Edgar Barth

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Edgar Barth
Born (1917-01-26)26 January 1917
Died 20 May 1965(1965-05-20) (aged 48)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality East Germany East German (1953-1957) West Germany West German (1958-1964)
Active years 1953, 19571958, 1960, 1964
Teams EMW, Porsche, Rob Walker Racing Team
Races 5
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1953 German Grand Prix
Last race 1964 German Grand Prix

Edgar Barth (26 January 1917 – 20 May 1965) was a German (East German until 1957, then West German) Formula One and sports car racing driver.

Barth was born in Herold. He began his career as a DKW motorcycle racer and later switched to BMW sportscars. The East German factory of BMW would become the Eisenacher Motorenwerk (EMW) after the war. He raced these Formula 2 cars even in Western Germany until politics prevented this. In 1957, he emigrated to the West.

Barth won the 1959, 1963 and 1964 European Mountain Championships (Hillclimb) for Porsche and also the 1959 Targa Florio.

Apart from Formula 2 races with Porsche 718, he also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on numerous occasions.

He participated four times in the German Grand Prix, the last one in 1964 for Rob Walker in a Cooper. Nine months later he succumbed to cancer, and died, aged 48, in Ludwigsburg.

Edgar Barth's son Jürgen Barth became an engineer at Porsche who also went into motorsport, to win the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1977.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1953 Rennkollektiv EMW EMW EMW Straight-6 ARG
500
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
SUI
ITA
NC 0
1957 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche 550RS (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG
MON
500
FRA
GBR
GER
12
PES
ITA
NC 0
1958 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche RSK (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG
MON
NED
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
6
POR
ITA
MOR
NC 0
1960 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche 718 (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG
MON
500
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
7
USA
NC 0
1961 Porsche System Engineering Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
DNS
ITA
DNS
USA NC 0
1964 Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T66 Climax V8 MON
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
AUT
ITA
USA
MEX
NC 0

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