Now with Corona, all the outdoor activitys came to rest. And planning something for this year is a waste of time as nobody knows when the situation is going back to normal.

 

Time will tell and I am thinking about next year and next year there will be some exiting events coming up.

The most exciting one will be the 3. Pan European Conference. We are planing to have it at the last October weekend in 2021. As far as we know, it will not clash with other big events in Europe. The intended location will be Torino Italy.

Back home in Berlin there will be another exciting event at the end of September. The Avus track will be celebrating its 100 th. birthday. The first race on the brand new track was held onSeptember 24th 1921.The planning for a big celebration is well underway.

 

Another remarkable  date would be the 27th of June.  That will be the 120th aniversary of the race Paris Berlin. Sadly there will be no celebration. At least I will try to have a glass of Champagne, while looking out of the window onto the racecourse on 29th of June. Recently I read in a daily newspaperfrom June 1901, that the race will pass Spandau, where I live, And to make it 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.

The Gladiator racing car # 44 with the driver Mercier which took part in the Voiture Legere class at the race Paris Berlin. The car did notreach Berlin.

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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