Massive Veritas gathering steals the show at the Eifelrennen

| 13 Jun 2012

A sea of silver racers – and in particular Veritas – made up a stunning centrepiece at the ADAC-Eifelrennen Jan-Wellem Cup from 8-10 June.

There have been races at Nürburgring since 1927 and this event keeps alive the tradition of gentleman drivers lapping the famous Nordschleife at the wheel of cars such as Mercedes-Benz SSK, Blower Bentley, Bugatti, and Alfa Romeo Monza, but also welcomes Youngtimers for the weekend's highlight, a three-hour enduro.

This year's meet – which attracted 18,000 spectators – also celebrated the opening of the renovated Fahrerlager (old pits square) with the most impressive gathering of Veritas cars seen in recent years.

More than 15 examples of the marque (some estimates suggest up to 30) could be admired, including single-seaters and a beautiful near-complete restoration project (below).

It was not all about the Hausen am Andelsbach marque, however, even if the other paddock stars shared a penchant for silver liveries.

Fior example, the Prototype Museum of Hamburg brought a recently restored F2 Porsche #718/2-02 (above) built on an original chassis.

The car was demonstrated around the track and was very much appreciated by marque fans, but rarest of all perhaps were a F2 AFM, ex-Alexander Freiherr (two above), and a wonderful Baum BMW (above).

The 2012 Eifel Classic rally made the Nürburgring paddock its start-finish point and for a few hours blended rally entrant's cherished cruisers with the track veterans.

Automobilia dealer Marcus Schwarz transformed a few of the old pits into a true Aladdin's cave with hundreds of enamel signs, Nürburgring-related literature, photos and memorabilia, petroliana and posters.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum supported the event and entered the three-hour race with a race-prepared 220SE driven by Jochen Mass.

After three hours of tough dices, Dr Edgar Althoff won the showpiece race in his Porsche Carrera RSR, just 13 secs ahead of Daniel Schrey's Kremer Porsche 935 K1.

Of the other grids, the crowd favourites were the CanAm and the 'Elephant Races' in which Bentleys and Mercs revived their intense 1930s rivalry.

On the Saturday evening, ace John Fitzpatrick celebrated his 69th birthday at the helm of the Jägermeister Porsche 935 K3 as an astonishing 60 Porsches took to the track to mark 50 years of Kremer.