Life in the Fast Lane
In German, there is a saying that ‘Jeder ist seines Glückes Schmied’ – Man forges his own destiny. It’s an old saying, attributed to Swiss-German industrialist Walter Boveri. And it’s probably a theory that fellow Swiss Walter Brun embraced when he decided to leave his job at the postal service and take his career in a whole new direction. He was already under motorsport’s spell, and he had the big wide world calling him. Even before he was 30 years old, he was a regular hillclimb competitor and won the 1971 European Hillclimb Championship. Stints in the European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) followed, before he stepped onto the international stage as a team owner and driver in 1983 with his World Sportscar Championship programme.
His time in motorsport was unique, and synonymous of the wild ‘70s and ‘80s. From all accounts of those that shared the journey with him, it was a life well and truly lived in the fast lane. It was also a life that took him well beyond the point of financial ruin, and, thanks to his nous, back again. You can read Eckhard Schimpf’s account of the likable man with the recognisable moustache who took Brun Motorsport to the very top of the international sports car scene.
Enzo Ferrari’s approach was always a little more conservative. At the beginning of the 1960s, it took a lot of work to convince him of the idea of rear-engined Formula 1 design, even though other constructors had already shown how competitive the concept was. Ferrari’s then chief engineer Carlo Chiti was, however, able to also convince the boss that the same approach should be used for sports cars. The engine was fitted behind the driver for the 246 SP – and it worked. Thanks to the development of the 250 P, 250 LM, 275 P, and 330 P, Ferrari stayed on winners lane in sportscar racing until the early 1970s. Read all about Ferrari’s mid-engine revolution in our cover feature.
With these and plenty of other fantastic stories, I welcome you to our tenth issue of AUTOMOBILSPORT (an anniversary of sorts). We hope it brings you plenty of reading pleasure, and wish you a fantastic run down the finish straight of 2016.
Publishing house: Sportfahrer Verlag
Format: 210 x 297 Millimeter
More information: www.automobilsport-magazine.com