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Wilfried Edgar Barth (26 January 1917 in Herold – 20 May 1965 in Ludwigsburg) was a German (East German until 1957, then West German) Formula One and sports car racing driver.[1]

Edgar Barth
Edgar Barth podium Nurburgring 1957.jpg
Edgar Barth after winning the Formula 2 class at the 1957 German Grand Prix
Born(1917-01-26)26 January 1917
Died20 May 1965(1965-05-20) (aged 48)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityEast Germany East German (1953)
West Germany West German (1957–1964)
Active years1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1964
TeamsEMW, Porsche, Rob Walker Racing Team
Entries7 entries (5 starts)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1953 German Grand Prix
Last entry1964 German Grand Prix

Racing careerEdit

Barth was born in Herold. He began his career as a DKW motorcycle racer and later switched to BMW sportscars.[1] 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.[1]

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.

from left to right: Jean Behra, Fritz Huschke von Hanstein, Richard von Frankenberg and Edgar Barth

Career resultsEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Drivers: Edgar Barth". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Edgar Barth – Involvement". Retrieved January 20, 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Edgar Barth at Wikimedia Commons