|Mercedes Type SS in Bayreuth, Germany - circa 1937|
|Mercedes Type SS - could this be the same car? (photo credit: autoevolution.com)|
|Hans Schemm's Mercedes in the Deutsches Museum in Munich (photo credit: Mattes)|
The other interesting aspect to this picture is that it was taken in Bayreuth, Germany just north of Nurnberg off the A9. Famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, which celebrates the operas of the German composer Richard Wagner, it was also the Nazi capital of the Bavarian region in 1937. The first Nazi party leader for the region was Hans Schemm. Hans acquired a Mercedes Type SS in 1932 and I believe it was the car shown here. However, it’s unlikely that the driver (note the fashionable skull cap he’s wearing) is Hans, as Schemm died in an airplane accident in 1935. So who’s driving in this photo?