100 years of Audi on the Donauring
- Almost all Audi racing cars since 1934 on the starting line
- World rally champions and Le Mans drivers will be there
- The only surviving Auto Union Type A is coming specially from Belgium
With what is surely a unique motor sport event for the local people – “100 years of Audi on the Donauring” – Audi Tradition will be celebrating the brand’s centenary in Ingolstadt on July 18. On the historic circuit in the old town, almost every vehicle that bears witness to Audi’s historic racing successes will be on view to the public between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Entrance is free of charge, and visitors will be able to see just about every car that makes the motor sport enthusiast’s heart beat faster, from the 1934 Auto Union Type A to the current R15 Le Mans entry. “This is Audi’s centenary present to its fans in and around Ingolstadt. It’s not an event that’s likely to be repeated in the near future!” says Thomas Frank, Head of Audi Tradition.
30,000 fans are expected to turn up, and they will not only see and hear fifteen outstanding icons from Audi’s motor-sport history. Audi Tradition has also invited other car manufacturers’ classic car departments, owners of veteran motorcycles and members of the many Audi Clubs to attend. Club members will be able to park their historic vehicles exclusively on the public festival ground, so that visitors have a romantic view of a time that has long since passed.
The most unusual racing car, and one that is bound to fascinate the fans at “100 years of Audi at the Donauring”, is surely the 1934 Auto Union Type A. It is the very first of the famous Auto Union “Silver Arrow” racing cars, and the only one of this type still in existence. The 16-cylinder racing car, owned by the Belgian Audi importer D´Ieteren, had to be rebuilt as an authentic replica. It will be joined by the car that represents the final development stage of these Grand Prix designs from Zwickau, the Auto Union Type D with twin superchargers. This visit to the Donauring is the 12-cylinder car’s first appearance in Germany since it was rebuilt. It was previously seen in 2008 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The Auto Union Type D was driven to victory by Tazio Nuvolari in the Belgrade Grand Prix, the last such race to be held before the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1939 H.P. Müller won the French Grand Prix in this car. For the enthusiast interested in this motor-sport era, there will be something very special to see on the historic Donauring circuit: one of the Büssing racing-car transporters used in the 1930s to take the Auto Union “Silver Arrow” cars to events as far afield as North Africa.
Among the personalities present, one in particular is bound to interest the spectators: Walter Röhrl, surely the greatest rally driver of all time, and twice winner of the World Rally Championship. On the Donauring he will be driving a car that has become a legend: the Audi Sport quattro S1 “Pikes Peak” with which he won the USA’s most celebrated hillclimb in 1987, storming to the top in record time. Also on the starting line in Ingolstadt: another World Rally Champion, Hannu Mikkola, back at the wheel of the Rallye quattro cars. Harald Demuth, twice German Rally Champion in an Audi, will be there as well, and spectators will be able to see Audi’s current Le Mans drivers Allan McNish, Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr. McNish, twice Le Mans winner and former Formula One driver, will not only drive Le Mans competition cars but also the Auto Union Type D with its twin-supercharger engine. And former Audi Sport manager Dieter Basche is looking forward to taking the wheel of cars from his era, the late 1980s.
The following historic Audi competition cars will be seen on the Donauring circuit in Ingolstadt on July 18: Auto Union Type A and Auto Union Type D (twin-supercharger) Grand Prix racing cars, Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, Audi 200 quattro TransAm, Audi Rallye quattro A2, Audi Sport quattro S1, Audi Sport quattro S1 “Pikes Peak”, Audi V8 quattro DTM (GTC), Audi R8R, Audi R8 with “crocodile” paintwork, Audi R10 TDI, Audi R15 TDI, Audi A4 STW, Audi R8 LMS and the 2007-season Audi A4 DTM.
The following roads in the city centre of Ingolstadt will be closed from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the event on July 18: Nördliche Ringstrasse (between Von-der-Tann-Strasse and Harderstrasse), Harderstrasse (between Nördliche Ringstrasse and Auf der Schanz), Auf der Schanz (between Harderstrasse and Von-der-Tann-Strasse) and Von-der-Tann-Strasse.