I am a car nut. I enjoy cars. I have owned many and have 7 at the present time, because there is not room for more.
I purchased this english translation after reading the original issue in Dutch.Nothing is lost in translation. Ludwinka the designer of the rear engined Tatra has often been credited with developing the original VW concept, and then having it stolen by Porsche. VW actually paid Tatra damages for this alledged theft. However none of that story is as well documented, as conclusively proven, via copies of articles, blueprints, drawings and innumerable other concrete and indisputable facts such as photographs, as the contents of this book. Joseph Ganz was a genius and obviously a fanatic about his swing axle rear-engined motorcar design. Although he published a magazine that carried every thought he ever had about anything automotive, and most of those thoughts were derogatory ones about the lackluster and statusquo designs of the then major european motor car manufacturers of that time, none would so much as even look at his novel and brilliant rear engined vehicle design with fully indepent suspension.So as any fanatic would when his ideas are held up for public ridicule and the ravings of an idiot, he set out to build his own prototype in the shop of a benevolent and willing carmaker. He built his car from full sized drawings and within a few months had built a fully functioning vehicle exactly like the concept he had written and spoken about for at least a decade. He called the little car MayBug, because it was small and the shape resembled a small bug. His idea and his creation were presented to Hitler; unfortunately Ganz was a Jew. He managed to escape, but the design took form via the People's car. The story is amazing and almost unbelievable, and then there are the photo's the reprints of the articles he wrote and it believeable again. This man, by himself, with only a drafting table and his brains and some incredible engineering skills fully developed a functional vehicle design. No laboratories, no test mules, no design budget, NOTHING but brains and fanatical belief in his concept. It is book about history of the period just before Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and WWII, it is a book about a young man with a dream and it is absolutely one of the most fascinating automotive stories ever told. And (as I said) documented to a fairtheewell.Piet Hein