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1938 Donington Grand Prix

Donington Grand Prix

Saturday, October 22, 1938
Race winner:
Laps:
80
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Nuvolari, 2m14.4
Country:
Britain
Circuit:
Report

TAZIO NUVOLARI WINS DONINGTON'S GREAT RACE FOR AUTO-UNION

IMMENSE CROWDS SPECTATE AT A THRILLING RACE. LANG (MERCEDES-BENZ) AND SEAMAN (MERCEDES-BENZ) SECOND AND THIRD.

WELL, the Crisis blew nicely away and the German teams returned to Donington for the postponed Formula Grand Prix, run on October 22nd instead of on October 1st. It was easily the greatest British race ever held. It was started by H.R.H. the Duke of Kent, and attended by Reichsleiter Adolf Huhnlein, leader of motor sport in Germany, Bayer-Ehrenberg, the President of the German O.N.S. (equivalent to our R.A.C.) and a crowd of enthusiastic spectators estimated at 60,000— last year's estimate of attendance varied between 38,000 to 50,000. The thanks of every enthusiast in the land are due to the Derby and District M.C., for staging such a race. It was, of course, a scratch contest, under the International Formula, over 80 laps or 250 miles of the Donington course. There was a first prize of £250, £50 for the leader at half-distance, and £100 for the fastest race lap. And the Continental entries received starting money. To encourage entrants of British non-Formula cars, the first British car to finish won 1100—and they were not so far behind the Germans. If the estimate of 60,000 spectators is correct, the " gate " amounted to £15,000 without considering carpark takings and additional special tickets.

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