Adolf Lang was born in May 1913 in Ebelsbach, Bavaria and was a regular competitor after becoming one of the first Germans to acquire a new Cooper Mk V part way through 1951, Toni Kreuzer being the first with a Mk IV. Adolf took some reasonable results in the West German races and a win in the East at Sachsenring in September. 1952, started, unusually with a trip to England for a respectable sixth (Moss winning in his Kieft) and a full season resulting in a number of podiums at Avus, Essen and Norisring to earn Lang seventh overall in the West German series. He also did most of a season in the East, taking three wins and a second though, as a Westerner, he wasn't eligible for points in the DDR.
Still in the Cooper Mk V, Adolf took his first outright win at Hockenheim on the 10th May 1953 and although it would be his only victory of the year, this was mostly down to the invading English with their Norton powered Coopers, Moss wining at the 'ring and John Cooper at Avus in the streamliner. Lang's placing were enough to make him West German champion. He only took in a couple of races in the East, second at Rostock and a DNF at Dresden, but included a couple of races in Sweden, fifth at Falkenberg and ninth at Skarpnäck.
| Adolf on a rare foray to England for the Earl of March Trophy, April 1952. |
Lang bought a new Cooper Mk VIII for 1954 but 500 racing in West Germany was on the wane and he had competition from Theo Helfrich in a similar car so he travelled extensively, winning at Porrentruy in July, Montlhéry in September 1954 and Agen in the same month plus seconds at Sachsenring and Skarpnäck.
He doesn't appear at all in 1955, '56 and '57 and only makes one race in 1958, a fourth at Sachsenring but then reappears to do four races in the DDR and take his final win at La Châtre in France in July 1959.
Some results for Adolf:
Cooper Mk V
Cooper Mk VIII
Picture courtesy of Oswald Wehner, who was there in person!
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