Ferrari Club Deutschland set in a motorsport scene
A paddock exclusively dedicated to club sport racing cars and an impressive line-up of Ferrari models parked in front of the paddock – those visiting the Ferrari Club Deutschland (FCD) at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix will be amazed because the club meeting has seen impressive growth – at least seemingly – due to the FCD Racing Series as a new addition to the racing programme. “Actually, we occupy the same area as in previous years,” says FCD President Walter Ben Dörrenberg, “but our colleagues from the Maserati Club that we’ve been enjoying a good relationship with for years have allowed us to use a little of their area so that we were able to build this marvellous paddock.” In addition to the 20 Ferraris sporting race trim, more than 80 Ferrari cars, from classics to the younger models, are expected this weekend. “Strictly speaking, we’re not really a motorsport club,” Dörrenberg explains, “but this combination of racing and road cars obviously makes for a great atmosphere that superbly fits our marque.”
Porsche: largest hospitality lounge at the family’s anniversary meeting
16,000 square metres filled with Porsche: for fans of the tradition-steeped sportscars, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix is a veritable feast. The Zuffenhausen-based marque is celebrating its 70th anniversary in a style totally befitting its class. Fascinating exhibition vehicles take turns with sportscars the Porsche guests arrive in and Porsche Classic’s services and offering are in focus as well. Philipp Salm-Reifferscheidt, Head of Sales and Marketing at Porsche Classic: “We’re welcoming about 500 Porsche cars and some 1,000 guests here to the Nürburgring, plus we have another 200 places in the marquee for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. That’s why we extended the catering area once again – it is the largest hospitality lounge we’ve ever had at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix.” In addition, Porsche Classic celebrates the brand’s birthday by deploying the Porsche 911 to be driven by Derek Bell. The ‘Project 70’ will arrive from the UK specifically for this purpose tomorrow, so making for a huge celebration at Porsche that is highly popular with the marque’s guests. “This is a fortunate combination of a long-standing, effective partnership and many regular customers who are gathering for a family reunion,” says Philipp Salm-Reifferscheidt. “For many of our visitors, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix is a fixture in their diaries.”
Slowly sideways: visit by historic rally cars
Although they call themselves ‘Slowly Sideways’ their name is not necessarily to be taken literally, as the driver alliance for historic rally vehicles that is visiting the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix with 16 rally cars from the 70s and 80s definitely shows that the vehicles which are more than 30 years old have a heart with a powerful beat for rally racing. On Saturday (9.50 – 11.00 AM) and Sunday (8:35 – 9:25 AM) they will be seen on the Nordschleife – and otherwise look forward to curious visitors at the ‘service park’ in the Historic Paddock. There’s a lot to be seen there indeed – such as Wolfgang Inhester’s Rothmannss Porsche 911 SC RS (car #7). The car from 1983, of which only a few still exist around the world, was the last rally car from Zuffenhausen. Another example is the Mercedes Benz 208 E driven by Andreas Bayer: built in 1977, it was fielded in some of the world’s toughest endurance rallies – including the London-Sydney Marathon (1977) and the Safari Rally on two occasions (1977 and 1978).