Seen above is an Alfa Romeo P3, now repainted in British Racing Green, being driven by owner Kenneth Evans during the Crystal Palace Cup on the Crystal Palace circuit in London on July 1, 1939. This Alfa P3 had been run as what amounts to a works car by the Scuderia Ferrari in Modena during 1935. It has been thought by historians that this car may have been the one driven by Tazio Nuvolari when he defeated the Mercedes and Auto Union teams that year at the German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring.
At the end of the 1935 season this Alfa was sold to an English buyer who did not race it but passed it on to a well-known British driver Austin Dobson who raced it in several Continental and British events in 1936. Kenneth Evans subsequently acquired the Alfa and raced it intensively in 1937, 1938 and 1939. Here is a great photo of Evans at a race at Brooklands in 1939 with his green P3. Evans owned the Alfa throughout the war years and ran it once again at Prescott Hillclimb in 1946.
The Alfa was then sold to the to be famous British driver Roy Salvadori who ran it at the Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay in 1947 and various British speed trials and hillclimbs through 1948. Its history now went onward to new ownership and racing in New Zealand in the early 1950s.
Eventually, this well used Alfa Romeo came back to England and is now fully restored and lives in the USA. For much of this information we are indebted to our friend Simon Moore, author of the encyclopedic story of the Alfa Romeo Grand Prix cars The Magnificent Monopostos.
Photos by Louis Klemantaski ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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