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Eifelrennen


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

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 May 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)

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 Class
1927 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Rudolf Caracciola Sports car
1928 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png O. Spandel Sports car
1929 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png W. Bartsch Sports car
1930 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen Grand Prix
1931 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1932 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1933 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Tazio Nuvolari Grand Prix
1934 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Manfred von Brauchitsch Grand Prix
1935 22px-Flag of the German Empire.svg.png Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1936 22px-Flag of Germany 1933.png Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1937 22px-Flag of Germany 1933.png Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1938 - No Race -
1939 22px-Flag of Germany 1933.png Hermann Lang Grand Prix
1940 - No Race -
1948 - No Race -
1949 22px-Flag of Germany.png Karl Kling Sports car
1950 22px-Flag of Germany.png Fritz Riess Formula 2
1951 22px-Flag of Germany.png Paul Pietsch Formula 2
1952 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Rudi Fischer Formula 2
1953 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Toulo de Graffenried Formula 2
1954 22px-Flag of Germany.png Karl-Günther Bechem Sports car
1955 22px-Flag of Argentina.svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio Sports car
1956 22px-Flag of Germany.png Walter Schock Gran Turismo
1957 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Heini Walter GT
1958 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Seidel GT
1959 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang von Trips Formula Junior
1960 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Dennis Taylor Formula Junior
1961 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert Formula Junior
1962 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Peter Warr Formula Junior
1963 22px-Flag of Germany.png Gerhard Mitter Formula Junior
1964 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jim Clark Formula 2
1965 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png Paul Hawkins Formula 2
1966 22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt Formula 2
1967 22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt Formula 2
1968 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Chris Irwin Formula 2
1969 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart Formula 2
1970 22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt Formula 2
1971 22px-Flag of France.png François Cevert Formula 2
1972 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jochen Mass Formula 2
1973 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Reine Wisell Formula 2
1974 - No Race -
1975 22px-Flag of France.png Jacques Laffite Formula 2
1976 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Freddy Kottulinsky Formula 2
1977 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jochen Mass Formula 2
1978 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Alex Ribeiro Formula 2
1979 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Marc Surer Formula 2
1980 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Teo Fabi Formula 2
1981 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen Formula 2
1982 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen Formula 2
1983 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Beppe Gabbiani Formula 2
1984 - No Race -
1985 - No Race -
1986 22px-Flag of Germany.png Volker Weidler DTM
1987 22px-Flag of Germany.png Manuel Reuter DTM
1988 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Kurt Thiim
22px-Flag of France.png Dany Snobeck
DTM
1989 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
DTM
1990 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
DTM
1991 22px-Flag of Germany.png Klaus Ludwig
22px-Flag of Germany.png Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1992 22px-Flag of Germany.png Roland Asch
22px-Flag of Germany.png Frank Biela
DTM
1993 22px-Flag of Germany.png Klaus Ludwig
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nicola Larini
DTM
1994 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nicola Larini
22px-Flag of Germany.png Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1995 22px-Flag of Germany.png Bernd Schneider
22px-Flag of Germany.png Bernd Schneider
DTM
1996 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jörg van Ommen
22px-Flag of Germany.png Manuel Reuter
DTM
1997 22px-Flag of France.png Laurent Aïello
22px-Flag of France.png Laurent Aiello
STW Supertouring
1998 22px-Flag of Germany.png Roland Asch
22px-Flag of Venezuela.svg.png Johnny Cecotto
STW
1999 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of Germany.png Manuel Reuter
STW
2000 22px-Flag of Germany.png Manuel Reuter
22px-Flag of Germany.png Manuel Reuter
DTM
2001 22px-Flag of France.png Laurent Aiello DTM
2002 - No Race -
2003 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianmaria Bruni Formula 3000

References