Grand Prix Carraciola

On the 31. August Prien on the Chiemsee in Bavaria was once again the scenery of the start of the Grand Prix Carraciola. Around 50 high-class vehicles gathered in the centre of Prien. Including many prewar vehicles. At 17:00 the oldtimer started for the prologue in the direction of Kufstein. On the premises of the company Viking, the participants had to complete their first demanding test and then drove on to Kitzbühel by means of their roadbook. The weather was still fine. But as soon as hardly all the participants returned at the Yachthotel in Prien, it began to rain. And it should not stop until Sunday.

The next morning began with a time control at the Prien harbor. But not all participants participated at the restart, because some open vehicles were not suitable in such a weather. The day trip went on to the Großglockner. A real challenge at 2.5 degrees Celsius on the mountain, thick fog and heavy rain. Nevertheless, 38 participants dared to take the strenuous trip to the top at the Fischertörl. Intrepid drivers of pre-war vehicles, such as a Bentley or BMW 328, with just a thin roof, took the trip to the peak of the mountain. For a short time, the drivers were rewarded for their courage and endurance at Pillersee, because the sun was showing. Unfortunately, only for a few minutes, before the pouring rain continued.

Even on Sunday the weather was not at its best. During the pouring rain, the teams headed over Inzell towards Salzburg. The participant field was allowed to take a turn to the Salzburgring and drive 4 to 6 laps. The final turn was held in the afternoon in Traunstein. Unfortunatly without the expected audience. All participants received a glass of beer from the Traunstädter Hofbräu and a sun hat. This year’s Grand Prix Carraciola has been won by the team Sutter and Wetter from Switzerland in their open Ford Model A from 1930. They drove all days without a roof and had scored the fewest penalty points in the overall rating. The prize for the winners was a chronograph of the French watchmaker B.R.M. Chronographs.