ŠKODA will be appearing at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix from August 12th to 14th at the Nürburgring with a wide variety of Czech road and racing vehicles. These include, for example, the ŠKODA SPORT with Le Mans experience, the newly built historic gem 1100 OHC COUPÉ and the all-rounder 130 RS. Including specimens from private collectors, fans can look forward to a total of around 30 treasured automobiles from ŠKODA. Visitors can experience a large number of ŠKODA classics as part of the brand parade on the Grand Prix circuit. It takes place on Saturday from 10:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and Sunday from 14:00 p.m. to 14:15 p.m.
ŠKODA Classic Car Grand Prix
Appearing on the track of a 24-hour race is nothing new for the ŠKODA SPORT. In 1950, the derivative of the 'Tudor' model entered the prestigious 24-hour race at Le Mans. The vehicle, also known as 'placka' (flat cakes) because of its low aluminum body, recently made an appearance on the Sarthe racetrack as part of the Le Mans Classic 2022. Guests at the Oldtimer Grand Prix can experience the 37 kW (50 hp) sports car and its rough Experience patina up close. The ŠKODA SPORT will also compete on the racetrack as part of the 'Vintage Sports Car Trophy' reserved for pre-war vehicles.
Another, much more well-known brand colleague will also be able to be experienced at racing speed: the ŠKODA 130 RS, which is often referred to as the 'Porsche of the East'. He starts in the race 'HTGT for the Dunlop Trophy'. The ŠKODA brand ambassador and seven-time German Rally Champion Matthias Kahle will be at the wheel. With the circuit version shown at the Nürburgring, ŠKODA won the manufacturers' classification of the European Touring Car Championship in 1981. ŠKODA is also presenting the rally version of the 130 RS in the paddock. As a further highlight, ŠKODA is bringing the 1100 OHC to the Eifel – both as a roadster and in the newly built coupé version. Originally, only two coupés were built in 1959/1960. For the complex reconstruction based on historical documentation, ŠKODA AUTO combined traditional manufacturing techniques with modern cutting-edge technology in its center for prototype construction. Today, the 1100 OHC coupé is one of the highlights in the exhibition at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav.
Unique: the FAVORIT 136L/H
With the FAVORIT 136L/H, the ŠKODA Museum also has a truly unique item in its luggage. Nürburgring veteran Willi Obermann started in 1992 with the one-off in the long-distance championship (VLN). In 1988, the front-wheel drive favorite replaced the last ŠKODA with a rear engine and drive, the 130 LR, on the motorsport scene. The ŠKODA FAVORIT 136 L/A, which was initially modified for racing purposes, also held its own on circuits and hill climbs away from the rally tracks. With the FAVORIT 136 L/H, ŠKODA developed a version specifically for the circuit in 1989: it reached a top speed of 240 km/h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just six seconds.
The ŠKODA FAVORIT modified in this way started, among other things, in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, where the trio of Kvaizar/Samohýl/Obermann clinched a class win. Two models recently launched on the German market bridge the gap between the past and the present: a ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ RS iV and the likewise new ŠKODA FABIA Monte Carlo. Both vehicles will be on display alongside the brand's historic treasures in the paddock of the Nürburgring.
ŠKODA invites fans to talk to experts
The brand offers several 'open door times' for visitors, where fans and guests can meet great people to talk to. That's what Michal Velebný, manager of the ŠKODA restoration workshop in the Czech Republic, and Jens Herkommer have announced. The latter is considered one of the leading experts for the traditional Czech brand in this country and has thus earned the nickname "Dr. ŠKODA' acquired. Rally champion Matthias Kahle is also happy to talk to you.
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