Wolfgang Von Trips (Race Car Driver)

Wolfgang von Trips

Wolfgang Alexander Albert Eduard Maximilian Reichsgraf Berghe von Trips, also known simply as Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips and nicknamed ‘Taffy’ by friends and fellow racers, was a German racing driver. He was the son of a noble Rhineland family.

Born: May 4, 1928, Cologne, Germany
Died: Sept 10, 1961, Monza, Italy
Nationality: West German
Active years: 1956 – 1961
Teams: Ferrari, Porsche, Scuderia Centro Sud
Entries: 29 (27 starts)
Championships: 0
Wins: 2
Podiums: 6
Career points: 56
Pole positions: 1
Fastest laps: 0
First entry: 1956 British Grand Prix
First win: 1961 Dutch Grand Prix
Last win: 1961 British Grand Prix
Last entry: 1961 Italian Grand Prix

About Wolfgang Von Trips

Got off to a promising start in his career with 2 wins and 6 podiums in 29 Formula One racing events before his life tragically came to an end in the aftermath of a crash during the 1961 Italian Grand Prix.

Before Fame

He made his debut in 1956 at the British Grand Prix, the same race where he would secure his final victory in 1961.


He won his first Formula One race in 1961 at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Family Life

He was born in Cologne, Germany to parents Thessa and Eduard.


His car became airborne and collided with the side barrier killing him and 15 spectators. He died racing just as Dale Earnhardt did.

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