I enjoy reading classic car magazines from Europe and the US and one name seems to appear in every edition - Maximilian Hoffman! Who was he and why was he such an important figure in the automotive industry? By the way don’t confuse him with his namesake who was a World War 1 military strategist who helped defeat Russian advances in 1917 - a pivotal reason for the Russian revolution! Our Max is much more interesting - he was born in Vienna in 1904 to parents who ran a small manufacturing business which he joined as a teenager. The company was born out of an inherited grocery store (!) and made sewing machines and later bicycles - a common path for many car manufacturers of the time. This company was not related to other Hoffmann motorcycle and car companies that have come and gone. The experience in mechanics lead young Max to compete on early DKW motorcycles and graduated through the ranks until four wheeled racing took his focus. His success as a racer opened some doors and he … [Read More...]
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