The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014 was staged 8-10 August at the famed Nurburgring Circuit in Germany, with 600 participants and more than 60,000 spectators enjoying the 42nd running of the historical races. This year’s Oldtimer saw a total of thirteen races and a large number of demonstration runs and presentations that put seven decades of motorsport and automobile history at the forefront.
Visitors to the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix saw an abundance of on-track action. The evolution of open-wheel racing was documented, from the races of the historic Grand Prix vehicles up to 1960 and the Formula One racers up to 1965, through to the Historic FIA Formula One Championship with fields extending to the mid-eighties. Dedicated races were also held for the feeder categories of Formula Junior and Formula Three. The FIA Masters Sportscars Championship and the races of the two-seat racing cars and GTs up to 1960/61 featured excellent fields that make sports car history palpable, while Touring car and GT fans enjoyed the revival of the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM), the AvD Touring Car Trophy and the Gentlemen Drivers (GTs up to 1965). The oldest vehicles of the weekend were featured in the Vintage Sports Car Trophy for pre-war vehicles.
The 2014 edition of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix also featured a BMW race and demonstration runs that included special cars from the BMW factory collection such as legendary M3 cars that caused a sensation in the German Touring Car Championship and the 1997 BMW McLaren F1 GTR Longtail that was in a class of its own. Ex-BMW drivers such as Johnny Cecotto, Marc Hessel, Leopold Prinz von Bayern, Harald Grohs and Marc Surer participated as well.
Similar to the 2011, 2012 and 2013 historic car races, photographer Julien Mahiels also documented the Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014, offering the following excellent picture gallery that shows the entrants battling the famous Nurburgring.
AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014 – Main Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)
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[Source: AvD; photos: Julien Mahiels]