Mister Rudge & Oldtimer 


  about Helmut Krackowizer - well-known as "Mister Rudge"

Helmut Krackowizer "The most constantly race you drive with full speed... " meant "racing-professor" Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Krackowizer (* 1922, † 2001)
named "Mister Rudge" after his favourite motorcycle mark Rudge.

  • My father, the "Motorcycle-Professor"

    Helmut Krackowizer arround 2000

    Until the last days he was riding, in the saddle of his beloved Rudge, Velocette, Sunbeam racing motorcycles or indeed in saddles of other motorcycle brands. The main thing, old and real! With an expert's eye he diagnosed if on a vintage motorcycle anything was original or incorrect. Not least of all because he had grown up with these bikes and as a teenager he helped during the summer months in a motorcycle workshop.

    Beholding a vintage racing bike in older design, you could be almost certain that he also had known the history of it, sometimes he even had known of this particular motorcycle, who had ridden it, which successes had been achieved it and what was not original (see above).

  • My father, the collector

    Helmut Krackowizer at the Nürburgring 28th August 1994

    My father felt at home at circuits, between and on motorcycles and in vintage museums. Very soon, probably around 1960, he had started to to collect what had been motorcycle history, motorcycle or motorcycle racing technology turned from the beginning (around 1900) until around the 1960ties. Thus, old motorcycle magazines are just as contemporary images as well as numerous books and many letters late racers are to be found in his archive.

    This "legacy" rests in an archive that I am responsible for since his death.

  • My father and his friends

    Helmut Krackowizer, † 2001, Alois Gerner, † 2004

    Important to him were his friends. And he had many of them, everywhere in Europe, in Switzerland, France, certainly in the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria, but also and perhaps above all in England. A trip to England, for example, never took him straight back there or from there. Visiting friends had been a matter of course. Many of them he become acquainted with during his active racing time from 1946 to 1955.

    Author:
    Peter Krackowizer

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  • über die
            ersten drei Großglockner-Trophies

    Großglockner Trophy


Peter Krackowizer, 5202 Neumarkt am Wallersee, Austria