Adolff Kurt Adolff  

Full Name: Kurt Adolff
Nationality: German
Born: 5 November 1921, Stuttgart (GER)
Died: 24 January 2012

First GP: 1953 German Grand Prix
Last GP: 1953 German Grand Prix

Entries: 1 Grands Prix: 1 Non-starts: 0
Wins: 0 Best Finish: DNF Best Grid: 27th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 1

1953 Formula 1, Ecurie Espandon Ferrari 166 V12, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified

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, before making his one and only Grand Prix appearance at his home race in 1953. After qualifying the ex-Rudi Fischer Ferrari 166 in 27th place, he retired after a handful of laps and didn’t grace the F1 stage again.

He moved across to the business world, 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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