A rare pair of signed and annotated 1938 International Donington Grand Prix posters,  ((2))
Lot 5
A rare pair of signed and annotated 1938 International Donington Grand Prix posters,
Sold for £ 3,375 (US$ 4,441) inc. premium

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A rare pair of signed and annotated 1938 International Donington Grand Prix posters,  ((2)) A rare pair of signed and annotated 1938 International Donington Grand Prix posters,  ((2))
A rare pair of signed and annotated 1938 International Donington Grand Prix posters,
for both the cancelled race (1 October 1938) and the rescheduled race (22 October 1938), with artwork after Frederick Gordon Crosby, printed in green and black (1 Oct) and red and black (22 Oct), on paper 77 x 49cm, each with many signatures of driver's who raced including Billy Cotton, Ian Connell, Percy McLure and Arthur Dobson, other signatures include Mort Morris-Goodall 'Mad Jack' O'Connell and a few fabricated names including "Rudi von Schwanzengruber Schitzonfartz", further annotations relating to the political situation, racing drivers poking fun at each other including the oil spill from Hanson's Alta that caused so many of the front runners to come off the track at the hairpin and further annotations relating to drinking. The 1 October poster has been altered to read "Drinkington G.P. held at The Royal, ASHBY" with the start time altered to read "Drinking Commences 1pm".
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Footnotes

  • In early September 1938 at his annual Nuremburg Rally Adolf Hitler precipitated a crisis over the Sudeten lands of Czechoslovakia, which he claimed as German. On September 23rd the Czechs mobilised their armed forces. For a week Europe was on the brink of war, but on the night of the September 29th, two days after Britain mobilised its fleet, an agreement was signed in Munich. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew home proclaiming 'Peace in our time'.

    The Donington GP had been scheduled for October 1 but the crisis forced a postponement, so that the teams did not gather until the 22nd. A poster was re-issued with the new date, but most of the race programs had the date changed by hand on the front cover.

    The Germans came in force with Mercedes-Benz fielding Seaman, Von Brauchitsch, Lang and youngster Walter Baumer and Auto Union entering Nuvolari, Muller and Hasse, French Champion Rene Dreyfus arrived in a Delahaye and the field was completed by an assortment of British machinery and drivers. The race was won by Tazio Nuvolari in his D type Auto Union in a time of 3 Hours 6 minutes and 22 seconds.
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