Hockenheim: 25,000 spectators enjoy historic races and honor Jim Clark

Passion for historic racing – 25,000 spectators at the classic event „Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival“ were thrilled. From April 20th to 22th, around 500 historic race cars from all classes and eras presented a great show at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg – both visually and acoustically. In the paddock, in the team garages and on the box roof visibly enthusiastic visitors enjoyed the program. The motodrome vibrated. And “historical celebs” like Jochen Mass, Christian Danner, Kurt Brixner, Marco Werner or Ellen Lohr were celebrated by big and small fans.

Traditionally, the Bosch Hockenheim Historic focussed the race driver, in whose honor the event takes place every year: Jim Clark. April 7th 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the accidental death of the two-time Formula 1 World Champion at the Hockenheimring.

The traditional Jim Clark exhibition was heart-warming, too. There where new exhibits, like an original Lotus racing car, made available by Colin Chapman’s son Clive.

Pure passion on the Grand Prix circuit – with formula and touring cars
One of the highlights on the Grand Prix circuit was the BOSS GP series (Big Open Single Seater). The ten-cylinder Formula 1 cars and the eight-cylinder GP2 Monoposti made a hell of a noise at the flying start, as diehard fans love it. The favorites Ingo Gerstl (Toro Rosso STR) and Phil Stratford (Benetton B197) did justice to their role with neck-and-neck duels in the first two of ten rounds of the season. Gerstl won on Saturday 0.3 seconds ahead!

Another highlight: the season-opening race of the Historical Formula 2 with its fascinating variety of vehicles (Ralt, March, Chevron, Brabham, Lotus, etc.). The finish was identical in both races: Peter Hans (Ralt) ahead of Robert Simac and Torgny Johansson (both March). The “Historic Racecar Association” enthused with a successful mix of junior formula classes – F3, VAU, Ford, Renault. And the FIA Lurani Trophy, founded in 1958 as a junior forge, also set the mood – with a large grid of 33 vehicles!

More than 40 vehicles took place at the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge. There were three races – but only one winner: former DTM team boss Peter Mücke in the Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri gave no chance to his opponents.

During the presentation runs of the Raceclub Germany many Spyder caught the eye. For the 50th anniversary of the company and the 80th birthday of company founder Kurt Brixner, 16 owners of the racers made in Heilbronn traveled to Hockenheim. The agile boss was touched. Also the Raceclub Germany powered by FNT served racing car highlights, such as the F1 Toyota by Timo Glock, the newly restored 1984 Williams-Honda by Keke Rosberg and the 1997 Ferrari by Michael Schumacher.

As every year, the box roof was packed with entertainment for the heart and soul, from stalls with historic devotional items to a live music party on Saturday night. Accordingly, it was full!

All information and results at: www.hockenheim-historic.de