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Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival: A Motorsport Festival for the Senses

  • Memories of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time: the Bosch Hockenheim Historic from 24 to 26 April 2020
  • More than 500 participants in twelve spectacular race series let the magic of motorsport eras past spring to life
  • Family-friendly and close to the action: day tickets starting from just 10 euros are available, and the paddock is open to all fans

The classic racing scene is enjoying a time of steadily increasing popularity. That’s because even though past motorsport eras lacked perfection and advanced technology here and there, one thing remained constant: it was a feast for the senses. The “Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival” represents this imperfect and old-fashioned – yet always honest and exciting – form of motorsport. As the legitimate successor to the legendary “Jim Clark Memorial Race”, the event fosters the legacy of the great Scottish racing driver who held the Formula 1 World Champion title in 1963 and 1965 before dying in a Formula 2 race accident at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968.

No fewer than twelve spectacular racing series with more than 500 participants bring the magic of past racing days back to the time-honoured Motodrom, which has served as the stage for countless memorable racing battles. The European Formula 2 Championship, which has thrilled so many spectators and produced so many great racing drivers, is certainly one of them. Take, for example, a certain Hans-Joachim Stuck, winner of the Jim Clark Memorial Race in 1974: it’s no wonder that the Historic Formula 2 holds a special place in the Bosch Hockenheim Historic. But let’s not forget it’s just one spectacular race series among a full dozen that will be part of the Jim Clark Revival.

The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association is entirely dedicated to the Grand Prix cars of the 1920s to 1960s. Automobile treasures – some of which are of an almost incalculable value – that usually end their lives as exhibition vehicles return to fulfil their original purpose here: fast driving on the racetrack. With a little less horsepower but no less breathtaking, the Historic Racecar Association gets down to business. It is dedicated to the successful junior classes from Formula Ford, Formula Vau and Super Vau through to Formula 3. Furthermore, entry-level cars in the world of sports prototypes – the Sports2000, which is based on the technology of Formula Ford 2000 – are at the starting line here. The Raceclub Germany combines historical single-seater cars from the classes Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Vau and Formula Opel-Lotus. With its younger single-seater cars from Formula 1, Indycar, Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2, the BOSS GP builds the bridge to modernity.

The FIA Lurani Trophy is sure to yield an extraordinary spectacle. Founded in 1958 by the Italian Count Johnny Lurani, the Formula Junior became the springboard for later greats like Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Mike Hailwood and Denis Hulme. And the participants’ quest for the Lurani Trophy at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic 2020 will be enormous.

Fans of classic GT and racing sports cars will also get their money’s worth at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic. The Canadian American (CanAm) Challenge Cup is at the very front of the pack. Above all, the regulations for the legendary CanAm racing series were characterised by, well, not very many rules at all. The result was a real bruiser of a race with engine power that sometimes well exceeded 1,000 hp. And when these monsters are let off the leash, the grandstands quake today like they did back then. No less spectacular: the FHR A Gentle Drivers Trophy and FHR 100 Mile Trophy, which bring together racing cars from 1947 to 1981. The Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge is a feast for the eyes and ears in that it’s a colourful mix of various racing cars that were built up to 1990. Touring cars, sports cars and prototypes are just as much a part of it as original racers from the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the US American IMSA series. And fans of one of the most famous British sports and racing car manufacturers in automotive history will get their money’s worth in the Lotus Cup Europe.

Recently founded in 2015, the Touring Car Classics have already achieved cult status. Here, the touring cars from the “Golden Era” of the DTM from 1984 to 1992 meet the high-tech Class 1 racers of the DTM/ITC between 1993 and 1996, older racers from the legendary German Racing Championship (DRM), and the somewhat younger and tamer touring cars from STW and DTC. And it is not only the legends on four wheels that are on hand to inspire – those that speed along on two legs are in the mix, too. Great names such as Klaus Niedzwiedz, Kurt Thiim, Frank Schmickler, Armin Hahne, Harald Grohs, Roland Asch, Peter Oberndorfer, Altfrid Heger and Leopold Prinz von Bayern will be sure to push their former work tools to the limit.

This up-close-and-personal nature is the great trademark of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic. Hardly any other event brings fans so close to their heroes of yesteryear and the automotive treasures on hand: the paddock is open to everyone. And at family-friendly entry prices, too. They start at just 10 euros for a Friday entry, while day tickets for Saturday and Sunday start at 30 euros each, and those who want to experience the entire weekend up close start at 45 euros. And for those who like it a little more exclusive, VIP tickets are also available, starting from 200 euros.  Tickets are available via the online ticket shop or via the hotline +49(0)6205 950-222. For further information go to: www.hockenheim-historic.de.

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