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1939 Belgian Grand Prix

39 Belgium GPAuto Union and Mercedes Benz were the great racing cars of the 1930’s. Funded by Hitler in another attempt to prove German mastery, these cars were in fact, just that. Revolutionary racecars that dominated the other challengers like Alfa Romeo from Italy and Bugatti and Delahaye from France. The Auto Union, today’s Audi, featured the first rear engine racecar. While both recognizing the weight of paint on the car, decided not to. The bare aluminum skinned cars were known as the Silver Arrows, a name still used today to refer to Mercedes Benz Formula 1 cars. Spa Francorchamps was the site of the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix, won by Herman Lang in the W125 Benz. This is the victory poster published by Mercedes Benz after the race.