Bernd Rosemeyer, who was killed 80 years ago this week in a record attempt, was a supernatural talent behind the wheel. These are the moments that made him a legend. By Paul Fearnley
1935 Eifelrennen, Nurburgring
Rudolf Caracciola, acknowledged master of the circuit and of changeable conditions, had been caught unawares. But how could he have known? For this was a bolt from the blue – and the grey. In a single lap – the seventh of 11 – of the world's most challenging track, of which he had no racing experience be it on bikes or in cars, Bernd Rosemeyer had gained 46 seconds.