Until the mid-60's, Heinrich Maltz was a very successful race driver until he had to quit his active career in motorsports complying with his father's wish to join the traditional family-owned business for high-performance lubricants. At the Rossfeld Race, he even competed in Formula Junior alongside fellow racer Wolfgang Count Berghe von Trips and, amongst others, with the legendary "mountain king" Hans Stuck. Based on DKW vehicles, he developed the Hartmann-Formula-Junior vehicles together with Alfred Hartmann and ranked first nine times when driving for Scuderia Hartmann alone.
They wanted to teach the Italians a lesson in Formula Junior - after all, Count Berghe von Trips drove a Stanguellini - "but we thought, we can easily compete with Fiat engines", the nice, former race driver from Munich explains laughing. "I grew up in great times - you could still invent things then." He learnt to be a toolsetter at BMW where a company sports group used to train with their motorcycles every Wednesday on a track. This is how he learnt to drive. The track was selected based on the snacks offered there.
"As a young man, you do not even give thought to the possibility that you could get hurt. When we fell, we got up and checked if the clutch lever was broken or the tank leaked."