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Former Mercedes-Benz Driver and Rally Legend Eugen Böhringer Dies at 91

Ryan Joseph Ramos June 24, 2013

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Eugen Böhringer, one of the most successful drivers at the helm of a Mercedes-Benz in the 1960s, passed away last June 19 in Stuttgart. The rally legend, who took the 1962 European rally title, was 91.

Klaus Kaiser, one-time rally partner of Böhringer, commented that the rally driver “always gave his best,” during the 1992 celebration of the man’s 70th birthday. This was a testament to Böhringer’s great skill in taking heavy saloon vehicles of that time period through the most grueling and difficult rally routes.

Eugen-BohringerHis wins included the 1962 Acropolis Rally and the Liège–Sofia–Liège Rally (in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE W 112), and then in 1963 he pilotted the then-new 230 SL (W 113) “Pagoda” to a win at the 1963 Spa–Sofia–Liège Rally.

What’s interesting about all that is that Böhringer actually started off as a chef and was running a hotel owned by his family. Like many others then, he was driving as a private individual during all those long-distance races and rallies.

Mercedes-Benz says that it will continue to keep Böhringer’s memory alive as well as to commemorate his achievements. Visit this link for a more detailed account of the rally legend’s life.

 

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