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1922 Strasbourg A. C. F. Grand Prix
 
In 1922, after years of participating in various speed trials and hillclimbs all over France, Voisin decided to contest the Touring Car class of the Automobile Club de France's Grand Prix to be run on a road circuit around Strasbourg.
   
On July 16th, four somewhat strange-looking Voisins lined up on the grid next to their Bignan and Peugeot rivals (only these three marques being represented). For his first major competitive motor race, Gabriel Voisin had entered a singularly unusual design dictated by an imaginative interpretation of one of the rules: that the body must be at least 1.3 metres wide at the height of the front seats.
 
G. Voisin talking with his pilots.
 

Being based on the production short-chassis C3C sports model with a 900mm chassis width, the light body he designed for the race therefore featured bulges at each side to bring the total width in line with the regulations.

The resulting reduction in frontal area, together with the 120 bhp output of the specially prepared 4-litre sleeve valve unit, made for a competitive car - and so it proved when the factory entries took the first three places and the fifth after 53 laps and 709 kilometres.

Duray's Voisin and Gros' Bignan in front of the stands.
 
 

Final classification :

1st : Rougier - Voisin # 12

2nd : Duray - Voisin # 6

3rd : Gauderman - Voisin #16

4th : Boillot - Peugeot # 9

5th : Piccioni - Voisin # 17

6th : Artault - Peugeot # 3

Spidoléine and Malivert surely helped a lot to get this range!


Gauderman at speed
 
Piccioni trying to resist at Rougier's return
Rougier : exhausted happy winner
 
Piccioni's fifth place was due to tyre problems, after having spent two thirds of the race in the lead, along with Henri Rougier. The event was an unquestionable triumph for the marque, and Gabriel Voisin lost no time in publicising the achievement, and Rougier's garlanded winning car took pride of place on the Voisin stand at the 1922 Paris Salon.
 
Two shots from the Strasbourg tourism race (extracted from a period movie)

Voisin #6 leaving its stable, towed by horses!!

The start: on the right two Bignan, on the left two deux Voisin
 
During 2006 a replica of the Strasbourg car was built, it is not a certified true copy, but this car looks good...
 
(Illustrations: PMA and Bernard Truche 'Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. Strasbourg 1922') 

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