DKW IN RACING
DKW CARS IN RACING AND RALLYING
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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