Beginning of the 1950s was the Golden Age for the East German motorsport. Many local drivers and small constructors built their own cars, many of which used pre-war BMW 328 sports car as engine and parts donor. Local Formula 2 and sports car championships were multi rounds competitions attracting not only German drivers from both West and East, but some people from the rest of Europe. Paul Greifzu was one of these German semi-professional enthusiasts. He was born in 1902 in Suhl, Germany and worked in his father’s motor vehicle repair shop from 1920. During the Second World War Greifzu campaigned for the humane treatment and accommodation of forced laborers, which is why he is also known as ” Oskar Schindler von Suhl”. After the war he began to build his own racing cars and to compete in them. In 1951 driving his BMW “Eigenbau” (self-built car) he took 4th place in international Eifelrennen at Nurburgring, won AVUS-Rennen in Berlin and became winner of the East German F2 Championship winning 3 rounds out of 6 (in Dresden, Halle-Saale and at Sachsenring). The following year tragically ended Greifzu’s career. On May 10, 1952, he was killed in a training accident on the Dessau race track for the 3rd Dessau car and motorcycle race. A counterweight on the crankshaft broke and the engine blocked. Greifzu was thrown out of the car and died at the scene of the accident. His wife Dora continued to enter Greifzu-Eigenbau for his fellow driver Rudolf Krause. Krause’s career began in 1927, when he mainly raced in motorcycles. He switched to self-modified cars in the beginning of the 1930s. After World War II Krause started to race in Formula 2 cars in East Germany, and was a top contender on the local scene. He raced in World Championship events twice, in 1952 and 1953 German Grand Prix, retiring in 1952 with Reif-BMW Eigenbau, and finishing 14th in 1953 in Greifzu-BMW entered by Dora Greifzu. In 1954 Krause won the formula 2 East German Championship in its last year of existence, driving the same 1951 Greifzu car.
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