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Silver Arrows at the Goodwood Revival 2012

Silver Arrows at the 2012 Goodwood Revival – Auto Union Type C, 1936

Bernd Rosermeyer’s ascension to world champion came in the seat of the Auto Union Type C, as this car reigned from 1936 to 1938, winning six races. The third design of Ferdinand Porsche’s Auto Union Silver Arrows maximized weight to power ratio, as the engine grew in this model but the chassis and body shrunk. The size changes and weight distribution made the Type C extremely difficult to maneuver; very few drivers could decipher its nuances to maximize on its capabilities.

Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (photo: Julien Mahiels)
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (photo: Julien Mahiels)
Auto Union Type C
Bernd Rosemeyer winning in 1937 at Donington Park in an Auto Union Type C. (photo: Audi AG)
Auto Union Type C
German Hillclimb Championship, Schauinsland, 1936: Bernd Rosemeyer wins in the Auto Union Type C 16-cylinder racing car (photo: Audi AG)
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows
Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (photo: Tim Scott)

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  1. As David Hinshaw says, “Great photo gallery and history of these awesome machines. Thanks to all involved for putting this together!” Good also to see Stuck (senior!) in hill-climbing and also Luigi Fagioli who always seemed to be overshadowed by Caracciola and Seaman in pre-war racing and by Fangio and Farina in 1950-1951. A driver who deserves to be remembered more than he is. An article for your site, maybe?