Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Big Man: Alfred Neubauer
Alfred Neubauer, manager of the Mercedes team, was one of racing's most colorful figures. By day he was a Prussian taskmaster, threatening encroaching reporters with a stick and drilling drivers in daily blackboard sessions. In the evenings he became an ebullient dinner host performing uncanny impersonations of Hitler and Marilyn Monroe. He could joke in four languages. "He was an amazing character who could have anybody snapping to attention if necessary, but also show great thought and understanding," said Stirling Moss, who is shown above to Neubauer's left. "In relaxed moments he could have us all rolling about with laughter."