Some weeks ago I had my first editorial assignment of the new motorsports season starting in Germany. I decided to leave very early to get in time at the Hockenheimring in the southwest of Germany, approximately 320 kms away from my hometown in the Netherlands. Around the 20th april you should aspect nice spring temperatures but not this time. I left that morning at 4.00 am local time with temperatures around 2°C….
When I arrived in Hockenheim I had to cope with light rain, a pretty strong and a cold wind. By the time I saw the different participants for the event, the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival my body got warmer by the minute.
Around 500 drivers competed in eight different categories for the 9th time at the Hockenheimring to celebrate the 9th edition of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – the Jim Clark Revival. The two-time world champion was tragically killed in an accident at the Hockenheimring on April 7th 1968. Around 15.000 spectators could enjoy spectacular racing from the tiny ‘Battle of the Dwarfs’ to the very fast and loud single seaters of the BOSS GP Series.
The track was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest as an alternative to the Wildpark-Circuit in Karlsruhe, which became forbidden as a racing circuit by German officials. In 1936 the track was used for motorcycle racing and was expanded to be used as test track for Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union.
The original Hockenheimring was almost eight kilometres long and consisted of two long straights with a long “Eastern” corner in the forest and a U-turn inside Hockenheim joining them together. During the early 2000s, Formula 1 officials demanded the track to be shortened. German engineer Herman Tilke redesigned the track for the 2002 German Grand Prix.
The event kicked off with a presentation of historic single seaters from Race History on Track, a representative organization of historic single seaters, including former F1, F2, F3 and F5000 cars. Rather cold and partly wet conditions made it tricky for drivers, as especially on the grandstands around 15.000 spectators had to keep them selves warm over the weekend. Nevertheless racing was exciting.
Starting on Saturday morning the historic cars from ‘Race History on Track’ opened the event with a thirty minute presentation session. Race History on Track (RHoT) is a representative association of historic formula cars, including F1, F2, F3 and F5000 cars. Goal is to keep the car pool attractive and interesting, currently consists over 20 Formula 1 and over 15 Formula 2 cars. The association and their drivers run cars such as a 1952 Ferrari F1 500, raced by Alberto Ascari as well as a 1961 F1 Cooper T53 raced by Sir John Surtees, just to name a few.
Later on during the programme, in honor of Formula 1 world champion Jim Clark, a historic F2 revival was held gathering several F2 cars from the Race History on Track association.
Like the earlier events the Bosch Hockenheim Historic proved, despite the weather conditions, to be a great event concentrating on the historic motorsports scene. We’re looking forward to the 10th edition of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic, to be held in 2014.[signoff]