Eighty years ago on Sunday, a young German by the name of Bernd Rosemeyer stubbed out a cigarette, climbed into his car and headed off down the autobahn.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: Bernd Rosemeyer – legendary speed demon, peerless racer
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.