Another week and another Bar Exam.
Last week’s question(s): Can you name the year and circuit (which Grand Prix) and the driver of the car in the picture. Can you also name the car he was driving?
The answer(s) I was looking for was: During the 1959 German Grand Prix held at Automobil-Verkehrs und Übungs-Straße (AVUS) circuit Hans Hermann was thrown from his BRM.
A one-off Formula 1 World Championship race took place at the venue in 1959. This event courted controversy as the hugely likeable Jean Behra was killed during practice in his Porsche, thereby casting a shadow over the victory by Ferrari’s Tony Brooks.
Even prior to the 1959 race, drastic changes had to be made to the event itself – such was the level of tyre degradation during test that the Grand Prix was split into to two shortened events running at thirty laps a piece. This race also produced one of the most stunning photographs in motor racing history – approaching south junction, the brakes on Hans Hermann’s BRM failed and the German drivers’ car pierced the makeshift straw bale barrier and was thrown clean into the air.
With no seatbelts to hold him in his airborne machine, Hermann was thrown clean from his car and he was able to walk away unscathed.
Well done to JJPM, BJF, C-bahn, Paul and Dave.
This week’s question: Can you name the drivers and cars in the photo as well as the race in which the photo was taken. Can you also name the winner of the race.
Please provide your answers in the field below.