Erwin Bauer

Erwin Bauer

17/7/1912 - 3/6/1958

Formula One driver for the Veritas team who died in the 1958 ADAC 1000 because he failed to notice the chequered flag and continued at racing pace. Coming across a slower car, his Ferrari slid wide and crashed into trees.

Formula One driver who raced for the Veritas team. He became famous for racing an outclassed Lotus to a fourth place in the 1954 Nurburgring 1000 Km., and thus providing Lotus with one of its earliest successes.

His sole race in Formula One came in 1953 at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, same track where he was killed five years later in a 2-litre sports Ferrari 250 TR. He was driving with Kochert in the 1958 ADAC 1000 Kilometer Rennen at the Nürburgring. They did well enough to finish the race in tenth place. Tragically, though, Bauer did not notice the chequered flag at the end of the event and raced on at full speed. Then, when trying to pass a slower car on the outside of a turn, the Ferrari slid wide and smashed into the track side trees. The exuberant Bauer was transported to a hospital, and died in Cologne, Germany, two days later.

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