Hermann Paul Müller

Hermann Paul Müller
Hermann Paul Müller vainqueur du Grand Prix de l'ACF 1939, sur Auto-Union.jpg
NationalityGerman
Born(1909-11-21)21 November 1909
Bielefeld, German Empire
Died30 December 1975(1975-12-30) (aged 66)
Ingolstadt, West Germany
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years19521955
First race1952 125cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last race1955 250cc Nations Grand Prix
First win1955 250cc German Grand Prix
Last win1955 250cc German Grand Prix
Team(s)NSU
Championships250cc – 1955
StartsWinsPodiumsPolesF. lapsPoints
1417N/AN/AN/A

Hermann Paul Müller (21 November 1909 – 30 December 1975) was a German sidecar, motorcycle, and race car driver.

Müller started his competitive career on an Imperia in 1928. He became German Sidecar Champion in 1932, then in 1936, he took the German 500cc Motorcycle title.

He switched to cars the next year, driving for Auto Union. He won the 1939 edition of the FIA French Grand Prix held in Reims. The winner of that season's European Championship was never officially announced by the AIACR due to the outbreak of World War II. Although Müller would have won the championship on points, the president of Germany's highest motorsports organisation declared Hermann Lang the champion.[1]

After the war he returned to motorcycle racing, winning the 1947 and 1948 German 250cc titles on DKW. In 1955, he won the 250cc world championship riding an NSU Sportmax. He also set quite a number of world speed records in five classes over six distances for NSU on the Bonneville salt flats in 1956. To this day he remains the oldest person to win a Grand Prix Motorcycle world championship, at the age of 46.

Racing record

Complete European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

YearEntrantMake12345EDCPoints
1937Auto UnionAuto Union Type CBEL
Ret
GER
Ret
MONSUIITA
5
14th33
1938Auto UnionAuto Union Type DFRA
DNS
GER
4
SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
5th=20
1939Auto UnionAuto Union Type DBEL
Ret
FRA
1
GER
2
SUI
4
1st12

Motorcycle Grand Prix results

Points system from 1950 to 1968.

Position123456
Points864321

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearClassTeam123456789PointsRankWins
1952125ccMondialIOMNEDGERULSNATESP
5
215th0
1953500ccHorex
MV Agusta
IOMNEDBELGERFRAULSSUI
Ret
NAT
6
ESP119th0
1954125ccNSUIOM
Ret
ULS
2
NED
2
GER
4
NATESP153rd0
250ccNSUFRA
2
IOM
4
ULS
3
NED
5
GER
14
SUI
3
NAT17 (19)3rd0
1955250ccNSUIOM
3
GER
1
NED
3
ULS
6
NAT
4
161st1

References

  1. ^ Armstrong, Richard. "Unfinished Symphony: Why the 1939 European Championship was never won". 8W. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
The NSU motorcycle with which Müller won the 1955 250 cc World Championship.


Media files used on this page

ZweiRadMuseumNSU NSU-SportMax 1955.JPG
Author/Creator: Joachim Köhler, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Motorbike "NSU SportMax" (1955) at the de:Deutsches Zweirad- und NSU-Museum (248 cm³, Einzylinder-Viertakt (ohc), 28 PS bei 9.000 U/Min., 120 Kg, 200 Km/h) with this motorcycle H-P.Müller won the world championchip 1955 and Hans Baltisberger won the German road race championchip
Hermann Paul Müller vainqueur du Grand Prix de l'ACF 1939, sur Auto-Union.jpg
Hermann Paul Müller vainqueur du Grand Prix de l'ACF 1939, sur Auto-Union.
IlmorX3-003.png
Author/Creator: Photographer: unknown
Post production: RichN, Licence: Attribution
Garry McCoy riding the Ilmor X3 MotoGP race bike at the 2006 Valencia Grand Prix.