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#1 molly

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 20:30

Hello everyone! New here, and have really enjoyed looking around. Seems like a great group, and I'll be learning a lot!

I am currently on the quest for any and all information concerning German FJ driver Willy Lehmann. He worked for Heinz Melkus in the late 1950s before branching off into his own venture. I have a slew of race results through 1962, but little else--was hoping to find some more detailed information about him and the cars he drove.

Thanks in advance! :) Molly

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#2 wolf sun

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 20:47

Hi Molly, I might have some informations on Lehmann, it might take me until the end of the week to find it though...

#3 molly

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 20:56

Fantastic, I really appreciate it! Doing research on a car and chasing a hunch...unfortunately there's very little I've been able to uncover on Lehmann. Thanks! :wave:

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 07:19

I have some informations on my website: http://www.norisring...e/norframe3.htm and http://www.norisring...orframe3_61.htm .

Another one could be http://www.ddr-formel1.de !

Greetings

Jürgen

#5 hatrat

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 09:52

Although probably not related to the Willy Lehmann query, I am trying to find some history of a Lola Mk2 Formula Junior that raced in Germany between 1961 and around 1966. The car was an ex Fitzwilliam Team Lola that ended up in a museum in Marxzell in 1971 ("liberated" in 2005).

#6 Alexey Rogachev

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 19:00

molly: I hope this is what you are looking for :)

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(Source: "Motor-Jahr", 1972)

#7 molly

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 19:41

WOW!! Thank you ALL so much for taking the time to respond! Some marvelous material and resources here, I am so grateful. Before TNF, Mr. Lehmann was becoming a real threat to my sanity... You guys are alright. :)

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#8 anjakub

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 20:09

On 24 October 1962 at Krakow (Rakowice airfield) Willy Lehmann won the first international Formula Junior race in Poland. The second was Heinz Melkus, third Hans-Theo Tegeler and fourth first Polish driver Edward Wroclawski.

#9 Alexey Rogachev

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 21:01

Also http://www.formel3guide.com would be of use.

#10 anjakub

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 13:50

And of course http://www.formula2.net

#11 wolf sun

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 20:28

...and here´s my twopennies worth:



(From East German book Motorsport Almanach 1953 by Rosenhammer/Grassmann):

"Lehmann, Willy, geboren am 30. August 1925 in Bitterfeld. Der DDR-Meister der Formel-III-Klasse 1952 begann seine Rennfahrerlaufbahn im Frühjahr 1950 mit einem selbstgebauten Kleinstrennwagen bis 750 ccm. Schon im ersten Jahr sehr schöne Erfolge, denn bei sechs Starts wurden drei Siege und drei zweite Plätze erobert. 1951 16mal mit dem neugebauten Formel-III-Wagen am Start, davon sechsmal im Westen unserer Heimat bei internationalen Veranstaltungen. In dieser Saison sechs Siege auf den Rennstrecken der DDR. Im Westen sprangen mehrere gute Mittelplätze heraus. 1952 drei Siege auf den Meisterschaftsstrecken der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik und damit Erringung der DDR-Meisterschaft der abgelaufenen Saison. Zwei zweite und ein dritter Platz gegen starke westdeutsche Konkurrenz sowie der dritte Platz auf der Avus und der fünfte Platz in Hockenheim vervollständigen die Erfolgsserie des Jahres 1952."

The results pages in the same book list Lehmann as follows:

1950:
DDR-Bester (sic) Kleinstrennwagen bis 750 ccm
BMW-Eigenbau

1952
DDR-Meister Rennwagen Formel III
BMW-Eigenbau
(wins at Halle on June 8th, Leipzig on August 17th, and Sachsenring on September 9th)


Also, he is credited with holding the F3 lap records (at the end of the 1952 season) at the following circuits:

Leipzig Stadtpark
set in 1952 on his Eigenbau (curiously there is no mention of BMW here, unlike later events) - no average speed is given

Dresden Autobahnspinne
1951/Eigenbau/89.55 km/h

Bernburger Saale-Dreieck
1952/Eigenbau/87.57 km/h

Schwerin/Rund um den Pfaffenteich
1952/BMW-Eigenbau (!)/80.67 km/h

Schleizer Dreieck
1951/BMW-Eigenbau/85.90 km/h


That´s about it; sorry for the (hopefully not too) confusing German/English mix - if anyone would like a complete English translation, tell me and I´ll do it!

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 05:46

Bester

is short from bester ermittlung = it is not championship, only competititon for the best

#13 molly

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 20:17

Thanks again, everyone! Much appreciated! :wave: