by Steve Payne
says: what if Adolf Hitler had led a short-lived minority government?
Please note that the opinions expressed in this satirical post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
September 30th 1938,
to Digg our site.as Austin Rover Chief Neville Chamberlain signed
the Munich Agreement, the Birmingham Industrialist predicted that it was
"peace in our time" between the warring car manufacturers who had
travelled to Baveria to seal the historic deal.
The cause of the dispute was a nasty piece of industrial espionage
committed by the deranged former Reichkanzer Adolf Hitler who dreamt of
blond-haired Aryan families motoring stylishly down autobahns to a
worker's package holiday in the Alps.
In which we imagine a very different Munich AgreementDuring his
leadership of a short-lived minority government in early 1933, Hitler
travelled to the Tatra Factory in Czechoslavakia where he was presented
with a Tatra V570 prototype (pictured) by the Austrian engineer Hans
Ledwinka. Suitably impressed, the Slavic origin of the design did not
cause any unsurmountable intellectual obstacles to the Reichkanzer
hurriedly passing the design onto Porsche who back-engineered the
By the time that Franz Papen succeeded Hitler a few weeks later, Nissan
had also stolen a key design from Austin Rover. And so by the late 1930s,
the car manufacturers were at each other's throats.
Fortunately, Chamberlain was able to secure broad agreement for an
International Car Manufacturers Trade Association popularly known as the
"Axis Alliance". The Czechs experienced explosive expansion and growth
after Munich, overwhelming Volvo during the early 1940s. And rivalry was
limited to motor racing as exemplified by Hans Ulrich-Rudel1 the lead
driver of the Porsche Team which won the inaugural Formular One competion
says in our timeline these ideas are explored by Jonthan Mantle in his
1996 book "Car Wars: Fifty Years of Greed, Treachery & Skulduggery in the
Market place". 1) The famous Stuka Pilot. Many thanks to Eric Oppen and Jeff
Provine for their suggestions. To view guest historian's comments on this
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