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Old 08-10-2009, 10:22 AM   #1
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Zoltan Glass was a jewish kid that grew up in Germany in the early 1900's. In 1925 or so, he decided to move to Berlin to pursue his passion in both auto racing and photography. It wasn't long before folks at Mercedes, Auto Union, and other manufac...

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Old 08-10-2009, 10:58 AM   #2
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There's a great book titled "Driving Forces" by Peter Stevenson, that addresses the pre WWII era of European racing and the Nazi "influence" on Mercedes and Auto Union. Once I started reading it I could hardly put it down.

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Old 08-10-2009, 11:05 AM   #3
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Looks like a really good book:

http://www.motorbase.com/shop/profiles/by-id/851/
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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just what I need to do, get another book. per your comment about symbols: is there any difference between the swastika and the "hope" stuff tacked everywere? not really, only time will tell what history will decide the symbol comes to mean.

Nuvolari looks so non-chalant. do you know where the picture was shot?
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:35 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=fur biscuit;4209913]... per your comment about symbols: is there any difference between the swastika and the "hope" stuff tacked everywere? not really, only time will tell what history will decide the symbol comes to mean.

uh, yeah, a pretty big difference actually...
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:46 AM   #6
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"2. The 1930’s was a hard period throughout the world - not just America. Still, these fellas found a way to make some beautiful machinery a reality. Is it just me or do these cars look and seem much more refined than the machines we were building in states during the same period? Thank god we were better at building performance aircraft just a decade later!"

The German companies had the full support and backing of the government at that time to beat the world and prove German superiority. US companies had a different focus. Of course, like you said, when we worked together later....
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #7
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The way I understand it, the nazi's (purposely not capitalized) were wanting the prestige that comes with racing victories and were just as ruthless about obtaining them as they were later when they started warring with everyone in Europe.
A small percentage of the masses in Germany at the time had any actual contact with racing and/or these great machines, that were built by the brightest talent they could put together, thus the high level of finish.
Awesome shots, thanx Ryan for posting them!
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:05 PM   #8
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I am not really familiar with car from the U.S. but I would not find it hard to believe that they were putting out far superior cars when compared to us during that time. I think I have the same car as my Desktop at work. The exhaust is certainly of similar characteristics.




Seeing them salute always carries are errie feeling with it. It definitely took a driving force for Germany's industrial base to become that strong and calculated during a time where the rest of the countries were trying to keep the workforce moving at all.

Love the pictures. He certainly did have a nice eye for this stuff. I am going to google his other stuff now for comparison.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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... per your comment about symbols: is there any difference between the swastika and the "hope" stuff tacked everywere? not really, only time will tell what history will decide the symbol comes to mean.

uh, yeah, a pretty big difference actually...
not really, the symbol is linked with the actions of the those associated with it, ad for good or bad, time will always tell. (no I am not making direct corelations between the 2)

the streamliner under the tarp with the clouds and rain, wow.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:07 PM   #10
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I saw the thread title and thought maybe Ryan got a new windshield...........
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Unique photos of some beautiful race cars taken by a very talented man. I also think the paving in the courtyard is amazing. Thanks for the pictures and info.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:13 PM   #12
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I think the "Euro" influence on streamlining is evident here:
Germany 1930s and USA early '50s


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Old 08-10-2009, 12:16 PM   #13
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Great post! I wish I had half of the inspiration / eye that this cat had!
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Wish I could find a larger image but I think this one was cool too!


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Old 08-10-2009, 12:22 PM   #15
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Seeing them salute always carries are errie feeling with it. QUOTE]


I read an article that said American soldiers saluted the same as the germans before WWII and changed because of the Nazis.
I dont know if its true.

I just hope the guy who owns this website doesnt find out y'all are talking about Nazis.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:31 PM   #16
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Heard that same thing about the Salute. Not sure if there is any truth to it but I have heard it.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #17
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Auto Union and Mercedes racing teams had unlimited budgets to work with: they didn't even know how much money they spent. The depression had already killed Miller. It's understandable how the Germans progressed so rapidly before 1940.

American hot rodders and racers were aware of the progress being made over there. Henry Ford certainly knew the superior efficiency of the Alfa 8C to his own V8 engine (more power, half the displacement), and Maseratis were seen at Indy before our entry in the war. European styling did influence Indy 'big cars', but road racing wasn't popular in the US until after the war. There was no reason to develop a road racing GP car in the US before the war.

Certainly the Germans figured out how to use 'dope' fuel for even more power, similar to American racers adding nitro as drag racing developed.

From that day to this, the Europeans led the way in automotive performance. Just look at how Dean Batchelor applied German technology to his stremliner, or how the Me262 changed the design of the F-86.

This subject is quite relevant to hot rodding.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:17 PM   #18
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Great Images great Story Thanks

and could we just enjoy the German Engineering without getting politics involve ?

as for the Swastika on the Camera ..I actually had one of those...Will have to go look for it

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Old 08-10-2009, 01:20 PM   #19
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The way I understand it, the nazi's (purposely not capitalized) were wanting the prestige that comes with racing victories and were just as ruthless about obtaining them as they were later when they started warring with everyone in Europe.
Not only that - it was a good way to develop high performance engine technology under an innocent appearing pretext. IŽd bet they learned a lot about aircraft engines from doing this. IIRC they were actually banned from developing high powered aircraft after WW1. There was a lot of activity around gliders though...
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It's a shame that some of the most beautiful man-made creations are born during some of the ugliest times. Thanks for the history lesson, Boss.
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