German Jaguar E-type racer Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen was the talk of the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on August 14-16.Teamed with pro-driver Frank Stippler in the team 'Gotcha' super light E-type racer, he won the epic Marathon event staged on the combined Nordschleife and modern circuit in tricky showery conditions. The strongest challenge came from the outrageously fast battle ship-grey Ford Fairlane of ‘Fred and Barney’ - aka Ulrich and Christian Schödel who dominated last year’s race, but the garish German team's E-type never relented and took the lead on the final lap to win.Oeynhausen also won the Masters GT honours from Brit Rob Hall’s Cobra but was disqualified from the Jaguar E-type Challenge after running underweight when qualifying for pole. Jaguar specialist Gary Pearson dominated both wet E-type races while Oeynhausen, forced to start from the back of the grid on Sunday, stormed through to finish second.The rain-soaked weekend proved a challenge for most but British historic racers such as Simon Hadfield relished the slippery conditions. Starting the second World Sports Car Masters race on Sunday well down the grid in Joaquin Folch’s Ford GT40 (below), the historic race specialist blasted through to win as early leaders spun around him.
Hadfield had his moments during the chase including a dramatic broad slide off course before chasing back to catch Manfredo Rossi di Montelera’s nifty Osella-Abarth PA1.The German’s love for the Maserati was confirmed by a impressive set of Birdcage Maseratis entered with five Tipo 61s running in the Pre-’61 Sports car event but non could match Jason Minshaw’s (below) pace into the Saturday night during the one-hour contest.
Austrian collector Egon Hofer brought out his rear-engined Tipo 63 ‘Birdcage’ and streamlined 250F.
Arrows A4 drivers Rowland Kinch and Steve Hartley won both Grand Prix Masters events. Kinch ground down Joaquin Folch’s Brabham BT49 on day one while Hartley displayed his mastery of wet conditions to beat Kinch 24 hours later.The star events for many were the spectacular Pre-’81 Group 5 and Youngtimer races which saw wins apiece for the spectacular fire belching Porsche 935s (below) of Wolfgang Kautman and Daniel Schrey.
Photo credits: Eric Sawyer