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ARA Race Facts Bulletin (01/25/98): Consistent Winners and Model Review

29 January 1998

JANUARY 25, 1998

	ARA has pioneered the concept of honoring Consistent
Winners, defined as those drivers with at least one win in a
major point championship series each season.  ARA lists the
ten drivers currently qualified with major series wins in
1997 in order of the longevity of their winning streak.

	Klaus Ludwig  Qualified with four FIA GT wins
(Nurburgring, A1-Ring, Sebring, Laguna Seca) for Mercedes. 
Win streak began in 1974, includes wins in European, German,
and World Touring Car series; German and European GT series;
German Sports Car, IMSA Camel GT, World Sports Car, SCCA
Trans-Am, and International Touring Car series.

	Rich Vogler  Remains permanently on the list in
memoriam of his achievements.  His final win came in USAC
Sprint Cars at Salem in 1990.  Win streak began in 1975 in
USAC National Midgets, includes wins in USAC Speedrome
Midgets, Silver Crown, and Sprint Cars and ALL-STAR and CRA
Sprint Cars.

	Ron Shuman  Requalified with a June 28 SCRA Sprint Car
win at Manzanita plus a November 8 victory at Imperial en
route to the 1997 SCRA title!  Win streak began in 1977 in
USAC National Midgets, includes wins in USAC Silver Crown
and Sprint Cars, WoO and NARC Sprint Cars, and NCRA Dirt

	Steve Kinser  Earned retention on the list with four
WoO Sprint Car wins!  Win streak began in 1978 in WoO and
includes wins in ALL-STAR, NSCA, USA, and USAC Sprint Cars
and USAC Silver Crown and in IROC.

	Mark Martin  Earned his position on the list by taking
six 1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National victories (two at
Rockingham plus Richmond, Atlanta, Texas Motor Speedway and
Talladega), four NASCAR Winston Cup wins (Sears Point,
Talladega, Michigan, and Dover) and two IROC wins (Charlotte
and California Speedway)!  Martin also won the IROC title. 
Win streak began in 1978 in ASA and ARTGO and also includes
ARCA, ASA Gran Marque, IMSA GTS, and NASCAR Northwest Tour
and Craftsman Truck wins.

	Sam Swindell  Ensured position of honor with twenty WoO
Sprint Car wins en route to the 1997 title!  Win streak
began in 1978 in WoO and includes wins in NSCA and USA
Sprint Cars and NCRA Dirt Champcars.

	Rusty Wallace  Retained position with March 2, 1997
Richmond NASCAR Winston Cup win.  Win streak began in 1978
in ARTGO and ASA and includes wins in ALL-PRO, NASCAR
All-American and Grand American and USAC Stock Cars.

	Jack Hewitt  Requalified with three USAC Sprint Car
victories (Lincoln Park, Eldora, Terre Haute).  Also won an
UMP Modified race at Eldora!  Win streak began in 1979 in
WoO Sprint Cars, includes wins in ALL-STAR, CRA, USA, and
USAC Sprint Cars, USAC Silver Crown, UMP Late Models, and
NAMARS and USAC Midgets

	Rick Hood  Earned position with a July 5, 1997 SCOA
(Sprint Car Owners of Arizona) Sprint Car victory at
Saguaro.  Win streak began in 1980 in ALL-STAR and WoO
Sprint Cars, includes wins in ASCS and CRA Sprint Cars, NCRA
Dirt Champcars, and USAC National and Western States Midgets
and Silver Crown.

	Larry Phillips  Retained his position with victories in
the NASCAR Winston Racing Series.  Win streak began in 1980
in NCRA Late Models, includes wins in ARTGO, ASA, ALL-STAR,
PROS, STARS, USAC, and WoO Late Models and NASCAR Winston
Racing Series stock cars.

