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Porsche Congratulates Motor Sport Legend Hans HerrmannRacing driver from Stuttgart celebrates his 80th birthday
Stuttgart. On February 23, 2008, Hans Herrmann, one of the most successful and popular works racing drivers of Dr. Ing. h.c. F.
He also drove for other manufacturers, but at heart Herrmann always remained a
After Herrmann had also secured the title of German Sports Car Champion in the same year, he attracted the attention of Mercedes-Benz head of racing Alfred Neubauer, who integrated the 26-year-old into his works team along with Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Karl Kling. Parallel to this, in 1954 Herrmann continued to start for
Never to be forgotten is the spectacular incident that occurred during the Mille Miglia in 1954, when Herrmann and his co-pilot Herbert Linge ducked flat under the barriers to cross the rails at a closed level crossing, right in the path of a rapidly approaching train. Later, Herrmann made a photo of the spectacular moment the subject of a letter card, with the inscription “Glück muss man haben” (“You’ve got to be lucky”). In conversation, he completed this definition in a much more serious undertone: “Glück hat, wer als Rennfahrer überlebt.” (“Luck, for a racing driver, is to survive”).
When in 1955 the Daimler-Benz works withdrew from motor sport, Hans Herrmann was at the start again for
In 1962 he changed to Carlo Abarth and was active as works driver for the Vienna design engineer from 1963. Three years later, in 1966, he returned to the
In 1969 the
He took this climax of a career in motor sport as the occasion to withdraw from active racing at the age of 42. He had also promised his wife Madelaine before the race that if he won he would give up his dangerous profession. This was also considerate of the wishes of his son, who had handed him a note for the race which said “Drive slowly, Papa”.
From now on, the curves he became familiar with were sales charts, in a firm bearing the simple name “Herrmann Autotechnik” and specializing in accessories and spare parts.
Please note: Photographs are available to accredited journalists from the
Hans Herrmann’s most important
1952 ADAC-Deutschlandfahrt – 356 – 1st Place (Class)
1953 24 Hours of Le Mans – 550
1953 Grand Prix Nürburgring – 550 Spyder – 1st Place (Class)
1954 Mille Miglia – 550 Spyder – 1st Place (Class)
1956 12 Hours of Sebring – 550 Spyder – 1st Place (Class)
1956 Grand Prix Nürburgring – 550 A Spyder – 1st Place (Class)
1960 12 hours of Sebring – 718 RS 60 – 1st Place (overall)
1966 Grand Prix Zeltweg – 906
1967 1000 km of Spa – 910 – 2nd Place (overall)
1967 Marathon de la Route, Nürburgring – 911 R – 1st Place (overall)
1968 24 Hours of Daytona – 907 – 1st Place (overall)
1968 1000 km Nürburgring – 907 – 2nd Place (overall)
1968 12 Hours of Sebring – 907 – 1st Place (overall)
1968 1000 km Paris – 908 – 1st Place (overall)
1969 1000 km Nürburgring – 908 – 2nd Place (overall)
1969 24 Hours of Le Mans – 908 – 2nd Place (overall)
1969 1000 km Monza – 908 – 2nd Place (overall)
1970 1000 km Nürburgring – 908 – nd Place (overall)
1970 24 Hours of Le Mans – 917 – 1st Place (overall)