During the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix from 9 to 11 August 2019 the Nürburgring will be under the banner of historic motorsport for three days. Races will be held in 14 car classes, trackside spectators are going to see as many as 20 individual events, as well as regularity tests and parades. Now that the timetable has been finalised, visitors and teams are able to plan their weekend – being spoilt for choice as highlights will be following each other in quick succession on all event days. Be it the pre-war racing cars from the Vintage Sports Car Trophy or the Formula One cars from the Cosworth era, the sportscars and prototypes from the Group 5 days or the touring cars from the DTM: the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix promises opportunities galore of seeing legendary vehicles again that bring back memories of outstanding racing. Obviously, in the exciting and action-packed races they will also prove that they have not lost any of their powerful performance and fascination they exude. Admission tickets for the weekend can be obtained by calling the hotline on 0180 5 311210 (€0.14/minute from a German landline, maximum of €0.42/minute from a mobile phone). Ticket information, news and the timetable can be downloaded from the official homepage at www.avd-ogp.de.
The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix weekend will again be a true festival for all classics fans this year. The three event days on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring will feature a programme of more than 30 hours. Those who just can’t wait to see the cars can already sneak a peek at them on Thursday when many teams use the opportunity to subject their historic vehicles to another functional test during the test and setup sessions. On Friday, the qualifying sessions with the battles for the grid positions will follow. The sporting highlight on that day will be the two classification rounds in the late afternoon when ‘A Gentle Drivers Trophy’ that has been newly added to the programme will hold its first race. They will be followed on the track by the pre-war cars running their first regularity test (RT). For them, in the ‘Vintage Sports Car Trophy’, the participation in a tour and two outings on the Nordschleife (Saturday/Sunday) will be counted in addition to the RT.
Highlight: the night race on Saturday
On Saturday alone, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix will offer more than 13 hours of motorsport. Nine races are scheduled on that day, including the 90-minute endurance race of the Gentlemen Drivers GT cars up until 1965. Saturday will also culminate in the highlight of the sporting programme: following the race of the spectacular GTs, sportscars and prototypes in the Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends, the legendary Le Mans vehicles from the 50s will be on the grid. Starting at 8.20 pm, the two-seat racing cars and GTs up until 1960-61 will be driving for nearly one hour into the evening twilight to be met by a traditional fireworks display on the cool-down lap after the chequered flag has fallen. Anyone who has ever witnessed the races of these breathtakingly beautiful sportscars and their atmosphere combining endurance racing and historic thrill knows that this is an event definitely not to be missed – even though on Sunday morning the racing will continue early in flat-out mode. Starting at 8.15 am, ten races are scheduled that represent the entire variety of the weekend programme. Longer races will be run by the AvD Touring Car and GT Trophy and the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship. In the afternoon, two highlights will conclude the programme: the DTM cars and Touring Car Classics holding a 40-minute race and the touring cars and GTs from the Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft that this year will be racing for the first time jointly with the FHR 100-Mile-Trophy (historic GTs), promising a large field loaded with action.
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.