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As well as running a Volkswagen dealership in Frankfurt, the Glöckler brothers were amateur racing drivers during the 1950s. Walter Glöckler built and raced specials from 1948 when aided by engineer Hermann Ramelow. The 1951 Porsche Glöckler roadster was his third such car and proved an inspiration as the Stuttgart marque decided to enter racing as a works outfit.
National success and Grand Prix frustration
Helm Glöckler's 1500cc Veritas won national sports car races from 1949 and he was crowned 1952 German Champion. He survived heavy rain at the Nürburgring a year later to win the Eifelrennen support race driving the prototype Porsche 550.
Glöckler entered the 1953 German Grand Prix with an Equipe Anglaise Cooper T23-Bristol but his engine failed during practice and so was unable to start. He also raced for Porsche in the Le Mans 24 Hours on four occasions from 1953 to 1956.
His best result was sixth in the tragic 1955 race although Glöckler was less fortunate in 1956. He collided with another car during the night that year and his car caught fire. He was rescued from the wreckage with burns and a broken leg. He ran a motorcycle dealership in Frankfurt after retiring from racing.