120th anniversary of Rudolf Caracciola

04 Mercedes Benz Rudolf Caracciola

On January 30, it was 120 years since the most successful German pre-war racing driver, was born in Remagen, Germany.

Rudi Caraciola was the three-time European Grand Prix Champion from 1935, 1937 and 1938. He held 17 world speed records and drove for teams such as Alfa-Romeo or Mercedes-Benz.
The German public called him Caratschem and he was also known as the Regenmeister, for his smooth and fast drive in rainy conditions.

After retiring, Caracciola had been working as a Mercedes-Benz salesman. He died at the age of 58 in 1959. According to the legendary Mercedes racing team manager Alfred Neubauer, Caracciola was the really the greatest all the great drivers he knew (Nuvolari, Rosemeyer, Lang, Moss or Fangio).