Edgar Barth

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Edgar Barth
Edgar Barth podium Nurburgring 1957.jpg
Edgar Barth after winning the Formula 2 class at the 1957 German Grand Prix
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, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1964
Teams EMW, Porsche, Rob Walker Racing Team
Entries 5
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1953 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1964 German Grand Prix

Edgar Barth (26 January 1917 in Herold – 20 May 1965 in Ludwigsburg) was a German (East German until 1957, then West German) Formula One and sports car racing driver.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Barth was born in Herold. He began his career as a DKW motorcycle racer and later switched to BMW sportscars.[1] 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.[1]

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 and also went into motorsport, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1977.

Career results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Pts
1953 Rennkollektiv EMW EMW R2 EMW 6 2.0 L6 ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
SUI ITA NC 0
1957 Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RS550 (F2) Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER
12
PES ITA NC 0
1958 Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RSK (F2) Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
6
POR ITA MOR NC 0
1960 Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA
7
USA NC 0
1961 Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche 787 Porsche 547/6 1.5 F4 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
WD
NC 0
Porsche System Engineering Porsche 718 ITA
PO
USA
1964 R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T66 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
AUT ITA USA MEX NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Drivers: Edgar Barth". www.grandprix.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Edgar Barth at Wikimedia Commons