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The Eifelrennen was an annual motor race, organised by ADAC Automobile Club from 1922 to 2003, held in Germany's Eifel mountain region even before the Nürburgring was built there.

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HistoryEdit

Starting from 1922, the first races were held on a 33 km long combination of public roads around Nideggen, Wollersheim, Vlatten, Heimbach, Hasenfeld and other villages in the Eifel mountains, similar to the Targa Florio which was a very important race at that time, and popular in Germany due to two wins by Mercedes (still without Benz then).

In 1922, all vehicles were allowed, cars, motorbikes, and even bicycles with supporting engines. Over 100 entrants showed up to compete in the 10 lap event. The track was not paved, and muddy after heavy rains. In 1924 to 1926, the races for 2 and 4 wheels were held on separate days, and classes were introduced. Still, several fatal accidents happened. Even spectator stands collapsed, caused by stormy weather.

The unsatisfying safety situation led to the construction of the Nürburgring circuit in that area, which was inaugurated on Saturday, 18 June 1927 by the 5. Eifelrennen weekend, starting with motorcycle races. On Sunday, Rudolf Caracciola won the first car race on a Mercedes-Benz S.

The connection of motorcycle and car races was discontinued in 1974, when organisers, drivers and German motorcycle Grand Prix riders disagreed on the best way to make the track safe for both kinds of racing - with straw bales or without? As a result, international contenders for the motorcycle World Championships boycotted the races, leaving the GP wins to rather unknown Germans (even to German fans) who decided to ride anyway.

After the modern Grand Prix track was built at the Nürburgring in 1984 and F2 was replaced with F3000, the Eifelrennen was discontinued as it always was associated with the long Nordschleife.

Later, the trademark was given to a standard rounds of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft and STW touring car racing on this short GP track. Often two separate races were held, thus two winners.

The last Eifelrennen was held in early May 2003 when several races were held, including an VLN endurance race on the 25.9 km full combined Nordschleife in preparation for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race three weeks later.

Currently there are no major race series cooperating with the ADAC to host a weekend as Eifelrennen.

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (motorcycles)Edit

Deutsche Tourist-Trophäe (German Tourist Trophy)

  • 1922 Sixtus Meyer, Harley-Davidson 1000 ccm
  • 1923 - No Race -
  • 1924 Franz Bieber, BMW - (1000 ccm : Robert "Robby" Jecker, Harley-Davidson)
  • 1925 Paul Weyres
  • 1926
  • 1927 Toni Ulmen

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (automobiles)Edit

  • 1922 Fritz von Opel / Hans von Opel, Opel
  • 1923 - No Race -
  • 1924 Wetzka / Haide, Austro-Daimler
  • 1925
  • 1926 Felten, Mannesmann

ADAC Eifelrennen winners (automobiles) on the NürburgringEdit

Year Winner Class
1927   Rudolf Caracciola Sports car
1928   O. Spandel Sports car
1929   W. Bartsch Sports car
1930   Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen Grand Prix
1931   Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1932   Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1933   Tazio Nuvolari Grand Prix
1934   Manfred von Brauchitsch Grand Prix
1935   Rudolf Caracciola Grand Prix
1936   Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1937   Bernd Rosemeyer Grand Prix
1938 - No Race -
1939   Hermann Lang Grand Prix
1940 - No Race -
1948 - No Race -
1949   Karl Kling Sports car
1950   Fritz Riess Formula 2
1951   Paul Pietsch Formula 2
1952   Rudi Fischer Formula 2
1953   Toulo de Graffenried Formula 2
1954   Karl-Günther Bechem Sports car
1955   Juan Manuel Fangio Sports car
1956   Walter Schock Gran Turismo
1957   Heini Walter GT
1958   Wolfgang Seidel GT
1959   Wolfgang von Trips Formula Junior
1960   Dennis Taylor Formula Junior
1961   Jo Siffert Formula Junior
1962   Peter Warr Formula Junior
1963   Gerhard Mitter Formula Junior
1964   Jim Clark Formula 2, Südschleife[1]
1965   Paul Hawkins Formula 2, Südschleife[2]
1966   Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Südschleife[3]
1967   Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Südschleife[4]
1968   Chris Irwin Formula 2, Südschleife[5]
1969   Jackie Stewart Formula 2, Nordschleife[6]
1970   Jochen Rindt Formula 2, Nordschleife[7]
1971   François Cevert Formula 2
1972   Jochen Mass Formula 2
1973   Reine Wisell Formula 2
1974 - No Race -
1975   Jacques Laffite Formula 2
1976   Freddy Kottulinsky Formula 2
1977   Jochen Mass Formula 2
1978   Alex Ribeiro Formula 2
1979   Marc Surer Formula 2
1980   Teo Fabi Formula 2
1981   Thierry Boutsen Formula 2
1982   Thierry Boutsen Formula 2, Nordschleife[8]
1983   Beppe Gabbiani Formula 2, shortened Nordschleife
1984 - No Race -
1985 - No Race -
1986   Volker Weidler DTM, GP track[9]
1987   Manuel Reuter DTM[10]
1988   Kurt Thiim
  Dany Snobeck
DTM[11]
1989   Steve Soper
  Steve Soper
DTM
1990   Steve Soper
  Steve Soper
DTM
1991   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1992   Roland Asch
  Frank Biela
DTM
1993   Klaus Ludwig
  Nicola Larini
DTM
1994   Nicola Larini
  Klaus Ludwig
DTM
1995   Bernd Schneider
  Bernd Schneider
DTM
1996   Jörg van Ommen
  Manuel Reuter
DTM
1997   Laurent Aïello
  Laurent Aiello
STW Supertouring
1998   Roland Asch
  Johnny Cecotto
STW
1999   Tom Kristensen
  Manuel Reuter
STW
2000   Manuel Reuter
  Manuel Reuter
DTM
2001   Laurent Aiello DTM
2002 - No Race -
2003   Gianmaria Bruni Formula 3000

ReferencesEdit

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