The 2nd weekend of August, the Nürburgring is the place to be for classic sportscar fans. For sure we all know the annual AvD Oldtimer GP brings hundreds of classic sportscar back to the place where they belong : on the race-track. So, the 47th edition of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix brought over 50.000 spectators to the legendary circuit in the Eifel. It is undoubtly the highlight of the German classic motorsport season.
53,500 spectators visited the 2019 edition of the annual AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. An action packed weekend, filled with races that cover the complete history of motorsport was their part : from the pre-war period all the way through more modern world endurance championships of the 2010s. We must admit that we’re not the largest fan of these modern racers at a historic motorsport event. On the other hand, these cars are the classic cars of tomorrow. And yes, they bring some proper racing and spectacle on the tarmac.
Fortunately, the organization considers bringing back races to the Nordschleife on Friday, at the AvD Oldtimer GP weekend. And we can only applaud this. To clarify, after the Marathon race, traditionally kept on Friday, was abandoned some years ago, quite some spectators felt a bit disappointed after the weekend. In spite of the filled program, they missed action at the legendary Nordschleife. On top of that, the action next to the track has been slowing down the last few years too.. less exhibitors, less sportscars… So there is definitely the need to bring more action next to the races.
The Porsches on the track
In the races, we could admire some great Porsches ,covering a great part of the motorsport history of our beloved make. The Spyder era of Porsche was represented by Stefan Rettenmaier, a usual suspect at the AvD Oldtimer GP, in his 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. Alex Birkenstock and Werner Maximilian were in the same race in a succesor of the previous mentioned car : the Porsche 718 RS61. Ofcourse there were some Porsche 356s in the races too, and 3 of the the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS , designed by Butzi Porsche, came in action too. Last year, Claudio Rodario entered his Porsche 917K in the FIA Masters historic sportscar championship race. Unfortunately that was not the case this year. However, a Porsche 906 Carrera 6 and Porsche 910 that can be seen racing, makes up a lot.
In the Revival of the Deutsche Rennsport Meistershaft, the mighty Porsche 935 comes in action. Little brothers Porsche 934 and Porsche 934/5 add up to the quality of the race. And to be complete, the Porsche 911 RSRs that are in that same series, spice things even more up.
Porsche at the AvD Oldtimer GP 2019
But please don’t be disencouraged by our previous words. The AvD Oldtimer GP still is one of the best historic motorsports events we know. And for Porsche fans like us, there is plenty of things to see. Not only is the AvD Oldtimer GP probably the largest Porsche club gathering in Western Europe. Literally hundreds of Porsches, from all ages, come on their own wheels to the Nürburgring. And every year there’s an exhibit of the Porsche Classic Department too. This year they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 914. On top of that, the Porsche club members are welcomed in the huge Porsche hospitality tent. Exquisite foods and drinks waited for them. Furthermore, the Porsche exclusive deparment displayed the new Porsche 911 Speedster, first presented to the public at the 2018 Porsche Rennsport Reunion.
Picture gallery AvD Oldtimer GP 2019
Pictures by Vintage Race Photography