Rudolf Heydel (1912-1936)

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Bottom post of the previous page:

sebbbl wrote:- suddenly there was a thump in the distance; a loud and eery noice and then dead silence
- everybody knew that sound
- the mechanics rushed to the available car (one Horch and one Wanderer) and drove towards the accident

- they saw the torn up hay bail of the chicane
- no race car in sight

- some 50m further there were black skids (signs of breaking) on the road
- the car went through a hedge on the left side of the circuit
- it hit againt some roots which hurled the car into the air
- upside down the car hit a 50cm concrete wall next to the track
- they saw the skullcap, scalp and the brain on that wall (!)
- the car ejected the driver and finally came to rest 10m in the forest, 200m from the chicane
- Heydel was badly injured: torn up shoulder and with a "half head"
- the wreck burned, black smoke went through the air
- everybody was numb, some mechanics cried

- there was a lying in repose in a mortuary in Monza
- the body was made up ("the empty head was filled")
- his parent flew from Leipzig to Milan
- Tazio Nuvolari lay down a wreath

They really don't spare on the details, do they? :wow:

Perhaps Jesper can use the description to update the MM.org entry (sparing the gory details though)
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Here're some rare photos of that accident:

skid marks at the chicane
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the burning wreck
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the hearse with a wreath
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Amazing, thanks! I will add them to the CPdB, what was the source?
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They are private photos that are on ebay right now. Obviously not in that context.
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sebbbl wrote:A plate from the Auto Union team.
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Nothing is sacred anymore.. today a was a sunny spring day and I made a walk through Leipzig. Coming past the southern cemetery I thought to have a look at the grave of Rudolf Heydel. But somebody has stolen the memorial plate... no words!

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The above pictures are off-line, but they're in the CPDB:
https://the-fastlane.co.uk/cpdb/crashph ... ditid1=716

And a new one (found by Jesper):
https://images2.imgbox.com/72/86/Hbk7aAgj_o.jpg
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The only known picture of Heydel in the car:

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And a re-coloured picture of the wreck:

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