Bernd Rosemeyer, perhaps the most gifted driver of the era, was yet another of the greats with his roots in motorcycle racing. He had been described as a daredevil rider and came straight into the Auto Union team from the DKW motorcycle division after also riding for NSU. The futuristic, Porsche-designed, rear-engined V16 Auto-Union was best described as fearsome, but because Rosemeyer had never driven a race car before, he didn't know what one was supposed to feel like. A national hero, he married Elly Beinhorn, one of Germany's greatest aviators, and the Nazi propaganda machine spun their fame to unprecedented heights when Rosemeyer won the '36 European Championship. His luck held out until a gust of wind threw his Auto-Union streamliner out of control at nearly 300 mph while attempting to break a speed record on the Autobahn south of Frankfurt. To this day, people stop to leave flowers at his memorial alongside the road.