The “rainmaster” becomes the greatest racing driver of his time.
The conditions are anything but the famous “Sepp Herberger weather”. No rain, no wet ground. Yet precisely these conditions made Rudolf Caracciola so unforgettable – 20 years before Herberger went on to lead the German national football team to its first title in Berne. The experts and the press gave the exceptionally successful German Mercedes-Benz driver the title of “Rainmaster”. After Caracciola repeatedly delivered sensational demonstrations of his prowess on slippery roads, his title was even adopted in English. Despite numerous serious accidents, Rudolf Caracciola was the top racing driver during the 1920s and 1930s, winning the German Grand Prix six times.
During the famous Silver Arrow era from 1934 until 1939, he also won three European Championships. These are the equivalent of today’s familiar Formula One World Championship title.