Exciting domestic racing series that attract strong factory backing have become a bit of a Teutonic tradition.
Today's equivalent of the DRM, which ran from 1972 to 1985, is the popular DTM or Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. In common with the DRM, today's DTM features highly modified production cars rather than the more straightforward 'Super Touring' cars that populate the World Touring Car Champinships or most national touring car series such as the BTCC. The cars are not exactly prototypes or pure bred racing cars such as in today's LM-GTP racing but - aside from the car's silhouette profile above the wheel arches - any similarity to the production line model is superficial.
These types of high-tech German racing series also have a tradition of spiralling costs, hasty rule changes, rapid withdrawal of manufacturers who fail to build winning cars and, often or not, sudden collapse. This has happened in DTM once in the past decade and it also happened in the DRM.
Therefore, to explain the history of the DRM, we must break down the thirteen years of its existence into three periods.