The impossible victory⬇GP of the Nürburgring 1935
This event was considered to be one of the greatest motorsports victories of all time. The 1935 German Grand Prix was held under one of the most chilling & dreadful conditions. An estimated 300,000 German fans including some of the most powerful and high ranking Third Reich officers showed up for the race. There were high expectations that one of the German drivers would win the race since they had the most powerful and advanced cars. 3 Alfa-Romeo was presented by the Scuderia Ferrari team and were driven by Italian drivers Tazio Nuvolari & Antonio Brivio, along with Monegasque Louis Chiron. The rest of the competitors were from Maserati, ERA & Bugatti and were contested under private teams.
The race position was determined by a ballot & Tazio Nuvolari secured the front row at P2 but due to a poor start, Nuvolari dropped down to the third place with team mates Brivio retiring at lap 1 & Chiron at Lap 5 leaving Tazio with the only Alfa Romeo left competing in the race. Italian legend Nuvolari, drove a very hard race in appalling conditions, and after a dreadful start was able to pass a number of cars, particularly while some of the German cars pitted. By lap 10, Nuvolari was already leading the race while the rest of the cars were struggling to maintain a grip on the now rain-soaked track. After a botched pit in which he lost a total of 2.14 min due to refuelling delays from a broken pressure pump, he joined the race at 6th place. He drove on the limit, made up the time and was 2nd by the start of the last lap- 35sec behind leader Manfred von Brauchitsch in a Mercedes. But Manfred had ruined his tyres by pushing very hard in the dreadful conditions- and Nuvolari was able to catch the German & take victory in front of the stunned German High Command. The small 42-year-old Italian ended up finishing in front of 8 running Silver Arrows- and 2nd placed Hans Stuck was 2min behind.
This victory is known as "The Impossible Victory". The crowd of 300,000 applauded Nuvolari, but the representatives of the Third Reich were enraged.
They had only the German hymn, but Tazio always traveled with Italian hymn on a vinyl record.