Thrilling motorsport with a celebrity guest appearance as well as a new mix of music, trade fair and festival - the season highlight of the European Truck Championship will attract over 100,000 fans to the Nürburgring from 13 to 16 July 2023. Advance ticket sales for this top event have started. For more than three decades, the Eifel has been dominated by truck racing every third weekend in July. Hardly any other event at the Nürburgring promises visitors as much variety as the International ADAC Truck Grand Prix, which this year presents itself with an extended supporting programme. Whether motorsport fan, festival devotee, professional truck driver or trade visitor - there is something for the whole family at the 36th edition.
"Motorsport, entertainment, sustainability and innovation - that's what the ADAC Truck Grand Prix stands for, which also marks a season highlight in the European motorsport calendar. We expect around 50,000 day visitors who can look forward to a spectacular weekend full of action and entertainment," says Marc Hennerici, Managing Director of the organiser ADAC Travel & Event Mittelrhein GmbH.
The focus of the sporting part is on the heats of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship, where Europe's best truck racers compete against each other. Top drivers such as Jochen Hahn, Sascha Lenz and Norbert Kiss will engage in a thrilling battle for valuable European Championship points on the legendary Eifel circuit and offer the fans motorsport to touch, just like the French championship, which will again make a guest appearance at the Ring as in 2022.
Motorsport up close: FIA ETRC & GT Masters
With another prominent guest appearance, two motorsport worlds will meet this year: for the first time since 2012, the popular ADAC GT Masters racing series will make a pit stop at the Truck Grand Prix. The super sports cars from manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche or McLaren, 550 hp strong and 250 km/h fast at the Nürburgring, will meet race trucks with 1,000 hp and a top speed limit of 160 km/h. As different as the performance, as sustainable the fuel: both racing series rely on alternative energies such as hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) with which CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 90 per cent.
Top decision-makers at one of the largest commercial vehicle trade fairs
One of the largest industrial fairs in the commercial vehicle sector will take place in the adjacent exhibition park throughout the weekend. National and international truck manufacturers, suppliers and hauliers will present themselves to the public on around 10,000 square metres. In addition, the sustainable (drive) technologies of tomorrow will be shown in an Innovation Camp. This is also a topic of the ADAC/TÜV Rheinland Truck Symposium, which will take place on Friday, 14 July. High-ranking experts from politics and business will exchange views on solutions for the logistics of tomorrow. Interested trade visitors can register at trucksymposium.de.
Family entertainment with traffic education
During the entire race weekend, visitors can look forward to a varied supporting programme: from trucker parade to fan village and trucker camp to children's land where, in addition to duck rodeo and bouncy castles, there will also be a traffic event for children for the first time this year. The ADAC Mittelrhein and Blicki e.V. will sensitise the little ones to the dangers of trucks in road traffic. Blicki the kangaroo will explain the important traffic rules and sources of danger, keyword blind spot, to the children at various learning stations and on the Truck Grand Prix truck. The joint campaign is under the patronage of Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing.
Country & Party Music with Fireworks
This year, the Müllenbachschleife will once again be the scene of a musical extravaganza. For the first time, there will be party music in addition to country music, as requested by the truck community. On Friday, 14 July, US shooting star Jessica Lynn, the band Gone Country and perennial favourite Tom Astor will make country hearts beat faster from 7 p.m., and fans can expect a musical surprise. One day later, at the same time, Tobee, Schürze, Julian Benz, Markus Becker and Isi Glück will create a cracking party atmosphere in the Müllenbachschleife with the traditional fireworks as another highlight.
Charity actions for the Ahr valley
In the spirit of the #SolidAHRität campaign, various charity activities are planned for the entire weekend, the proceeds of which will benefit the flood victims and the reconstruction efforts in the Ahr Valley: from the mobile Ahr Valley Store with local products to the Ahr Valley Bakery Truck, in which Katrin 'Tinka' Oschmann, known from the Kabel1 series 'Trucker Babe', will sell, among other things, specially designed Truck Grand Prix donuts.
Job fair for people interested in a career
One topic that concerns Tinka, but also the entire trucking scene, is the shortage of skilled workers. For this reason, the ADAC Mittelrhein together with the Nürburgring is organising the Truck Grand Prix Job Expo for the second time, which brings together people interested in a career with future employers. The fair will take place from Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ring°boulevard (Nürburgring Boulevard 1, 53520 Nürburg), admission is free.