The life of Hans Herrmann reads like the script of a film from the golden age of cinema, he was born in 1928 and is a baker by trade, in the 1950s he started racing with the Mercedes-Benz factory team where his talent quickly led to him being hired to race at some of the most iconic motorsport events of the era.
Before long he was taking part in the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, Le Mans and many early Formula 1 races. He took Porsche’s first win in a 917 in 1970. He was 43 at the time.
Possibly the most famous of the true stories about Herrmann comes from the 1954 Mille Miglia, he came around a blind corner at over 100mph to see a railway crossing with the beam down. With no time to brake he tapped his co-driver on the helmet to make him duck and flew under the gate with 2 inches to spare. If he hadn’t been driving a low-slung Porsche 550 he wouldn’t have made it.
If you’d like to see more from the life of Hans, click here to visit the online book dedicated to him by Mercedes-Benz.