• From 3 to 5 May, the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg will host one of the largest classic car festivals in Europe
  • Around 500 participants in nine classes will delight fans of historic racing
  • Fans can also expect an attractive programme away from the race track

The countdown is on: For the first time under the patronage of the ADAC, the Jim Clark Revival, one of the largest and most popular classic events in Europe, will take place next weekend. Last year, more than 35,000 visitors made the pilgrimage to the race track on the outskirts of Heidelberg. Around 500 participants in nine different racing series will be showcasing beautiful treasures, some of which are almost priceless today, which are lovingly cared for by their owners and skilfully and appropriately driven on the track.The “Touring Cars – Golden Era” and the DRM Revival alone will bring together around 100 cars from the glory days of the DRM, DTM, STW, WTCC and DTC. And when it comes to the proper handling of the racing cars – this is guaranteed by a select list of participants including legends such as Olaf Manthey, Roland Asch, Altfrid Heger, Harald Grohs, Peter Mücke, Kris Nissen and many others who simply cannot resist competing with like-minded people at the wheel of the spectacular touring and racing cars. And the other racing series represented at the ADAC Hockenheim Historic – Historic Racecar Association, Historic Formula Vau Europe, Lurani Trophy, Raceclub Germany, MOMO Sportscar Supercup, BOSS GP and Lotus Cup Europe – also guarantee historic motorsport at its very best.

Special tour on the life and career of Jim Clark
But it’s not just the 4.5-kilometre Grand Prix circuit at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg that offers plenty to see and hear over the three days; motorsport fans will also find plenty of interesting things to do off the track. Of course, the event’s namesake takes centre stage: Jim Clark.
If you would like to see and hear all sorts of interesting facts about the life and career of the 1963 and 1965 Formula 1 World Champion, we recommend a special guided tour on Saturday from 11.00 am. Among other things, this will take visitors to the Jim Clark Memorial, where a memorial service will be held at 12.30 pm in honour of the Scot who died in a Formula 2 race in Hockenheim on 7 April 1968. As always, Clark’s long-time companion and friend, Kurt Ahrens, will also lay a wreath there. Participation in the guided tour costs 12 euros for adults and 7 euros for children and young people up to the age of 17. Tickets are available online at www.hockenheimring.de or, if remaining tickets are available, on site at the Welcome Centre by the main stand.

Herbert Linge special exhibition
The 25-time Grand Prix winner Clark will also be honoured with a special exhibition in the Congress Pavilion. In the exhibition area on the pit roof visitors can also look forward to a special exhibition on another motorsport legend with close links to the Hockenheimring: Herbert Linge.

The Swabian, who died in January 2024 at the age of 95, is known to motorsport connoisseurs primarily as the founder of the ONS safety squadron and Porsche’s figurehead for decades. On 5 April 1943, Linge signed his apprenticeship contract with the Zuffenhausen-based sports car brand, for which he subsequently worked as a mechanic, test driver, plant manager, racing driver and representative. On 7 April 1973, the fifth anniversary of Jim Clark’s death, the new ONS squadron was presented to the world public at the Jim Clark Memorial Race in Hockenheim. The later Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was so enthusiastic about this concept that he brought the man from Weissach into the premier class as a safety consultant. Some of Linge’s racing and safety vehicles are on display on the pit roof as part of the ADAC Hockenheim Historic.

Favourable ticket prices, many attractions off the track
Two other delicacies of the classic event attract a lot of interest every year – firstly the spectacular slot car track in the congress pavilion, and secondly the large brand meeting point in the area of the east stand. And all over the grounds, there are stands selling fan merchandise, clothing, art, model vehicles and, of course, a wide variety of options for catering for yourself and your loved ones. The autograph sessions on the pit roof are also not to be missed.

After all, the ADAC Hockenheim Historic is an event for the whole family. Which starts with affordable tickets. A day ticket for Friday is available for 15 euros, admission for Saturday and Sunday costs 35 and 30 euros respectively, the weekend ticket 49 euros – all including the paddock, of course. Wheelchair users and children up to the age of 14 are admitted free of charge. Tickets and further information can be found on the website www.hockenheim-historic.de.

Special offer with the ADAC commuter network
On Saturday, 4 May and Sunday, 5 May, visitors from Stuttgart will have the opportunity to travel free of charge in a historic Auwärter Neoplan ND 6 from 1974. Those interested must register for this via the ADAC commuter network app. There are still places available. All information at www.adac.de/veranstaltungen/ver-hockenheim-historic.