Surprise visitors to the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix this weekend include Lili Reisenbichler, who made a name for herself in the 70 and 80s as an outstanding touring car driver. The native of Slovenia raced in NSU and Audi cars as well as in a BMW M1 and even a Zakspeed Turbo Capri at the time. So when she says: “This is pure motorsport – sheer emotion. These cars are still running without servo and software,” she definitely speaks with authority. Reisenbichler achieved her greatest successes in the DRM and the European Touring Car Championship, so she experienced many cars of the weekend live herself at that time.
“I remember some of them from my childhood days, drove others myself or had them as rivals on the race track,” she says with a smile. No wonder that the successful racing amazon is itching to drive while she spectates: “This brings an important part of my racing career back to life. If at all possible, I’d love to take the wheel myself next year.”
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.