Under the motto "Duels among friends", the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center organised an event to celebrate its tenth anniversary in Fellbach on Sunday. The main feature of the event was the motorsport history of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The...
Under the motto "Duels among friends", the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center organised an event to celebrate its tenth anniversary in Fellbach on Sunday. The main feature of the event was the motorsport history of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The historical departments of Audi, BMW and Porsche also contributed to the event. Some 45,000 spectators came to see the historic cars, many of them arrived with their own oldtimers and classic cars.
Of course, the DTM played a major role, both in the driving demonstrations and in the static display. On the temporary race track in the industrial zone of Fellbach, Bernd Schneider drove his 2001-D2-Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM, while Roland Asch drove the Valvoline-Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16, with which he became runner-up in the drivers' championship of the 1988 DTM.
Other DTM-cars on display included the 1992 Sonax-Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 and the 1994 D2-C-Class, both driven at the time by Klaus Ludwig, as well as the Camel-190, with which Roland Asch competed in the DTM-invitation race in Kyalami, South Africa, in 1991. From last year's DTM, Thomas Jäger's Original Teile-Mercedes and Bernd Schneider's Vodafone-CLK were shown.
Next to touring cars, there also was a complete range of all Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 cars, one from each season, as well as a wide variety of different sport prototypes and GT cars. One of the highlights certainly was the duel on the track between the Auto Union Type C with 16-cylinder engine from 1936, and the 12-cylinder Mercedes-Benz W154 from 1938. Audi DTM-junior driver Martin Tomczyk drove the Auto Union and was impressed: "The sound and the power of this car are just great."
Jochen Mass was behind the wheel of the Mercedes racing car and also showed a broad grin when he climbed out of the cockpit. Bernd Schneider, who took plenty of time to sign autographs for the fans, was impressed, too: "It is great to see how many nice cars there are here, many of them completely original. And seeing the old DTM-cars again is always nice as well."