2006 – The Year of the Auto Union Silver Arrows
The Audi Tradition programme of events for 2006 is clearly influenced by the Silver Arrows of Auto Union. The historical department of AUDI AG will be celebrating its Silver Arrow treasures at events at home and abroad. The Auto Union racing cars of the thirties will be turning out on several occasions, recalling the European Championship win in 1936 with Bernd Rosemeyer at the wheel, comparable with today's Formula 1 World Championship. A particular highlight in this respect will be the completion of the last Auto Union Type D.
This most elegant of all the Auto Union Silver Arrows is to celebrate its world premiere in England, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 7 to 9 July 2006. A genuine work of art is being created: Audi Tradition is having the twin-supercharged Auto Union Type D projectile from 1939 rebuilt by restoration specialists Crosthwaite & Gardiner (England), and running it for the first time in the home country of motor sport. H.P. Müller won the French Grand Prix in 1939 in this legendary 12-cylinder car, and Tazio Nuvolari won the last Grand Prix before the war, in Belgrade. Goodwood will also reverberate to the sound of a second 12-cylinder car, the original Auto Union Type D from 1938, and of the 16-cylinder Auto Union Type C. The Audi 200 quattro will be competing in the TransAm series held at Goodwood: it was with this racing car that Audi achieved a unique string of victories in the hard-fought TransAm Championship in the USA in 1988.
The 16-cylinder Auto Union Type C will be exhibited at the Techno Classica veteran car exhibition in Essen at the start of April, and at Heidelberg Historic in Sinsheim and Neckarsulm in mid-June. On the first weekend in July, the Type C will be completing a few laps at the traditional “Corso” at the Silvretta Classic in Vandans (Austria), in honour of 95-year-old Paul Pietsch, the only surviving Auto Union Silver Arrow driver. At the same time, the original Auto Union Type D will be putting in an appearance at the Auto Union Veterans Club (AUVC) meet in Brussels. This Type D will drive in Germany at the racetrack for the first time at the start of this year's DTM season at the Hockenheimring on 9 April.
Apart from Goodwood, Audi Tradition will also be represented at two other major international historical events in 2006. Audi Tradition will be making an appearance this year at the Italian classic, the Mille Miglia from 11 to 14 May, with three Wanderer W 25 K models, and will be lining up for the first time with a DKW 3=6 Monza. This smart sports car from the post-war Auto Union is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2006. For the Gran Premio Nuvolari from 15 to 17 September in Mantua (Italy), Audi Tradition is entering five classics in this year's race. Similarly, there will be various historical vehicles from Audi Tradition on parade at the Hungaria Classic in Györ, Hungary (9-10 September) and the Coppa Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Italy (27-31 September).
Appearances in Germany are of course also on this year’s programme: at the Graf Sandizell GP in Neuburg an der Donau (4 June), at the Dresden vintage car rally (15-18 June), the Donau Classic event in Ingolstadt (23-25 June), the Heidelberg Historic in Sinsheim (13-16 July) and in the Historical Parade through Ingolstadt (23 July) to mark the city's 1,200th anniversary. Audi Tradition will also be taking part this year in the Herkomer Run in Landsberg (26-30 July), with a Horch 10/50 from 1925, a Horch 420 from 1931 and a Horch 670 from 1932. It was 100 years ago that August Horch, with his first car company, Horch & Cie., won the 1906 Herkomer Run, which in its day was considered to be one of the most well respected and difficult motor sport events. At that time this was an incredible victory for the still young company from Zwickau.
Four cars from the Audi Tradition historical collection will be taking part in the Saxony Classic (17-20 August), starting in Zwickau and finishing in Dresden, and the Wanderer streamline sports car and the Audi Sport quattro S1 from 1985 will be competing in the Hamburg City Park Race (2-3 September). "100 years of automotive construction in Neckarsulm" will be celebrated with an "Open Day" (7-8 October) at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm. Audi Tradition will be exhibiting several historic vehicles.
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.