Bernhard Nacke, Bechem's alias, redirects here.
Karl-Günther Bechem (born December 21 1921 in Hagen, Weimar Republic (modern-day Germany)) was a German Formula One racing driver who competed in two German Grands Prix in 1952 and 1953 as a privateer. Bechem entered the first of these under the pseudonym, "Bernhard Nacke" in order to hide his racing career from his family. Bechem failed to finish in both of these races, completing only seven laps (159.67km) of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
After his F1 career came to an end, Bechem took to sportscar racing, but his career was cut short by serious injuries sustained during the Carrera Panamericana border-to-border race in Mexico in 1954.
Bechem died on May 3 2011.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.|
|1952||"Bernhard Nacke"||privateer (BMW)||0||NC|
|1953||Günther Bechem||privateer (AFM)||0||NC|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||160 km (99 mi)|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|