The 1/18 edition of the Eifelrennen, 1936 Bernd Rosemeyer's car #18, Item M-161, Limited Edition 1,500 pieces worldwide.
Auto Union Type C Eifelrennen, 1936
Bernd Rosemeyer Starting #18
Item No. M-161, Limited Edition 1,500 pcs.
The recommended retail price per model is USD $358
On June 14th 1936, Auto Union sent its best driver Bernd Rosemeyer to compete in the famous Eifel race at the N rburgring, piloting an Auto Union Type C with starting #18. This event became one of the most memorable fog-races at the N rburgring.
The race consisted of 10 laps for a total distance of 228 km. From the very beginning, it was dominated by three prominent drivers of the time. Leading the way was Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes W25, followed by the veteran driver Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo P3, and then Bernd Rosemeyer in a Type C. After the 3rd round Nuvolari surpassed Caracciola to take the lead. But Rosemeyer was catching up steadily. Following a shock absorber failure that forced Caracciola to retire, a thrilling duel for victory unfolded between Nuvolari and the daredevil Rosemeyer.
True to his nickname, Rosemeyer became an undisputed front-runner by the 7th round. At a significant distance behind him was Nuvolari, running in the 2nd place. During the 8th round, however, something unforeseen happened. With the sudden descent of a heavy fog, the N rburgring was enveloped in an impenetrable wall of mist. Visibility was reduced to less than 20 meters! And what did Rosemeyer do? This crazy guy kept going full speed ahead. With a seriously blurred vision, he had to rely on his route memory of the course, a 7th sense for orientation, and an undaunted spirit to win the race. A legend was born. Bernd Rosemeyer went down in racing history as the Fog Master. Auto Union was setting a new benchmark that put an end to the dominance of Mercedes Benz.
This racing car developed by Ferdinand Porsche wrote racing history right away like almost no other racing car had done before: In 1936 Auto Union presented with the Type C a monoposto which was almost totally different from all the other racing cars known so far. What stood out especially was the unconventional design of the sensational 16-cylinder V-engine installed behind the driver and in front of the rear axle an innovation which soon became the accepted thing.
This high- performance racing car was above all so successful because the bullet with 520 hp was driven by a highly talented racing driver: Bernd Rosemeyer. 1936 was his most successful year when he became European Champion and won numerous Grand Prix. In 1937 the new ace of the Auto Union could keep his main competitor, Mercedes-Benz, in check as well and was able to continue his successful carreer with five further wins. At the beginning of 1938, however, his carreer came to an abrupt and tragical end by a fatal accident which occured during the try of breaking the speed world record. After the end of the Second World War, the remaining racing cars in Zwickau had to be handed over as reparation payment to the Soviet-Union. Till now it`s not comprehensible, what exactly happend to the racing cars after that day.
The Auto Union Type C is handmounted from 1026 parts to an extra class precision model. The single parts are of high-quality materials: 23 parts are zinc die-cast, 754 of metal, copper or are photo-etched and 153 are made of plastic. The remaining 96 parts are screws, rivets or indicated screw heads. The "sound-barrier" has been broken: For the first time CMC is presenting a model in the scale 1:18, which is made of more than 1000 parts.
1936 was the year of Auto Union and its young driver Bernd Rosemeyer. He became the new star in the European racing scene. It was a clash of the titans, Mercedes-Benz VS Auto Union. The GP of Germany on July 26 was just another round of that fight. The agile and highly talented Bernd Rosemeyer was able to handle the 16 cylinder v-engine powerhouse of Auto Union Type C like no one else ever had. The mid-mounted engine of the vehicle, developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, broke new ground for its timeWith his starting number 4, Bernd Rosemeyer achieved a prestigious victory. His team mate Hans Stuck, also on Auto Union Type C, became 2nd. Mercedes had to leave the track with empty hands this time. Our limited edition models represents the victorious Auto Union Type C race car with starting number 4.