Bernd Rosemeyer drew his final breath in a wooded area adjacent to the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn in Germany. The end came not after a long life blessed with fond memories and adoring grandchildren but as the sudden eclipse of the silver arrow racing era’s brightest star.
Fans of the 1934-39 period, when Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz ran wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph in 500-hp single-seaters, so relish Rosemeyer’s verve that we’ll exploit any excuse to revisit his life and times. Here’s mine: celebrate the centennial of Rosemeyer’s birth and Audi’s beginning with a 1500-mile tour of Germany in an Audi R8 powered by a 5.2-liter V-10.
Source: Automobile Magazine