On This Date: Nuvolari Conquers the ‘Ring, Mercedes & Auto Union in “Impossible Victory” 1935

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On this date in 1935, Tazio Nuvolari, driving a year old Alfa Romeo P3 for Enzo Ferrari’s Scuderia Ferrari earned his historic win over the much stronger Mercedes Benz and Auto Union teams and cars at the German Grand Prix, held that year at the Nurburgring track near Nurburg, Germany. Nuvolari’s victory left over a quarter of a million spectators stunned and the Nazi high command embarrassed that a small Italian team with a year old race car could beat the high powered, government backed, German teams. The Mercedes Silver Arrows and the midengine Auto Union cars are some of the most legendary race cars ever and dominated grand prix racing in the 1930s. Though not on the level of Jesse Owens’ Olympian refutation of Aryan racial superiority the following year, Nuvolari’s win showed that talent and determination could overcome superior machinery. After falling behind the pack due to a puncture, Nuvolari passed driver after driver. When the leading Mercedes “Silver Arrow” blew out a tire on the last lap, Nuvolari passed him for perhaps his most memorable victory. So memorable, in fact, that it became known as the “impossible victory”.

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Photo of Nuvolari’s restored Ring winning Alfa Romeo P3 and more video after the jump.

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