22 Alfa Romeo P3 (1934)
Alfa Romeo P3 (1932-35) Engine 3165cc S8
Car 15 driven by Umberto Rossi.
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One of the greatest ever GP cars, designed as a genuine Grand prix racing car by Vittorio Jano and based on the earlier successful P2. Powered by a 2654cc straight eight with twin Rootes Superchargers, and extremely light for the period. It was introduced in the middle of the 1932 European Grand Prix season by works team Alfa Corse, winning first time out in the hands of Tazio Nuvolari and winning six races during the season by both Nuvolari and the German ace Rudolf Caracciola, including the three major races (Italy, France and Germany)
Due to financial difficulties Alfa Corse did not compete in the first 25 Grand Prix of 1933, and the cars were mothballed, but after much wrangling they were handed over to Enzo Ferrari who ran them for Louis Chiron and Luigi Fagioli for the last 11 races winning 6 including Spain and Italy.
1934 brought larger bodywork requirements and the cars received a bored out 2.9ltr engine against the early dominance of the twin assault of Mercedes and Auto Union the P3 rallied to take 18 of the 35 Grand prix.
By 1935 the two German Silver Arrows teams were all but unbeatable. And the P3 was an old design but the last hurrah was at the Nurburgring in the German heartland. the P3 engine was bored to 3.2 ltr. In front of 300000 stunned Germans Nuvalari took an early lead but punctured and was forced into the pits. Carving his way through the field and in second place with one lap remaining the lead Mercedes W25 of Manfred von Brauchitsch also suffered a punctured and Nuvalori stormed in to win.
Shot at the Silverstone Festival 25.07.2010 Ref 57-022