1938 Cork Grand Prix

The 1938 Cork Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Carrigrohane to the west of Cork city in Ireland on 23 April 1938. The 200-mile race was run over more than 30 laps of a six-mile circuit. It was won by the French driver René Dreyfus in a Delahaye car, with second place going to Prince Bira in a Maserati.[4]

1938 Cork Grand Prix
Prince Bira, Gianfranco Comotti and René Dreyfus pictured at the 1938 Cork Grand Prix
Prince Bira, Gianfranco Comotti and René Dreyfus pictured at the 1938 Cork Grand Prix
Race details[1][2]
Date 23 April 1938 (1938-04-23)
Official name Cork Grand Prix
Location Carrigrohane
Course Road course
Course length 323.3 kilometres (200.9 mi)
Distance 33 laps, 9.79 kilometres (6.08 mi)
Weather Clear
Attendance c. 70,000[3]
Pole position
  • France René Dreyfus
Ecurie Bleue
Fastest lap
Driver France René Dreyfus Ecurie Bleue
Time 3:49
  • France René Dreyfus
Ecurie Bleue
Second Prince Chula
  • France Louis Gerard
Count Heyden

The course ran along the Carrigrohane Straight to Victoria Cross, turned right towards Dennehy's Cross, from there on to Model Farm Road, and west towards eastern outskirts of Ballincollig.[4] This back stretch finished at the Poulavone hairpin bend, before passing "Hell Hole Corner", and back onto the Carrigrohane Straight.[3] The race was watched by an estimated 70,000 spectators,[3] with participants reportedly representing 12 countries.[5]


Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired
1 14   René Dreyfus Ecurie Bleue Delahaye 145 33 2:09:40
2 20   Prince Bira Prince Chula of Siam Maserati 8CM 33 + 1:50
3 17   Louis Gérard Count Heyden Delage 3.0L 30 + 3 Laps
4 7   Kenneth Evans Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo Tipo B 30 + 3 Laps
5 15   Joseph Paul Count Heyden Delahaye 135 25 + 8 Laps
Ret 18   Jean-Pierre Wimille Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti 59/50B 21 Piston
Ret 12   Gianfranco Comotti Ecurie Bleue Delahaye 12 Oil Leak
Ret 16   Jean Viale Count Heyden Delahaye 2 Clutch


  1. ^ Snellman, Leif; Muelas, Felix. "Cork Grand Prix". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ Dwyer, Michael. "The Cork Grand Prix 1938". Made by History. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c English, Eoin (7 January 2013). "Car enthusiasts gear up to retrace Cork grand prix". irishexaminer.com. Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Roche, Barry (7 January 2013). "Cork gears up for Gathering rerun of 1930s Grand Prix". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Making a Cork Motor Derby 1938". corkindependent.com. Cork Independent. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2020.[permanent dead link]

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