Being There

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Monday, April 4, 1938

At scrutinizing two days ago in Piazza Vittoria, I was introduced to Alfred Kempter, engineer in charge of BMW testing. I shot a picture of him looking quite confident while seated in Fane’s 328 number 113, and was told that all the BMWs are prepared to last the full thousand miles.

From the start of the Mille Miglia at two o’clock yesterday morning, I’ve remained in Brescia compiling notes from check-point reports as 141 cars sped south to Cremona, Piacenza, Bologna, Florence, Siena and on to Rome, where they headed back north through Perugia, Ancona, Bologna, Ferrara and Venice to conclude the Mille Miglia here in Brescia.

First to finish was Clemente Biondetti’s supercharged Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B ahead of two other Alfa team cars driven by Carlo Pintacuda and Piero Dusio. 1-2-3 for Alfa Romeo and glory for Italy. Alfisti here in Brescia refuse to stop celebrating!

Though much overshadowed by the Italian triumph, BMW still has its own victory among 2-liter cars. After the Alfas, a Delahaye, a Talbot and another Alfa, Fane and James are 1st in the 2-liter class and 7th overall in their 328, followed by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in class 328s.

The BMW contingent cannot be more pleased. With little expectation of an overall success, every effort was made to win the under-2,000cc class and the worthy recognition that goes with it.

Wednesday, April 6, 1938

I’ve the good fortune to catch a ride north in one of BMW’s trucks used to service the Mille cars, and so go with Bavarians into Germany. Putting off Munich until later, my destination will be Hamburg and the city park races there the second Sunday in May.

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