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On July 20 and 21, 2019, the “Solitude”, a former race track just outside Stuttgart, comes to life again for a weekend. During the “Solitude Revival”, the Porsche Museum sends legendary racing cars for a few demonstration laps onto the closed circuit, which is only 15 kilometers southwest of the main plant in Zuffenhausen.
Among other things, a Porsche 550 A Spyder from 1956, with which Hans Herrmann competed in the “Solitude” in the same year, and the Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth (1961), which rally legend Walter Röhrl will pilot, will start at the start. The 718 Formula 2 of 1960, which commemorates the first formula race on the “Solitude”, will also be driven on the Ring. With this racing car, John Surtees took second place in the 1960 “Solitude Grand Prix”. Two years later, Dan Gurney won the Formula 1 race in the Porsche 804 (1962) here. At the “Solitude Revival” Neel Jani, Le Mans winner of 2016, presents him. Jani’s former team mate Marc Lieb as well as motorsport icon Hans-Joachim Stuck steers the Porsche 917 KH in Gulf colours from 1970.
Herbert Linge Special Race
A visit to the paddock is also worthwhile: Those who want to experience the former and present Porsche racers up close have the best chances in the tent of the Porsche Museum. In addition to former Porsche works driver Herbert Linge, who is honoured by a special race of the “Solitude Revival” bearing his name, racing legend Hans Herrmann is also expected. Eberhard Mahle is celebrating an anniversary on this occasion: 60 years ago, the racing driver started here with three different cars. He won two of the three races. Visitors can also talk to the two former Porsche engineers Günter Steckkönig and Hans Clausecker.
In addition, the sports car manufacturer will present itself with further exhibits and offers from the museum shop. With the “Solitude Revival” ticket, spectators pay only 4 euros instead of 8 euros for admission to the Porsche Museum. This offer is valid until 31 December 2019.
The “Solitude Revival” is an event to demonstrate historical racing and road vehicles on the former Solitudering near Stuttgart, which consists of public roads and will be closed especially for this occasion. As a result, racing motorcycles and racing motorcycle teams until 1979, racing and sports cars until 1947, racing sports cars and prototypes from 1948 to 1979, GT and racing touring cars from 1948 to 1979 as well as formula racing cars from 1948 to 1976 will be on display. All information about the event can be found online at www.solitude-revival.org.
We advise the book “Racing at Solitude” by Thomas Mehne in case you wan to know more about the history of the Solitude races.
Translated and edited Porsche Factory press release
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG