AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2010: Set to roar at Nürburgring 13-15 August
The AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix at the Nürburgring is one of the outstanding meeting-places for the oldtimer community and the season highlight for oldtimer fans and lovers of classical racing sport. On the third August weekend (from 13th – 15th Aug 2010) in the Eifel, historical vehicles are going to be presented in the environment for which they were once created: the race-track. One of the many weekend highlights’ is the race of the two-seater racing cars and GT cars up until 1960/61, in which famous sports cars from well-known makers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes or Porsche can be seen.
The ever increasing popularity of this class was paid tribute to at the time by the World Automobile Association and from 1953 they set up the Sports Car World Championship, which brought together some of the more important sports car classics. The dominating make of the Sports Car World Championship was initially Ferrari. Seven times between 1953 and 1961 the Scuderia won the title and were twice runners-up. At the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix various models of the Maranello carmaker will be presented. Thereunter the legendary Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. When the world championship started running from 1957 under new rules, the TR versions of the 250 were developed for the henceforth valid engine capacity limit of three-litres. By the way, the distinctive additional name of the good-looking sport Spider is due to the red sprayed valve covers of the motor. Then translated, Testa Rossa means the same as „Red Head“.
Maserati recalls to mind, long distance triumphs
The name Maserati gained likewise in motor sport an international reputation. The racing cars from Modena could also celebrate success at the Nürburgring. At the beginning of the 60′s the Maserati „Birdcage“ (Tipo 61) twice won the 1000 km race. The sports car with the trident emblem which became famous under the name „Birdcage“, received its name for reason of its unorthodox tubular framework. 1960, Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney triumphed at the legendary Nürburgring endurance races. A year later Masten Gregory and Lloyd Peter „Lucky“ Casner repeated the success on the North-Loop. Given that only 22 units of the winning car were built, there will be, in August at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, a reunion with a genuine rarity.
Legendary Veritas RS at the Ring
That in the heydays of the 50′s however, not only success stories began shows another very remarkable vehicle: The very seldom Veritas RS originated from the, today, almost forgotten workshop of ex.-BMW employees. They produced vehicles after the war at first in Baden-Württemberg, later at the Nürburgring until the company filed for bankruptcy in 1953. Three of these rare cars from the years 1948 and 1949 will go on start in race 10 at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix. In contrast, in the Nürburgring’s ring°boulevard the brand new dream sports car Veritas RS III can be marvelled at – the Legend is back once again. A limited series of only 30, time-consuming hand-built cars will be produced in the Vermot AG factory in Gelsdorf.