- Nostalgia with gasoline flavor: Bosch Hockenheim Historic from May 5 to 7, 2023
- Attractive premiere: Masters Historic Racing starts at Hockenheim for the first time
- Pure racing for the whole family: day tickets available from just 15 euros
The story of Masters Historic Racing is also the story of an eleven-year-old boy named Ron, who in the 1960s – as best he could at the time – absorbed everything that had anything to do with racing. His great idol was Jim Clark. In order to experience the two-time Formula 1 world champion with his own eyes, the schoolboy got on his bike to ride the 110 kilometers from his home town of Aylesbury to the horsepower mecca of Brands Hatch. The venture failed prematurely and abruptly when an alert policeman literally pulled young Ron out of traffic.
But even though the venture failed, Ron Maydon’s love of 1960s motorsport and adoration of Jim Clark never waned. Decades later, in 2004 to be precise, the racing enthusiast realized his great dream of creating his own platform for historic motorsport. This platform is called “Masters Historic Racing” and now unites no fewer than ten racing series under one roof. And when four of them enrich the program of the “Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival” for the first time from May 5 to 7, 2023, several circles will close.
The racing series will be led by the Masters Racing Legends for 1966 to 1985 F1 Cars. The name basically says it all, with the category reserved for Formula 1 cars powered by a naturally aspirated 3-liter V8 engine. Connoisseurs immediately think of the legendary Cosworth DFV, which was developed for a budget of £100,000, already puny by the standards of the time, and debuted in 1967 as a counterpart to the 12-cylinder powerplants from Ferrari, Maserati and Honda. In the 19 years that followed, the DFV (the acronym stands for “Double Four Valve”) was good for no fewer than 155 Grand Prix victories and 12 drivers’ World Championship titles, making it still the most successful Formula 1 engine in history.
The Masters Endurance Legends, on the other hand, will bring the more modern prototypes and GT racers built between 1995 and 2016 to the Motodrom. This is where the cars that made history at the endurance classics of Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, among others, come together.
The Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, which have become real crowd pleasers, are a bit more original. Nowhere near as fast and sophisticated as they are today, they feature shirtsleeve technology and no aerodynamic gimmicks – pure racing, just as it was in the 1960s. Together with the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, the Masters Gentlemen Drivers will start in Hockenheim, where GT cars built up to 1966 will meet. One or two drivers per car pilot treasures with illustrious names such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, Morgan, Chevrolet, Austin Healey and, and, and …
Even if the series of the Masters Historic Racing will set highlights at their debut, they are by no means the only ones. There are also the “Golden Era Touring Cars”, also represented for the first time in the Bosch Hockenheim Historic program, which are reserved for the classic DTM cars of the 1980s and early 1990s à la BMW M3 or Ford Sierra Cosworth as well as Group A and Super Touring Cars. Or the Group C Supercup, the BOSS GP, the Raceclub Germany, the Historic Racecar Association, the Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior racers – and of course the Historic Formula 2, which evokes memories of the glorious days of the “Jim Clark Memorial Race Hockenheim” in the 1970s.
Close contact and family-friendly prices
The Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival sees itself as a horsepower festival by racing enthusiasts for racing enthusiasts. The paddock and pits are open to fans, and ticket prices are moderate. Friday tickets start at just 15 euros, day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost 35 and 30 euros respectively. If you want to experience the entire weekend, tickets start at 49 euros. And for those who like it more exclusive, VIP tickets in various categories are available from 167 euros, including catering, parking and support. Tickets can be purchased via the online ticket store or by calling the hotline at +49(0)6205 950-222. Further information is available at www.hockenheim-historic.de.