Monday, 12 March 2012

German Motor Sports Badge

German Motor Sports Badge – Iron, Silver, Gold Class.
Instituted on. 18th February 1938.
Rarity – Rare, Very Rare, Extremely Rare.
Known Makers. Christian L. Lauer.


German Motor Sports Badge – Gold Class - Obverse.



German Motor Sports Badge – Gold Class - Reverse.

This award took the form of a circle that measured 48 mm in diameter. Onto this, which forms the support, is a wreath comprised of oak leaves. Onto the top on either side are seven oak leaves which touch tip on toe. The inner and outer edge of the circle, which measures 7 mm across have a further line of oak leaves 8 on the outer edge and 7 on the inner. The base has a ribbon tie. In the centre of the badge is a swastika, the arms of which measure 4 mm across. Superimposed on to the swastika is a flying eagle clutching a motor wheel.

The reverse of the badge was slightly concaved. It had a hinge, bellied pin and distinctive safety pin catch. At the centre it bore the manufacturer’s logo, a capital L and N formed into a square with the date 1790 beneath. It also had a patent designation for design, Ges Gesh, and the silver content designation .800. All were stamped into the reverse.



The Manufacturer’s logo.

The badge was designed by Paul Casberg and produced by one manufacturer only, Christian L. Lauer in Nürnberg – Fürth. It was to be worn on the lower left breast and could be worn on the Party or any other Paramilitary or Civil uniform as well as Military uniform of any branch of service. The badge was presented in a black case together with a citation.

NSKK – Korpsführer Adolf Hühnlein congratulating Manfred von Brauchitsch.

The German Motor Sport badge was instituted on the 18th February 1938 by Adolf Hitler. It was to be awarded to German men who had successfully engaged in National and International driving completions. The initial criteria were rather vague, indicating that award was to be given to those who broke speed records, won endurance completions and other like events. However on 1st November 1938 NSKK – Korpsführer Hühnlein established a more defined criteria for award based on a points system. Points could be amassed during the course of a completion year, with awards as follows;

A. Badge in Iron    – 3rd Class – 50 points.
B. Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 100 points.
C. Badge in Gold    – 1st Class – 150 points.

Points could be accumulated based on the position finish in a completion. For example winning First Prize, or Place, in a National Completion would earn 8 points, while International Completion would earn the winner a total of 12 points.

Awards were made annually.

The first presentation of the awards was made on 18th February 1939, the anniversary of the institution of the award. On this date awards were presented for the completion year 1938, together with the retrospective awards for 1933 to1938.

The retrospective bestowals of the award were for 1933 – 1938 were;

Badge in Gold    – 1st Class – 66.
Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 53.
Badge in Iron    – 3rd Class – 156.

The awards for the Completion year 1938 were;

Badge in Gold    – 1st Class – 2  Bernd Rosemeyer and Rudolf Caracciola.
Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 4.
Badge in Iron    – 3rd Class – 23.  NSKK – Mann Karl Lottes – 30 January 1939


NSKK – Korpsführer Adolf Hühnlein awards the German Motor Sports badge for the first time on 18th February 1939 in Berlin. Presentation of the 1st class award in gold was made to Staffelführer Rudolf Caracciola.



1939 Berlin Auto show.


Staffelführer Rudolf Caracciola in the driving seat.

The awards for the Completion year 1939, presented on 17th March 1940 were;

Badge in Gold    – 1st Class – 23.
Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 35.  NSKK – Scharführer Karl Lottes 30 January 1940.
      Badge in Iron    – 3rd Class – 122.

The awards for the Completion year 1940, presented on 20th April 1941 were
;

 Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 1.

The total number of awards bestowed from the date of institution including the retrospective awards is believed to be as follows:

Badge in Gold    – 1st Class – 91.
Badge in Silver – 2nd Class – 93.
Badge in Iron    – 3rd Class – 314.


 They have racing in their blood - Hermann Lang.



Manfred von Brauchitsch with Alfred Neubauer.




Dick Seaman - victorious in Germany in 1938.



NSKK – Scharführer Karl Lottes – 30 January 1940.




NSKK – Mann Karl Lottes – 30 January 1939.




NSKK – Scharführer Karl Lottes – In Army Uniform.



NSKK – Scharführer Karl Lottes – In Army Uniform with Tank.


NSKK – Scharführer Karl Lottes – In Black Panzer Uniform. 



SS-Oberführer Viktor Knapp and SS-Obergruppenführer   Hanns Rauter. The SS-Oberführer wears the Bronze Badge.




German Motor Sports Badge - Fakes.


 NSKK Motor sports Badge - Fake.




 NSKK Motor sports Badge - Fake -  Reverse.



 NSKK Motor sports Badge - Fake -  reverse makers mark.



NSKK Motor sports Badge - reverse makers mark for comparison.


 NSKK Motor sports Badge - Fake -  Poor quality.



NSKK Motor sports Badge - Fake -  reverse - Poor Quality.





NSKK Motor sports Badge - Obverse - Fake - 
Extremely Poor quality.


NSKK Motor sports Badge - Reverse - Fake - 
Extremely Poor quality.

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