At the 49th Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring from August 12 to 14, all Mercedes 300 SLs entered in the race of racing and sports cars up to model year 62 were placed among the top ten vehicles.
This success is all the more remarkable as the starting field, with a total of 47 vehicles entered, consisted largely of thoroughbred racing cars, against which a production vehicle such as the 300 SL normally has no chance.
For example, a total of 8 Maserati racing cars of the type Birdcage, A6GCS, T61 and 300 S were represented.
An excellent fifth place was achieved by Christian Pfessdorf. Klaus Lehr, with the Porter Special, reached 8th place and the team Hans Kleissl/Laura Kraihammer ended up in 10th place.
Both races lasted more than 1 hour each, so that the material, especially the braking system, was put to a hard test.
As in the fifties, the Mercedes 300 SL cars started from the midfield. Through the proverbial Mercedes quality, appropriate preparation by HK-Engineering and driving skills, this excellent result could be achieved.
Winner of the race was the team Friedrichs/Hadfield with their Aston Martin DB 4GT. After that on the places 2,3,4 followed the following drivers with vehicles:
2. dr. Hartmann Oliver, Elva MK VII S
3rd Pedersen Palle Birkelund, Ginetta G4 R
4th Fierro-Eleta Guillermo/Hart Steve, Maserati T60/61