Pre-war photography of the young Bernhard Petruschke.

Part 1 – Career before the War:

Dessau racetrack in the early 1950s.

Part 2 – 1st years after World War II:

Advertisement in a French motorcycle magazine with an IFA DKW from the GDR from 1952.

Part 3 – the strong private driver:

“Petrus” in 1939.

Part 4 – early IFA-DKW years:

IFA-DKW from the early 1950s.

Part 5 – last active year:

Two-cylinder engine of the MZ RE-250.

Most important facts about Bernhard Petruschke’s career

Born on April 6, 1910 in Grünberg in Silesia (today Zielona Góra in Poland). Before World War II, Petruschke trained as a carpenter. The most important data about his career in brief:

  • From 1931 first motorcycle races near his home in Berlin.
  • On September 9, 1934, victory in the field hill climb on Rudge in the 500 cm³ category.
  • Two-time European runner-up in 1938 and 1939 as a DKW works driver.
  • Vice title of the all-German championship in 1948 in the 350 cm³ class.
  • From 1950 successful private driver on ZPH 125 cm³ self-made by D. Zimmermann.
  • Mandatory at IFA (later MZ) from 1953 as a works driver.
  • Double 125 cm³ DDR champion at IFA 1953 and 1954.
  • First World Championship points for the GDR and IFA / MZ with 5th place at the GP of Germany in 1955.
  • Retired from racing at the age of 45 at the end of the 1955 season.
  • After his racing career, worked as MZ racing director for many years.

The most important successes of Petruschke