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Manfred von Brauchitsch in 1986 with Mercedes-Benz K.
Manfred von Brauchitsch (15 August 1905 - 5 February 2003) was a Germanmarker auto racing driver who drove for Mercedes-Benz in the famous "Silver Arrows" of Grand Prix motor racing in the 1930s.

Although an excellent driver who had reasonable success, he struggled with bad luck, and was overshadowed by his more successful Mercedes-Benz team-mates Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang.

Racing career

He won three Grands Prix - the 1934 ADAC Eifelrennen which saw the first appearance of Silver Arrows Mercedes Race cars, the 1937 Monaco Grand Prix (considered his greatest victory), and the 1938 French Grand Prixmarker. His fastest lap in the 1937 Monaco race (1 minute 46.5 seconds, 11.9 seconds faster than the old record lap) set a record that stood for 18 years.

He was twice runner-up in the European Championship, in 1937 and 1938, and finished third in 1939.

He was noted for his red helmet and his bad luck, losing a number of other Grands Prix when he was on the very verge of winning (no less than five, by some counts). His most famous loss was the 1935 German Grand Prixmarker, when a tire blew while he was leading the last lap, handing victory to Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo in one of the latter's most famous victories - the only time during the reign of the Silver Arrows when a Grand Prix was won by a car other than a Mercedes or Auto Union.

Personal life

He was born in Hamburgmarker, of an old military family (his uncle was the famous World War II general Walther von Brauchitsch). He entered the German Reichswehr after World War I, but after a serious accident he was invalided out in 1928.

Due to his many racing injuries, he was rejected for military service in World War II. While working during the war, he met his first wife, Gisela. After the war, in 1955 he defected to East Germanymarker after various legal problems; Gisela committed suicide a year later.

Whilst he was over there, he was in charge of its national motor sport organisation as well as becoming president of its movement to promote the Olympic ideal. That the led to him being awarded the Olympic Order in 1988 by the International Olympic Committeemarker

He later remarried, to Lieselotte; they were later permitted to occasionally visit West Germanymarker. Following the passing of Hermann Lang in 1987, he was regarded as the last surviving member of the pre-war "Silver Arrow" drivers. von Brauchitsch died in Graefenwarth on 2003.

Complete European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, * denotes a shared drive)
Year Entrant Make 1 2 3 4 5 EDC Points
1935 Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz BEL

2 *
GER

5
SUI

Ret
ITA

Ret
ESP

3
5= 25
1936 Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz MON

Ret
GER

7
SUI

Ret
ITA

10= 24
1937 Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz BEL

Ret
GER

2
MON

1
SUI

3
ITA

Ret
2 15
1938 Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz FRA

1
GER

Ret
SUI

3
ITA

3 *
2 15
1939 Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz BEL

3
FRA

Ret
GER

Ret
SUI

3
4= 19


References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/manfred-von-brauchitsch-730055.html


Further reading

  • Chris Nixon, Racing the Silver Arrows: Mercedes-Benz versus Auto Union 1934-1939 (Osprey, London, 1986) pp. 82–91


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