AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix: festival of historic motorsport

The 45th edition of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix from August 11th – 13th attracted more than 46,000 spectators to the venue in spite of the changeable Eifel weather. Even though the conditions favoured the wet-track specialists among the campaigners some of the time, the more than 500 vehicles competing in the 20 races and regularity tests (RTs) delivered an action-packed time journey back into the history of motorsport. Vehicle parades, tours and demo laps complemented the programme. The range, which for the first time also featured two ‘Touring Car Classics’ rounds for former DTM cars, extended from the early days of motor racing to the beginnings of Formula 1 and the endurance racing classics of the 50s through to sportscars and single-seater races. Rounds of the three FIA series for historic Formula 1, sportscars and Junior Formula vehicles underlined the status of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix on the German motorsport calendar.

Following this 45th edition of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, the organisers’ assessment of the event was exceedingly positive. The collaboration with Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club (ASC) ensured an excellent field of pre-war vehicles. Here the range of the oldest racing cars of the weekend from 1908 and 1909 to the compressor Mercedes-Benz in which Rudolf Caracciola won the Nürburgring’s inaugural race 90 years ago through to the impressive BMW sportscar ‘Großer Werkmeister’ from the early post-war era. The atmospheric highlight of the weekend was the race of two-seaters and GTs up until 1960/61 on Saturday night. Following the traditional demonstration of the Le Mans start, the round of the stunningly beautiful endurance racing cars continued into the hours of dusk. In the perfectly filled field some extremely rare models such as Maserati 450S and Birdcage, Porsche 550 and Alfa Romeo TZ2 battled for positions and trophies. A special focus this time was placed on touring car racing.

Numerous well-known former racing drivers attended the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix either as guests or by taking the wheel themselves. Among them for example was ex-Formula 1 star Ralf Schumacher who as Ravenol brand ambassador presented the lubricant manufacturer’s trophy in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship race. Seven former DTM campaigners climbed into the cockpits in the Touring Classics event alone. They included Volker Strycek first champion of the legendary touring car series and today’s AvD Sporting .

Fascinating historic vehicles were not just seen in the races this weekend. A range of renowned manufacturers used the event as an opportunity to show their new and historic vehicles. For instance two parades with an ample display of vehicles from Skoda’s brand history took place on the race track. Volvo presented its products in a glass-walled forum. Alfa Romeo underlined its sportiness with a special classification for the brand’s vehicles in the AvD Touring Car and GT Trophy and exhibited numerous vehicles at the Mercedes-Arena. The grand stage there belonged to Porsche where in an area of 16,000 square metres customers and visitors had the opportunity to get a first-hand impression of the range offered by the classic car specialists from Zuffenhausen. Represented with an impressive appearance as well was Jaguar Land Rover. The British marque welcomed visitors with a display at the entrance to the paddock.