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    Cars, Culture

    August 29th, 2018

    Once again, this year’s AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix lived up to its reputation : a huge automotive celebration showcasing motorsport from the end of the twenties to nowadays.
    A lot of series with races and regularity tests and the diversity of cars present at the track could only provide a great event.
    Lots of formula cars were here during the weekend starting by the impressive FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship. This series offered races between Formula 1 cars from the 70s to early 80s, representing mostly the Cosworth era. In smaller categories, vintage Formula 3 cars and late fifties / early sixties Formula 4 type of cars were also at the rendezvous.
    We could also admire Grand Prix cars on track, impressive to see such cars of a certain age being driven properly. Cars from the twenties / thirties were part of the Vintage Sports Car Trophywhile the Historic Grand Prix Cars up to 1965 races represented 30 years of Grand Prix cars (1934-1964). Gentlemen Drivers races were also held during the weekend with some proper machines: AC Cobra, Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 911.
    Endurance car lovers haven’t been forgotten neither with no less than three series. Endurance classics from the fifties / sixties were destroying the track in a one hour race Saturday night with the likes of 3 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, three Porsche 356 and four Porsche 904 among others. Going a bit more recent, the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship also offered good action on track with its Le Mans-style and Group 4 cars. Finally, another FIA championship was really impressive : the Masters Endurance Legends. Reuniting 2000s endurance GTs and prototypes, spectators could admire an Audi R8 LMP1, a Lola B09/60-Aston Martin but also cars such as the Saleen S7-R or an Oreca Viper GTS-R. Great thing to see these legendary cars on tack, something to remember !
    I think the highlight of the event for me was the touring cars, meeting them and seeing them in action. Spectacular line-up with DRM (Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft) monsters, DTM / ITC, STW and BTCC cars. The majority of the cars were coming from German championships, which was the beauty of it to me. Witnessing these German touring cars in Germany was something special. What a delight to see the legendary Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Class DTM or the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM. Ford Capri Zakspeed, Porsche 935 K3 and BMW M1 Procar spitting flames are also something else. DTM stars were present to add a little something to the atmosphere, Leopold Prinz von Bayern, Harald Grohs and Christian Menze were there behind the wheel of a BMW M3 DTM and the AvD Sport President Volker Strycek who won the first DTM championship in 1984 was driving an Opel Astra STW.
    The FCD RacingSeries, was about Challenge and GT cars with pretty much only Ferrari Challenge Cars battling together.
    The event was also welcoming the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland with two races throughout the weekend, championship which always provides great racing where some drivers are really, really on it.
    Finally, this year’s AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix celebrated Porsche 70th anniversary and the Porsche 964 30th anniversary. I’ve never seen that many Porsche at the same place and time. Even two Carrera GT, two 959 and a 918 Spyder were present, a beautiful Porsche 917 in its Gulf livery too. Škoda was also honored with a lot of cars at the ring showcasing the motorsport history of the brand.
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