Buckle up for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

A picture taken at the 2016 AvD Oldtimer GP

Curtain up for the classic race of the year: From August 12 to 14, racing cars of practically all categories representing a good 100 years of motorsport will meet at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, taking place at the Nürburgring. The rolling history book will feature the legendary “Cosworth” Formula 1 cars of the 1970s and 1980s, impressive sports cars and prototypes, unforgettable touring car and GT heroes from the DRM and DTM, and much more. Pre-war vehicles take us back to the founding days of the Eifel circuit, and even the supercharged Mercedes Benz on which Rudolf Caracciola won the Nürburgring opening race in 1927 will roll onto the grid.

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Porsche 935 K3 at the 2019 AvD Oldtimer GP (c) Vintage Race Photography

The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday program, which culminates in a series of particularly worth seeing races – among them the once again excellently staffed race of the sports cars of the 60s, which, after the popular demonstration of the Le Mans start, runs for over an hour into the twilight and ends the day with a fireworks display after the finish. Tickets (from 29 euros for the day ticket on Friday) are available as well as all news, schedules and other important information at www.oldtimergrandprix.com.

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2017 AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (c) Vintage Race Photography

After two exceptional years, visitors can look forward to a classic event in 2022 that can offer the usual highlights. Because after the year before last Corona allowed both visitors and foreign starters only limited and last year the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia forced the cancellation, there are now again three days of historical motorsports. The fact that the forced break did not go unused is proven by the newly added DTM Classic Cup. 

Variety of touring cars and GTs

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1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS – 2017 AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (c) Vintage Race Photography

In addition to the DTM cars, there are also many other touring cars and GTs to be seen in the program. For example, the “Dunlop A Gentle Drivers Trophy ’65”, which starts under the umbrella of the FHR (Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport – Historic Racing Drivers’ Association), will kick off with its race cars up to 1965 with the first race of the weekend on Friday at noon. The somewhat younger cars of the FHR (up to 1975) will compete in the two heats of the HTGT for the Dunlop Trophy. The friends of British GTs will also get their money’s worth, as the Masters Gentlemen Drivers come to the Ring as one of four series of the English Masters Racing Association. A highlight in this respect: the Revival race, whose small but fine starting field is reminiscent of the unforgettable German Racing Championship (DRM). Once again, the favorite of many fans is likely to be the 1980 Zakspeed Ford Capri, driven by Peter Mücke with an impressive blend of sound, looks and performance. However, his team BWT-Mücke Motorsport will not only be competing in this race with several perfectly prepared classic cars. Mücke’s son Stefan shares a no less spectacular Opel Calibra 2.5 V6 4×4 ITC with Ronny Scheer in the DTM Classic Cup.

Breathtaking Formula 1 time travel

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2019 Nürburgring AvD Oldtimer GP (c) Vintage Race Photography

Traditionally the focus of many visitors is also on the Formula 1 cars of the Cosworth era, which can be marveled at in the two races of the “Masters Racing Legends for F1 cars 1966 – 1985”. Two prominent Germans will be among the starters this time: ex-DTM driver Harald Becker will be getting his 1980 Arrows A3 ready for the start, and three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner will be competing in a 1981 Lotus 87B. The field of the British HGPCA (Historic Grand Prix Cars Association) is also well represented with well over 30 vehicles, highlighting the pre- and early days of the premier class from the pre-war Grand Prix cars to around the mid-1960s. 

Sports car legends are among the highlights of the weekend

2017 AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (c) Vintage Race Photography

“Full House” announces the field of two-seater sports cars and GT up to 1960/61 before the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix. In short that means a field full of the most beautiful sports cars of the 50s and 60s Mercedes, Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lotus, Jaguar and more gather here with legendary models from the brand’s history. It is precisely the internal comparison in the numerous classes that makes the action on the track highly attractive. The other sports car and prototype races also provide a wide range on the track. For example, the FHR also brings along the “CanAm & Sportscars”, in whose starting field some brawny GTs also compete. This promises to be just as much a feast for the eyes and ears as the Masters Sports Car Legends with their vehicles from the classics à la Le Mans & Co. Here, the journey goes back to the 60s and early 70s – but the time travel even reaches into the more recent past. This is ensured by the GTs and prototypes of the “Masters Endurance Legends,” whose youngest participants (some Ligier prototypes) date from 2016 and 2017.

Racing, classic, voyage of discovery

Porsche 906 Carrera 6 at the AvD Oldtimer GP 2014 (c) Vintage Race Photography

One thing is for sure: it never gets boring at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, because there is always something going on all over the Nürburgring – including on the legendary Nordschleife. There, the OGP trackday with historic and contemporary sports cars is underway on Friday. During the rest of the weekend, there will be excursions on the time-honored race track, for example, by the Vintage Sports Car Trophy with its pre-war cars, but also the rally cars of the “Slowly Sideways” association will start there from the historic paddock. The second Motor Klassik readers’ parade will also take to the Nordschleife on Sunday morning. In addition, numerous brand clubs will be meeting in the parking areas around the circuit to enrich the weekend with their vehicles, as will the exhibitors and partners who will be presenting themselves in the paddock. Historic racing and much much more: This weekend should not be missed!

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Edited and translated press release.