42     Chiron28
Bugatti37     Stuck23
Auto Union23     Caracciola22
Nuvolari Bugatti5     Moll17
Sommer Maserati5     Dreyfus17

Noteworthy 1934 Races

1934 VI Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1934 1934 VI Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (318 kilometers) in April, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo Tipo B P3 under Guy Moll (AL) in 3:31:31.4 (average 56.05 mph), sixty-two seconds ahead of a companion ALFA Romeo entry. Moll moves out front after race leader and local Monégasque favorite Louis Chiron in his ALFA Romeo, cruising with a one lap margin over the field, collides with the sandbag barrier at the Loews Hairpin with only two laps remaining, granting Moll a victory in the principality in his maiden Grand Prix career outing. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: monaco-grandsprix.org/.
1934 VII Großer Preis von Deutschland Mayen, Nazi Germany1934 1934 VII Großer Preis von Deutschland At the Nürburgring for the German Grand Prix (570 kilometers) in July, a German Auto Union A under Hans Stuck (DE) wins in 4:38:19.2 (average 76.40 mph), under two and a half minutes ahead of a Mercedes entry. The fabulous and futuristic Ferdinand Porsche-designed A Typ, financed by the German Nationalist Party, finally fulfills its ambitious promise upon the racetrack and avenges the humiliating defeat suffered by the Nazis at Montlhéry. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1934 XII Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1934 1934 XII Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (500 kilometers) in September, a German Mercedes W25 under Luigi Fagioli (IT) and Rudy Caracciola (DE) takes race honors in 4:45:47 (average 65.43 mph), under two minutes ahead of an Auto Union entry. The addition of several chicanes in response to the 1933 Monza tragedy torturously increases lap times around the circuit, yet the motorsport world nonetheless takes immediate note of the automotive engineering advances taking place under German Chancellor Adolf Hitler. Legend suggests that the drivers all lifted their arms in a Nazi salute while parading to the grid prior to the start. Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
1934 VIII Gran Premio di Tripoli Tripoli, Italian Tripolitania1934 1934 VIII Gran Premio di Tripoli At Tripoli for the Grand Prix (526 kilometers, non-championship) in May, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo Tipo B/P3 under Achille Varzi (IT) takes the flag in 2:48:53.8 (average 116 mph), under a second (.20) ahead of a companion ALFA Romeo driven by Guy Moll. Moll, after stopping for service and falling minutes back, storms back to the front in the closing laps, yet Varzi, suffering from dropping oil pressure, still prevails on the final lap after blocking Moll on the last corner before escaping for victory. Moll afterwards angrily accuses Varzi of illegal blocking in the race deciding incident. Photo Credit:
1934 I Grand Prix de Montreux Montreux, Switzerland1934 1934 I Grand Prix de Montreux At Montreux for the inaugural Grand Prix (299 kilometers, non-championship) in June, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo Tipo B under Carlo Felice Trossi (IT) notches a victory in 2:57:25.6 (average 62.8 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Maserati driven by Philippe Étancelin. Trossi, trailing by thirteen seconds as the contest draws down, moves out front after his daring final lap pass of race leader Étancelin on the approach to the flag. Photo Credit: Museum of Montreux.