He was the bearer of a famous name. But he did not just lay claim to the dignity that arose from it but exuded a natural charisma himself. Manfred von Brauchitsch was born into a family of pronouncedly military heritage. He nevertheless refused to continue the family tradition but rather set his sights on motor sports. Supported by affluent patrons, he started to compete in Mercedes-Benz sports cars - and proved to be highly successful. Between 1934 and 1939, he was a works driver for Mercedes-Benz. Apart from his brilliant debut in the 1934 Eifel race in a W 25, the highlights of his career were his victories in the 1937 Monaco Grand Prix and above all in the 1938 French Grand Prix.
After the war, Manfred von Brauchitsch decided in favour of the then German Democratic Republic (GDR), serving as President of the Society for the Promotion of the Olympic Idea for many years. He found it difficult to come to terms with the situation, changed once again, after German reunification in 1990. In his last years, he led a withdrawn life. Many people would have been surprised had they known that he was still with us. Manfred von Brauchitsch died in February 2003.