Bob Burman was born in Imlay City, Michigan on April 23, 1884. At the age of 17 he won his first race, a local 5 mile match race. In 1906 he entered and won a 50-mile race in Detroit. Next was a 24 hour endurance race at St. Louis, MO. Teaming up with Ernest Kelly, Burman not only won, but beat the competition by 82 miles. Burman’s succes at the race track didn’t go unnoticed and he got signed as a factory driver by the Buick Company. He won the first race he entered under the Buick colors, the 187-mile Garden City Sweepstakes on Long Island.
Georg “Schorsch” Meier was born on November 9, 1910 in Mühldorf am Inn, Bavaria, Germany. After working as a mechanic, he joined the Bavarian state police in 1931. His driving talents was soon recognized and he took part to endurance races with BMW R4. In 1936, Meier won the German Army championship. Meier was signed to the BMW works team in 1937 and in 1938, in his first season, he became European champion in the 500cc class. In 1939, he was the first non-British to win the Senior Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man. In the same year, he also raced for the Auto Union team.
Rudolf Caracciola was born on 30 January 1901 in Remagen. As a boy he was fascinated by cars, gathered first experience at the wheel of an elderly 16/45 Mercedes during the First World War and made up his mind to become a racing driver.