Hero Driver Spotlight - Hans Herrmann

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The German driver Hans Herrmann is probably the oldest active GP and sports car driver in the world. He was born on February 23rd, 1928, and started his career in 1953 behind the wheel of a Veritas, a long gone German manufacturer of sports and racing cars. In 1954, he started driving for Mercedes-Benz beside the legends such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Herrmann Lang and Stirling Moss. During that period, Herrmann was a participant of legendary and mythical road races like Carrera Panamericana and Mille Miglia.

Talented driver who always searched for new challenges

In 1954 and 1955, during his contract with Mercedes-Benz, Herrmann proved to be very fast, sometimes even faster than his more famous colleagues, but a string of bad luck and mechanical failures doomed his hopes of winning. After the Mercedes period, Herrmann started driving for various GP and sports car teams.

Remembered by spectacular crashes

His driving was always very interesting and dynamic, and he was a crowd favorite. He is remembered by his spectacular crashes, one of which was the accident at the 1959 German Grand Prix when brakes on his BRM failed and he was thrown out of his car, sliding along the track. During the sixties, Herrmann drove for Porsche and Abarth, returning to Porsche works team in 1966.

Herrmann's crash with BRM at 1959 German Grand Prix

Herrmann’s crash with BRM at 1959 German Grand Prix

Herrmann scored the historic first Le Mans win for Porsche

His biggest success came in 1970 when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Porsche 917. This was the first and long awaited overall victory for Porsche, and the proper end of a long and interesting career of Hans Herrmann.

Herrman in Porsche 917 at Le Mans

Herrman in Porsche 917 at Le Mans

Regular guest at racing events

After the Le Mans win, Herrmann started a car spare parts business using his connections with various car companies. Since then, Herrmann is often seen during classic cars and racing events, participating either as an attendee or behind the wheel of a race car from legendary and glorious days of motorsport.

Video : Hans Herrmann ejected out of his car at the 1959 German Grand Prix

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