Manfred von Brauchitsch
15 August 1905 – 5 February 2003
Manfred von Brauchitsch was born into a family with decidedly military roots but invested his own efforts into motor sport. Between 1934 and 1939, von Brauchitsch was engaged as a works driver for the three-pointed star. In addition to his victory in the 1934 Eifel Race, marking the debut of the Mercedes-Benz W 25 racing car, career highlights included wins at the 1937 Monaco Grand Prix and 1938 French Grand Prix. After the Second World War, von Brauchitsch was active for many years as president of the society for the promotion of the Olympic ideal.
9 June 1898 – 20 June 1952
Born near Ancona, Luigi Fagioli began his motor racing rather late and was affectionately known by his friends as ‘the old Abruzzan brigand’. He was already 28 years old when he competed in his first race, taking his first victory at the 1930 Coppa Principe di Piemonte. After becoming Italian Champion in 1933, Fagioli made a name for himself behind the wheel for his consistency and enthusiasm. These attributes led to an invitation to join the 1934 Mercedes-Benz works team. Fagioli returned the favour with Grand Prix victories in Monza (together with Rudolf Caracciola) and Lasarte, Spain, before capping these successes with first place in the first race of the 1935 season in Monaco.
Success in the Coppa Acerbo in Pescara (1934), the Avus (Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungs-Straße) in Berlin (1935) and in Barcelona (1935) further confirmed his selection. When his contract expired in 1936, Fagioli went on to drive for Auto Union and for Alfa Romeo. He was counted amongst the ‘three big F’ – Fangio, Farina, and Fagioli – who shared substantial numbers of Formula One victories amongst themselves in 1950 and 1951.