Nostalgia in pictures: today we are still reminiscing about the motorsports heroes of the 20th century. Unfortunately their stories could not be saved for the posterity because technology was not as well developed as today. But belated, it is possible. The two Czechs Jan Rambousek and Petr Milerski created a picture book, that bunches all key scenes of the legendary races together: “When Motor Racing Was Bloody Dangerous”.
THE BMW 328 AT THE MILLE MIGLIA 1940.
1,000 km through Italy.
It remains one of the most important victories for BMW and the legendary 328: the Mille Miglia in 1940. At the world’s toughest road race, the drivers Fritz “Huschke” von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer got off to a good start and were dominating the race. At the refuelling stop, team and corps leader Adolf Hühnlein prevented the mandatory driver change because, for political reasons, he wanted to set up Hanstein as the winner. The partners obliged – at first, but the lead over pursuer Nino Farina in an Alfa Romeo got smaller and smaller. Thirty kilometres from the finish, the BMW 328 came to halt suddenly. Technical problems? No, Huschke von Hanstein defied the order of Hühnlein and handed the controls over to his teammate. After 8:55 hours and an average speed of 168 km/h, the duo won the 1,000-kilometre race with a five-minute lead. Even today, the BMW 328 gives fans goose bumps, for example, at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, in which BMW M also participates every year.