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Thursday 27th September 2012

Time for Tea? Deutsche Tourenwagen Masterclass

Retro DTM action provides perfect tea break viewing from all that Paris show hype...



The DTM is a wonderful touring car series. Steroidal racers powered by monstrous V8s and piloted around some of Europe's finest circuits makes for thrilling viewing. It serves to render our domestic BTCC rather tame, both in terms of viewer spectacle and driver challenge.

Today's Time for Tea? celebrates the origins of Germany's touring cars in a lovely video montage of footage from the early years of the championship, all accompanied by some period German rock. For any fan of saloon car racing, it needs to be seen. Even if, as there's every chance, you may have seen it before!

Primarily, the action is dominated by a smorgasbord of E30 M3s and 190E Cosworths. A fine sight they make too, slithering their way round tracks with brake discs glowing and sparks flying.

But there's more; Sierra Cosworths at ever-increasing angles of oversteer, some rather incongrous Volvo 240s and what appears to be an Audi 90. The tracks featured include the Nordschleife, Monza, Hockenheim and the Norisring. There are even some crashes.

It could make you yearn for the motorsport of yesteryear like the Group B Audi Quattro video from Monday, but the truth is that the DTM is just as fantastic today. This video simply validates the historic excellence of German touring car motorsport.

The best bit? Turns out the YouTube user who created this video has more, documenting the entire history of the DTM. Good on you sir, we salute you. Enjoy the video.


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evosport

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Love it. There goes the rest of my afternoon....

houlbt

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My fave video on you tube

Chunkychucky

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Great racing, IMO much better than today's BTCC/DTM frown. Steve Soper FTW

ndj

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Best mute the soundtrack though frown

Luca Brasi

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Lose the music, add more engine noise.
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Gatsods

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Loved that! I actually didn't mind the music... too much... either. Interesting clip at the very end, maybe 3 clips before the finish of the video where three or four 190s go through a chicane using the curb, two Alfas go through avoiding it, and then another 190 flies through using it again.

Different car, different tactics I guess...

Jumboross

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Wasn't it just so much better when it had to be production based? Great racing and so many great road cars built to satisfy the rules. Am I the only one who doesn't find the current DTM (or WRC for that matter) as interesting as it was then?

rtz62

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Agree totally with jumboross.

Greg348

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What on earth is going on with the soundtrack...... eek

CHIEF

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If you like this sort of thing then take a look at www.supertouring.co.uk

Run by a Pistonheader I believe.

WojaWabbit

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Jumboross said:
Wasn't it just so much better when it had to be production based? Great racing and so many great road cars built to satisfy the rules. Am I the only one who doesn't find the current DTM (or WRC for that matter) as interesting as it was then?
I argue that the 'X number of production cars' Homologation rule was one of the best things to happen in the motoring world.... it gave us M3s, 190E Evos, RS500s, Integrales, Quattros, Impreza STIs and countless other derivatives of Evolution nomenclature to mention just a few, never mind the craziness of things like water injection kits in the boot of Escort Cosworths!

The current lack of Omologato saddens me frown

Tom1312

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Great video.

The sense of speed is incredible, especially when compared to the way other motor sports seems to be diluted by a television camera.

kentmotorcompany

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Tom1312 said:
Great video.

The sense of speed is incredible, especially when compared to the way other motor sports seems to be diluted by a television camera.
+1

Was thinking exactly the same thing. I guess the small amount of body movement and sliding around really help demonstrate the speed.

Pixel Pusher

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Chunkychucky said:
Steve Soper FTW
Oh yes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxFjyMUWLF8

Yes I know it's not DTM but still great

spiritof'76

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What's the car at 4:22 ? I'm thinking maybe a Gartrac but i'm not sure as it's a bit brief frown

majorproblem

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spiritof'76 said:
What's the car at 4:22 ? I'm thinking maybe a Gartrac but i'm not sure as it's a bit brief frown
Mustang.

chris116

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I don't think I'll ever get tired of watching that video, I've seen it a few times now.


Baryonyx

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What's the car at 4:22 ? I'm thinking maybe a Gartrac but i'm not sure as it's a bit brief frown
It's J. Ruch's Ford Mustang. Awesome car!

CraigyMc

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I love that era.

Similar sort of car on the Manx rally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBoP7tcG_s

spiritof'76

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Baryonyx said:
spiritof'76 said:
What's the car at 4:22 ? I'm thinking maybe a Gartrac but i'm not sure as it's a bit brief frown
It's J. Ruch's Ford Mustang. Awesome car!
Never would have got that to be honest........ thought it was a Gartrac Escort frown

Good Spotting biggrin
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