Le Mans: 1930–39
The official history of the world's greatest motor race
Author Quentin Spurring
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This volume covers the nine races of the 1930s (no race was held in 1936) in which honours were divided between Italian, French and British manufacturers. After Bentley achieved its fourth consecutive success in 1930, Earl Howe and Henry Birkin won for Alfa Romeo in 1931, beginning a four-race victory streak for the Italian manufacturer. Tazio Nuvolari, the outstanding Grand Prix ace of the pre-war decade, secured an intensely dramatic last-lap victory in 1933. Lagonda (1935) and Delahaye (1938) claimed a win each, while Bugatti took two with the great Jean-Pierre Wimille driving its innovative Type 57 ‘Tank’ cars with all-enclosing bodywork.