This year, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (9 to 11 August) has enhanced its programme once again. In addition to the 14 racing classes to be seen in a total of 20 races, regularity tests and parades on the track, the paddock will feature a new attraction as well: for the first time, the tradition-steeped festival of historic racing cars will include a sportscar show at which classic cars, sportscars and super sportscars can be privately presented and even offered for sale. Concurrently, another highlight in the paddock has been secured for the long term: the partnership with the Motor Klassik special-interest magazine will continue in the coming years. The classic car magazine published by Motor Presse Stuttgart will be represented with a large marquee in the paddock that has long become established as a hub for fans and experts, and where new exhibitions focused on historic racing cars and sportscars take place every year. Consequently, be it the racing programme on the track featuring historic Formula One, as well as the sportscars from the 50s or even pre-war cars, or the many other highlights of the event, the Nürburgring is worth a visit for anyone with a heart for the history of racing and fascinating vehicles. 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). Additional details on prices and terms, current news and miscellaneous information for visitors and active participants can be obtained on the official homepage at www.avd-ogp.de.
Racing cars and sportscars to admire, to photograph and to discuss – and possibly even to purchase: this is the basic idea behind the new sportscar show at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. From Friday to Saturday owners of rare and special cars will be able to present their automotive treasures in a dedicated area of the paddock, where the exhibits will be showcased by model year categories. Expert presenters will be on hand to guide visitors through the exhibition while highlighting details of the vehicles on display as well as major development lines. Essentially, these classics produced for the road reflect the action on the race track, where the racing versions of many of these cars will be seen. In addition, the presentation grouped by periods allows for a direct comparison of cars from the same era and in this way makes automotive history particularly vivid. Anyone interested in presenting their classic cars at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix and to possibly offer them for sale can now register to do so. A flyer with a registration form is available in the information and participants’ section of the official homepage at www.avd-ogp.de.
Motor Klassik agreement extended up until the 50th anniversary
The marquee of the Motor Klassik special interest magazine in the paddock of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix is an important hub for visitors and active participants. The magazine published by Motor Presse Stuttgart has supported the event as the most important one for historic motorsport on the European continent as a partner for many years and will continue to be present: the organisers of the classics festival have agreed the collaboration with their media partner to continue until 2022 and thus at least up until the 50th anniversary celebration of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Consequently, the prospects for visitors and interested parties to continue to benefit from the outstanding service of the Stuttgart-based motor journalists are excellent. This includes the extensive special supplement to the Motor Klassik magazine with all the important information about the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix that is planned again for this year. The traditional ‘Readers’ Round’ has again been integrated in the timetable. It will take registered Motor Klassik readers around the Grand Prix circuit on Saturday afternoon and across the Nordschleife on Sunday morning. Of course, a special exhibition will be held in 2019 again as well: this time the show at the Motor Klassik marquee in the paddock will be fully focused on the cars from Abarth, a marque that was founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1949. The company, which has been part of the Fiat Group since the early 70s, is inseparably linked to sporty models such as those from Fiat and Lancia – and with the biographies of famous drivers like Walter Röhrl, Hans Herrmann or Jochen Neerpasch.
Racing programme more varied than ever
Obviously, the cars on the race track will again take centre stage at this year’s AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. As many as three FIA racing series will visit the Nürburgring, with the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship holding their only events in Germany here. High-calibre fields await visitors also with the two-seat racing cars and GTs up until 1960/61 whose night race culminating in a fireworks display on Saturday marks a sporting highlight of the weekend. Touring cars and GTs, sportscars and pre-war cars: there is not a single historic class that won’t be seen on the track. New this year are the FHR’s 100-Mile-Trophy competing in the joint round with the Revival Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft and the FHR’s A Gentle Drivers Trophy that make this year’s programme more varied than ever before.
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.