Sepp Greger – Der Bergkönig

Eine Rennfahrerlegende ( a race legend)

Sepp Greger – der Bergkönig: Eine Rennfahrerlegende

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In 2015, Sepp Greger would have been 100 years old.  No better occasion than that to start working on the biography of a man that dominated hillclimbs and mountain racing as nobody else. 3 decades long, he shaped autosport in the mountains in Europe. He raced to victory in  dozens of hill climbs. These victories made him a 3 time European Mountain Champion, 3 time European vice champion and 3 time German BergMeister ( Mountain champion).  Sepp Greger was without any doubt the most successful German hillclimber of the after war period.

After he ended his active motorsport career, he started writing down the memories of his life by hand. The goal of his auto-biography was to show the world that it it worthwhile to pursue the goals you have set in your life. Sepp Greger wanted the prove that by telling his own story.  Unfortunately, he passed away in 2010 at the age of  95, with an unfinished auto-biography. His wife Traudl Greger decided to complete the biography of her husband.  She handed the handwritten stories to  Maria Weiniger, the author of ‘Sepp Greger, eine Rennfahrerlegende”.

The stories in the notebooks were carefully checked by the author in interviews with former mechanics and collleague racers like Hans Herrmann, Herbert Linge, Rudi Lins and Eberhard Mahle to name just a few.

The author used the handwritten notebooks of Sepp Greger himself as a guidance for this biography that actually can be seen as a autobiography. Born in the tough and hard period that followed after World War I. Even though his youth wasn’t always easy, Sepp Greger managed to buy a motorcycle at the age of 18 and he started his motorsport career immediately after that.

Motorsport career

In the first years after World War II, he starts working as a mechanic on cars. In 1949 he opens a VW dealership, and in 1951 he sells his 100th Volkswagen Beetle. About at the same time, Sepp Greger starts his motorsport career. At first he races Volkswagen Beetles but soon he realises that there are far better cars to compete in races. The step to Porsche is an easy one.

Hardly no Porsche race car in the 1950’s and 1960’s or Sepp Greger owned it  and raced it extensively. From the very early Porsche 356 over the Porsche 356 Carrera GT to the Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder and his successor the Porsche 718 RS61 Spyder. Other types like the Elva Porsche, the Porsche 904 or Porsche 906 had no secrets to him either.

Maria Weiniger had full access to the Porsche Archives. With the support of Jens Turner and the help of Sepp Greger’s own son, Sepp Jr, she documented the cars that Sepp Greger used in his motorsport career. With the co-operation of Sepp Greger’s family, she had a nearly unlimited supply of stories and pictures to tell the complete life of Sepp Greger. The book is documented literally with hundreds of pictures, most of them black/white and never published before.

Sepp Greger , Eine Rennfahrerlegende is definitely a book that is not misplaced in any Porsche library. If you are into hillclimbs, this book is a must have. Absolutel a great book !!!

Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wartberg Verlag (Sept. 2016)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3831323046
  • ISBN-13: 978-3831323043
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.2 x 28.7 cm