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Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2

On the eve of the Hamburg tournament some number of fans endured drizzling rain in hopes Steffi would make an appearance on the practice courts. But Steffi was having a day at the races. Note that she only got to sit in the car, not drive it, which was likely for the best.

Graf finds experience at auto race 'exciting'
Monday, July 25, 1988
Mark Fogarty

HOCKENHEIM, West Germany - Tennis wunderkind Steffi Graf discovered a new thrill Sunday when she attended the West German Grand Prix Formula One auto race.

The Wimbledon champion has a special interest in the local Rial team. The team is owned by West German wheel magnate and Graf family friend Gunter Schmid.

Graf, 19, got to sit in the high-revving Rial racer while it was started in the pit lane of the Hockenheimring track.

"It was a very good feeling, very exciting," she said. "Everything was moving and vibrating."

Graf lives in a small town outside Mannheim, which is just down the autobahn from Hockenheimring.
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