Hermann Braun

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Hermann Braun was born on 18 December, 1874 in Cannstatt. It is difficult to reconstruct his life in detail, as only scant information is available. Braun supposedly joined Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft as a technician in the 1890s. This field of work generally also involved driving automobiles. As this mode of transport was still in its infancy, this required an in-depth technical knowledge of how the vehicles worked. DMG’s Cannstatt-born master technician showed his mettle not only as Emil Jellinek’s chauffeur and mechanic, but also in competitions, as a co-driver and later as a racing driver in his own right.

In 1903 Hermann Braun entered the history books in Nice Week when he attained a speed of 116.9 km/h at the wheel of a Mercedes-Simplex 60 HP in the record-breaking attempts on the Promenade des Anglais – the highest speed ever attained in Nice by a vehicle powered by a combustion engine up to this time. In September of the same year he won the Semmering race staged by the Austrian Automobile Club – a prestigious triumph which he repeated three more times in succession.

He nevertheless failed to gain admission to the Gordon Bennett race in Ireland in 1903 in spite of his successes: the German Automobile Club which was responsible for admissions rejected former mechanic Braun on account of his social rank. He participated in 1904 and 1905 in the wheels of an Austrian Daimler.

In 1907 he joined Dixi in Eisenach. After WW1 he returned to racing at the wheel of a Dixi.

His date of death is unknown.

Sources: Mercedes-Benz, Allgemeine Automobil Zeitung, The Autocar



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