Eifelrennen

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The ADAC Eifelrennen was an annual motor race, organised by ADAC Automobile Club from 1922 to 2003, held in Germany's Eifel mountain region even before the Nürburgring was built there.

History[edit]

Starting from 1922, the first races were held on a 33 km long combination of public roads around Nideggen, Wollersheim, Vlatten, Heimbach, Hasenfeld and other villages in the Eifel mountains, similar to the Targa Florio which was a very important race at that time, and popular in Germany due to two wins by Mercedes (still without Benz then).

In 1922, all vehicles were allowed, cars, motorbikes, and even bicycles with supporting engines. Over 100 entrants showed up to compete in the 10 lap event. The track was not paved, and muddy after heavy rains. In 1924 to 1926, the races for 2 and 4 wheels were held on separate days, and classes were introduced. Still, several fatal accidents happened. Even spectator stands collapsed, caused by stormy weather.

The unsatisfying safety situation led to the construction of the Nürburgring circuit in that area, which was inaugurated on Saturday, 18 June 1927 by the 5. Eifelrennen weekend, starting with motorcycle races. On Sunday, Rudolf Caracciola won the first car race on a Mercedes-Benz S.

The connection of motorcycle and car races was discontinued in 1974, when organisers, drivers and German motorcycle Grand Prix riders disagreed on the best way to make the track safe for both kinds of racing - with straw bales or without? As a result, international contenders for the motorcycle World Championships boycotted the races, leaving the GP wins to rather unknown Germans (even to German fans) who decided to ride anyway.

After the modern Grand Prix track was built at the Nürburgring in 1984 and F2 was replaced with F3000, the Eifelrennen was discontinued as it always was associated with the long Nordschleife.

Later, the trademark was given to a standard rounds of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft and STW touring car racing on this short GP track. Often two separate races were held, thus two winners.

The last Eifelrennen was held in early May 2003 when several races were held, including an VLN endurance race on the 25.9 km full combined Nordschleife in preparation for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race three weeks later.

Currently there are no major race series cooperating with the ADAC to host a weekend as Eifelrennen.

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (motorcycles)[edit]

Deutsche Tourist-Trophäe (German Tourist Trophy)

  • 1922 Sixtus Meyer, Harley-Davidson 1000 ccm
  • 1923 - No Race -
  • 1924 Franz Bieber, BMW - (1000 ccm : Robert "Robby" Jecker, Harley-Davidson)
  • 1925 Paul Weyres
  • 1926
  • 1927 Toni Ulmen

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (automobiles)[edit]

  • 1922 Fritz von Opel / Hans von Opel, Opel
  • 1923 - No Race -
  • 1924 Wetzka / Haide, Austro-Daimler
  • 1925
  • 1926 Felten, Mannesmann

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (automobiles) on the Nürburgring[edit]

Year Winner Class
1927 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Sports car
1928 Germany O. Spandel Sports car
1929 Germany W. Bartsch Sports car
1930 Germany Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen Grand Prix
1931 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1932 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1933 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Grand Prix
1934 Nazi Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Grand Prix
1935 Nazi Germany Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1936 Nazi Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1937 Nazi Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1938 - No Race -
1939 Nazi Germany Hermann Lang Grand Prix
1940 - No Race -
1948 - No Race -
1949 Germany Karl Kling Sports car
1950 Germany Fritz Riess Formula 2
1951 Germany Paul Pietsch Formula 2
1952 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Formula 2
1953 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Formula 2
1954 Germany Karl-Günther Bechem Sports car
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Sports car
1956 Germany Walter Schock Gran Turismo
1957 Switzerland Heini Walter GT
1958 Germany Wolfgang Seidel GT
1959 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Formula Junior
1960 United Kingdom Dennis Taylor Formula Junior
1961 Switzerland Jo Siffert Formula Junior
1962 United Kingdom Peter Warr Formula Junior
1963 Germany Gerhard Mitter Formula Junior
1964 United Kingdom Jim Clark Formula 2, Südschleife[1]
1965 Australia Paul Hawkins Formula 2, Südschleife[2]
1966 Austria Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Südschleife[3]
1967 Austria Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Südschleife[4]
1968 United Kingdom Chris Irwin Formula 2, Südschleife[5]
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Formula 2, Nordschleife[6]
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Nordschleife[7]
1971 France François Cevert Formula 2
1972 Germany Jochen Mass Formula 2
1973 Sweden Reine Wisell Formula 2
1974 - No Race -
1975 France Jacques Laffite Formula 2
1976 Sweden Freddy Kottulinsky Formula 2
1977 Germany Jochen Mass Formula 2
1978 Brazil Alex Ribeiro Formula 2
1979 Switzerland Marc Surer Formula 2
1980 Italy Teo Fabi Formula 2
1981 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Formula 2
1982 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Formula 2, Nordschleife[8]
1983 Italy Beppe Gabbiani Formula 2, shortened Nordschleife
1984 - No Race -
1985 - No Race -
1986 Germany Volker Weidler DTM, GP track[9]
1987 Germany Manuel Reuter DTM[10]
1988 Denmark Kurt Thiim
France Dany Snobeck
DTM[11]
1989 United Kingdom Steve Soper
United Kingdom Steve Soper
DTM
1990 United Kingdom Steve Soper
United Kingdom Steve Soper
DTM
1991 Germany Klaus Ludwig
Germany Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1992 Germany Roland Asch
Germany Frank Biela
DTM
1993 Germany Klaus Ludwig
Italy Nicola Larini
DTM
1994 Italy Nicola Larini
Germany Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1995 Germany Bernd Schneider
Germany Bernd Schneider
DTM
1996 Germany Jörg van Ommen
Germany Manuel Reuter
DTM
1997 France Laurent Aïello
France Laurent Aiello
STW Supertouring
1998 Germany Roland Asch
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
STW
1999 Denmark Tom Kristensen
Germany Manuel Reuter
STW
2000 Germany Manuel Reuter
Germany Manuel Reuter
DTM
2001 France Laurent Aiello DTM
2002 - No Race -
2003 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Formula 3000

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