Back in 1939, in a historic race that marked an era of the development of auto-moto sports, world legends of the sport we know today as Formula 1 raced through Belgrade. Although 1939 is remembered as the end of the Silver Arrows era, it also marked the beginning of a speciific historical story of Belgrade, which still lives today.


The Grand Prix is the predecessor of today’s Formula 1, and Belgrade in 1939 was a challenge that marked many beginnings, and some endings, in the history of this magnificent and fastest sport on the planet. The competition was founded in France in 1906 and was the first to carry such a label, but at the same time, similar competitions were held in other countries, among which were those of the show type, which do not bring points, but bring glory. One of them was the race in Belgrade, organized in honor of the birthday celebration of the young king Peter II Karađorđević.


The political situation in the world was very tense in 1939. Just before the race in Belgrade, the Grand Prix of Switzerland was held. It seemed that it would be cancelled, but in the end it was held despite the fact that the main topic in the media was the beginning of a new war. Such a situation caused a record low number of drivers to appear on the start line in Belgrade, at the race around Kalemegdan, but among them was a domestic representative Boško Milenković in a Bugatti model that did not meet all the parameters of the race. Nevertheless, he took the legendary fourth place.

Final ranking:


1. Tacio Nuvolari (Auto Uniton) 1:04:03,8

2. Manfred von Bruhitš (Mercedes) +7,6 seconds

3. Herman Muler (Auto Union) +31,6 seconds

4. Boško Milenkovic (Bugatti) +19 laps

5. Herman Lang / Wolter Baumer (Mercedes) +33 laps