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Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen 1928
A Bugatti T51 similar to the accident vehicle.

Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen (born February 1, 1902 in Berlin ; † May 27, 1932 at the Nürburgring ) was a German automobile racing driver .


Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen was the son of the officer , general of the infantry and explorer Curt von Morgen (1858–1928). He started out as a wealthy gentlemen's driver and was also known by motorsport fans under the nicknames "Buba" and "Mungo" and his talent was mentioned in the same breath as that of Rudolf Caracciola or Manfred von Brauchitsch .

He made his debut in the pre-war Grand Prix scene in 1927 as a private driver in an Amilcar at the Eifel race, which was held for the first time on the newly built Nürburgring . He started with Amilcar until 1929. In 1930 von Morgen bought a Bugatti T35B with which he contested national and international road and hill climbs. In the following years he formed with his countrymen and Bugatti -Privatfahrern Ernst Günthersburgpark Galler and Hermann zu Leiningen a racing community.

Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen celebrated his greatest successes in 1930 . He won the Eifel race on the Nürburgring and together with zu Leiningen on his T35C the Masaryk Grand Prix in Brno . At the Grand Prix de Lyon he finished second behind the Bugatti works driver Louis Chiron and at the Gran Premio di Roma third behind Luigi Arcangeli ( Maserati ) and Guy Bouriat  / Louis Chiron. In 1931 , von Morgen took second place behind Mercedes factory driver Rudolf Caracciola in the Eifel race and the AVUS race in Berlin .

In 1931 he also won the hill climb on the Eibsee mountain road ( Garmisch ), in Lückendorf ( Zittau ), in Baden-Baden, Sudeten (Ober Schreiberhau - now Szklarska Poręba , Poland), as well as the Gaisberg race in Austria and Ploskovice - Horní Řepčice ( Litoměřice ) in Czechoslovakia (all on Bugatti T35B).

At the beginning of 1932 , Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen drove a Bugatti T54 at the Tunisian Grand Prix , but then retired. He then started on a T51 that he had acquired from the top Italian driver Achille Varzi .

Von Morgen had a fatal accident on May 27, 1932 under unexplained circumstances on the Nürburgring during training for the VI International ADAC Eifelrennen with his Bugatti T51 in the Hatzenbach section . A subsequent driver reported a sudden rollover, which gave the approximately two meter tall pilot no chance of survival. Von Morgen was 30 years old and left behind his pregnant wife Elfriede "Elfi" Nieders, who was dependent on morphine after several knee operations . As a result of the accident, she attempted to commit suicide and was unable to give her husband the final escort. The son of the two, born in January 1933, was given the name Heinrich-Joachim junior. Hermann zu Leiningen and Manfred von Brauchitsch became his godparents .

Pre-war Grand Prix results

season team dare 1 2 3 Points position
1932 German Bugatti team Bugatti T49 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) .svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio) .svg -
colour meaning EM points
gold victory 1
silver 2nd place 2
bronze 3rd place 3
green Classified, covered more than 75% of the race distance 4th
blue not entitled to points, covered between 50% and 75% of the race distance 5
violet not eligible for points, covered between 25% and 50% of the race distance 6th
red not eligible for points, covered less than 25% of the race distance 7th
colour abbreviation meaning EM points
black DSQ disqualified 8th
White DNS did not start
DNA did not arrive
other P / bold Pole position
SR / italic Fastest race lap
DNF Race not finished (did not finish)



Web links

Commons : Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tom Distler: Racing Legends in the Age of Heroes - A Small List! (No longer available online.) Www.historikerwelt.de, archived from the original on September 7, 2014 ; Retrieved September 5, 2014 .
  2. von Frankenberg (1967), pp. 79-86
  3. Hans Etzrodt: HILL CLIMB WINNERS 1897-1949, part 5 (1931-1936). www.kolumbus.fi, April 16, 2017, accessed on October 22, 2018 (English).
  4. ^ Tragic accidents on the Nürburgring 1925–1934. www.pro-teilstrecke.de, accessed on September 7, 2014 .
  5. Jr. of tomorrow. (2013), p. 23