At this year’s Solitude Revival, which took place from 21 to 23 July 2017 on the legendary historic race track near Stuttgart, were more than 10,000 visitors. At the start and finish line as well as at the Glemseck, they had the opportunity to witness the numerous demonstration journeys of the historic vehicles and the atmosphere in the paddock.
In the paddock, visitors could admire not only the historic vehicles, but also racing legends such as Hans Herrmann, Herbert Linge and Eberhard Mahle, all of whom had participated in races on the Solitude in the 50s and 60s were.
Hans-Joachim Stuck, who won the 24-hour race in Le Mans with a Porsche 962 C in 1986 and 1987, was also on the road to the Solitude. Or Jochen Maas, who steered a Mercedes-Benz type S from 1927 over the 11.7 km long circuit course and brought the compressor of the White Elephant, as the vehicle was already mentioned at the time, to the roar.
In all, more than 300 historical vehicles from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as from England, France and Norway participated. This included some who had already participated in a race at the Solitude. One of these was the Brabham BT3, with which Jack Brabham won the Formula 1 race on the Solitude on 28 July 1963.
One of the motorcycles with sidecar included among other things a Norton Manx, which had already driven 1960 on the Solitude. Other brands such as BMW, DKW, Harley-Davidson, Horex, MV Agusta, NSU and Triumph were among the other motorcycles and coaches until 1972. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, racing cars and sports cars up to the year 1947 included almost all the successful Bugatti and racing and sports cars of Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Maserati.
In the racing cars and prototypes from 1948 to 1976, as well as the GT and Renntourenwagen from 1948 to 1972 were included besides numerous vehicles of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz brands such as Abarth, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cooper, Ferrari, Jaguar and Lotus. In addition to the Porsche brand, the Formula racing cars also included Brabham, Elva, Lola, Lotus and Veritas. Last but not least, Corso Classico participated on Saturday and Sunday more than 100 road classics up to 1987.
The organizer, the Solitude Revival eV, was very satisfied with the course and interest in the event. The association exists since 2001 and currently has around 200 members. He has set himself the goal of revitalizing the historical circuit from time to time, thus keeping the memory of the legendary races on the solitude alive. Solitude Revivals are usually held every two years.
Photos: ©Marvin R. Just
Photos: ©Hans-Jürgen Brümmendorf
Photos: ©Eberhard Strähle