	Ken Schrader  Ken scored wins in NASCAR Winston West on
the California Speedway and Las Vegas superspeedway venues
and in ARCA at Toledo!  Also won an I-CAR Modified race at
Anderson!  Win streak began in 1980 in USAC National
Midgets, includes wins in ALL-STAR and USAC Sprint Cars,
ARCA Supercar, USAC Speedrome Midgets, Silver Crown, Late
Models, and Stock Cars, NASCAR Winston Cup, Winston West,
Busch Grand National, Busch Grand National North, All-Star
Tour, Northwest and Southwest Tours and Craftsman Truck,
SuperDIRT, and IMCA Modifieds, a total of 19 series!



BRUMM 1:43

	The Brumm (R37 bis) model of the car #16 Mercedes Benz
W154/M163 Grand Prix car of 1939 is an accurate
representation of this legendary, successful racer!  The
silver 1939 "Silver Arrows" GP car was classically
streamlined for the period and Brumm has duplicated the
appropriate bodywork and exhaust system details.  As with
the Auto Union Type C, the very "no nonsense" and "straight
up" driver seating of the period is well illustrated.
	Car #16 was driven to victory by Hermann Lang in the
Nurburgring Eifelrennen and the Swiss GP at Bremgarten;
Lang's car also carried #16 when he retired due to
mechanical causes in the 1939 German GP at the Nurburgring. 
Rudolf Caracciola's entry carried #16 in the 1939 French GP
at Reims; he wrecked in that event.
	The 1938-39 W154/M163 featured a supercharged V12
engine of 2962 cc displacement producing 483 horsepower for
the new for 1938 Grand Prix formula.
	The 1938 Mercedes W154 took five wins in nine races,
including three 1-2-3 finishes and one 1-2!  Hermann Lang
led a 1-2-3 in the 1938 Tripoli GP at Mellaha; Manfred Von
Brauchitsch led a 1-2-3 in the 1938 French GP at Reims; Dick
Seaman led a 1-2 in the German GP at the Nurburgring; Lang
won the Coppa Ciano at Livorno (Leghorn, Italy); and Rudolf
Caracciola led a 1-2-3 in the Swiss GP at Bremgarten!
	Regarding our review subject, the Brumm 1939 W154, as
L.J.K. Setright notes in his book, The Grand Prix,
concerning the 1939 "evolution" of the 1938 Mercedes Benz
W154/M163 GP car: "Yet it was Mercedes-Benz who continued to
prevail in engineering merit, in race results and in general
esteem.  Both the German teams had subscribed for 1939 to
the aviation doctrine of two-stage supercharging, an idea
that was certainly not novel inasmuch as the American
Chadwick had employed three-stage supercharging as long ago
as 1908.  It is never too late to mend: by setting two Roots
blowers in series, Mercedes and Auto Union realised inlet
manifold pressures of 2.6 and 2.65 atmospheres
	Setright noted: "The Auto Union presented less frontal
area than the Mercedes.  However, Mercedes-Benz contrived a
body of better shape, more completely enclosing the
suspension and evidently inducing less drag.  The 1939
Mercedes Benz probably had the best roadholding of any
pre-war GP car."
	The 1939 European Championship consisted of four events
(Belgian GP at Spa, French GP at Reims, German GP at the
Nurburgring, Swiss GP at Bremgarten); Mercedes won three,
two by Hermann Lang (Spa and Bremgarten) and one by Rudolf
Caracciola (Nurburgring).  Auto Union took the other
victory, the French GP at Reims, with Hermann Muller. 
Muller won the 1939 title due to consistency, as his win was
joined by a second in the German GP and a fourth at
Bremgarten as he failed to finish only at Spa.
	For Mercedes, Lang finished second in points (wins at
Spa and Bremgarten but mechanical retirements at Reims and
the Nurburgring), Caracciola third (he won at the
Nurburgring, was second at Bremgarten but crashed out at Spa
and Reims) and Von Brauchitsch (third at Spa and Bremgarten,
mechanical retirements at Reims and the Nurburgring) tied
for fourth.
	The 1939 Mercedes GP entries contested seven races with
25 entries and won five, also achieving three runnerup
finishes and three third-place finishes for a total of 11
