Why look so far afield...?
While doing our research ahead of putting this brand new issue of AUTOMOBILSPORT together, we were surprised to learn that it’s not just the famous Mille Miglia that’s celebrating its 90th birthday in 2017. It turns out our home track the Nürburgring, situated just 100 kilometres from AUTOMOBILSPORT HQ, is also celebrating 90 years of existence. The Green Hell wasn’t, however, the first ever venue to stage the famous ‘Eifelrennen’ – that honour goes to the so-called Eifelring, a circuit made up of public roads in Germany’s Eifel mountain area, which came to life five years earlier, 1922 to be exact. The 33.2 kilometre circuit, featuring 86 corners segments of unpaved village roads, had legendary status in car and bike racing at the time. In fact, it was known as Germany’s answer to the Targa Florio, with drivers like Fritz von Opel and Rudolf Caracciola taking part. Those early days of the Eifelrennen are a part of the history of Düren, the town that AUTOMOBILSPORT HQ calls home, and we feel that we have a connection to that motorsport tradition. After all, the 1922 Eifelrennen was the dawn of a host of legendary races in this part of the world. You can read some our columnist Eckhard Schimpf’s personal Nürburgring memories in this issue.
Despite making this fascinating discovery right on our doorstep, we still couldn’t resist the urge to head to the other side of the Atlantic to another of the world’s great circuits in sun-kissed Florida last December. With an ambient temperature of 25 degrees, more than 200XX historic racing cars took part in the Sebring 12 Hour Classic. Similar to the Le Mans Classic and the Daytona 24 Classic, the five different starting groups had four goes each within the 12 Hours. And adding a third large historic endurance race means competitors can now aim for the ‘Triple Crown’ (Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring). While it might not be exactly around the corner for those in central Europe, we can highly recommend a trip to Florida during its ‘winter’..
That’s not all this issue has to offer in terms of American racing history, either. Our title story is dedicated to the legendary Big Bangers of the Can-Am Series, with a focus on Bruce McLaren’s team and the overwhelming dominance of the orange M8B in 1969 and a look at their main opponents.
With these and plenty of other high-octane stories, we hope you enjoy this issue of AUTOMOBILSPORT provides you the perfect start to the 2017 season.
In issue #12 you will find:
COVER STORY CAN-AM 1969
McLAREN´S PERFECT SEASON – When the Kings of Can-Am Ruled “No-Rules Racing”
FRANK ZIMMERMANN – Memories of a Can-Am Mechanic
OUT OF REACH – McLaren and their main opponents
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Walter Wolf on the debut victory of his WR1 at Argentina 1977
Eckhard Schimpf on 90 years of Nürburgring
Manfred Kremer on the first privately entered Porsche 935
Harold Schwarz and Michael Cotton on Mazda at Le Mans 1991
and many more!
Publishing house: Sportfahrer
Format: 210 x 297 Millimeter
More information: www.automobilsport-magazine.com
6 News & Events
10 International events preview
16 Have you seen these?
18 AUTOMOBILSPORT Inside
20 Headlines from 30 years ago – Compiled by Rainer Braun, presented by Bilstein
24 90 years of Nürburgring – The Eckhard Schimpf column
34 Vertical takeoff – 40 years ago Walter Wolf Racing wins their debut Grand Prix
34 Interview Walter Wolf
48 McLarens perfect season – When the kings of Can-am ruled "No Rules Racing"
62 Memories of a mechanic – Frank Zimmermann, one of several Kiwis from California, was part of the perfect season
72 A league of their own – McLaren and their opponents in Can-Am 1969
84 Kremer-Porsche 935 K1
94 The unexpected Japanese success – Mazda wins at Le Mans 1991
106 Nail-biter – Mazda´s 1991 Le Mans win from the inside view
112 Under the Florida sun – 1st Sebring 12 Hour Classic
122 20th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
128 Market & Auctions
142 Preview AUTOMOBILSPORT #13