Helm Glöckler

Birthday : 1909-01-13
Deceased : 1993-12-18
Helmut Glöckler was the brother ofWalter Glöckler, famous for creating a small Porsche Spyder in 1951 that later inspired the factory to the Porsche 550.

In 1949 he won the German 1500 sports car championship in a Veritas. Later he raced a Deutsch-Bonnet in Formula 3 in 1951, and won the sports car racing event at the 1953 Eifelrennen with a new Porsche 550.

He entered the 1953 German Grand Prix in an Equipe Anglaise Cooper, this being his one and only attempt at a World Championship race, but he blew his engine during qualifying and so did not compete in the race.

Helm became Porsche works driver in 1953 and at that year’s Eifelrennen, marked by heavy rain, Helm gave the brand-new prototype factory Porsche 550 it’s debut victory despite being troubled by a failing carburetor. In the sports car support race for the 1953 German Grand Prix, he retired on the forth lap. He was entered for the Grand Prix proper in a Formula 2 Equipe Anglaise Cooper T23, but he blew the engine in qualifying and thus didn’t get to race.

He competed at Le Mans in 1953 driving a Porsche 550 Coupé with Hans Herrmann to 16th place and in 1954 driving with Richard von Frankenberg they retired. He went on to win the German Sports Car Championship in 1954 for a second time. In the 1955 race he drove with Jaroslav Juhan driving a Porsche 550/4 RS 1500 Spyder, finishing 6th overall and 3rd in class. His last appearance at the Sarthe in 1956, ended with an accident while sharing a works Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 with Max Nathan.