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1937 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Daimler Mercedes (DE,0,4)
Champion Driver: Rudy Caracciola (DE,2,2)
Putative Driver: Rudy Caracciola (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model W125, 5.66-liter, eight-cylinder inline, steel engine, DOHC, twin carburetors, four-speed, supercharged, nickel-chrome molybdenum oval tube frame, double wishbone/De Dion axle suspension, 600 horsepower (Rudolf Uhlenhaut).

German driving ace Rudy Caracciola ascends as the all-time career championship leader in Grand Prix racing with his second EDC drivers' title. The Mercedes W125 proves out as the most powerful Grand Prix racer in the pre-Formula 1 Grand Prix era. Future F1 champion Giuseppe Farina makes his debut at Naples in April. In a poignant pre-war moment in Germany, Nazi overseers at the German Grand Prix in July order all drivers not to display any open affections for their respective spouses and paramours during the traditional grid parade prior to the start. Nazi SS officer and reputed driver Bernd Rosemeyer defies the orders and leads the entire group of drivers onto the tarmac and into the embrace of their respective partners, all to thunderous applause from the crowd. Departures: Ernst von Delius, 25, b. Plessa, German Empire 1912, d. GP Germany, Mayen, July. Two spectators due to Hermann Lang shunt, GP Masaryk, Brno, Czechoslovakia, September. Racing Evolution: Sports car body/chassis design evolution, wishbone suspension (Mercedes).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Mercedes105     Caracciola47
Auto Union43     Von Brauchitsch25
Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo6     Lang21
     Rosemeyer16
     Hasse14
     Stuck14

Noteworthy 1937 Races

1937 IX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1937 1937 IX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (318 kilometers) in a rare August date, a German Daimler Benz Mercedes W125 under Manfred von Brauchitsch (DE) notches a victory in 3:07:23.9 (average 63.30 mph), under eighty-five seconds ahead of a companion Mercedes entry. With thirty laps remaining, Mercedes issues team orders for race leader von Brauchitsch to allow hard charging Rudy Caracciola to pass to the front. Von Brauchitsch initially defies the command, yet backs off the pace with twenty laps to go after realizing that Caracciola requires service to replace his worn rubber before the finish. Mercedes wins for the third time in the principality. Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
1937 XV Gran Premio d'Italia Livorno, Italy1937 1937 XV Gran Premio d'Italia At Livorno for the Italian Grand Prix (361 kilometers) in September, a German Daimler Benz Mercedes under Rudy Caracciola (DE) bests the field in 2:44:54.4 (average 81.60 mph), under a second (.40) ahead of a companion Mercedes entry driven by Hermann Lang. Against team orders, teammates Caracciola and Lang dice at the front for most of the race with Caracciola often making his car too wide for an overtake by his teammate. Lang desperately pulls alongside Caracciola on the final lap, yet the latter steadily holds on for a narrow victory. Hoping to lend a lift to national favorite Tazio Nuvolari, Italian officials relocate the contest from its traditional site at Monza to Livorno in the hopes that Nuvolari's racing success at the circuit will offer him an advantage over the Germans. Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
1937 VI Internationales Avusrennen Berlin, Nazi Germany1937 1937 VI Internationales Avusrennen At Berlin on the enhanced Avus oval for the Avusrennen (155 kilometers, heats + final, non-championship) in May, the race comes to a radically redesigned German Daimler Benz Mercedes W25K-M125 Silver Arrow under Hermann Lang (DE) in 00:35:30.2 (average 167.61 mph), two seconds ahead of an Auto Union driven by Ernst von Delius. Lang dices with Von Delius over the final laps and holds off the latter for a narrow triumph in the swiftest race in Grand Prix history. During the race, German driver and Nazi SS officer Bernd Rosemeyer posts a stunning speed of 171.79 mph in his Auto Union entry. The entries reach remarkable speeds attributable to the new Nordschleife section that features a brow-raising 43 degree banking angle. The 1937 Nazi-subsidized Silver Arrows stand out as beautiful, incredibly swift, and a major step forward in motorsport evolution. Photo Credit: Ullstein Bild. primotipo.com/2016/05/27/avus-rennen-1937/.