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The strength of Grand Prix racing and the world economy has been linked throughout the history of the sport. New rules stipulated that cars must weigh between 550 and 750 kgs although engine capacity was unrestricted. In truth, national promoters all-but ignored the official GP formula in 1928 – most opting to organise races for sports cars or Formule Libre instead.
Monegasque Louis Chiron emerged as a new star with his supercharged Bugatti T35C winning the San Sebastian, Spanish (a handicap affair) and Italian GPs. Bugatti also won that year’s French GP at St Gaudens which was organised for sports cars and also on a handicap – the enigmatic “W Williams” successful.
Daimler merged with Benz in 1927 and the Mercedes-Benz SS of Rudolf Caracciola and Christian Werner won the sports car German GP. Elizabeth Junek shot to fame by leading the Targa Florio but she retired from racing when her husband Ceněk was killed during the German GP.