A cloudy day in June 1934. A white racing car, a Mercedes-Benz W 25, stands on the grounds of the Nürburgring. Two men approach, one gesticulating wildly with his hands and the other putting on gloves and pulling a spatula from his trouser pocket. He kneels down gently in front of the car and begins scraping the paint away cautiously. The sun peeps out from behind the clouds, making the car’s silvery aluminium surface glisten from under the layer of paint.