- Sound, action and pure fascination – featuring historic racing cars from all categories and epochs from 26 to 28 April on the Hockenheimring
- Formula 1 racing cars from Timo Glock and Ralf Schumacher, World Champion Maserati from Michael Bartels
- Varied supporting programme for both young and old, free access to paddocks/boxes
Marco Werner, three-time overall winner of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, sums it up: “The Bosch Hockenheim Historic is a great racing event for all the fans. From Formula Junior equipped with 130 hp to Formula 1 in demo laps or in the BOSS GP, it’ll all be there for you to see – and above all hear! A real feast for the ears.” The entire range of historic motor racing is getting together for three days at the season opener on the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg from 26 to 28 April. This year’s highlights include the spectacular racing cars of the BOSS GP and CanAm series, Timo Glock’s and Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota F1 cars from the 2000s, Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari from 1997 and a whole raft of Maserati super sports cars – led by Michael Bartels in his GT1 World Champion car. The icing on the cake of the Jim Clark Revival is the varied supporting programme.
A dozen different racing series are about to bask in the glory. Marco Werner is starting in four of them – that could hardly be more different: in the FIA Lurani/Formula Junior European Championship, which is teeming with mini Monopostos. In the CanAm series, which stands for genuine hp and winged monsters, featuring a McLaren M8F equipped with a 8.1-litre engine! Plus the Youngtimer Challenge in the BMW M1: full speed all around, of course. Only in the Formula 1 Arrows from 1988 will the pace be leisurely. “It’s a thrill to drive so many different race cars. I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 52-year-old. The busy race driver is clearly also planning to give it his all during the autograph-signing sessions. He will be accompanied by Timo Glock, Martin Donnelly and Harald Grohs – as well as the grand old man of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic, Jochen Mass.
BOSS GP, Raceclub Germany and Team FNT with Formula 1 racing cars
Five recent Formula 1 hits make up the optical and acoustic spearhead of the BOSS GP series, led by Ingo Gerstl in the Toro Rosso and his fiercest rival Phil Stratford in the Benetton. A pack of noisy GP2 race cars will supplement the starting grid. The fantastic Raceclub of Germany also has five Formula 1 cars in the field, although the participants will of course be taking it easy on their crown jewels in order to preserve their value. Just like last year, the renowned Swiss racing car collector Jo Vonlanthen is bringing Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari from 1997 to Hockenheim as a special attraction. Another eye-catcher will be the oldest vehicle in the Raceclub field, a Lagonda from 1948. Team FNT will spoil spectators with the latest top class models: the Toyota TF 105 equipped with a ten-cylinder engine, which Ralf Schumacher even drove to pole position in Japan in 2005, as well as Timo Glock’s Toyota TF 108 from 2008, which draws a good 900 hp from a sonorous V8 aspirated engine. The DTM star will steer “his” car around the Grand Prix circuit himself on all three days of the event.
CanAm with Gentle Drivers Trophy, Formula 2 and others in the boom
CanAm fans be warned: the hp and winged monsters have teamed up with the “FHR – A Gentle Drivers Trophy” for Hockenheim. This results in a formidable starting grid, including two strapping McLarens, Lolas, and Porsches as well as a Chevron, a Reynard and a De Tomaso. Brand diversity is the trump card at the “FHR – 100 Miles Trophy”, featuring glamorous names such as Jaguar, Lotus, Ford, BMW, Porsche or Mercedes-Benz.
Several series boast full starting grids, including the Historic Formula 2, which is linked to Hockenheim in both a beautiful and horrible manner. Although the F1 junior class reached its peak in Baden, it was also here that Jim Clark suffered his fatal accident in an F2 race on 7 April 1968. The Lotus Cup Europe is also booming with its colourfully mixed starting grid of different models – and it is a tribute to Jim Clark. Closely associated with Lotus, the Scottish driving genius lent the brand the magic that has surrounded it ever since.
Formula speedsters belonging to a wide spectrum of junior categories (Formula 3, Formula Ford, Renault, VAU) and fierce track duels during the races of the “Historic Racecar Association” are sure to spark excitement in the stands. The huge starting grid of the FIA Lurani Trophy/Formula Junior European Championships will also be raring to go. Small cars and sharp elbows! The “Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge” with its approximately 40 participants has a completely different philosophy: pure driving fun and anything but hubris! The starting grid of the “Triumph Competition & British HTGT” is a must-see for all those who appreciate the beauty of British car construction: the Triumph range and the
various Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG or Morgan models. The “Passionata Maserati” cars, organised by former DTM and F1 driver Michael Bartels, are no less attractive. He will also lead the group’s presentation runs – in his world champion Maserati MC 12 GT1, which hides an impressive 630 hp under its beautiful bodywork.
Bosch – namesake and committed event partner
Bosch Classic is presenting both historical and forward-looking cars in and in front of its Hospitality area. Racing driver and multi-talent Mario Ketterer, a proud 69 years old and only recently “retired” (2013), is ready to sign autographs and talk shop. The Bosch Building Technologies division is showcased on the inside, while the cars are exhibited on the outside: e.g. the new Formula Student monopostos, an Audi Quattro rally and a VW T1 “Bullis” from Bosch Classic.
Entertainment offered all over the Hockenheimring site
The Bosch Hockenheim Historic’s varied supporting programme leaves visitors absolutely no room for boredom. Whether the Jim Clark exhibition in the Conference Pavilion (a must-see!), the slotcar racing competition at the same location, the special exhibition of two Porsche 917s on the 50th birthday of the racing car legend, the presentation of the Design Award or the Jim Clark appreciation at the memorial site. The pit roof is a genuine treasure trove for fans of historic motor sport and the associated tools, while the little ones find their fortune in the Kids Club. A shuttle bus brings fans to the brand club area near the east stand, which is showcasing innumerable collector’s vehicles.
Reasonable ticket prices with a trial offer
Ten euros gets you in to “take a look” on Friday, tickets cost 30 euros for Saturday or Sunday and 45 euros for the weekend; admission is free for wheelchair users and children up to 14 years old – drivers’ paddock and free choice of seats included. Tickets can be bought through the online ticket shop or the hotline +49(0)6205 950-222. For further information, visit: www.hockenheim-historic.de.