1935 German Grand Prix

Grosser Preis von Deutschland

Sunday, July 28, 1935
Round:
2
Weather:
Wet
Laps:
22
Fastest Lap:
Von Brauchitsch, 10m32.0
Country:
Germany
Circuit:
1935 season:
Report

Classic victory in the German G.P. Von Brauchitsch’s proverbial bad luck. Disappointment of vast crowd

There have been many examples of the glorious uncertainty of motor-racing, but none more striking than the last lap of the 1935 German Grand Prix. To the 250,000 spectators who lined the Nurburg Ring a German victory was a foregone conclusion, and yet Nuvolari snatched the lead from von Brauchitsch half a lap from the finishing line to give Italy a completely unexpected triumph.

Naturally the Germans regarded their own Grand Prix as the most important event of the season, and their preparations were correspondingly thorough. Five Mercedes-Benz were entered and four Auto-Unions. In practice there were actually eight Mercs at the Ring, three of them spare cars. The Auto-Unions had been completely overhauled in order to cure their mysterious overheating trouble, and Dr. Porsche and Willy Walb were quietly confident. The chief foreign opposition came from the Ferrari Alfa-Romeos, 3.8-litre monopostos with Dubonnet front-springing. The field was completed with five Maseratis, a 3.3 Bugatti, a 3-litre Alfa-Romeo, and a brace of 2-litre E.R.A.s which thus gave Britain a stake in a big Grand Prix race for the first time for many years.

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