East German racer Paul Greifzu built a BMW Special for the East German Formula 2 Championship in the post-war era. He became the most successful driver in the series and competed in a variety of races in the west. In May 1952 he was killed in a practice accident for an event which was being held on the autobahn at Dessau. After his death his widow Dora entered one of the cars in the 1953 German Grand Prix for Rudolf Krause.