Read your article on the prewar BMW with great interest. Although I knew he had a prewar racing career, I never knew that Huschke von Hanstein was one of their racing drivers. But what intrigued me more was learning about one of their lesser lights, Willi Briem, who, while not spectacular, seemed to be a consistent finisher. I’d never seen his name before and now am wondering if he was any relation to Herman Briem, who I knew quite well in the mid fifties as a Porsche training instructor and racing mechanic here in the U.S., working out of Competition Motors in Hollywood. He was also a close friend and the boss of Rolf Wuetherich, of James Dean fame, who I also knew. By age, Herman could have been Willi’s younger brother. Therefore, I wonder if anyone out there happens to know if there really is a family connection.
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