Edgar Barth

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Edgar Barth
Born (1917-01-26)26 January 1917
Died 20 May 1965(1965-05-20) (aged 48)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  East German (1953-1957)  West German (1958-1964)
Active years 1953, 19571958, 1960, 1964
Teams EMW, Porsche, Rob Walker Racing Team
Entries 5
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1953 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1964 German Grand Prix

Edgar Barth (26 January 1917 – 20 May 1965) was a German (East German until 1957, then West German) Formula One and sports car racing driver.

Barth was born in Herold. He began his career as a DKW motorcycle racer and later switched to BMW sportscars. The East German factory of BMW would become the Eisenacher Motorenwerk (EMW) after the war. He raced these Formula 2 cars even in Western Germany until politics prevented this. In 1957, he emigrated to the West.

Barth won the 1959, 1963 and 1964 European Mountain Championships (Hillclimb) for Porsche and also the 1959 Targa Florio.

Apart from Formula 2 races with Porsche 718, he also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on numerous occasions.

He participated four times in the German Grand Prix, the last one in 1964 for Rob Walker in a Cooper. Nine months later he succumbed to cancer, and died, aged 48, in Ludwigsburg.

Edgar Barth's son Jürgen Barth became an engineer at Porsche and also went into motorsport, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1977.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1953 Rennkollektiv EMW EMW EMW Straight-6 ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
SUI ITA NC 0
1957 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche 550RS (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER
12
PES ITA NC 0
1958 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche RSK (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
6
POR ITA MOR NC 0
1960 Dr Ing F Porsche KG Porsche 718 (F2) Porsche Flat-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA
7
USA NC 0
1961 Porsche System Engineering Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
DNS
ITA
DNS
USA NC 0
1964 Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T66 Climax V8 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
AUT ITA USA MEX NC 0

Notes