There may be no other story in motorsports anymore despicable than the story of Maico. In 1981, Maico built arguably the most incredible open-class machine of all time but an internal family feud would erupt between the two owners Otto and Wilhelm Maisch. In an act of corporate sabotage, they would intentionally destroy the 1982 Maico 490 and build a death trap for the sole purpose of declaring bankruptcy. It is also a story of how Otto and Wilhelm Maisch, who inherited Maico from their father, somehow could survive World War 2 Germany, but couldn’t survive each other.
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