Historic motor racing is very popular in Europe. Amongst the ever-growing amount of events is the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival, hosted on the Hockenheimring in Germany.
The track was originally built-in 1932 using roads in the forest as an alternative to the Wildpark-Circuit in Karlsruhe. The Hockenheimring was used for motorcycle racing and was expanded to be used as test track for Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union in 1936.
Originally, the track was eight kilometres long and consisted of two long straits, a long Eastern curve and a U-turn joining them together. A new version was built in 1965 including the famous ‘Motodrom’ stadium section.
Due to several events during the eighties and nineties on the track the FIA prompted much protest to greatly improve spectator viewing, safety and security.
Early 2000s, F1 officials demanded to shorten the existing track and even threatened to discontinue racing. German Engineer Hermann Tilke redesigned the track for the 2002 German F1 Grand Prix, leaving the ‘Motodrom’ (stadium section) mostly intact. The new Hockenheimring was dramatically shortened and as a result previous unique technical challenges where eliminated.
The 2014 edition of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic attracted 20.000 fans to the track, featuring no less than 14 races, a Lotus world record attempt, a spectacular dragster demo programme and Slotcar Racing.
A great weekend of motor sports, accompanied with perfect spring weather was overshadowed by a fatal crash. Sixty-nine year old Briton, Dr. Alex Fleming tragically lost his life in his Lotus Elan after suffering technical problems. Dr. Alex Fleming had over fifty years of experience in Motorsports.
The Bosch Hockenheim Historic featured a great variety in motor sports types, from Formula V, historic touring cars and GTs to GP2 and Formula 1 cars. Three days of motorsports in a perfect environment, accompanied by great spring weather.
Fastest cars on track over the entire weekend were the single seaters of the BOSS GP seaters. BOSS stands for Big Open Single Seaters and the series are open to Formula 1, Champcars, Indycars, GP2 and World Series by Renault/Nissan as well as Formula 3000 cars.
The series are divided into different categories, such as the ‘OPEN’ class, meant for Formula 1 cars from 1997. In the ‘FORMULA’ class Champcars and Indycars from 1992 compete against Formula 1 cars from 1992 until 1996 and GP2 single seaters.
In the ‘MASTERS’ class, Formula 1 and Indycars up to 1991, battle it out with cars from World Series by Renault and Nissan. Much slower but exciting to see were the close battles in the FIA Lurani Trophy. This historic racing series is for original Formula Junior cars, built-in 1958-60 and 1961-63. No less than 9 different categories are used in the FIA Lurani Trophy.
Still a very popular open wheel, single-seater racing formula are the cars from Formula Vee and Formula Super Vee. The relatively low-cost series are based on a pre-1963 Volkswagen Beetle using stock or modified stock parts. In Formula Super Vee, the 1.6 water cooled VW engines are used in higher tech single seater that are faster.
The commemorate Jim Clark’s life, a wreath was laid at the Jim Clark Memorial on Saturday afternoon. Jim Clark was a British Formula One driver who won two World Championships, back in 1963 and 1965. Clark lost his life in a Formula Two event back in 1968 at the Hockenheimring.
Amongst the many spectators who paid their respects to the former Scottish world champion, were Graham White, Jochen Mass, Martin Donnelly and Christian Danner.
Fans of big V8 CanAm monsters and sports cars were treated with the deafening sound of these legendary cars from the late sixties and early seventies. The Canadian-American Challenge Cup or Can-Am was an SCCA/CASC sports car racing series from 1966 to 1987. It started out as a championship for Group 7 cars, featuring minimal regulations and permitting the use of unlimited engine sizes.
The largest grid from the weekend came from the Dutch Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge, seeing nearly 50 cars on the track. The series, abbreviated YTTC is open to cars built between 1971 and 1989. Cars such as the Ford Escort, BMW M1, BMWM3, Alfa Romeo GTV, Porsche 904, 911 and 935 treated the crowd with some exciting races. Photo 6
Fans of historic Triumph’s and other British build GTs enjoyed the 30 cars field, including Triumph TR3, 4, 6 and 7’s, as well as Jaguar, TVR, Marcos and Morgan classics.
Last but not least was the DRM Klassik, a revival of the German Racing Championship from the seventies and eighties, famous for their breathtaking Group 5 predator’s. The DRM started way back in 1972 featuring Group 2 touring cars and Group 4 GTs. From 1977 the spectacular Group 5 cars entered the championship including the Porsche 935, Ford Capri Zakspeed Turbo and BMW M1 Turbo.