The 50th edition of the Oldtimer Grand Prix will offer three days of thrilling historic motorsport at the Nürburgring from 11 - 13 August 2023. With the publication of the schedule, it is clear that the great anniversary will be celebrated absolutely appropriately on the track. For Germany's most traditional and largest historic automobile racing event will come up trumps with fascinating international and domestic Historic racing series and will also captivate the spectators in the grandstands with special parades and show starts. The programme ranges from pre-war racers from the founding days of the legendary Eifel race track to formula and sports car bolides from the most important motor sport eras, with modern classics from Ferrari once again providing a splash of colour. If you want to plan your visit to the Oldtimer Grand Prix, you can find the schedule and all information on advance ticket sales here.
Visitors can expect a great programme at the Nürburgringring with three days full of legendary vehicles. Of course, the public racers are part of the programme: the revival run of the DRM cars as well as the Le Mans sports cars of the 50s and early 60s will be one of the highlights on Saturday evening with their races. But there are also new highlights in the schedule - for example, the round of the British HSCC series, which is reminiscent of the Formula 2 European Championship of the years from 1967 onwards. Drivers like Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni or later Stefan Bellof once competed in these cars. And drivers like them and others will also be the subject of a new show section on the race track, where historic Formula 1 and Formula 2 cars will have a rendezvous on both Saturday and Sunday. The organisers of the event are also giving themselves a special birthday present: They invite unforgotten participant cars from the 50 past editions of the event to a track test show under the motto "OGP Legends". Not only long-time visitors will certainly get their money's worth. There will also be several opportunities to marvel at another extremely popular show highlight: the demonstration of the legendary "Le Mans start", which is always a great pleasure for participants and spectators alike. On Saturday afternoon, the participants of the Vintage Nürburgring will take over this part with their pre-war racing cars before they take to the Grand Prix circuit for the first of their two runs without sporting classification. On Sunday, it will be the pilots of the two-seater racing cars and GTs up to 1965 who will take on this task.
Motorsport History from Racing Touring Cars to Formula Bolides
A special "treat" for lovers of historic racing will be offered at the 50th Oldtimer Grand Prix by the British HGPCA with its pre-1965 Grand Prix cars: the series, which reflects the evolution of Formula racing in a particularly impressive way, will exceptionally run separate races for the front- and rear-wheel-drive cars on Saturday, thus giving a great impression of what the ancestors of today's Formula 1 looked like in their day. Formula racing is not only present with Formula 2 races and track test demonstrations. The Lurani Trophy, for example, with its always packed historic Formula Junior starting fields, is an important constant in the event's programme. After a break of a few years, the AvD Historic Race Cup also marks the return of Formula 3 cars to the programme. Those who rather love the races "with a roof over their heads" will also get their money's worth: With the touring cars of the "Golden Era" there is the historic DTM, Dunlop Gentle Drivers '65 and FHR HTGT for the Dunlop Dunlop Trophy bring the popular races with touring cars and GTs to the track. With the FCD Racing Series, the Ferrari Club Deutschland will also be contributing modern super sports cars. Last but not least, the spectacular vehicles from CanAm & Sportscars / Group-Classics will provide action and furore with great historic sports cars.
Historic Festival also invites visitors to join in the fun
The journey to the 50th Oldtimer Grand Prix is not only worthwhile because of the many historic racing cars on the track. Because the organisers are opening the doors wide to every classic car lover and automobile enthusiast. For example, the readers' race of the media partner Motor Klassik can also be experienced on the track. Away from the legendary tarmac, the paddock & co. will entice visitors to take a stroll. The Mercedes Arena, for example, is the venue for the big top brand meeting, for which registration for interested clubs is still possible until 30 June. And on Friday, of course, the Nordschleife will once again be populated by historic and modern vehicles that will meet there for a trackday. Interested parties can register on the internet at ogp-trackday.de.