The appearance of renowned automotive brands showcasing their automotive treasures in the paddock is also part of the programme at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. A particularly colourful picture is presented in the area dedicated to Skoda because the Czech brand of the Volkswagen Group is presenting an exciting mix of competition vehicles, museum pieces and carefully maintained privately owned collectors’ cars. Skoda also welcomes special guests to the Nürburgring this weekend such as rock star Wolfgang Niedecken from Cologne. The founder and frontman of the group BAP is a Skoda testimonial and paid a visit to the Nürburgring on Saturday afternoon, as did Sylvia Paul, CEO of the KinderHerz (Children’s Heart) Foundation. For many guests, meeting brand ambassador Matthias Kahle is another special highlight. The seven-time German Rally Champion achieved his biggest successes with Skoda and raced himself at the event: in the 130RS, the ‘Porsche of the East’, he competed in the AvD Touring Car and GT Trophy.
In addition to some 40 spectacular Skoda cars in private ownership, the factory museum in Mladá Boleslav contributed a number of fantastic exhibits. They include the second-oldest car in the entire factory collection: the only preserved Laurin & Klement BSC from 1908. However, it will not join the Skoda armada when it hits the race track. In the two vehicle parades, the guests welcome the opportunity to present their treasures on the legendary Eifel race track and in the races of the AvD Touring Car and GT Trophy Matthias Kahle will be competing under the Skoda banner. In the small and agile racing car his prospects are particularly good on a damp track. “As soon as it rains we have a chance,” says Kahle, recalling past experiences: “Two years ago, we made up ground all the way to third position in the rain and when the rain stopped we lost a lot of ground again – with the 130 horsepower and the 1,300 cc engine, we’re obviously chanceless against the much more powerful cars.”
Skoda prototype races in Vintage Sports Car Trophy
Even so, Kahle, who drives the car in historic rallies as well, appreciates the rear-wheel-drive oldie: “Its handling is superb: the 130RS is nice to drive. In cornering, it shows its great road-holding ability but on the straight our rivals pull past us.” New this year as well is a second Skoda fielded in the competitions of the weekend: Stanislav Kafka has brought his 1949 Skoda Sport to the Eifel. The sportscar prototype from the early post-war years is on the grid of the Vintage Sports Car Trophy and together with the pre-war cars participates in the regularity tests on the Grand Prix Circuit and other events: adding a new touch of colour to the on-track action that is colourful anyhow. Matthias Kahle also invites visitors to stop by the Skoda area in the paddock because there’s a lot more to see there such as the more than 110-year-old Laurin & Klement. “We’re showcasing nearly the entire Skoda history here – reflecting both road-going and racing cars,” explains the native of Görlitz. “The range of the exhibition starts with the Skoda Popular from the 1930s and continues through to the Formula 3 car and sportscar prototypes. Naturally, rally history is displayed here as well, particularly in the 130RS or the S100.”
The 26th AvD Historic Marathon will be part of the 48th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2020.
The race on the legendary Nordschleife is designed as a three-hour race for classic cars up to 1976 in compliance with the Appendix K. With the Nürburgring-Trophy the not-Appendix K cars/Youngtimer up to 1996 were integrated into the AvD Historic Marathon, but finishing the race after 100 minutes. The new concept makes the marathon even more attractive after a four-year break.