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  1. jamied says

    "Delange" in the body text should read Delage.

    As well as being a star racing driver Benoist was also a war hero, being a secret agent for Britain and also a member of the French Resistance. Sadly he was captured in mid-1944 and murdered at Buchenwald concentration camp.

    A 2012 news story about Benoit's winning car can be found here....

  2. roycousins says

    The RAC British Grand Prix on 1st October 1927.

    The winner is ROBERT Benoist in a 1½-litre straight-8 Delage.

  3. James Thorne says

    1927 RAC Grand Prix at Brooklands

    1st October 1927

    125 laps of 2.61-mile course (326 miles)

    00:14-00:21 – the cars lined up at the start are (nearest to camera) #14 Jean Ghika-Cantacuzino (Bugatti Type 39A), #12 Louis Chiron (Bugatti Type 39A), #11 Emilio Materassi (Bugatti Type 39A), #10 Caberto Conelli (Bugatti Type 39A), #6 W B Scott (Thomas Special, obscured by car #10), #7 Harold Purdy (Thomas Special), #5 Malcolm Campbell (Bugatti Type 39A).

    Beyond Campbell’s Bugatti, but largely obscured, are cars #4 Albert Divo (Delage 15-S-8), #3 Edmond Bourlier (Delage 15-S-8), #2 Robert Benoist (Delage 15-S-8) and #1 Captain George Eyston/Sammy Davies (Bugatti Type 39A).

  4. James Thorne says

    The winning Delage 15-S-8 (car #2, driven by Robert Benoist) is on long-term display in the Grand Prix Exhibition at the Brooklands Museum, where visitors can also walk on parts of the original circuit, including the parts of the track shown at 00:28-00:39, 00:58-01:09 and 01:16-01:27 in the film.

    The start-line for the 1927 Grand Prix was at the top of the Railway Straight, on part of the track now located within Mercedes Benz World (MBW). This section of the original track can be viewed from the Brooklands Museum access road, and is currently used by MBW as an overflow car park and for learner driver instruction.

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