Many of you dear readers will remember this exciting season of touring car racing. The year was 1973, and Jochen Neerpasch had recently moved from Ford in Cologne to arch rivals BMW in Munich. He had taken his technical gun Martin Braungart with him, and together they were developing the newly-established team's factory racing coupé for the European Touring Car Championship. What followed was a genuine classic motor racing story. The two giants Ford and BMW, flanked by privateers Alpina and Schnitzer, threw everything at winning the title.
The drivers were racing touring cars worth more than 100,000 German marks, which bore only cosmetic likeness to their road-going counterparts. And the drivers were equally refined as their cars, put through rigorous mental and physical training to make sure they were always in top form. And alongside the touring car specialists there were more than half a dozen Grand Prix drivers, and even World Champions: Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Jacky Ickx, Reine Wissell, Jody Schekter and Chris Amon, among others, all sat in these closed-cockpit cars. Their rivals were men like Stuck, Quester, Mass, Glemser, Hezemans and Fitzpatrick. The season took a dramatic course, with the duel of the two manufacturers spilling over into the German Racing Championship. In the end, BMW won on the international stage with the winged BMW Coupés, while the Capri of Hans Stuck won in Germany. The stories from those days are now legendary, and from Page 54 XX onwards you can hear from the protagonists yourself.
Of course, that's not all we've got for you. For those long winter evenings we've collected plenty more exciting motorsport stories. We hope you enjoy the new issue, and wish you all the best for the new season!
Gebundene Ausgabe: 160 Seiten
Verlag: Sportfahrer Verlag
Format: 210 x 297 Millimeter
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