CMC Alfa Romeo P3 Caracciola, WINNER Klausen Race 1932, #95
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Product.Nr.: CMC M-224
The Alfa Romeo Tipo B was the most successful single-seater Grand Prix racing car of its time. Alfa Romeo built and raced it between 1932 and 1936. Initially as a factory race car for Alfa Corse, then later under the Scuderia Ferrari label after having taken over Alfa Romeos racing activities. The car, designed by the legendary engineer Vittorio Jano, was based on the equally legendary Alfa Romeo 8C models. The P3 was Alfa Romeos second single-seater after the Tipo-A monoposto of 1931.
- Model: Diecast, assembled, handmade precision metal model
- Manufacturer: CMC GmbH, Classic Model Cars, Germany
- Scale: 1:18
- Art.-No.: M-224
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- Limited Edition: 1,000
A fine troop of leading racecars and drivers got together here in August 1932. There were works entries from Auto Union, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo. Independent entries were placed by people like Burggaller, Steinweg, Zanelli, Rey, Chambost, Strazza, Tuffanelli, Maag, Stuber, Ruesch, Sojka and Hans Kessler. Among the English drivers besides Penn Hughes were H. C. Hamilton, driving a Magnette for the Whitney Straight Syndicate, Cormack with his supercharged Alta, and Miss Ellison with her Bugatti.
Like the adventurous racing drivers, the Klausen spectators were a hardy lot, who were prepared for the worst. There was noise of rushing water everywhere, and all streams were being flooded to the brim with swirling brown water. It made people wonder what if a torrent burst its banks. Even in August, heavy snowfall was still a possibility. There was also the Kilchenstoek, a mountain where boulders and rocks rumble down the hillside continually, albeit in fine weather. In winter time, the Klausen pass was closed because of avalanch danger, especially between Linthal and Urnerboden, where the bumpy road opened up to the view of a 5-km long plateau on one side and a granite wall on the other.
1932 was a spectacular year at the Klausen Hill Climb race. The sports car went up first on August 7. A good climb was made by Tazio Nuvolari with an Alfa Romeo 8C in the 3,000 cc class, but the first place went to Hans Stuck on the Mercedes-Benz SSKL. In the race car class (unlimited), Bugatti pitted its three-time winner Louis Chiron and Achille Varzi on the Bugatti T53 against Rudolf Caracciola in an Alfa Romeo P3 monoposto with start number 95. The Bugatti pilots ended chasing Caracciola all the way from behind, but to no avail. Caracciola carried the day and set a new record time for 15m50s. Two years later, racing the Klausen race for Mercedes-Benz in 1934, he would improve his record to 15m22s.
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