Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher are two of the most extraordinary men in the history of the automobile, and of racing in particular. Two living legends who have been an ingenious duo for many years: in 1967, in a double garage under Aufrecht’s house, they jointly founded a company which rose to fame four years later (almost exactly 50 years ago) with the spectacular class victory of the red racing car (AMG 300 SEL 6.8) in the Spa 24-hour race: AMG!
Right on time at 12 noon, the Swabian-born co-founder Hans Werner Aufrecht is ready to be collected in the foyer of his current company HWA AG (with around 300 employees), based in Affalterbach. HWA, a direct neighbour of Mercedes-AMG, has a name that resounds on the touring car and GT racing circuits. Nobody has won more championships. For Mercedes-Benz, this company, which also develops alternative drive systems, ushered in the Formula E era. Hans Werner Aufrecht has added lustre to the three-pointed star for many decades.