Active between 1933 and 1940, Mellaha Lake was a 8.165 mile track situated in a salt basin
between Tripoli and Tagiura. The first Mellaha race produced a massive case
of race-fixing, when the top drivers conspired with a lottery ticket holder
to make sure that Achille Varzi won the race, the prize money being shared.
For 1939 the Italian organisers changed to the voiturette class of racing,
which was dominated by Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as they were unhappy with
the German domination. Mercedes-Benz then built two W165 voiturettes under
tight secrecy, and finished first and second.
Lap Record: Hans Stuck (Auto Union C), 3m25.73, 142.88mph, 1937.
Results (Tripoli GP):-
Year Formula Winner Car mph
1933 GP Achille Varzi Bugatti T51 105.086
1934 GP Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo Tipo-B "P3" 116.024
1935 GP Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W25B 123.406
1936 GP Achille Varzi Auto Union C 129.412
1937 GP Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz W125 132.440
1938 GP Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz W154 127.840
1939 V Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz W165 123.291
1940 V Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 158 128.611