Frederick Gordon Crosby (English, 1885-1943)
‘1931 German Grand Prix’
A masterly depiction of the victorious Mercedes-Benz SSKL of Rudolf Caracciola, in the closing stages of this gripping race at the Nurburgring. It was a 4-car duel, between Caracciola’s Mercedes-Benz, the Bugatti Type 51s of Chiron and Varzi, and Nuvolari’s Alfa Romeo Monza. Caracciola started in 4th place on the grid, gaining the lead when it started to rain – his preferred weather conditions. The rain eventually stopped, the track began to dry, and the opposition closed on the Mercedes-Benz. Entering Nurburgring’s long final straight the cars were in sight of each other, but the exhausted Caracciola managed to hold on and claim victory…a typically epic performance from the ‘Regenmeister’.
Image size: 19 x 16 inches (48 x 41 cm).
Illustrated: ‘The Art of Gordon Crosby’, by Peter Garnier 1978, page 17.
Crayon heightened with gouache, signed ‘F. Gordon Crosby’.
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