Full Name Kurt Adolff
Born 5 November 1921, Stuttgart
Died 24 January 2012, Kreuth-am-Tegernsee – 90 years
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Best Finish Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
1 1 0 27/35 DNF 0 0 0 1
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1953 German Grand Prix 1953 German Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1953 Ecurie Espadon Ferrari 166C Ferrari 2.0 V12 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC

Kurt Adolff


Kurt Adolff was a man whose life away from the track was rather more interesting than his accomplishments on it.

Born into a family who owned a textile company, Adolff was a paratrooper during World War II before he embarked on his four-wheeled racing career.

He competed in Formula 2 racing BMW-powered cars in the 1950s, finishing second in a national Formula 2 race at the Riem airfield circuit outside Munich.

Wth the Formula 1 World Championship adopting F2 regulations for 1952 and 1953, this allowed a number of hopefuls to get into the Grand Prix scene.  He finished a fine fourth at the Eifelrennen with Ecurie Espadon’s Ferrari 500 after an early battle with Stirling Moss.

When the Formula 1 circus made its visit to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the 1953 Grand Prix, Adolff was entered in Ecurie Espadon’s ex-Rudi Fischer Ferrari 166C. He qualified 27th-fastest in what remains the largest field to ever start a Grand Prix (34 cars) but retired after three laps. He didn’t grace the F1 stage again.

He moved into the family business, before returning again to racing in hill climbs and touring cars. In his later years, he served as Germany’s ambassador to Chile.

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