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Frederick Gordon Crosby (English, 1885-1943)

'1933 Coupe des Alpes'

A large original picture of this dramatic event, showing the very first official entry of Jaguar (SS Cars at the time) into the international motor sport arena. The 1933 event saw a huge entry of 132 cars, including 50 from Great Britain, as well as France, Germany and Italy, with several entrants journeying from the United States to participate. Starting in Merino, the Alpine was a tortuous event, with rules strictly applied. Crossing into Austria, Switzerland and France, successful competitors finished in Nice, after completing what was described as ‘the most gruelling trial’.

Crosby shows the SS1 Tourer of Needham and Monroe, which was among those who completed the course after 5 days of climbing all the most demanding Alpine Passes. It set the stage for SS Cars’ reputation, which endures today in the form of Jaguar Cars.

Image size: 18 x 28 inches (46 x 71 cm).

Illustrated: ‘The Art of Gordon Crosby’, by Peter Garnier 1978, page 21.

Crayon heightened with gouache, signed ‘F. Gordon Crosby’.

Reference: 6640

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