Actually, race number 21.nr 6 1,75 Alfa Romeo Desvignes-Don
Unfortunaly the is no pictures of the 1,75 alfa Romeo
Dear members,Inside the car is a badge that says (in English) that this car participated in the 1935 Le Mans race (driven by Don/Desvignes) and came in 5th overall but records found on the Internet indicate 6th overall and a class win in the 3-litre class. However, a badge that seems to stem from later date is no proof that this is actually true.
Thanks for the info on the book, Olaf!Dear members,
There is a new and great book called "24 Heures du Mans" with a total of 1500 pages of information and pictures of all the cars that did classify and didn't classify for the race from 1923 up and including 2010. It has been written by Moity, Teissedre and Bienvenu.
There is a picture of the Alfa Romeo 6C with a 1774 cc engine with startnumber 21. It confirms that this car was classified in 6th place overall, was driven by Guy Don and Jean Desvignes and did win the 1501 - 2000 cc class. I didn't include the picture because of copyright issues.
Hello Ruedi,Further, some pencil scribblings on the bodywork also point to french heritage. On the top of one of the door frames, it says "border de chacque coté de la feuillure" which I loosely translated as "wrap [or bend] around both sides of the groove" -- which must be an instruction to the panel beaters as to how the aluminum skin is to be applied. I had some problems figuring out the term "feuillure" and, through translation to German, found it pertains to the groove in windows and doors where presumably a weather seal could be attached.
This is a very intriguing notion, Ulrich! There is certainly some resemblance between the man on the right and one of the pictures you posted (although the noses seem to be pointing in different directions) but I think we would need higher resolution pictures from Le Mans to tell for sure. Just this week, I received (from poster "GuyA.FWI" on AutoDiva -- thank you again!) a higher resolution PDF of "L'Ouest-Éclair" of 15-Jun-1935 that supposedly shows the drivers before the start. The picture from before the event seems to bear much less resemblance to Kaye Don -- but I'm not even sure if the person on the right is the same person in these two pictures from the event.Any chance that Guy Don maybe a typo as a result of Guy Weisweiler being also entered and could it be that the driver was Kaye Don, a fairly prolific Alfa racer and land & boat speed record holder from Britain that competed in many 6C's both 1500 and 1750?
Moreover, Don may have had some reason to disguise his identity. That is, he apparently disappeared from racing as he served a 6 month jail sentence 1934 after crashing on the Isle of Man, killing his passenger.
Some pictures of Kaye Don attached. Resemblance to the guy on the right in the picture posted by Ruedi earlier? What do you think?