The legendary hill-climb track at the Schauinsland Mountain near Freiburg was internationally famous. The first hill-climbing race took place there in 1925. In the following years, the race grew to be an international competition, which often attracted more than 20,000 spectators during the golden era of the Schauinsland hill climbs in the 30’s. This was very true of the 13th Schauinsland hill climb, which was part of the German hill climbing championship; it took place on August 1st,1937 and boasted a list of drivers from 10 different nations.
Most noteworthy were the two top racing teams: Auto Union with Hans Stuck and Bernd Rosemeyer and Mercedes-Benz with Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred v. Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang. The race-track was 12 km long, leading all the way to the top of Schauinsland Pass with 178 turns for drivers to negotiate and an ascent of 780 meters on slopes that could be 12? uphill. At the end of the race, Hans Stuck lived up to his nickname, driving his #111 Auto Union Type C with twin-tire rear wheels to victory by one second ahead of his team mate Bernd Rosemeyer, who was also on a Type C, but with single-tire rear wheels.
Mercedes-Benz didn’t have a chance that day. Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang, each on a W125, finished 3rd and 4th. Back then the drive-axle was often fitted with twin tires in order to improve the transmission of motor torque onto the road. This resulted in better traction and made it easier to control the veer-off forces in narrow hill curves. But ultimately, it was not only the engine power, but also the driving skills and, above all, the cornering technique of a pilot that was essential for winning the victory. Our hand-crafted metal precision model is a replica of Hans Stuck’s winning vehicle with starting number 111 and twin-tire rear wheels.