Rudolf Schoeller is the 10th oldest man to start a world championship Grand Prix – well into his 51st year when he raced in the 1952 German GP. He replaced Peter Hirt in Ecurie Espadon’s Ferrari 212 that day – qualifying 26th but retiring early on raceday.
Schoeller bought the team at the end of the year and entered national hillclimbs before ending his own driving days. He entered the Ferraris in the 1953 German (for Kurt Adolff) and Swiss GPs with Hirt and Max de Terra his drivers. However, Schoeller closed Ecurie Espadon soon afterwards.
He died in 1978 in the small Swiss town of Grabs, close to the border with Lichtenstein.