Bernd Rosemeyer achieved international fame primarily as one of Auto Union’s top drivers in Grand Prix races and world speed record attempts in the Silver Arrows era of the 1930s. His racing triumphs in Europe, Africa and the USA made him a public idol – not least because of his swashbuckling driving style.
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.