Swedish Winter Grand Prix

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Swedish Winter Grand Prix
Rommehed Military Airport
Race information
Laps 20 laps
Circuit length 5.2 km (3.2 mi)
Race length 103.5 km (64.1 mi)
Number of times held 5
First held 1931
Last held 1947
Most wins (drivers) no repeat winners
Most wins (constructors) Alfa Romeo (2)
Last race (1947)
Pole position
  • no qualifying
Podium
Fastest lap

The Swedish Winter Grand Prix was a race held on the ice of frozen lakes, similar to races held in Estonia, Finland and Norway. The 1930s also saw the Swedish Summer Grand Prix, which can be seen as a predecessor of the Swedish Grand Prix, which was a round of the Formula One World Championship from 1973 to 1978.

History[edit]

Pre-war[edit]

While racing in Sweden had a long history it was not until 1931 that a race was first titled Grand Prix. The first Swedish Winter Grand Prix was held on a mammoth 46 kilometre circuit near Lake Rämen, with a lap time of approximately 35 minutes. In an entry that included Rudolf Caracciola, the race was claimed by Finnish Mercedes racer Karl Ebb in the first Grand Prix victory of his ice racing career. Sven Olaf Bennström won the second race the following year with Per-Viktor Widengren winning the third race in an Alfa Romeo monoposto.[1][2]

Later the same year the first Swedish Summer Grand Prix was held on a 30 kilometre cricuit at Norra Vram. The Winter Grand Prix was held again in 1936 with Eugen Bjørnstad claiming another monoposto Alfa Romeo victory but the huge crowds of the earlier years did not return and the Winter Grand Prix was not held again until after the war in 1947.[3]

The 1947 race was held on a circuit surrounding a Swedish Air Force site at Rommehed. Only three cars, all visiting British ERAs, finished after the ship carrying the bulk of the grid was not able to make its destination.

Winners of the Swedish Winter Grand Prix[edit]

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
1947 United Kingdom Reg Parnell ERA Rommehed Report
1946
-
1937
Not held
1936 Norway Eugen Bjørnstad Alfa Romeo Lake Rämen Report
1935 Not held
1934 Not held
1933 Sweden Per-Viktor Widengren Alfa Romeo Lake Rämen Report
1932 Sweden Sven Olaf Bennström Ford Special Lake Rämen Report
1931 Finland Karl Ebb Mercedes-Benz SSK Lake Rämen Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Grand PRIX RÄMENLOPPET 1933, SF-journalen, Film 1933
  3. ^ [2]