Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best
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Honored with the Motor Press Guild Best Book of the Year Award and the Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, this book is a must-read for motorsports enthusiasts and fans of gripping narratives like The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts. It tells a heart-stopping story of an unlikely team’s victory over Hitler’s formidable Silver Arrows during the golden era of auto racing.
The heroes of this motorsports tale are as improbable as they come. René Dreyfus, once a leading figure on the international racing circuit, found himself barred from Europe’s top teams and fastest cars by the mid-1930s due to his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, the leader of the struggling automaker Delahaye, was battling to keep his company afloat as the world was on the brink of chaos. Lucy Schell, the daring daughter of an American multi-millionaire, longed to recapture the glory of her rally-driving days.
As Nazi Germany initiated its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world towards war, these three underdogs united to challenge Hitler’s supremacy in the pinnacle of motorsports: the Grand Prix. Their pursuit of redemption led to an extraordinary race that remains a topic of discussion in racing circles today. However, Hitler sought to erase this event from history soon after its conclusion.
Faster brings to life this glamorous era and the motorsport that defined it, chronicling one of the most inspiring and death-defying upsets in racing history. It serves as a symbolic blow against the Nazis during one of the darkest periods in history, making it a significant addition to any motorsports book collection.