Veritas was West German sports and race cars manufacturer in early post-WWII period. The company was founded by Ernst de Loof, Georg Meier and Lorenz Dietrich in 1947. De Loof and Dietrich were former high-rank BMW employees, and Georg “Schorsch” Meier was pre-war ex-motorbike champion and Grand Prix racing driver of Mercedes and Auto Union teams. De Loof when working for BMW was responsible for 328 Mille Miglia design, and Veritas started with rebuilding and tuning of BMW 328 sport cars turning them into BMW-Veritas. Consequently company shifted to production of own sport cars. First factory built Veritas Rennsport (RS) appeared in 1948, and in 1949 first open-wheels Formula 2 racer, Veritas Meteor, was built. Karl Kling drove a new Veritas single-seater at a Cologne race late in 1949. Several chassis were built and raced in various international and German races until 1954. Meteors were powered by 2-litres straight 6 engine developing 140 bhp. One of the main Veritas protagonists was experienced German racing driver, journalist and publisher Paul Pietsch. He was actively involved in motor racing since 1930s, even being a member of famous Auto Union team in 1935 and finishing third in the 1935 Italian Grand Prix. After the war Pietsch was a successful editor and publisher of motorcycle and automobile magazines, but continued his motorsport career as a driver in early 1950s. His company Motor Presse Verlag which published Das Auto magazine was one of the largest on the European market. In 1952 Pietsch entered his Veritas Meteor in several F2 races under the banner of his publishing house. In his home German Grand Prix at famous Nordschleife, the only World Championship race for Pietsch in 1952, he qualified as high as 7th among 34 participants. But during the race his Meteor #127 retired on lap 1 due to gearbox failure. The scale model by Racing Dioramics made especially for Formula143 Collection represents Veritas Meteor driven by Pietsch in that race.
|Paul Pietsch||127||Motor Presse Verlag|
|Formula143 Special Edition|