Novices Killed Testing 1930s GP Cars
Posted 14 September 2000 - 16:24
I am quite confident I read a story once about Daimler-Benz or Auto-Union (I think the former) testing a number of drivers, including some raw novices in their GP cars at the Nurburgring and the test was called off after one or two of them were killed in crashes.
As I have bought books on the subject I have searched for any mention of this and have failed to find any.
Did I imagine I read it? Was it a work of fiction? Had some magazine journo got it all wrong? Perhaps it was in a novel (I have read quite a few motor racing novels).
Can anyone help? It is a memory that comes up from time to time and puzzles me. It would be nice to put it to rest once and for all - one way or the other.
Posted 14 September 2000 - 16:36
Posted 15 September 2000 - 06:44
I think you have read it in Neubauer's Männer Frauen und Motoren (Speed was my life)
SPRING 1936: The promising new Auto Union junior driver Heydel had a fatal accident during spring tests at Monza.
Posted 15 September 2000 - 16:40
I think Leif is right; I would have read it in Neubauer's book. It is many years ago now.
My catalogue says I bought that book in June 1977 from Charles Mortimer in England.
I would have read it then - or very soon afterwards.
It is surprising, though, that these things are not written about in some of the histories of the GP teams and cars of the time.
Posted 29 September 2000 - 12:26
The other part is his attitude to the one who died. He seems to dismiss him as a moron, then include him because it suited the numbers. I think he as killed in a sedan, by the way, they didn't get into the good gear until they proved themselves, I guess.