September 29, 2003

16th "Eifel Classic" Event at the Nürburgring
Text and picture courtesy of Audi AG

An autumn feast for the classic car enthusiast: Audi Tradition is bringing competition cars that created a sensation in their day in the United States to the 16th "Eifel Classic" event. At last it will be possible to enjoy the sight of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm (1988) and the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO (1989) on a racing circuit again - a treat for the eyes and ears of those who follow motor sport. In addition, almost a hundred classic models will take part in special races for Audi, DKW and NSU cars. This annual meeting at the Nürburgring, with so many fascinating competition cars to see, has now become Europe's largest classic car meeting; this year's dates are from October 3 to 5, 2003.

Demonstration runs under the general heading "German Motor Racing History" will take place on the Grand Prix circuit on Friday, October 3, from 1.15 to 2 p.m., on Saturday, October 4 from 12.30 to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, October 5 from 1.40 to 2.05 p.m. Drivers of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm and the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO are Frank Biela and Marco Werner, winners of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Also at the start: the unique NSU Jägermeister TT dating from 1975, driven by Willi Bergmeister: he scored a class win in the 1975 European Touring Car Championship and crossed the line in a most noteworthy fourth place in the overall placings at the Nürburgring.

This year for the third time, the Audi Tradition team is organising special runs for Audi, DKW and NSU cars. Among those taking part are the following vehicles from the Audi Tradition collection of historic cars in Neckarsulm: 1961 NSU Prinz II (30), 1964 NSU Wankel Spider, 1965 NSU Prinz 1000 Sport, 1971 NSU TT, 1971 NSU Thurner RS and 1972 NSU 1300 TT. Altogether, private owners have entered almost 100 classic cars for this event.

On Friday, October 3 the special run for production Audi, DKW and NSU cars will be held on the Grand Prix circuit from 11 to 11.30 a.m. On Saturday October 4 all the cars entered for the special run will be able to lap the celebrated North Loop of the Nürburgring between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m.; that same afternoon all the Audi, DKW and NSU racing cars will compete on the Grand Prix circuit from 2.25 to 2.55 p.m.

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 every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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