What would happened if...?
the war wouldn't have ended the racing projects of Auto Union & Mercedes-Benz?
Mercedes-Benz was one of the first car manufacturers of the world. Since the 1910s they're driving very successful in motorsports.
In 1932 another German car brand was founded: Auto Union, a association of several brands.
Auto Union & Mercedes-Benz dominated the next years of car racing. Only Alfa Romeo was a rival.
In 1939 WW2 began, all racing activities were stopped. German racing drivers Rudolf Hasse, Ernst Günther Burgaller & Uli Bigalke didn’t survived the war. Also a few French, British and Italian drivers died, some of them as resistance fighters. Some of them, like Richard Seaman, Ernst von Delius & Bernd Rosemeyer died before the was has started.
Some survivors tried themselves in f1 after the war. Paul Pietsch, Hans Stuck, Herrmann Lang or Luigi Fagioli with less success. But Stuck & HP Müller were successful on hillclimb & motorcycle.
Rudolf "Carratsch" Caracciola retired in 1952 after a huge sportscar crash. He died in 1959.
Tazio Nuvolari was too ill to drive f1. He died in 1953 after some sportscar races.
Lang was dependent by medicines for war injuries.
A new era of drivers like Fangio, Karl Kling, Hans Herrmann has started. A mix of old pre war driver & young ones who survived the war or didn't came into the army.
It's hard to imagine what would have been without the war. The Nazis supported German motorracing as well. And they played a big role in the beginning of the war. Without the Nazis no war, but maybe also no great German racing.
Mercedes-Benz had a new & successful racing programme between 1952 & 1955 again with race director Alfred Neubauer. They came back in the 1980s.
Auto Union still build some road cars, now as DKW. A lot of little racing car manufacturers started, one of them was Porsche. Imagine they would be replaced by Auto Union.
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