Exciting programme elements to be expected at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (7 to 9 August): Continental Europe’s leading classics racing festival will feature a number of new highlights this year. They include two demo rounds for Formula One cars that for one will celebrate the birth of the 1.5-litre Formula One in 1961 and for the other mark a return of the Formula One legends from the 70s and 90s to the race track. An all-new event will mark an excursion into modern motor racing: the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup is planning to use the weekend for a championship round adding a fascinating accentuating detail and rounding out the programme of the historic GTs in the process. The AvD Historic Marathon, for which the submission period for entries has been opened, is planned to be revived. For those desiring to obtain first-hand information about this major classics racing weekend, the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart (27 February to 1 March) is the place to go: on the stand of Automobilclub von Deutschland (hall 1, stand number 1K38) experts will provide all interesting details about the event and visitors can secure their tickets at a trade show discount: two weekend admission tickets will be selling for the price of one during the trade show days. However, those unable to make it to Stuttgart won’t have to miss out on a price advantage either, as a 20-per cent early bird discount will be available during the advance ticket sales up until June. Tickets can be obtained via the Nürburgring or by contacting the AvD OGP ticket hotline on +49 1806 570000 (0.20 euros per call from a German landline, and max. 0.60 euros per call from a mobile phone).
The eye-catcher on the AvD stand at the Retro Classics show – a Lotus 99T show car – already points to the highlight of the classics racing season in August. The replica of the Formula One car brings back memories of the 1987 Grand Prix season when Ayrton Senna droved it to third position in the world championship, having clinched two victories and a total of eight podium finishes in the Honda-powered car. Accordingly, there’ll be plenty of expert information available on the stand, as well as favourably priced tickets and a special sale of the popular merchandising collection: a perfect opportunity to secure the popular racing pullovers from previous years and other accessories at special prices.
Marathon: period for submission of entries has begun
The AvD Historic Marathon that will kick off the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix weekend on Friday (7 August) will experience a revival this year. The event is open to touring cars and GTs of the model years up until 1996 to be sorted into two different fields. Racing cars according to FIA Annex K up until model year 1976 will be racing the full three-hour distance. Following the last lap after the chequered flag, the gate to the Grand Prix circuit will open for them, across which they will then be driven directly to the paddock for the parc fermé and podium ceremony. All other participating cars will be seeing the black-and-white chequered flag after 100 minutes of racing. The race organized together with Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport (FHR) revives the long-standing tradition of endurance races held as part of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, but will only take place if enough entries are received by the end of the first nomination period (27 March). The AvD experts at Retro Classics in Stuttgart will be pleased to provide all details. Information is also available in the participants’ information rubric of the AvD OGP homepage.
Super-sportscars and Formula One 1: programme to feature refreshing new elements
The AvD Historic Marathon is not the only new addition to the programme. Most recently, the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup has been included as well. Held with the current flagship of Audi AG, the Audi R8 LMS GT4, the drivers are battling for points and trophies in seven high-calibre races – for instance as part of the DTM supporting programme and at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Compared to last year, the programme has additionally been enhanced by two Formula One demonstrations. The ‘1961 Grand Prix Revival’ not only brings back memories of the birth of the 1.5-litre Formula One but also commemorates the legendary German Grand Prix held that year: it marked the last victory claimed by Stirling Moss and the final finish by Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips, who had a fatal accident just one race later. Legendary days will also come alive again with the Formula One Legends from the 70s to 90s. One of the emphases in this field of cars will be on the legendary Ferrari models. Jacky Ickx, who arguably celebrated his most successful time in racing’s top categories from 1969 to 1972 and will drive his original 1972 car at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, will be there as a guest of honour. Events not included in the programme this year are those of Masters Series that is unable to participate due to conflicts on the racing calendar.
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.