N a good, the one or the other spontaneous shower went on first day down. But this is simply part of an event known as outdoor activity. In addition, the mixed weather offers perfect test conditions for the high-quality fabric tops.
If the bad luck rings twice
One driver pairing couldn't care much about the weather on this second day: Car number 40 fell into the moody mechanics to the victim. And that just four weeks after the major inspection. The fact that Hans-Ulrich Sachs and his wife Danielle Sachs already completed another rally as overall winner in a Porsche 356 B Super 90 from 1962 between the inspection and the technical dilemma helps to endure the misery they suffered. Especially since Danielle Sachs owes a very interesting and formative experience to the whole mess: 'So I was finally allowed to ride in a real fire engine!'
The best remedy for a cramp: a stone
Yes from the beginning: After the handbrake gave up on the first day because of a broken split pin (a real cent component), the signs were not quite red. With an eight minute delay, the Saxons were able to catch up and ' the first tests went really well, ”assures Hans-Ulrich Sachs. But then “The second gear didn't want to go in on an incline, of all places, and I stopped,” he continues his accident report. The response to the emergency call 'We'll be there in 45 minutes' drove the first beads of sweat to the entrepreneur's forehead. “I certainly would haveAfter ten minutes I got a cramp in my lower leg - after all, the handbrake is still defective. ”His wife immediately went looking for a suitable brake block and found it in a small stream. Together with the helpers who had just arrived from the car trade, she heaved the boulders behind the wheels. This was followed by the aforementioned bus ride in the legendary fire brigade Mercedes 408 and the realization of Hans-Ulrich Sachs: “What used to complain about the ADAC (for known reasons). But: Now he is constantly helping me out of trouble with my oldies - a great team! And the most important thing is the family anyway. ”
Racing driver meets captain
Another finding of the 7th edition of the Paul Pietsch Classic is: The captain will be 80 years old! I beg your pardon? Yes, it's the Opel Kapitän's birthday. And precisely for this reason, a fleet of three models from the 1950s and 1960s rolled through the Black Forest. Opel could count on prominent support: The 1962 captain circled Le Mans winner and Opel brand ambassador Jockel Winkelhock through the curves. Actress and Grimme Prize winner Jeanette Hain accompanied him as a passenger. Both put their rally skills to the test in the 4.83-meter-long sedan with a 90-hp 2.6-liter petrol engine. Through the captain's large panoramic window, they were able to enjoy unforgettable views of the two stages from Offenburg via Gengenbach, through the picturesque Elz Valley and Schiltach, and on the second day of the rally via Baiersbronn and Sasbachwalden.
With a 58 hp six-cylinder through the Black Forest
A 132 hp captain from 1969 completed the Paul Pietsch Classic as second in the Opel group. Around 11,000 copies of the very rare Kapitän B, which was only built from March 1969 to spring 1970, were made - only a few of which still exist. The oldest Opel participant in the Black Forest Tour is the 1952 captain with a displacement of 2.5 liters and 58 hp. During the economic boom, it became one of the best-selling six-cylinder vehicles in Germany.
Motorsport stars on the hunt for special stages
In addition to Jockel Winkelhock, other former motorsport stars also gave the Paul Pietsch Classic 2018 the honor. Ex-Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil drove a Ferrari 250 GT Series II from 1962 around the corner. “I've been gripped by rally fever since the Mille Miglia,” he said briefly and drove into the special stage. With Isolde Holderied, a very experienced rally lady started in a Toyota AE 86. And Peter Göbel, multiple German rally champion, drove for the placements.