Erwin Bauer’s one international single-seater race of note was the 1953 German Grand Prix. His Formula 2 Veritas RS started from 33rd position but retired after just a lap of the Nürburgring.
Sports cars and tragic death
He was more regularly seen racing in the circuit’s sports car race and his OSCA MT4 was eighth in the 1000Kms later that month.
Colin Chapman’s delay a year later gave Bauer the opportunity to impress in the Eifelrennen meeting. The Lotus founder arrived after sports car practice so the organisers refused to allow him to race his 1500cc Lotus-MG. Bauer took his place and finished fourth to earn the fledgling marque its best overseas result so far.
Bauer shared Gottfrid Köchert’s Ferrari 500TR at the 1957 Nürburgring 1000Kms (when 13th) and Le Mans 24 Hours and they returned to the ‘Ring a year later for what would be a tragic day.
Unbeknown to Bauer, he had already finished the 1958 Nürburgring 1000Kms in 10th position. He kept on at racing speed after the chequered flag and crashed into a tree while avoiding a slowing car. The unfortunate driver succumbed to his injuries two days later.