50 Years of the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix

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On the weekend of 11-13 August, the Oldtimer Grand Prix celebrated its 50th anniversary edition with an extensive program.  The first Oldtimer was held in 1973 and today, after the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or in France, which was first run in 1964, it is the oldest historic racing event on the European mainland. 

The 50 plus Touring cars of the ‘Golden Ära’ made an impressive sight and thrilled the packed grandstands Photos Eric Sawyer

Summer weather conditions prevailed over the Eifel on Friday and Sunday, while the sky, especially on Saturday morning, showed its typical erratic side with the necessary rain.  The anniversary program included 12 historic racing classes, supplemented by a number of demonstrations and other track activities. 

There was a Le Mans start for Sunday’s race for two seater sports and GT cars

Around 50,000 spectators enjoyed the spectacle, especially the cars from the legendary Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, as well as the touring cars from the ‘80s that competed for the highest honours in the DTM and the later STW championships of the time.  The now traditional endurance race was held on Saturday evening for sports cars and GTs from the ‘50s and ‘60s.  

HGPCA front engine race was won by Mark Shaw’s Scarab Offenhauser by less than a second after and intense fight with John Spiers’ 250 F Maserati

See Marcel Hundscheid’s report in our September 2023 issue….

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