Full starting fields in the anniversary year for the Oldtimer Grand Prix


At the 50th edition of the Oldtimer Grand Prix, visitors will experience a programme full of legendary vehicles. The organisers are currently receiving entries for the twelve races of Germany's most traditional classic car festival on a daily basis and are hoping for sensationally filled races. The race of the sports cars up to '65, for example, is full, and its one-hour run at dusk on Saturday evening is an atmospheric highlight of the weekend. The DTM cars of the "Golden Era" will shine with a star line-up, the DRM revival race promises spectacular touring cars from the 70s. New this year is a race for Formula 2 cars, which perfectly complements the other races of historic monoposti. The well-known automotive highlights, such as the meeting of the pre-war racing cars or the parades and demonstration runs, will also form up and promise a fast-paced foray through automotive and motorsport history. Next to the track, the get-together of the automobile legends continues - there, the well-known highlights of the past years are now joined by a large marquee that offers catering and a colourful programme and becomes a meeting point for drivers, teams and visitors.

The jubilee of the most traditional motor sporting classic car event on the European continent promises non-stop attractions. On the grandstands around the Grand Prix circuit, classic car fans can look forward to twelve racing classes and fascinating demonstration drives. One of the highlights of the entire weekend will be the race of the two-seater racing cars and GTs up to 1965. Technically and aesthetically, these vehicles represent an absolute pinnacle of motorsport, and at the Oldtimer Grand Prix, these unique vehicles can be seen in a full starting field: Ferrari, Maserati and Lotus, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Aston Martin - real legends meet here. In addition, both races of these vehicles provide highlights in the programme: On Saturday evening, the race goes on for more than an hour into the twilight - the finish in the darkness accompanied by fireworks is the crowning glory of the weekend. And on Sunday, before the actual start of the race, the drivers demonstrate how the race used to be started at Le Mans: This starting procedure, in which the drivers sprint to the car at the signal of the race director and only then drive off, will also be demonstrated by the participants of the "Vintage Nürburgring" - they form another highlight of the programme with this demonstration and the laps of the pre-war racing cars on Saturday. These oldest racing cars of the weekend can be experienced in the historic paddock and in three demo runs during the weekend on the race track.

Touring car highlights promise action-packed memories
Touring car racing, which is traditionally strong in Germany, will also be a main focus at the Oldtimer Grand Prix. The top series of the 70s will come back to life in the DRM revival race. Group 5 cars, the legendary Ford Capri, the BMW 320 Turbo or the De Tomaso Pantera GTS will meet here. Spectators can also look forward to a strong line-up in the race of the Golden Touring Car Era. Here, it is mainly the DTM cars of the 1980s that come together, supplemented by STW cars of the 1990s and related touring cars. The highlight: many of these fantastic cars will be driven by the stars of the past, because once again, a whole squad of former DTM drivers has signed up. For example, the championship top three of the inaugural DTM season in 1984, Volker Strycek (in an Opel), Olaf Manthey (ex-Blaupunkt BMW M3) and Harald Grohs (also in a BMW) will be there. The rest of the line-up is also a who's who of DTM history. Leopold von Bayern, Klaus Niedzwiedz and Roland Asch (together with his son Sebastian on the grid!) have already been confirmed, and there will be no shortage of legendary cars either. BMW 320 and 635 CSi, Ford Cosworth, Opel and Co. will ensure a fast-paced journey through time. The touring car programme, which is already worth seeing, will be complemented by the series under the umbrella of the FHR drivers' association: the HTGT and the Dunlop Gentle Drivers both stand for full starting fields with highly attractive cars. With the "CanAm & Sportscars / Group-C-Classics", this series association also offers extremely emotional sports car action.

Parades with Formula Legends and Anniversary Parade
Of course, there will also be formula action at the Nürburgring this year. The HGPCA, for example, will travel from the British Isles with their cars from the early days of Formula 1. For the first time, there will be separate heats for front- and rear-wheel-drive formula cars on Saturday, which will then be reunited in a single heat on Sunday. Of course, the Lurani Trophy with its full starting field of Formula Junior runabouts is not missing either. Also new to the programme is the British HSSC / Historic Formula 2, which offers a fast-paced excursion into the 1970s. There will also be demonstration laps for cars from the history of Formula 1 and Formula 2 on Saturday and Sunday. A very special parade will also take to the track on both race days. It is the anniversary parade on the occasion of the 50th Oldtimer Grand Prix, bringing together formula cars and sports cars, touring cars and GTs that have been instrumental in the successful development of the event. They will form a unique defilee especially for many long-time visitors and organisers - an invitation to remember 50 years of wonderful history.

A stroll through the paddock is a must
That this 50th edition of the Oldtimer Grand Prix is something very special becomes clear as soon as you make your way through the paddock, where there are many new things to discover. In the historic paddock from the 1920s, for example, not only the Vintage Nürburgring as a meeting of pre-war racing cars is further upgraded and enjoys lively popularity. There is also an exhibition on 100 years of MG. In the large Grand Prix paddock, the marquee, which will serve as a central meeting point for drivers, fans and officials, will catch the eye. This is also the place where the drivers can always be seen during the weekend, who will also find an opportunity to rest in the separate area. The partners of the event represented in the paddock are also worth a visit. Junghans, for example, will present two limited edition watch models in the exclusive OGP anniversary design. In the tent of media partner Motor Klassik, there will be space for vehicles from the anniversary parade, and in addition to the usual petrol talks over coffee, there will also be interviews and autograph opportunities. The Mercedes Arena will be open on the OGP weekend for the top brand club meeting and also invites visitors to stroll around. After a break, the area is finally integrated into the paddock again and offers a domicile to the Ferrari Club Germany during the event.