Wilhelm Werner

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Der Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS von Clarence Gray Dinsmore (vorn auf dem Beifahrersitz). Am Steuer Wilhelm Werner, der mit dem Fahrzeug das Semmering-Rennen im September 1902 gewonnen hat. Auf den Rücksitzen Robert Katzenstein und Otto Hieronimus. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: U94018)
Clarence Gray Dinsmoreʼs Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp (in the front on the co-driverʼs seat). At the wheel is Wilhelm Werner, who won the Semmering race in this vehicle in September 1902. Seated in the rear are Robert Katzenstein and Otto Hieronimus. (Photo index number in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Archives: U94018)

Werner was one of the most accomplished drivers to compete in cars produced by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and is among the pioneers of motorsport. He joined the company as a technician in 1895. Later, following a stint at the DMG branch in Vienna, Werner entered into service for Baron Alfred Springer in 1899 as a chauffeur. Werner competed regularly and successfully in races as a works driver, initially in the Cannstatt-based company’s “Riemenwagen” (belt-driven car) and the “ Phoenix” racing car. In 1901 he achieved his epochal victory driving the Mercedes 35 HP in the Nice–La Turbie hill climb. Only a few days previously he had won the Nice–Aix–Senas–Salon–Nice race and the mile race on the Promenade des Anglais – these feats were to see him hailed as the hero of the Nice racing week. The vehicle which de drove belonged to Henri de Rothschild.

In 1902 the American millionaire and automobile enthusiast Clarence Gray Dinsmore appointed Werner as his chauffeur and racing driver. The wealthy American regularly fielded his vehicles in competitions. In September 1902 Werner won the Semmering race in Dinsmore’s Mercedes-Simplex 40 HP, and in 1903, as in the previous year, he achieved leading places in Nice Week.

Dinsmore died in 1905 and subsequently Werner found a new employer, becoming the head chauffeur of the German emperor Wilhelm II. He died in March 1947 at the age of 73.

Source: Mercedes-Benz Media

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