24th September 2021 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the opening of the “Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungsstraße” (AVUS) [Automobile traffic and training road]. Races at the AVUS were one of Berlin’s most popular sporting events and at their peak drew in over 300,000 people.
The Avus is regarded as the world’s first automobile-only road and, for a long time, also has been deemed to be the fastest race track in the world on which countless records were set. Today it forms the northern section of the A115 motorway, but even until the end of the 1990’s, it was also still being used as a racetrack. Its chequered past begins at the time of the German Empire and reflects the dramatic history of Europe during the 20th century.
Many thanks to the Berlin Sports Museum and the Collection eAUTOBAHN.de for their friendly cooperation and for providing the pictures