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1912 French Grand Prix

1912 French Grand Prix
Race details
Date 25-26 June 1912
Official name Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France
Location Dieppe, France
Course Public roads
Course length 76.989 km (47.840 mi)
Distance 20 laps, 1539.778 km (956.800 mi)
Fastest lap
Driver David Bruce-Brown Fiat S74
Time 36:32.0
First Peugeot
Second Fiat
Third Sunbeam

The 1912 French Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Dieppe on 25–26 June 1912.

Georges Boillot celebrating his win at the 1912 French Grand Prix

1912 French Grand Prix Intro articles: 3

The Race

The race was run over two days with the drivers completing ten laps on each day and their times being aggregated to produce the winner (similar to a modern rally race). Coupe de l'Auto cars competed alongside Grand Prix cars. The coupe cars were limited to 3 litre engines. The only restriction on the Grand Prix cars was a minimum width of 1750 millimetres.[1] Riding mechanic Jean Bassignano was killed in a lap 3 crash when his driver Léon Collinet put a wheel off and flipped. 47 cars started the race at 30 second intervals, with Victor Rigal's Sunbeam the first to start.

Victor Hemery, driving a Lorraine-Dietrich held the lead after the first lap. David Bruce-Brown's Fiat subsequently took the lead and retained it overnight, more than two minutes ahead of Georges Boillot's Peugeot. Louis Wagner was third at the halfway stage. During the second day, Bruce-Brown was disqualified for refuelling away from the pits on lap 15, giving Boillot a comfortable victory by over thirteen minutes from Wagner.[2]

The Sunbeams performed extremely well in the Coupe de l'Auto race, with Rigal finishing in first place, Resta second, and Medinger third. Due to their astonishing speed they were also placed in third, fourth, and fifth places in the Grand Prix itself, beating many, much more powerful machines. Rigal averaged 65.35m.p.h. over the 956 miles, only 3m.p.h. less than Boillot in his 7.6litre Peugeot.[3]

1912 French Grand Prix The Race articles: 9


Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 22 Georges Boillot Peugeot 20 13:58:02.6
2 23 Louis Wagner Fiat S74 +13:05.8
3 3 Victor Rigal Sunbeam +40:33.4
4 17 Dario Resta Sunbeam +41:49.2
5 52 Emile Medinger Sunbeam +2:01:38.8
6 50 Joseph Christiaens Excelsior +2:25:36.2
7 20 René Croquet Th. Schneider +3:33:36.6
8 30 "Anford"/ Pilain Rolland-Pilain +3:51:29.4
9 36 Richard Wyse Arrol-Johnston +4:09:16.6
10 40 Arthur Duray Alcyon +4:30:53.0
11 32 Paul Vonlatum Vinot-Deguignand +5:07:57.4
12 12 Dragutin Esser Mathis +5:20:02.4
13 29 Cyril de Vere Cote +6:59:03.4
14 28 James Reid Arrol-Johnston 19 +1 Lap
Ret 33 Percy Lambert Vauxhall 18 Radiator
Ret 55 A. Crossman Arrol-Johnston 17 Radiator
Ret 7 Georges Sizaire Sizaire-Naudin 17 Lost a wheel
Ret 14 Pierre Garcet Calthorpe 16 Engine
Ret 27 Page Alcyon 16 Crash
Ret 51 John Hancock Vauxhall 15 Engine
Ret 38 Thomas Schweitzer Sizaire-Naudin 10 Engine
Ret 21 Eugène Renaux Gregoire 10 Withdrawn
Ret 24 Mario Romano Gregoire 10 Withdrawn
Ret 34 René Hanriot Lorraine-Dietrich 10 Fire
Ret 18 Philippe de Marne Gregoire 8 Steering
Ret 4 Barriaux Alcyon 8 Engine
Ret 56 Lucien Molon Vinot-Deguignand 7 No oil
Ret 47 René Thomas Lion-Peugeot L3 7 Engine
Ret 19 Louis Naudin Sizaire-Naudin 7
Ret 16 Gustave Caillois Sunbeam 7 Engine
Ret 45 Paul Zuccarelli Peugeot L-76 7 Ignition
Ret 31 Paul Bablot Lorraine-Dietrich 7 Engine
Ret 25 Frank Rollason Singer 6 Engine
Ret 39 Bramwell Heywood Singer 5 Crash
Ret 26 L G Hornsted Calthorpe 5 Gearbox
Ret 9 René Champoiseau Th. Schneider 4
Ret 8 Léon Molon Vinot-Deguignand 3 No oil
Ret 54 W. Watson Vauxhall 2 Engine
Ret 10 Léon Collinet Gregoire 2 Crash
Ret 41 Fernand Gabriel Cote 1 Universal joint
Ret 57 Stefan Heim Lorraine-Dietrich 1 Engine
Ret 11 Victor Hemery Lorraine-Dietrich 1 Engine
Ret 49 Albert Guyot Rolland-Pilain 1 Engine
DQ 37 David Bruce-Brown Fiat S74 15 Refuelling away from pits
DQ 42 Ralph De Palma Fiat S74 7 Work away from pits
DQ 13 Jules Goux Peugeot L-76 3 Refuelling away from pits
DQ 43 Fred Burgess Calthorpe 1 Too slow

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1912 French Grand Prix Classification articles: 4


  1. ^ Higham, Peter (1995). The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing. Guinness Publishing. p. 194. ISBN 0-85112-642-1.
  2. ^ Rendall, Ivan (1995). The Chequered Flag. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. pp. 66–69. ISBN 0-297-83550-5.
  3. ^ http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/Cars/Sunbeam/Coatalen.htm
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