DKW in racing
DKW cars in racing and rallying
A DKW P 15 with a wood-framed body covered with imitation leather, reached the finish line in the 1929 Monte Carlo Rally – a remarkable achievement given that, due to deep snowdrifts, the starting point in Königsberg was only reachable by crossing the ice of the “Haff”.
Ove Rasmussen, son of the company’s founder, drove the first DKW with front-wheel drive in the Eibsee race in February 1931. Thanks to its front-wheel drive, the car was faster than even Bugatti and Amilcar, its strongest rivals, but the sensational demonstration was unfortunately cut short by a slide that ended in a bank of snow.
Thousands of successful race outings followed: whether with two-stroke engines and front-wheel drive or four-cylinder charge-pump engines and rear-wheel drive, DKW cars were there: on the Avus and Nürburgring circuits, at the International Alpine rally, at the Liege-Rome-Liege event, hillclimbs all over Europe, the East Prussian Run, the Three-day Harz Run, and the Brandenburg Off-Road Trial. At the 2,000-kilometre German Rally of 1934 alone, DKW took home 60 percent of the gold medals.
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