Hellmut Deutz was born in August 1911 and owned roofing business in Lüdenscheid, a Scampolo driver, beginning in the kleinstrennwagen period. The first half of his first season, 1949, proved frustrating with three DNFs and a third place but things improved somewhat with three wins, a second and a fourth plus third in the German Grand Prix to end the year in sixth overall with Walter Komossa, in the sister car taking the honours.
Formula 3 arrived in 1950 and things became more competitive with five Scampolos racing plus the Monopolettas of Walter Schlüter and Helmut Polensky and a pair of imported Cooper Mk IVs for Gottfried Vollmer and Toni Kreuzer. Hellmut took two second places at Frankfurt in and Donauringrennen in July but often had to settle for positions away from the podium. He ended the year seventh with Komossa in fourth and Kreuzer taking the West German Championship.
1951 proved even more challenging as the English had now taken to travelling in Europe and dominated the international races. The year started with a trip to the Findel circuit for the Luxembourg Grand Prix where he finished well in the heat but failed in the final. Hellmut managed only twelfth in the German Grand Prix but eight of the drivers ahead of him were in Cooper Nortons so this was actually a very respectable performance. He took a single win at Braunschweig in July 1951 and a second at Leverkusen but was mostly in the mid field and ended the year in fifth.
1952 proved to be Hellmut's season, aided by switching his Scampolo from DKW
to Norton power during the year. He took in some races on the Eastern side
of the border to earn a win at Halle Saale in June and three wins in the
West at Kiel, Leverkusen and Essen. Podiums at Krefeld and Norisring and a
fourth at the Nürburgring in June (the top three places occupied by
Brandon and Leston in
Cooper Mk VIs and
Kieft CK52) gave Hellmut the West German
Championship. He also took in a trip to England, mid-summer to represent
Germany in a
match at Prescott Hill an then to Brands Hatch which ended in a roll.
André Loens' Kieft CK52) gave Hellmut the West German Championship. He also took in a trip to England, mid-summer to represent Germany in a match at Prescott Hill an then to Brands Hatch which ended in a roll.
Hellmut continued in '53 but, by now, Coopers were in the hands of local drivers, in numbers. A third at Hockenheim in May was his best result and he finished sixth overall, fastest non-Cooper of the year. By 1954, his Scampolo was completely out classed, he enters for the Nürburgring but does not start.
Some results for Hellmut:
Picture courtesy of Oswald Wehner, who was there in person!
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