The highlight of every Oldtimer Grand Prix is traditionally the night race for racing and sports cars of the fifties and early sixties.
Besides our MB300SL cars, many top-class vehicles were represented from Jaguar C Type to Bizzarrini and especially many Maserati racing cars. This race took place under the patronage of HK-ENGINEERING. Our booth in the middle of the paddock was the crowd favorite. In addition to the two historic blue racing transporters, we also had the two
race Gullwings (our gray one and the one from Christian Pfessdorf)and the fabulous SLS Special from Dr. Lehr to marvel at.
Christian and his father Ralph are a team in matters of car racing and transport Gullwing (which Christian always chases over the track himself) to every race in style in their blue racing transporter. Our car started this time with Matthias Beckwermert, who was at the wheel of one of our cars for the first time.
Unfortunately, Matthias was dogged by bad luck when one of the rear brake cylinders burst during practice and the resulting brake fluid caught fire, causing the car to burst into flames. This led to a spectacular take-off, which on the one hand was of course painful, but on the other hand, provided a great show for the spectators. The car was no longer serviceable and had also suffered some damage to the snout, but Matthias unfortunately got out again healthy and safe.
The drum brake had already been the main problem with Gullwing cars in racing in the 1950s. Hans Klenk, for example, had broken both legs when he crashed a Gullwing on the Nordschleife due to brake failure. Nevertheless, our team was in good spirits and Christian Pfessdorf and Dr. Klaus Lehr on his MB300SLS Special were each able to take first place in their class.
The Nürburgring once again brought together many old acquaintances and offered the opportunity to make new contacts. We are already looking forward to next year.