Jim Clark Revival

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, April 19, 2013

Howdy folks,

Well it was a revival of a different kind that kicked off in Hockenheim today. There weren't any Credence Clearwater Revival cover bands or even gospel music, but there were a whole heap of cars racing around the Hockenheimring and best of all it was free entry. At least for Friday practice sessions...

Lin came and picked me up from Edingen and we drove through Schwetzingen to get to Hockenheim. There weren't many cars in the parking lot and we were able to park just outside the gates. From there it was a short walk under the Autobahn to the circuit. It has been nearly 6 months since I was last here in Hockenheim and the atmosphere couldn't have been more different. There was virtually nobody around as we walked past the rows of empty grandstands under the track and through to pit lane. Looking back it seemed almost like a ghost town.

The only activity was centered around pit lane and we were able to walk though freely and take a look at all the different garages filled with drag cars, old open wheelers and ex-F1 cars. We even walked over pit lane to stand at the fence at the checkered line, all without any difficulty. You definitely couldn't do that on race day!

We took a seat overlooking the Sachs Kurve which is the famous last curve before the track winds its way back onto the front straight. From there the view was amazing, you could literally see the cars for 30 seconds as they came around from the back straight, looped around and accelerated onto the front straight. If I ever come back again, I'd definitely want a seat here!

There were plenty of different categories racing and it was more comprehensive than I had imagined. I thought that it would be a couple hundred old vintage cars winding their way around the circuit, but there were so many different cars from old 1960s open wheel racers, to ex F1 cars, to everyday hotted up minis-road cars and even 1970s super sport racers.

Between events we headed down to the paddock for lunch and to check out some of the exhibitions. There was obviously an area dedicated to Jim Clark who was a Scottish driver who had good looks like Sean Connery, was very popular and drove successfully for Lotus until his untimely death at age 32 at the Hockenheim Ring in 1968. The Jim Clark Revival is a way to keep his memory alive as well as giving the old boys an excuse to burn some rubber!

I was surprised how easy it was to look around at most of the cars so long as you didn't touch them of course. Above the pit straight was a showroom filled with Lotus cars for sale and a couple of Maseratis thrown in for good measure. There were plenty of other stalls for various merchandise although we weren't parting with our money so easily. The pleasure of sitting and watching the beautiful old timers was good enough for us!


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