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    Today I went to Langenburg, a city about an hour from here, where they hold an annual race weekend. I found out about it late Saturday, and only made it there for Sunday afternoon, so I missed all the action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. On Friday night they had a night race that is more a parade of cars, Saturday there was a regularity rally, then Sunday morning there was a tourist rally, and Sunday afternoon a hillclimb. I was there for the hillclimb. The historic races are for cars and motorcycles over 40 years old, but they make exceptions for newer cars of historical value.

    There were a lot of cars there, and they varied from Fiat 500s to Ford GT-40, Porsche factory race cars to old Rapiers and Lagondas, as well as one beautiful SAAB 96 V4. My favorite car of the day was a DeDion Dutton made in 1908, a 104 year old race car, the car had 45 horsepower, brass all over, wooden brakes, and once stopped the radiator leaked water all over the place.

    I took 2749 photos today, so I am sorting through them and will be uploading the best, in the meantime I chose a few ones to do a quick upload and share with you guys.

    The vehicles doing the race were parked in public, you could touch them, and if you asked nicely they would let you get in them. Here is a sexy Alfa Romeo. Alfa was surprisingly the most popular brand there, there must have been a dozen Alfas.

    One single SAAB representing the brand. Talking to a few of the car guys on site they all think SAAB is the next classic brand now that they're gone.

    SAAB 96 on the end of its hill-climb run

    Many more pictures of the other cars and motor bikes in the forum thread: http://saabworld.net/f142/langenburg...c-races-25841/

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Langenburg Historic Races started by rpiereck View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Hirsch's Avatar
      Hirsch -
      Thats pretty cool. Esbjerg had a couple of car shows a year. Usually one during the fall and one in the early spring.

      Nothing special and they were very informal and the collection of cars was an odd mixture. Everything from 70's Italian supercars to American muscle cars from the same era.
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      The weekend of May 3 there is a big yearly rally at the Bodensee in the border with Austria and Switzerland, it's organized by Autobild, Germany's biggest car magazine, I'll be headed down there to check it out too.
    1. nordwulf's Avatar
      nordwulf -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpiereck View Post
      The weekend of May 3 there is a big yearly rally at the Bodensee in the border with Austria and Switzerland, it's organized by Autobild, Germany's biggest car magazine, I'll be headed down there to check it out too.
      Buying Saabs, touring Europe, going to all these fun events. Can you slow it down a bit because you're making me jealous!
    1. Golfhunter's Avatar
      Golfhunter -
      Thanks for the photo report
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Frank Wulfers View Post
      Buying Saabs, touring Europe, going to all these fun events. Can you slow it down a bit because you're making me jealous!
      I am cramming, because I soon leave Germany and will spend the rest of my summer in exotic Afghanistan as far from automotive fun as possible.

      Quote Originally Posted by Golfhunter View Post
      Thanks for the photo report
      Je ne suis que heureux de partager!

      I have been slowly going through the photos, here are a few more.

      1970 NSU TT

      1979 Mercedes Benz 380 SLC. This car sounded awesome!

      1976 Opel Kadett, uysed to be Walter Röhrl's car (his signature is on the hood)

      1976 Simca Rallye 3

      1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

      1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super

      1992 LCR Suzuki, it has three wheels and a seat like a car, but has a side car-like platform on the left side. This thing must be very fast

      1975 Autobianchi A112

      1959 Auto Union DKW 1000, had a two stroke engine. Much like a two stroke SAAB this car made more noise than speed, and was an awesome sight to see at full throttle! My mom apparently learned to drive on this car and remembers the two stroke engine

      1965 Fiat Abarth OTS Coupe

      1960 Fiat Abarth 1000 Monomille

      1974 SAAB 96 V4 again

      1967 NSU Brixner Spyder 1300

      1971 Fiat Abarth 500 L

      1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mk I

      1964 Rene Bonnet Aero B-Jet

      1972 Fiat Abarth 695 Esse Esse

      1975 Alfa Romeo Alasund-Cup Car

      More to come later!
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      I uploaded over 80 pictures last night, and I still have much more to go through.

      Click this link for the gallery: https://picasaweb.google.com/1133845...eat=directlink

      Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1958

      Alvis 12/70 Speed 20 1938

      Lagonda Rapier 1935

      Alvis 4.3 liter Vandenplas 1938

      Porsche 924 Monte Carlo 1980

      Porsche 804 Formula 1 1962

      De Dion Bouton Gran Prix Car 1908

      Lining up for the down hill drive, then they race up hill

      Fiat Abarth 100 Monomille 1960

      That orange 96

      Alvis on the end of its hill climb race


      Another Lagonda

      Fuchs Formula V Protoype 1964

      NSU Brixner Spyder Typ 1300 1967

      Rain coming in, the race started at that village below, and they wound uphill, maybe about two or three miles long

      Van Diemen RF-79 1979

      Porsches coming in in the rain. The blue 911 E is substantially slower than the yellow 911 RSR coming up behind it, so the yellow car was up the blue one's tail pipe

      Porsche 911 SC RS Group B rally car

      Steyr Puch 650 1968, an Austrian-made Fiat 500 with a larger engine

      Fiat 500 L Abarth coming in in the rain

      Fiat Abarth 1000 OTS Coupé 1965

      Fiat Abarth 100 Monomille 1960

      Fiat 128 Coupe 1978

      Fiat 128 Rally 1972

      Got lights? BMW 1600 Ti Alpina 1968

      Lancia Delta Integrale HF 1988

      NSU Wankelspider 1964, powered by a rotary, came from the Audi museum in Ingolstadt

      Porsche 914/6 GT 1970

      Rene Bonnet Aerojet 1964

      Fiat Abarth 695 Esse Esse 1972 followed by an Alfa Romeo Alasund-Cup 1975

      That's it for today, more to come later.
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