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Born on this day (27th - March)

Louis LeCocq

1892 - 1919


Cale Yarborough

1939


Garcia Veiga

1945


Didier de Radiguès

1958


Mark Lovell

1960 - 2003


Parker Johnstone

1961


Gregor Foitek

1965


David Coulthard

1971



Died on this day (27th - March)

Tom Alley

1889 - 1953


Heinz Schiller

1930 - 2007



Wilhelm Werner
Wilhelm Werner
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Born
23 / 4 / 1874
Died
9 / 3 / 1947
Started as as a mechanic at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1895. Raced for Daimler and Mercedes winning many races including the 244-mile road race from Nice-Salon-Nice race and La Turbie hillclimb. At one time he was the chief chauffeur to Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Born 1874 in Grossgartach, Germany, Werner started his career in 1895 as a mechanic at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft.

In 1896 he went abroad with one of the first Daimler cars as a mechanic and driver, to the Daimler representatives in Vienna. Here he entered service with Baron Alfred Springer in 1899. During the "Nice racing week" of 1901 he gained four victories with the first Mercedes, a 35 hp car. Werner effortlessly won the 244-mile road race from Nice to Salon and back to Nice at an average speed of 36.0 mph and the La Turbie hillclimb at 31.9 mph. He was bested only by steam cars, still supreme over short distances, in the speed trials on the Nice promenade. His best speed over the flying kilometer was 53.4 mph.

In 1902 he was employed as a driver and chauffeur by the American Clarence Gray Dinsmore. After the latter's death Werner was appointed chief chauffeur to Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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