Mythos Nürburgring

1930's

Poster of the Grand Prix of Germany on 25th July 1937 at the Nürburgring.
Poster of the Grand Prix of Germany on 25th July 1937 at the Nürburgring.

Economic crisis and silver arrows, lap records and tank tracks

 

After Nürburgring's grand opening during the worldwide depression, news from the racetrack brought constant new reports of new records set in the number of visiting spectators, at the latest starting with the era of the legendary Silver Arrows.

 

1934 – The Silver Arrow was born, celebrating its premier on the ring.

 

The Mercedes Team had spent the night before the race in the spring of 1934 personally scraping off the coat of paint with their hands in order to comply with the weight limit of 750 kilograms. The shining silver aluminum of the bear bodywork below was exposed, giving the vehicle its name. Nürburgring had long since established itself as the most popular German racetrack. During the Eifel race in 1939, Hermann Lang set a lap record with his twelve cylinder Mercedes at 9.52 minutes, which remained unbeaten until 1956. Rudolf Caracciola once again won the Grand Prix of Germany. For the time being, the last victory on the Ring.

 

During World War II, there was no room for motor sports – the Sport Hotel located at the grandstand was converted to makeshift housing and a hospital, the racetrack was severely damaged by tanks during the last months of the war.

Motorsport history of the 1930's:

 

 

 

Eifelrennen am 07. Juni 1931
Großer Preis von Deutschland am 17. Juli 1932
Großer Preis von Deutschland am 19. Juli 1931
Eifelrennen am 3. Juni 1934
Großer Preis von Deutschland am 15. Juli 1934
Eifelrennen am 14. Juni 1936
Großer Preis von Deutschland  am 26. Juli 1936
Eifelrennen am 13. Juni 1937
Großer Preis von Deutschland am 25. Juli 1937
Großer Preis von Deutschland  am 24. Juli 1938
Eifelrennen am 21. Mai 1939
Großer Preis von Deutschland am 23. Juli 1939

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