The Story of P-3 Motorsport Photos

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Firstly, let me tell you a little about my familys background and our photo collection. My name is Karl Günter Peters and my hometown of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, is only 25 miles away from the worlds most beautiful and famous race circuit ... The Nürburgring.

Born in 1956, I attended the great circuit for my first race meetings as a young boy of only three years, along with my father Karl Peters (1926 - 1990) and my uncle Günter Peters (1935-2010).

The passion for motorsports first grew in Karl Peters when he helped my grandfather Josef in a snackbar at the Nürburgrings Karussell during the late 1930s. At the time he was transfixed by the great pre-war racing legends Rudolf Caracciola and Bernd Rosemeyer as they duelled in their Silverarrows around the Eifel track. Karls brother Günter Peters saw his first race as a supporter on the Südschleife, the shorter variant of the Nürburgring, in 1947. In those days they went by bicycle to the races, even to Spa, the Ardennen circuit in Belgium.

From the early 1950s Karl and Günter started to take their photo cameras with them. The first shots are taken on an Agfa "Billy Record 6x". Later they would have Zeiss-Ikon and Leica cameras in their equipment. During this time they were limited to using a "standard" 50mm lens, but, in the sixties, a 90mm Telephoto lens was added and they used ISO 200 / 24° negative films. My father and uncle were complete amateur photographers and nearly all their action shots were taken from the official spectator stands. Schwalbenschwanz, Karussell and Hatzenbach, round the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring or in Spa-Francorchamps, Eau Rouge and La Source were the most popular places for the photographers and the racing fans. In Zandvoort they could taste the atmosphere of a Grand Prix and have a little vacation on the beach of the picturesque Dutch sea resort.
In the paddock of the 1950s and 1960s, the amateur photographers could get up close to the machines, drivers and riders to create fantastic snapshots and out in the pitlane area wonderful pictures of the start.

Through the years, the Nürburgring race weekend became a holiday trip for the whole family. My mother Wilma and my sister Elke were fascinated by the old knights castle of Nürburg, likewise my uncles wife Irmgard and their children Heike, Silvia and Joachim.

Today the P-3 Motorsport Photo archive contains more than 65,000 photographs of six racing decades and it is one of the most extensive collections in private hands worldwide. About half of the collection are black & white pictures of Formula 1, Motor Bike Grand Prix, Sports and Touringcar races from 1950 to 1969. Up to now our historic photo collection has never been published and has only appeared in exhibitions.

Every year I visit many motorsport events all over Europe, but for me the most handsome, impressive and difficult circuit is still the Nordschleife of the old Eifel track. For me I have counted 1,850 Nürburgring visits, I drove on it by car and motorbike, lost my sweat at the climb to the "Hohe Acht" in several bicycle races (24h solo) and I loved every step of this unique 22.8 kilometer long circuit in more than 10 Nürburgring runs. In the late sixties Jackie Stewart, three times Formula 1 world champion, respectful called the Nordschleife the "Green Hell" but for a real fan, the Nürburgring is the "Heaven on Earth" ...

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