Jochen Rindt, the Formula 1 racing driver and 1970 posthumous World Champion died 40 years ago today.
A brake-shaft failed at the end of the main straight during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, his Lotus 72 turned sharply to the left and penetrated an incorrectly installed Armco barrier.
He was born in Mainz in 1942, orphaned at the age of 1 when his parents, owners of the Klein & Rindt spice mill on the Rheinallee, were killed in a bombing attack on Hamburg in 1943.
Brought up by his maternal grandparents in Graz and to the rest of the world, he’s Austrian.
Especially in Mainz.
Nowhere will you find a reference to him and the last trace (the spice mill) was bowled a few years back to make way for the new corporate headquarters of Werner & Merz, manufacturers of cleaning products.
Photo at the top is a scanned and converted negative of him at the 1969 New Zealand Grand Prix at the Pukekohe racetrack.