At the 50th edition of the Oldtimer Grand Prix from August 11-13, 2023, visitors will experience a program full of legendary vehicles. The organizers are currently receiving entries for the twelve races of Germany’s most traditional classic car festival on a daily basis, so there will be sensationally filled race rounds. The race of the sports cars up to ’65, for example, is fully occupied 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-studded line-up, while 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 are also forming and promise a fast-paced foray through automotive and motorsport history.
Next to the track, the rendezvous of automotive legends continues – there, the well-known highlights of previous years are now joined by a large marquee, which offers catering and a colorful program and becomes a meeting place for drivers, teams and visitors. All information, news and tickets are available at www.oldtimergrandprix.com.
The anniversary of the most traditional motorsport 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, Cobra, Maserati and Lotus, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Aston Martin – this is where true legends meet. In addition, both races of these vehicles provide highlights in the program: 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. The oldest race cars of the weekend can be experienced in the historic paddock and in four demo runs during the weekend on the race track.
Touring car racing, which is traditionally strong in Germany, will also be a major focus at the Oldtimer Grand Prix.The top series of the 70s will be brought back to life in the DRM revival race. Here, Group 5 cars will meet the legendary Ford Capri, the BMW 320 Turbo or the De Tomaso Pantera GTS.Spectators can also look forward to a strong line-up in the race of the Golden Touring Car era. Here, it’s mainly the DTM cars of the 1980s that come up against each other, supplemented by STW vehicles from the 1990s and related racing touring cars.The highlight: In many of these fantastic cars, the stars of yesteryear will be at work, because once again, a whole squad of former DTM drivers has registered. For example, the championship top three of the DTM premiere season 1984, Volker Strycek (on an Opel), Olaf Manthey (ex-Blaupunkt BMW M3) and Harald Grohs (also on 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!), for example, have already been confirmed, and there will be no shortage of legendary cars either.
The touring car program is supplemented by the series under the umbrella of the FHR drivers’ association. HTGT and the Dunlop Gentle Drivers both stand for full starting fields with highly attractive vehicles. With the “CanAm & Sportscars / Group-C-Classics”, this series association also offers extremely emotional sports car action.
Of course, there will also be formula action at the Nürburgring this year. The HGPCA, for example, will be arriving from the British Isles with its cars from the early days of Formula 1. For the first time, there will be separate runs for these cars on Saturday for the front- and rear-wheel-drive formula cars, which will then be reunited in a joint run on Sunday. Of course, the Lurani Trophy with its full starting field of Formula Junior runabouts will not be missing. New in the program is the also British HSSC / Historic Formula 2, which offers a racy excursion into the 70s.There will also be demonstration laps on Saturday and Sunday for cars from the history of Formula 1 and Formula 2.
Also on both race days, a very special parade will take to the track. 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 formative in the successful development of the event. They will form a unique defilee especially for many long-time visitors and organizers – an invitation to remember 50 years of wonderful history !
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 is plenty to discover. In the historic paddock from the 1920s, for example, not only is the Vintage Nürburgring as a meeting of pre-war racing cars further enhanced and enjoys lively popularity.There is also an exhibition on 100 years of MG. In the large Grand Prix paddock, the marquee catches the eye and will serve as a central meeting point for drivers, fans and officials.This is also where the drivers can be seen again and again during the weekend, and they 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. The Mercedes Arena will open on the OGP weekend for the top brand club meeting and also invites visitors to stroll around. After a break, the area is thus finally integrated into the paddock again and provides a domicile for the Ferrari Club Germany during the event.