"podium" positions of a possible 21, or 52.4%.  Lang and Von
Brauchitsch finished 1-2 at Spa and Lang, Caracciola, and
Von Brauchitsch finished 1-2-3 at Bremgarten.
	The 1939 Mercedes GP entries also achieved a fourth and
a fifth for a total of 13 Top Six positions, and five
placings in the seventh through tenth range.  Eleven of the
25 entries, or 44.0%, failed to finish, with six eliminated
by mechanical failures and five by accidents.
	A Mercedes GP entry led in each of the seven events
contested, with multiple Mercedes drivers leading four of
the events.  A Mercedes GP car set the Fast Lap in six of
the seven races and achieved four Fast Qualifications.
	The team's first 1939 race was April 2 on the streets
of Pau (France); Hermann Lang won with Manfred Von
Brauchitsch, the Fast Qualifier, finishing second after
leading and setting Fast Lap.  Rudolf Caracciola suffered a
mechanical retirement.
	At the Nurburgring on May 21 for the Eifelrennen, Lang
won carrying #16 after achieving both Fast Qualifier and
Fast Lap honors.  Caracciola led the race and finished third
while Von Brauchitsch took fourth.  Hugo Hartmann finished
eighth and the five-car effort saw Dick Seaman retire with
mechanical problems!
	At Spa on June 26 for the Belgian GP, Lang won and set
Fast Lap with Von Brauchitsch third.  Caracciola wrecked. 
Dick Seaman led but wrecked, and unfortunately died of his
	Lang's three-race win streak ended at Reims for the
French GP on July 9.  Lang was Fast Qualifier, set Fast Lap,
and led the race but retired with mechanical problems.  A
mechanical retirement also eliminated Von Brauchitsch and
Caracciola wrecked.  Hermann Muller won for Auto Union.
	The July 23 German GP at the Nurburgring produced
victory and Fast Lap for Caracciola!  Mechanical problems
eliminated Lang, who led the race, and Von Brauchitsch. 
Heinz Brendel wrecked.
	Lang won the August 20 Swiss GP at Bremgarten after
winning the qualifying race; he set Fast Lap in the final. 
Caracciola finished second and Von Brauchitsch third with
Hugo Hartmann seventh!
	The September 3 Yugoslav GP in Belgrade saw Von
Brauchitsch take Fast Qualifier honors and lead before
spinning and finishing second.  Lang was running second when
he was hit by a stone; he was relieved by Walter Baumer who
then crashed but ranked fifth in the final order!  Tazio
Nuvolari was the upset winner for Auto Union!
	Lang led the 1939 Mercedes drivers with four wins in
seven events; he also achieved a fifth and a tenth although
both were retirements.  He was a retirement once due to
Baumer's accident and twice for mechanical reasons.  He led
six of the seven races, set Fast Lap in four, and was Fast
Qualifier for two.
	Caracciola's six races produce a win, a second, and a
third plus a tenth-place retirement.  He wrecked twice and
retired once for mechanical reasons.  Rudi led two races and
set one Fast Lap.
	Von Brauchitsch did not win a race but finished second
twice and third twice plus one fourth; his other two races
ended in retirements for mechanical reasons.  He led two
races, was Fast Qualifier for two and set Fast Lap in one.
	Seaman was a mechanical retirement in the first of his
two 1939 starts and crashed fatally after leading in his
final effort at Spa.
	Hugo Hartmann finished seventh and eighth in his two
starts.  Heinz Brendel wrecked in his only start.
	It is an interesting footnote that the May 7, 1939
Tripoli GP at Mellaha was held to 1939 Italian rules, making
it essentially a 1500 cc "voiturette" event.  Mercedes-Benz
surprised the racing world by slightly modifying (physical
appearance to W154/M163 was similar) the 1939 W154/M163
design to create the W165, powered by a new 1500 cc V8
engine!  Two of the cars, #16 for Lang and #24 for
Caracciola, were entered, and finished 1-2 in their only
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