1908 American Grand Prize

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United States  1908 American Grand Prize
Race details
1908 Grand Prix season
Date November 26, 1908
Official name Grand Prize of the Automobile Club of America[1]
Location Savannah, United States
Course Public roads
Course length 40.434 km (25.130 mi)
Distance 16 laps, 646.946 km (402.080 mi)
Fastest lap
Driver United States Ralph de Palma Fiat
Time 21:36.0
Podium
First Fiat
Second Benz
Third Fiat

The 1908 Grand Prize of the Automobile Club of America took place at Savannah, Georgia on November 26, 1908.

The Race[edit]

Louis Wagner won the closely contested race in his Fiat finishing less than a minute ahead of Victor Hémery's Benz. Wagner's average speed for the race was 65.111 mph (104.786 km/h). Ralph de Palma set fastest lap in his Fiat, with an average speed of 69.80 mph (112.33 km/h).[2][3]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 14 France Louis Wagner Fiat 16 6:10:31.4
2 8 France Victor Hemery Benz 150 hp + 56.4
3 6 Italy Felice Nazzaro Fiat + 8:16.2
4 15 France René Hanriot Benz 150 hp + 15:41.0
5 13 Belgium Lucien Hautvast Clément-Bayard + 23:34.6
6 16 United States Lewis Strang Renault + 33:05.6
7 1 France Victor Rigal Clément-Bayard + 35:12.2
8 17 France Henri Fournier Itala + 36:01.0
9 18 United States Ralph DePalma Fiat + 41:03.4
10 9 BelgiumArthur Duray De Dietrich 15 Flagged
11 3 United States Joe Seymour Simplex 15 Flagged
Ret 11 United States Hugh Harding National 12 Camshaft
Ret 19 Germany Fritz Erle Benz 11 Crash
Ret 12 Italy Alessandro Cagno Itala 11 Spring
Ret 2 United States Ralph Mulford Lozier 11 Flagged
Ret 10 Hungary Ferenc Szisz Renault 7 Wheel bearing
Ret 7 United States Len Zengle Acme 7 Spring
Ret 20 Italy Giovanni Piacenza Itala 6 Crash
Ret 5 United States Willie Haupt Chadwick 5 Bearing
Ret 4 United States Bob Burman Buick 3 Mechanical


Grand Prix Race
1908 Grand Prix season
Previous race:
None
United States Grand Prix Next race:
1910 American Grand Prize

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daiss, Timothy (2002). Rebels, Saints, and Sinners: Savannah's Rich History and Colorful Personalities. p. 48. ISBN 1-58980-049-4. 
  2. ^ Higham, Peter (1995). The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing. Guinness Publishing. pp. 194–195. ISBN 0-85112-642-1. 
  3. ^ "1908 Grands Prix.". Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27.