BS: Bernd Schneider
TG: Ted Gushue
TG: Rumor has it you were named after legendary German racing pilot Bernd Rosemeyer, winner if the 1936 European Drivers’ Championship. Is this true?
BS: Yes! It’s not just a rumour – it’s absolutely true. Back then, my dad worked on the A5 autobahn, which was where Bernd Rosemeyer had his fatal accident. His wife, Elli Beinhorn, was there when the memorial stone was moved due to the widening of the autobahn and, as my dad was a motor racing fan, he decided to call me Bernd.
TG: Would you say that you were destined to be a driver your whole life?
BS: Definitely! When I was five my parents bought me my first go-kart. From that point I had only one goal in life: to become a racing driver.
TG: Many legendary endurance drivers have tried their hand at single seat racing, specifically Formula 1. Your career with Zakspeed in the 80s was short, but your career in touring cars and endurance racing has been long and arguably one of the most successful in modern history. Why are the disciplines so different and ultimately specialized?