With additional racing series, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix took nearly 51,000 spectators on a historic journey of motorsport at the Nürburgring this weekend. Ten races on Saturday and Sunday could be watched on a livestream. A number of renowned companies in 2018 again used the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix as a platform thereby helping to deliver a festival of historic motorsport once more, for instance at Jaguar Land Rover where at the Jaguar Village historic models were shown. Porsche Classic made a huge appearance at the Nürburgring as well: on the occasion of the brand’s 70th anniversary, the marque from Zuffenhausen had invited two-time World Sportscar Champion and multiple Le Mans winner Derek Bell to drive an early Porsche 911 in the Gentlemen Drivers race. Bell had also the opportunity to present his new book ‘All My Porsche Races’.
Reading the title of this article a majority of the readers will probably think that this museum is situated in the UK or in the USA. Most of the Healeys were sold there so what would a more logical place for a Healey museum ? Well you’re wrong, the Healey museum is located in the Netherlands just 20 kilometres south of Amsterdam, in a small village called Vreeland. The initiative to create a Healey museum came from Hans van de Kerkhof. As a teenager Hans was already impressed by Austin Healeys which he spotted in his neighbourhood and a few years later he fulfilled his dream and bought his first Austin Healey. From that moment his interest in the marque grew and during the years he started collecting Healeys and everything item related to the marque Healey. The results of his passion and his close relationship to the Healey family are exhibited in this museum which opened its doors on the 24th november 2012.
The Spa Six Hours racing weekend is on the top three list of the best historic racing events of Europe. It’s the layout of the Francorchamps circuit in the beautiful green Ardennes region and the huge amount of entries (650 vehicles) of the 12 different race series. Although Friday was a bid drizzling, one couldn’t complain about the weather this year. The Saturday- and Sunday-morning were characterized by fog, but the fog dissolved within an hour. During the afternoon many spectators could enjoy the Belgian beer and nice food on the roof terrace of the pitbuilding. Even during the Six-Hours race on Saturday-evening the sun was shining and during the sunset everyone could enjoy the spectacle of the endless number of cars passing by.
Set in the glorious hills above Adelaide, South Australia, Birdwood becomes the centre of our nation's attention once a year in a motoring cavalcade of over a thousand of our nation's most treasured old motor vehicles.More to follow if and when the exercise gets this far.