F1 Grand Prix 1954

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19/9/1954; I Grosser Preis von Berlin ,AVUS ,Juan-Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling, Hans Herrmann, Jean Behra, André Pilette, Helmut Nidermayr, Fred Wacker, Mercedes-Benz W196 (ch. 4/5/2), Gordini T16 (ch. 32/31), Klenk Meteor, Gordini T16 (ch. 34)

A racing fete was organized at the AVUS at the end of the 1954 to celebrate the all-conquering Mercedes team. No other works team showed up, though, with the exception of Equipe Gordini with three cars for Behra, Pilette and the American Wacker. The Mercedes parade was disrupted for a while by Jean Behra. The 90,000 spectators watched first in amazement and then in wild enthusiasm the plucky Frenchman inserted between the streamlined silver cars behind that of Fangio. Behra had been able to slipstream and to gain a few hundred revs. The engine could stand this torture for about 15 laps and then a piston blew and the block totally split in two parts. The W196 cars resumed their procession to the finish three laps ahead of the first of the others, Pilette in another Gordini.
First victory for a german in a german car in F1, the Gordini from Jean Behra was the only car to maintain the contact.
Pau GP

"Mercedes at Reims" by Nicholas Watts

Mercedes W196's of Fangio & Kling that finished 1-2 at the '54 French GP. Signed by Fangio
1954 German Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 30/7-1/8 1954



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