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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

People  by Erik Bahl  


            I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a neighbor of mine, Margo Neubert. She is the 93-year-old widow of Erich Neubert. Margo and Erich were married in1939 and resided in Berlin. Upon returning from their honeymoon she was pleased to discover that he had purchased a new 1939 R35. The photos show them on one of their trips around Berlin. Their enjoyment of the R35 lasted only a couple of months.







             Shortly after returning from the honeymoon they received orders conscripting the motorcycle as a messenger bike, and Erich into to the army. Upon turning the motorcycle in, Margo recalls they did get the full purchase price which she believes was 2000 marks. She stated in those days, 1 mark was equivalent to 1 dollar.

              She was a bit despondent at having to give up the bike, but Erich promised her that he would buy her a BMW convertible. About this time the war broke out. She never got her BMW convertible, but Erich did get pulled out of regular military duty to go work with Wehrner Von Braun on the German Island of Peenemünde in the rocket program. After the war ended they ended up in Huntsville, Alabama, where Erich helped to put a man on the moon. She was not just a passenger, she also was a rider. She said that one time she drove down the autobahn with Erich on the back of the motorcycle. He let go of her and leaned back to take in the whole experience. This disturbed her a bit, as she feared he would fall off the back of the bike. 

            Margo was kind enough to allow me to borrow the photos and scan them to share with my fellow vintage members. Unfortunately she did not have a photo of the front of her husband with the motorcycle. Here is a current photo of Margo with my 1941 R12. She was very excited when I brought it over.





            Editor’s Note: In our first issue, we featured Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, who worked with Dr. Neubert and Dr. von Braun, in Germany and in the US. Below is an excerpt from the University of Alabama at Huntsville website:


“Erich W. Neubert Memorial Scholarship.


 This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Erich W. Neubert, a member of the original German-U.S. team that arrived in Huntsville with Dr. Wernher von Braun in 1950 to lead the development of the U.S. rocket program. The endowment was established by Ms. Margot Neubert in memory of her husband. The scholarship is awarded to students majoring in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.” 


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