In 1996 the Alfred Neubauer Trophy was handed over to the overall winner of the Ennstal-Classic for the first time. This trophy has been handed over by the famour Mercedes-Benz racing director Alfred Neubauer to people like John Surtees, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and Niki Lauda.
In 1977 the bronze relief that shows Neubauer with his pitsigns and a stop watch at the GP in France was awarded for the last time. World champion Niki Lauda handed it over to Mercedes-Benz. The head of press Wolfgang Gruber had it on his desk and he
granted the Ennstal-Classic the honours to award its overall winner with the famous trophy. The winner is allowed to keep the original for one year and gets a smaller replica afterwards.
Who was Alfred Neubauer?
He is said to be the inventor of the pit signs. When Neubauer drove races himself in the 1920ies he discovered the during a race the driver is " the most lonely person and needs help from outside".
He therefore invented a sign language that consisted of tables that showed the drivers time distances, standings and tactical instructions.
Already before the war the pulled the strings at the scuderia Mercedes. Rudolf Caracciola was his favourite driver. In 1950 he built the new racing department that celebrated huge successes in the Carrera Panamericana and in Le Mans and dominated the Grand Prix and long distance races in the season of 1954/55.
Neubauer was "The Lord of the Silver Arrows". He was very strict and had a very prominent voice. He was an authority and already a legend during his lifetime. He died in 1980 at the age of 89 in his house near Stuttgart.
Picture: Alfred Neubauer with his drivers after they won the Mille Miglia 1955: v.l. head of technics Uhlenhaut, Moss-Copilot Dennis Jenkinson, Alfred Neubauer und Stirling Moss