The 48th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (7th to 9th August 2020) can take place. After the relevant authorities approved the infection protection and hygiene concept developed by the Nürburgring and the AvD, the green light has been given for the tradition-steeped historic racing event, which, however, for now may only be held without spectators. The concept has been drawn up in a way that allows for a response to the respective current state of the pandemic at short notice. That is why the organisers are still hoping that a green light for visitors may be given during the three weeks before the event. The timetable has since been finalised in large parts as well. For instance, it has been confirmed that nearly a dozen fields of entrants will be seen in gripping races and special rounds, delivering a time journey through motorsport history from the pre-war racing cars to the Formula One cars of the 70s to 90s.
In times of the corona/Covid-19 pandemic strict hygienic requirements will be in effect at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix as well: distancing rules, vacant seats in the grandstands, mandatory wearing of masks in many areas – the safety of everyone involved in the event is a top priority. Consequently, the Nürburgring and the organisers are planning the event without spectators for the time being, but continue to be engaged in intensive exchange with the authorities to review options. Other areas will be subject to strict requirements as well so that team sizes have to be limited and even media representatives cannot be accredited like in previous years. But even though the unique trackside flair will not be the same and the financial risk is rising due to the lack of income from spectator attendance, the joint organisers comprised of Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD), C.H.R.S.N., Histomobil and HMSC decided to stage the event weekend. In doing so, the organisers, above all, intend to support the series, teams and active participants, offering them a platform for fielding the historic sports and racing cars in their original terrain on the race track. In spite of all the limitations that will no doubt distinguish the 48th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix from a range of its predecessors the organisers are sure that they are offering an attractive programme for racing cars from 100 years. In addition to historic touring cars and GTs, single-seaters and of course sports cars and prototypes, the modern racing cars of the International Audi R8 LMS Cup and the FCD Racing Series with their historic and modern Ferrari cars will take part in the event.
Jacky Ickx in the original Formula One Ferrari
The three-day meeting of the classic racing cars at the Nürburgring is offering new and old highlights to the active participants this year. For instance, this will be evident on Saturday when the DRM Revival round rings in the evening programme: together with the 100-Mile Trophy, the cars of the former Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft traditionally make for a festival of motor racing. This will be followed by a new race: the one-hour AvD Touring Car and GT Trophy. This round will revive the days of the classic endurance races ‘with roofs over the driver’s head’ that have a long tradition at the Nürburgring. The day will be concluded by the two-seat racing cars and GTs up until 1960/61 in a field that brings together dream sports cars and GT legends that used to contest the great classics such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Another new highlight will be the special round for the Formula One legends from the 70s to the 90s emphasising Ferrari models. In one of them, a true Formula One star of the past, the Belgian Jacky Ickx, will be at the wheel, driving exactly the same car he piloted in the 1972 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. In all other respects as well, the weekend will offer ample variety billed as ‘Back to the Roots’, because in the mid-seventies the predecessor of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix was launched mainly as a driving event for the owners of classic cars. This heritage will be revived during this race weekend – as the AvD OGP Trackday on Friday will again be part of the programme. The driving event on the Nordschleife is open to all sports cars and historic vehicles. Pertinent details are available at ogp-trackday.de/en.
Tickets will remain valid for 2021 or may be returned
Spectators who have already purchased tickets in advance will of course not lose their money but may choose from various options: purchased tickets will remain valid and may be used in 2020, provided that spectator attendance will still be approved. If visitors continue to be excluded, admission tickets may of course also be exchanged via the same advance ticket sales facility from which the ticket was purchased.