At the Oldtimer Grand Prix, the Nürburgring will be transformed into a true festival of classic racing from 11 to 13 August 2023. The well over two dozen races and driving events in the 13 classes offer an emotional foray through motorsport history, from pre-war vehicles to the dreamlike sports cars of the 50s and 60s and early Formula 1 racers to the legendary touring cars from the DRM and DTM. But that's not all: as befits a real festival, there will be something to see or experience in almost every corner of the Nürburgring this weekend. In the paddock, the large driver-team tent will attract visitors and media partner Motorklassik will present legends of the Oldtimer Grand Prix. A highlight: the anniversary clock, which event partner Junghans has created especially for the anniversary.
Of course, the greatest spectacle at the Oldtimer Grand Prix will take place on the race track, where spectators can join in the excitement at more than two dozen races and driving events in the 13 historic racing classes. In addition, the grandstand at the start and finish will certainly be full for two special demonstrations, namely when the Le Mans start demonstrations are scheduled. This starting procedure from the days of the founding fathers of motorsport will of course only be included in the schedule today for demonstration purposes: After the first corner, the first thing to do is "stop" to tighten the seat belts once more! Nevertheless, this start certainly offers a great experience for all involved. On Saturday, it is the final prelude to the evening programme, because after the pre-war cars, the run of the two-seater sports cars and GTs of the 1950s is on the agenda. Traditionally, the 65-minute race leads into the twilight and ends with a fireworks display after the finish. The victorious participants do not roll into the pits or to their team tents in the paddock, but drive to the large marquee in the paddock, where an atmospheric come-together is scheduled.
Demo rides with formula cars and OGP legends
Many fans will also be eagerly waiting in the grandstand for two demonstration runs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. One will be themed around the history of Formula 1 and Formula 2 and thus invites to reminisce about legendary drivers and cars. A second parade will form on the Grand Prix circuit to mark the event's 50th birthday. Long-time participants and formative vehicles from the OGP history have been invited to take part here. The defile of these very special cars will certainly be an emotional highlight of the weekend especially for the organisers and the most loyal participants.
Historic paddock with pre-war cars
Even though there is always something to see on the Grand Prix circuit during the weekend, it is also worth taking a stroll around the grounds. This already starts in the historic paddock, where traditionally the pre-war cars can be admired. This year, they will no longer be racing in a sporting classification, but will be organised purely as a driving event. This brings additional participants to this part of the event, which is of course perfectly accommodated within the walls of the 100-year-old pit area at the Nürburgring. The "100 Years of MG" exhibition on the north side of the paddock in front of the CHRSN tent is also worth a visit. It shows models from the history of the British brand from the pre-war period to the present day.
Junghans presents anniversary watch
Of course, there is a lot going on in the Grand Prix paddock, where the majority of the participants gather, the tyre and race services have their domicile and, on top of that, there is a lot more on offer. A visit to OGP partner Junghans is a must. The famous watch brand has not only launched great special models for the anniversary, but is also exhibiting an original Formula 2 racer from Stefan Bellof. A fitting backdrop for the two exclusive chronographs in blue and orange, each limited to 50 pieces. Numerous details already make these valuable timepieces coveted collector's items, for which Junghans received the first pre-orders even before the official launch. The other partners, merchandising stands and various shops are also not to be missed. Of course, a visit to Motorklassik is a must: The tent of the OGP media partner features vehicles from the history of the event, and of course, as always, there will be talk over coffee from the popular annual cups. The OGP collection can also be found nearby: The popular race jumper and other great accessories are especially sought-after souvenirs in the anniversary year.
New driver team tent in the paddock
One of the most eye-catching new features in the paddock is the large riders' team tent on the area next to the heliport. Here, there will be catering and a programme throughout the weekend, driver interviews and autograph opportunities will be offered. In addition, the teams and active drivers will also be guests here, so there will certainly be opportunities for many exciting encounters. Right next door, there will also be fun for the whole family with a bouncy castle and a photo bull. There will also be super sports cars to admire in a small parking area.
AMG Arena is part of the programme again
After a break of several years, the AMG Arena is once again part of the festival programme. Some teams will be accommodated here - especially the Ferrari and Maserati of the FCD Racing Series. In addition, special brand clubs will be found here, making the area a meeting place for dream cars. This is certainly a starting point and an incentive to also visit the other brand clubs in the parking areas directly at the racetrack.
Off to the discovery tour
By the way, if you're on your way to the grandstand area, you can also drop by the Nürburgring right away: The ring°werk museum is of course open and has a little surprise in store for all young visitors under 17 during the summer holidays. The kart track is also open and the popular backstage tours with a look behind the scenes of the world-famous track are also available. And if you still haven't had enough, you can also have a look around the Nordschleife: There are always time slots for brand club drives there at the weekend, and on Sunday morning the pre-war cars are also on the road here.