Almost 20,000 spectators were not spoiled by the cool spring weather at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic last weekend. The opposite was the case. Whether in the paddock, in the grandstands, in the crowds at the box-office, at the exhibitions or autograph sessions – interested and enthusiastic visitors came in, including strikingly many families. And on the Grand Prix track, almost400 participants once again offered everything that fans of historic racing can expect – from pretty young Formula 1 cars to the big bangers of the CanAm Cup, to various touring cars and formula series. Jochen Mass, a former Formula 1 and sports car star, giving autograms, was enthusiastic about the event. “The event is becoming more and more popular. It offers really good sport. ”
Above all a great atmosphere was on the inner platform on the Sachskurve. Special attention was given to the BOSS GP and the CanAm Cup. The stars of the BOSS GP, a Toro Rosso Cosworth from 2006 and a Jaguar R5 Cosworth from 2004, with their ten-cylinder shrieks revived the younger Formula 1 history. The Dutchman Klaas Zwart, who had been successful in the race, had an extremely bad start in the seven events of two races of the FIA racing series. His green Jaguar already made a dash in the first sprint race. This was the full score of his main rivals from Austria, Ingo Gerstl, who drove the beautiful Red Bull Toro-Rosso to two confident wins. A qualifying time of 1: 20.174 minutes speaks for the sporty spirit; Nico Rosberg drove 1: 14.363 minutes in Formula 1 qualifying in 2016.
A double victory also at the spectacular CanAm Cup: the Swiss Felix Haas with his Lola T294 put an exclamation mark with winning both races, on wet slopes on Saturday and on dry on Sunday. In the first run Philipp Brühweiler finished second on the podium (Chevron B19) before the German Georg Hallau (Lola T310). On Sunday, Henry v. D. Amalien took second place in his McLaren M8C7D in front of Dirk Waajengerg (NL) in Chevron in the 800 hp cult car.
With almost 40 vehicles the Lotus Cup Europe caused a sensation. Christophe Lisandre, champion of the 2-Eleven category, was the man of the hour in his open four-cylinder Lotus: with a victory and a second place, the French ranked first after the first of seven events. Also in the Monoposto series FIA Lurani Trophy won a Lotus on Sunday. Last year’s winner and Vizemeister Manfredo Rossi Di Montelera, still second on Saturday, won the Sunday race at the wheel of the Lotus 22 with 16 seconds lead. In the first race Philipp Buhofer was the first in the Lola Mk5A. For the first time in the context of the Jim Clark Revival at the start: HRA Classic Formula 3. Both victories went to Thomas Warken in the Ralt RT3.
Four touring car championships delivered door-to-door duels, above all the special touring car trophy H & R Cup with 25 starters. Conclusion: Great racing cars, great two-fights! In both runs, the Colombian Oscar Tunjo finished in the Mercedes GT AMG, – on Saturday against the Betzdorfer Jürgen Alzen in the Ford GT, on Sunday against Jürgen Bender from Neckarsulm in a Chevrolet Corvette. The Autopassion Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge competed with tour cars from the 60s to 80s. Achim Heinrich secured the double victory in the classic BMW M1. In the Dutch UPS4ALL Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge the victories were won by Eric van Es and Ruud Poels (both Porsche 964), and the strong Scuderia Alfa Classico, two Frenchmen could celebrate their victory.
No fierce battles, but still fun – that was the case for the show rides, such as the most exclusive of the Scuderia Serenissima with the M1AF Formula 1 and the 308 Jet Competizione. Or the Raceclub Germany with its perfectly prepared and not very low-noise F1, F2 and F3 cars (Maserati 250 F, Cooper T53, Brabham BT 36 F2, March 732) and the Raceclub Germany powered by FNT – and more recent F-3000 cars (eg the 2008 Toyota by Timo Glock). The Passionata Maserati demonstrated 100 years of automobile history and Porsche enthusiasts got their money’s worth when presenting Elevenclassics.
The Jim-Clark exhibition, devoted to the theme “Jim Clark” and the crowning of the Jim Clarks memorial, are also a part of the event. “Only” four vehicles included the jubilee exhibition “85 years Hockenheimring”, but what for what! Michael Schumacher’s 1994 World Champion Benetton Ford, Bernd Schneider’s Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK 55 DTM from 2001, a 1969 Condor Porsche from the Interserie and a Lotus 69 F2 from 1971 – all of them outstanding examples of the Ring history. Former Formula 1 driver Christian Danner, a guest of the event partner Allianz on the ground, was impressed by the fact that he drove Formula 2 in the early 1980s. “I like the Jim Clark Revival every year, it’s just great fun “Said today’s Formula One commentator.
The supporting program at the Boxendach was another bang – with a historical fair, numerous exhibitors, a time travel fashion show and moped races. Highlight: the big party at the 10th anniversary of the moped garage on Saturday evening with the cover band “Me and the Heat” and a fire artist. All ticket holders were invited! The number of 800 vehicles exhibited on the weekend was a good one, and a shuttle brought interested parties to the meeting place of interest groups, club tables and clubs. The design awards for the “Transportation Design” course at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences were handed over in 2017 by Prof. James Kelly, who presented his student group with the words “Here you can see the future stars of the automotive design!” A cup was awarded to Georg Hallau for his Can- Am-Lola T310, the second went to the owner of a formidable Brabham BT6 from 1963.
The two main partners of the event, Bosch and Allianz, present themselves directly at the entrance to the paddock. Fritz Cirener, Head of Bosch Classic, said: “We have invited 500 guests to get to know our brand here in Hockenheim from a different perspective. They are absolutely enthusiastic. “Booth-neighbor Allianz presented among other things the 1993-DTM-Mercedes from Ellen Lohr, who was a brand ambassador of the classic car insurance party on Sunday. “A great event,” praised the only woman who ever won a DTM race (1992 in Hockenheim!), The Bosch Hockenheim Historic. “I am already looking forward to the next year.”