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Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg

Prince Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg, in full: Paul Alfons Maria Clemens Lothar Philippus Neri Felix Nicomedes Prinz von Metternich-Winneburg (26 May 1917 – 21 September 1992) was a German-Austrian racing driver and President of the Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI), before becoming President of the FIA in 1975.

Prince Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg
President of the Commission Sportive Internationale
In office
1970–1975
Preceded byMaurice Baumgartner
Succeeded byPierre Ugeux
President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
In office
1975–1985
Preceded byAmaury de Merode
Succeeded byJean-Marie Balestre
Personal details
Born(1917-05-26)26 May 1917
Vienna, Austria
Died21 September 1992(1992-09-21) (aged 75)
Geneva, Switzerland
NationalityAustria Austrian

BiographyEdit

Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg, known informally as Paul Metternich, was born in Vienna in the noble diplomatic family of Metternich and was a great-grandson of the Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich. He attended the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland.

In 1940 in Berlin, where he belonged to a circle of opponents of the Nazi regime, he met his future wife Tatiana Vassiltschikov, who had a position in the foreign office. They were married in Berlin-Grunewald on 6 September 1941 and lived initially at Kynžvart Castle (Schloss Königswart) in Egerland (now in the Czech Republic).

In 1945 he was expelled from Czechoslovakia and lost his property there. He moved to another family estate (from 1816), the winery Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau, which had been destroyed in the war. He later rebuilt it and ran the winery with his wife.

He also became a racing car driver. Among other contests, he participated in the Monte Carlo Rally and the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans. From 1960 he was President of the Automobilclub von Deutschland. From 1975 until 1985 he was President of the worldwide automobile club FIA.

He was further engaged in the Order of Saint Lazarus charity organisation and was Grand bailiff for the German Balliwick.

In 1979 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

His wife Tatiana was a well known art patron. With his death in Geneva, the main line of the Metternich family became extinct. His widow was the last representative of the House Metternich-Winneburg.

TriviaEdit

  • The sparkling wine "Fürst von Metternich" was issued by the firm Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei.
  • He was editor of the book Fürstlicher Begleiter für Feinschmecker. Restaurants in Deutschland (Ducal Companion for Gourmets. Restaurants in Germany).
  • The concert hall in Schloss Johannisberg is called Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal in his memory.

Le-Mans ResultsEdit

Year Team Vehicle Team Place Reason
1956   Germany Prinz Paul Metternich Mercedes-Benz 300SL   Germany Wittigo von Einsiedel Failure Accident

LiteratureEdit

  • "Paul Alfons Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg", Der Spiegel, 13 September (40), 1992

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