Josef Peters was one of those Germans who competed on the domestic scene in the early 1950s with a sports-bodied Veritas-BMW. As well as sports car events, Peters retired from Formula 2 races at Avus and Grenzlandring (a race around the town’s ring road) in 1951.
Surprise Grand Prix driver
A fuller schedule was planned for the following season and when the world championship was suddenly switched to F2 rules, his Veritas was one of seven such cars entered in the German Grand Prix. However, his only appearance at that level barely lasted a lap around the Nürburgring before his engine failed.
Peters was third at the Grenzlandring later that year but what was his best F2 result was overshadowed by Helmut Niedermayr’s crash into the crowd that left several dead. His Veritas was also suitable for sports cars and Peters raced once in the new World Sportscar Championship. Sharing with Wolfgang Seidel, he finished fifth in the 1953 Nürburgring 1000Kms to win the 2000cc sports class. That was his last appearance in a major race.