Oldtimer Grand Prix
The event all classic car fans should attend at least once
The easy way to answer why the Oldtimer Grand Prix is so important would be resorting to numbers. The event takes place over three days, using both the Nordschleife and the more modern Grand-Prix track, attracting more than 600 competitors and a crowd of 60,000 spectators from all over the world.
However it isn’t just pure racing action since this is a celebration of everything classic. Some of Europe’s best classic cars travel hundreds of kilometres to attend the ‘show’ part of the event, filling the Nürburgring facilities with thousands of iconic models from every manufacturer and era. It’s this eclectic mix of almost seven decades of motorsport history with the world’s most historic track as a background that makes this event so unique.
If the above doesn’t sound enticing enough 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of this iconic event. This guarantees even bigger crowds with strong presence from the most important manufacturers, blending in nicely with privateers. Collectors meet racers and the range of cars includes everything from FIA Historic Fomula One to the DTM revival series.
Since what happens on track is equally important with the parallel activities, a huge number of enthusiasts gather with their personal classic cars. It is not uncommon to find cars parked on the side of the road, rarer and more coveted than the ones competing on track.
So while it might sound like a cliché this is really one of the events in which you can literally find ‘something for every taste’. No matter if you want to indulge in long walks through the paddocks to enjoy being up close and personal with unique and expensive machines from a different era, or if you want to sit track-side and watch museum pieces being raced door-to-door at speeds that would make modern sports cars blush.
The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix is an event that has to be experienced first hand to be believed!
- Kostas Sidiras, RSRNürburg Media