1910(?) German(?) Wreck Serious Possibly Fatal

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1910(?) German(?) Wreck Serious Possibly Fatal

Post by Jesper Hvid » 3 years ago

Five old photographic plates ("glass negatives") found on German eBay. Click to enlarge, the top one is the one to identify.

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There was a fatal accident on stage 5 of the 1910 III. Prinz-Heinrich-Fahrt reliability run, when the cars ran in an area which now belongs to France, and this could very well be it. The #57 Adler of Brunnhuber/Fritz Abenstedt crashed, killing both, and injuring a number of spectators.

http://motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=9034
http://motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=9035

But I have no idea if the items in this lot. are related or not, so they may in fact confuse rather than offer any clues. Two of the images aren't even necessarily race-related, at all. I think they probably belong to the same photo session, but I've nothing to support that.

This it what the auction description says:
Es handelt sich um 2 Aufnahmen, die das Rennen zeigen, eines nach einem schweren Unfall und zwei weitere, mit Motiven an der Rennstrecke
2 motifs from the race, one from a very bad accident, and 2 showing scenes along the race course (in the case of the accident, it would have been public roads somewhere in former Elsass aka Alsace). It stands to reason that there would have been a photographer at the Colmar Automobile Club's stands, where the accident occurred, whereas it seems far less likely that there would have been one out on the course somewhere, coincidentally present at the scene of another accident.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prinz-Hein ... Fahrt_1910

There's a good chance this is the one, unless someone can rule out from the wreck that it's an Adler.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 3 years ago

Perhaps the hint of a "7", but car numbers would have been bigger, compared to the #14 car in one of the other photos. Doesn't really help.

http://www.benhuset.dk/1910-1b.jpg

The state of the wreck, however, does fit the description, having hit a tree, then rolled.
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Post by PTRACER » 11 months ago

Nothing to do with the Fahrt.

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Post by Jesper Hvid » 11 months ago

Yes, good job, that certainly rules out the Adler. It could be anything, so this goes into the bin.
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Post by Jesper Hvid » 10 months ago

Here's some situations from the event, from a German publication. Click to enlarge:

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