historicracing

Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld
Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld
GERMANY

Born
19 / 3 / 1899
Died
? / ? / 1992
One of the pioneer in racing aerodynamics. In his youth Reinhard was already interested in aerodynamics. And, after a very successful career as a racing driver (1924 German motorcycling champion) this interest became a profession. Inspired by Zeppelin`s airships, Reinhard worked at reducing the wind resistance faced by road cars. Already by 1929 the last owner of Fachsenfeld castle had started the idea of reducing fuel consumption by better aerodynamics. Nowadays aerodynamic car bodies are perfectly normal in the automobile industry. But it took pioneering spirit and a lot of persistence to awake any interest in this subject. Reinhard von Koenig attracted the public's attention with record-breaking drives and victories achieved by racing drivers such as Kurt May and von Brauchitsch on the Berlin AVUS circuit with cars equipped with his aerodynamic bodies.