Anouncing the:

   Third European Conference for
             Automotive History

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After a long wait, we are now proud to anounce the third European Conference for Automotive History. After we had to postpone the conference two times, we are now quite sure that we can have the conference without too many Corona restrictions.

Nach langer Wartezeitsind wir Stolz daraufdie Dritte Europäische Konferenz für Automobil Geschichte anzukündigen. Nachdem wir zweimal verschiben mussten, sind wir jetzt sehr sicher das wir die Konferenz ohne große Corona restriktionen durchführten können.

 

 

                     AVUS 100

 

Back home in Berlin we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Avus racetrack. . The first race on the brand new track was held onSeptember 24th 1921.

Hier in Berlin feierten wir den Einhundertsten Jahrestag der Avus Rennstrecke. Das erste Rennen auf der Nagelneuen Strecke fand am 24.09.1921 statt.

 

 

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Start of the 4HP Taxclass at the Avus race 1923. On the left an Apollo with Carl Slevogt and on the right Graf on an EGO at the wheel.

 

Der Start der 4 PS Steuerklasse beim Avus Rennen 1923. Links der Apollo von Carl Slevogt, rechts Graf auf Ego.am Steuer.

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NAG racing car at the Avus race 1922. Driver Hans Berthold who came second behind Cristien Riecken in an similar car.

NAG Rennwagen beim Avus Rennen 1922. Fahrer Hans Berthold, der zweiter hinter Christian Riecken in einem gleichen Auto wurde.

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Goggomobil Coupe at a race for small cars around 1960 in the south bend.

Goggomobil Coupe in einem Kleinwagen Rennen um 1960 in der Südkurve.

Another remarkable  date was the 27th of June 2021.  That was  the 120th aniversary of the race Paris Berlin. Sadly there was no celebration. I read in a daily newspaper from June 1901, that the race will pass Spandau, where I live, And to make it even more exciting, it was going along the street where I live passing the front of the house before traversing the river Havel, towards Charlottenburg, where the race was finished.

Ein anderes bemerkenswertes Datum war der 27. Juni  2021. Das wart der 120 ste Jahrestag des Rennens Paris - Berlin. Leider gab es da keine Feier dazu. In einer Zeitung vom Juni 1901 las ic, das das Rennen durch Spandau, wo ich wohne, ging. Noch besser war das es an dem Haus vorbeiging, in dem ich wohne bevor es über die Havel nach Charlottenburg ging , wo das Rennen endete.

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The Gladiator racing car # 44 with the driver Mercier which took part in the Voiture Legere class. The car did not reach Berlin.

Ein Gladiator Rennwagen. Der Fahrer der Nummer 44 war Mercier. Er nahmm in der Klasse der Leichten Wagen Teil. Das Auto kam nicht bis Berlin.

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Michael Graf Wolff Metternich

Michael Graf Wolff Metternich, one of the most known automobile historians in Germany, died on February 14th in his home in his 98th  year.

He was born on 21.Juli 1920 and even as a boy he began to collect Automobilia. His first car was a Bugatti, but as this was in 1940 , he had to stop driving and becoming a soldier. From 1945 – 1949 he was prisoner of war with the Russians.  In 1954 he married Baroness Ingmarie von Ritter zu Groensteyn and in 1958 he became the proud father of Bosco  Graf Wolff Metternich. In 1962 Michael began to collect together with his friend Richard von Frankenberg old cars, because they thought about making a German Automobile Museum. During this time he bought his Maybach and developed more than a soft spot for this make. He founded the Maybach club and was for quite a long time the president of the club. He was also an active member of the Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club (Germanys oldest car club). Later he began writing his first articles for German automobile magazines and also the first of several Maybach books. In 1997 he founded with Hans Otto Neubauer the AHG (Automobilhistorische Gesellschaft) the German club for automotive historians. They both wrote the essential book “Sie bauten Autos”, which describes more than one hundred German speaking automobile engineers from 1885 until 1945. The last book he wrote was “Maybach und der Motorsport”, (Maybach and the motorsport) it was published in 2009.

He was always very helpful and if someone researched in a topic and asked him for help, he was the last one to say no.

He always took part at the meetings of the AHG and as he became to old to do longer journeys the AHG  developed  the ”Metternichtage” a meeting which was and will be always in spring. The first one was near his home and he held there a very interesting speech about his (car )live.  In 2016 he came to the Metternichtage at Ober Ramstadt where he gave an very interesting speech about Arnold Zoller, his cars, engines and of course superchargers. Last year he came too, but gave no speech. Mentally he seemed  as young as ever.

I met him personally the first time in 1999 and he was always a nice charming ma, who could tell interesting stories of cars he passengered in his childhood. As he came from a well situated family he had plenty of family members driving interesting cars.  Steiger, Mercedes SS and others and so he was a mine of information.

With him the German automotive historians lost the person who gave the German car history a home.

 

TThe AHG will hold his name in honour with the “Metternich Tage”

Michael Graf Wolff Metternich in Ober Ramstadt 2016

Photo: Wolfgang Blaube

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