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436.9 kilometers per hour on the Autobahn, circa 1938

Records are made to be broken, and out of conflict comes unity. Thus is the case between rivals Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union with the creation of the 1934 W25 Grand Prix race car. Perhaps the following transcript will explain it best: — Alfred Neubauer: ” It is October. A wet, cold wind blowing over the highway at Gyón, south of Budapest. We fear this wet, this wind. We still want to win world records.” At the wheel of the record car sits Rudolf Caracciola. “Rudy travels. And – he drives for the first time in his life over 300 kilometers per hour. Faster, more than ever a man is driven… Continue Reading »


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