Legends of Motorsport: Bernd Rosemeyer | Hagerty Media
Picture a 20-something biker slaloming his motorcycle between overhead trolley piers while standing nonchalantly atop its saddle. That's how Zora Arkus-Duntov-the then-future patron saint of the Corvette-met Bernd Rosemeyer in 1931 when the two worked at competing Berlin motorcycle shops. The fearless Rosemeyer won the first time he raced his 250cc Zundapp motorcycle and a [...] https://www.hagerty.com/media/motorsports/legends-of-motorsport-bernd-rosemeyer/
Rosemeyer was an interesting case study. He had tremendous talent and was by far the most successful racer in the horribly handling Type-C. He had no preconceived notions about how the car was supposed to handle, having next to zero experience driving a car prior to racing for the Auto Union team, so he just adapted and figured that was normal. He was the only German driver to win the Vanderbilt Cup, in 1937 at the old Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island. Unfortunately, his career was forever tainted by being a member of the NSKK as were most German drivers at the time and later the SS, which used him and his wife as show ponies for the Nazi party.
The article should have included information regarding his ties to the Nazi Party; but the story of his racing career is certainly worth presenting here. Denying history doesn’t make it go away. Not learning from it is dangerous.
I can't see it having been that much easier to be a public figure in Nazi Germany who rejected Hilter than it is now to be a public figure in the US who doesn't support Biden, and for exactly the same reasons.
Although Rosemeyer was not in the race, as the new AU car was not completed. The 1938 Pau Grand Prix was won by René Dreyfus, who was Jewish, driving a Delahaye 145, beating the Mercedes team. The SS spent the whole occupation of France looking for the racecar, which had been cleverly hidden outside of Paris, with the intent of destroying the evidence of German failure. The tiny Delahaye racing effort was funded by an American woman to add further insult to German dominance.
The book Faster by Neal Bascomb tells that story very well, and there is a fair amount dedicated to discussions about Caracciola and Rosemeyer. I also highly recommend Tracks - Racing in the Sun by Martini which is the story of European racing in the 1930s and the influence of the politics of the day.
I have been a fan of his for a very long time, as he was one hell of a driver and had the very best equipment available at the time. I also have been a Porsche junkie since the early 1960's, and am not surprised that Rosemeyer's Auto Unions were powered by Porsche power.
These are the 'history events' that shouldn't be_ neglected / forgotten. In these times, it's all about "Tech". _____Who cares Over the last 40 years, I can count: 8 / Formula_1 drivers that are worth their Mark