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Nürburgring Vintage 2010: Return to the golden age

Daniel Reinhard
Vintage Nürburgring 2010
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W on Saturday evening somewhere near the Nürburgring If you meet a few strange companions who hurry through the night with dull pre-war twinkles, you shouldn't be surprised: It's the participants of the Vintage Nürburgring on a small night excursion.

The old paddock is the center of the Vintage Nürburgring

The pre-war meeting was invented five years ago by Motor Klassik and the Drivers' Association of Historic Racing (FHR) to bring the vehicles to the To offer a species-appropriate playing field in the 20s, 30s and 40s. The pivotal point here is the old paddock at the Nürburgring.

Driving is primarily on the venerable Nordschleife and the almost forgotten Südschleife - routes for which the Amilcar, Bugatti, Bentley, BMW, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz , MG, Riley or Salmson were once built and on which they and their drivers feel most comfortable today. There are no timekeeping, points and trophies, everyone drives as long and as fast as they like.

Spectacle for the spectators

What most of them mean: Try to cover as many laps as possible on the Nordschleife between nine and eleven o'clock on Saturday morning - if necessary, you even have to go in between refuel, for which some create a deposit. Nordschleife connoisseurs like Thomas Kern with his mighty Mercedes-Benz SSKL or Peter Kubitza with his small but lightning-fast Riley 12/4 accelerate so hard and fearlessly on the Eifelbahn that many a driver of a modern vehicle would rub their eyes in amazement and The spectators at Brünnchen and Pflanzgarten are cheering with enthusiasm.

In addition, there are a handful of motorcycles in the field of around 50 automobiles, the drivers of which are extremely life-negative. But that's why the material is there, they say, and after a fall the bent footrest is knocked straight again and the wild ride continues.

Full program at the Nürburgring

After the Nordschleife lap on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Südschleife starts on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. On Sunday morning, the Nordschleife will be available again between training and the start of the 1,000 kilometer race from 9:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., shortly afterwards from 11:15 a.m. the races of the Vintage Nürburgring on the Südschleife will begin. And in betweenBusy screwing, chatting and simply enjoying life in the old paddock.

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