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Ernst Loof

4th July 1907
Neindorf, Saxony
3rd March 1956 (Aged 48)
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, brain tumour
Most recent race (in database):

An engineer by trade, Ernst Loof won eight German motorcycle titles during the 1930s. He signed for Auto Union to race on DKWs in 1936 with the intention of switching to cars for the following season.

However, this did not materialise and Loof was working for BMW when World War II began. He was responsible for the BMW 328 with which Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer won the 1940 Mille Miglia.

Post-war career with Veritas

Loof and old BMW colleague Lorenz Dietrich formed the Veritas marque in 1947 by converting BMW 328s into racing cars. The open-wheel RS and streamlined Meteor became the mainstay of German racing during those austere post-war days.

Paul Pietsch won the 1951 Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring with a Meteor and seven Veritas chassis started the 1952 German Grand Prix. Loof rarely raced but he made his only world championship start in the 1953 German GP from which his Meteor retired.

Veritas closed down that year and Loof returned to work for BMW. He appeared in a rally during 1954 but was already suffering from a brain tumour. Loof fought the illness for two years before dying when still not 50 years old.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1953 F1 World Championship
Ernst Loof
1 0 0 0
0% win rate