March 09, 2005

Audi TraditionMakes Debut at the Mille Miglia
Source: Audi AG

  • Participation in the Italian classic with the Wanderer W 25K
  • 25 years of quattro at the Techno Classica
  • Major quattro meeting in Ingolstadt

Audi Tradition is taking part in the world-famous Mille Miglia for the first time this year with one of the most beautiful roadsters of the 1930s - the Wanderer
W 25. This timelessly beautiful speedy car is making its debut in May on the thousand-mile drive from Brescia to Rome and back. The classic department of AUDI AG will be represented at 22 heritage motor car events in 2005. An example of which being the English highlight of the season - the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 25 years of quattro will be celebrated in the park grounds belonging to Lord March in June. This will include the legendary Audi Sport quattro S1 "Pikes Peak" of 1987. And quattro drive from Audi will also be the focal point at the Techno Classica, Europe's largest classic car show. The numerous fans of the rally years of the 1980s can look forward to seeing three outstanding racing cars, including the "monster" - the Audi Sport quattro S1.

In 2005 Audi Tradition will participate for the first time in the Mille Miglia with the Wanderer W 25. This six-cylinder supercharged roadster from 1936 is one of the treasures of the company's historical collection. This rare open-top car, of which a total of 259 were built with a roadster or cabriolet body, develops an output of 55 horsepower. With a top speed of 100 km/h the W 25 will take off at what is probably the fastest classic car rally in the world. Celebrating 25 years of quattro will clearly be the motto of Audi's presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the South of England from 24 to 26 June. Along with other cars from the Audi rally era, Audi Tradition will present the Audi Sport quattro S1 "Pikes Peak" in West Sussex, the car with which Walter Rohrl became the first person ever to forge up the 4,000-metre-high mountain in under eleven minutes. Also on show: the Audi A4 Super Touring Car which won seven national titles in 1996, including the Super Touring Car Championships in Germany and England. "25 years of quattro" is also the motto of the Techno Classica which is the regular opening to the season and takes place from 7 to 10 April. Europe's largest classic car show taking place in Essen is a must for all rally fans. Along with other cars, Audi Tradition will present the Audi Sport quattro S1, the Audi Rally quattro Group 4 and the Audi 200 Rally quattro "Safari".

quattro fans can look forward to meeting in Ingolstadt from 5 to 7 August. Over 1,000 historic quattro vehicles and their owners are expected at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. The programme includes appearances by quattro racing cars down through the ages.

The Wanderer Streamline Special will be present at three events in the course of 2005. This racing car with which Auto Union won the team title in 1939 in what was then considered the most difficult rally in the world - the Liege-Rome-Liege run - was reconstructed in 2003 and made its much acclaimed debut in the historic revival of the Liege-Rome run. This year the streamlined aluminium racing car will shine with its presence at the Bavaria Historic (26 to 28 May), at the Gran Premio Nuvolari in Italy (16 to 18 September) and also at the Hamburg Stadtpark race from 2 to 4 September. Audi Tradition will also be participating at events in the far north of Germany for the first time. In 1939 Schorsch Meier performed a demonstration lap in an Auto Union Type D racing car, paving the way for the citizens of Hamburg to look forward to seeing this unique racing car at its only appearance in 2005 on an historical course 66 years later.

Audi Tradition is also present at the Heidelberg Historic (7 to 9 July), the Silvretta Classic (7 to 10 July), the Ennstal Classic (20 to 23 July), the Saxony Classic (22 to 24 September) and at the 25th International NSU Meeting in Borluco in the Netherlands from 5 to 8 May. The Audi Tradition events year will close with the 12th Model Car Exchange in Ingolstadt on 27 November, which in the meantime has developed into one of the largest exchanges in Germany.


The four rings of the Audi badge symbolise the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, which were later combined under the umbrella of Auto Union. Auto Union and NSU, which merged in 1969, made many significant contributions towards the development of the car. AUDI AG was formed from Audi NSU Auto Union AG in 1985. Together with the two traditional companies Auto Union GmbH and NSU GmbH, Audi Tradition nurtures and presents the deep and diverse history of Audi. The Audi museum mobile at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt is open from Monday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Audi Traditons Events 2005 (.pdf)






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