Eifelrennen

The 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

Starting from 1922, the first races were held on a 33 km long combination of public roads around Nideggen, Wollersheim, , Heimbach, 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 Südschleife was used instead of the Nordschleife from 1928 until 1931 and from 1958 until 1968.

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)

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)

  • 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

Year Winner[1] Car[1] Class[1]
1927 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Sports car
1928 Germany Otto Spandel Steyr Sports car
1929 Germany W. Bartsch Amilcar Sports car
1930 Germany Bugatti Grand Prix
1931 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix
1932 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Alfa Romeo Grand Prix
1933 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Grand Prix
1934 Nazi Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix
1935 Nazi Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix
1936 Nazi Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Auto Union Grand Prix
1937 Nazi Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Auto Union Grand Prix
1938
No Race
1939 Nazi Germany Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix
1940
1948
No Race
1949 Germany Karl Kling Veritas Sports car
1950 Germany Fritz Riess AFM-BMW Formula 2
1951 Germany Paul Pietsch Veritas Formula 2
1952 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari Formula 2
1953 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati Formula 2
1954 Germany Karl-Günther Bechem Borgward Sports car
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz Sports car
1956 Germany Mercedes-Benz GT
1957 Switzerland Heini Walter Porsche GT
1958 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Ferrari GT
1959 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Stanguellini-Fiat Formula Junior
1960 United Kingdom Dennis Taylor Lola-Ford Formula Junior
1961 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford Formula Junior
1962 United Kingdom Peter Warr Lotus-Ford Formula Junior
1963 Germany Gerhard Mitter Lotus-DKW Formula Junior
1964 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford Formula 2, Südschleife[2]
1965 Australia Paul Hawkins Alexis-Ford Formula 2, Südschleife[3]
1966 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Ford Formula 2, Südschleife[4]
1967 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Ford Formula 2, Südschleife[5]
1968 United Kingdom Chris Irwin Lola-Ford Formula 2, Südschleife[6]
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Formula 2, Nordschleife[7]
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Formula 2, Nordschleife[8]
1971 France François Cevert Tecno-Ford Formula 2, Nordschleife
1972 Germany Jochen Mass March-Ford Formula 2, Nordschleife
1973 Sweden Reine Wisell GRD-Ford Formula 2, Nordschleife
1974
No Race
1975 France Jacques Laffite Martini-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1976 Sweden Freddy Kottulinsky Ralt-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1977 Germany Jochen Mass March-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1978 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Hart Formula 2, Nordschleife
1979 Switzerland Marc Surer March-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1980 Italy Teo Fabi March-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1981 Belgium Thierry Boutsen March-BMW Formula 2, Nordschleife
1982 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Spirit-Honda Formula 2, Nordschleife[9]
1983 Italy Beppe Gabbiani March-BMW Formula 2, shortened Nordschleife
1984
No Race
1985
Cancelled due to snow
1986 Germany Volker Weidler Mercedes-Benz DTM, GP track[10]
1987 Germany Manuel Reuter Ford DTM[11]
1988 Denmark Kurt Thiim BMW DTM[12]
France Mercedes-Benz
1989 United Kingdom Steve Soper BMW DTM
United Kingdom Steve Soper BMW
1990 United Kingdom Steve Soper BMW DTM
United Kingdom Steve Soper BMW
1991 Germany Klaus Ludwig Mercedes-Benz DTM
Germany Klaus Ludwig Mercedes-Benz
1992 Germany Frank Biela Audi DTM
Germany Roland Asch Mercedes-Benz
1993 Italy Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo DTM
Germany Klaus Ludwig Mercedes-Benz
1994 Germany Klaus Ludwig Mercedes-Benz DTM
Italy Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo
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

References

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