RE: Ancient Audi revisits historic hillclimb

RE: Ancient Audi revisits historic hillclimb

Thursday 11th August 2005

Ancient Audi revisits historic hillclimb

Shelsley Walsh to see 5.3l V16 Auto Union C-Type


Auto Union 5.3-litre V16 C-Type
Auto Union 5.3-litre V16 C-Type
A legendary Auto Union Grand Prix racing car re-visits Shelsley Walsh the weekend after next (18-20 August) to commemorate the famous hill climb’s centenary celebrations as (probably) the world’s oldest motor sport location.

Auto Union, which became Audi, and the Worcestershire hill climb venue are inextricably linked after Hans Stück Senior raced up the hill climb almost 70 years ago (6 June, 1936) as part of the prestigious European Hill Climb Championship.

Stück, crowned the "Bergmeister" ("King of the Hill"), drove a special 5.3-litre "lightweight" hill climb version of the V16 Grand Prix Auto Union C-Type at the invitation of the organising Midland Automobile Club.

Auto Union won 18 out of 23 European mountain climbs between 1934-39 and compared to those mighty courses which varied between 4-13 miles long, Shelsley was nothing more than a 1,100-yard uphill "squirt". These were the Grand Prix cars of their time.

In practice, Shelsley’s 10-foot wide farm track shuddered beneath the European Hill Climb champion’s Auto Union as its ear-splitting 520-horsepower, six-litre engine punched through the short-wheelbase Bergwagen’s twin-rim rear wheels to rocket him to the summit.

The event itself was virtually washed out by heavy rain and Stück, who had driven over from his native Austria in a Horch coupé, had to settle for a tail-wagging fifth place (45.2secs) despite using only second gear throughout his run to lessen wheel-spin.

Tens of thousands of spectators filled the hillsides around Shelsley that weekend and another large crowd is expected next weekend.

An original 1939 Auto Union V12 'D' Type Grand Prix racing car, prepared by restoration specialists, Hall and Hall, will run at Shelsley as part of the celebrations.

Shelsley Walsh’s Centenary meeting is over three days. Friday is a practice day, Saturday (20 Aug) is a round of the British Hill Climb Championship, whilst Sunday is sees cars dating from the very first meeting in 1905.

Pity Audi doesn't make cars that exciting any more though...

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dinkel

Original Poster:

26,760 posts

254 months

Thursday 11th August 2005
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Those tires are soo skinny . . . I :bow: for the chauffeur.

agent006

11,952 posts

260 months

Thursday 11th August 2005
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article said:
the famous hill climb’s centenary celebrations as (probably) the world’s oldest motor sport location

There's no probably about it. It's the oldest unchanged motorsport venue in the world. There are older places but none with the original track layout.

ettore

4,019 posts

248 months

Thursday 11th August 2005
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This will be a fantastic meeting and I urge anyone with even the slightest whiff of petrol in their veins to go along. There is no more evocative venue than Shelsley Walsh and the entry (from all era`s) is truly exceptional.

I, rather stupidly, am getting married on this weekend and I`m gutted that I can`t go!

ccharlie6

773 posts

236 months

Thursday 11th August 2005
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i can't wait for this meeting i think its going to be great and the one car i really can't wait for is the BRM V16 going up the hill!!!!

L100NYY

34,831 posts

239 months

Thursday 11th August 2005
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ccharlie6 said:
i can't wait for this meeting i think its going to be great and the one car i really can't wait for is the BRM V16 going up the hill!!!!


I'll be there too, working and enjoying hopefully at the same time

Roy C

4,183 posts

280 months

Friday 12th August 2005
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Auto Union D-type, BRM V16, Mercedes SSK, Napier Railton, Aston Martin DBR9, ERAs,.....

If it's anything like the MAC100, it will be brilliant.

There's a full entry list on the Shelsley Walsh web site.

I can't wait!

dinkel

Original Poster:

26,760 posts

254 months

Friday 12th August 2005
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CLASS 11: TALENTED LADIES

Ok . . .

Martin Bolsover (Lostwithiel) McLaren M6 GT

Looks like a not to miss event.

Eric Mc

120,804 posts

261 months

Friday 12th August 2005
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I think you will find that the Audi company and Auto Union have quite a complicated past. Audi is actually an older company than Auto Union.

Auto Union was formed in the 1930s when four companies got together, DKW, Horch, Audi and Wanderer - that's where the four rings come from.
In the 1920s, Mr Horch had already left the original company he set up under his name company and established a rival company called Audi (Horch means "hear" in German and Audi means "hear" in Latin).

Although Auto Union raced under the group name, they still produced road cars under the separate brand names. After WW2, DKW ended up in East Germany so the remaining three brands were amalganmated under the Audi title. Later on, Audi bought NSU and then themselves became part of the VW group.

DKW continued to produce cars in East Germany but rejoined the Audi/Auto Union fold after reunification in 1989.

The Wiz

5,875 posts

258 months

Friday 12th August 2005
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Too right its going to be an excellent weekend ... going up on Thursday night. Practice on Friday .. British Championship round Saturday and then this .... oh yes I can't wait!

Not so sure my g/f's that keen though ....

longhaired gimp

6 posts

220 months

Friday 12th August 2005
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I'll have a great time. i went a few years back and was blown away! My brother took some great pics and put them into black and white. Looked just like they were taken 70 years ago!!! They might be on my computer if so will post them.

skoo

1 posts

220 months

Sunday 14th August 2005
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wasent this car built in the 1930's im suprised its still roadworthy

Eric Mc

120,804 posts

261 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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????????

L100NYY

34,831 posts

239 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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skoo said:
wasent this car built in the 1930's im suprised its still roadworthy


???????? (As Ericmc said)

ettore

4,019 posts

248 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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I can`t imagine it`s ever been roadworthy!!!

The Wiz

5,875 posts

258 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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Isn't it the AU that spent years in the Riga Motor Museum?

I know the D Type ids the one recused from Russia a few years back.

ettore

4,019 posts

248 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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Not sure if the Riga car was the original Shelsley competitor although it was in hillclimb spec` - the european hills of the day tended (and still do) to be a lot longer...

The D type this year is indeed one of the two that were exported from Russia 15 years ago and is currently, I believe, owned by a UK based collector.

L100NYY

34,831 posts

239 months

Monday 15th August 2005
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Ettore, is your Austin 7 to 'Ulster' spec? If so, have you got any pictures as I have always fancied one of those

ettore

4,019 posts

248 months

Tuesday 16th August 2005
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L100NY,

Austin is indeed in Ulster spec` and great fun it is too (there is no greater sensation of speed than an A7 in full flight!). Unfortunately it`s currently in component form so will post pictures when it`s looking a little bit more respectable!.

I would heartily recommend getting one - you can compete in one almost every weekend of the year if you so wish and they remain remarkably cheap. Oddly, looking at your profile I`m currently strongly considering a Caterham...

L100NYY

34,831 posts

239 months

Tuesday 16th August 2005
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ettore said:
L100NY,

Austin is indeed in Ulster spec` and great fun it is too (there is no greater sensation of speed than an A7 in full flight!). Unfortunately it`s currently in component form so will post pictures when it`s looking a little bit more respectable!.

I would heartily recommend getting one - you can compete in one almost every weekend of the year if you so wish and they remain remarkably cheap. Oddly, looking at your profile I`m currently strongly considering a Caterham...


Thoroughly recommend a Caterham too, I will get an R400/500 again next year once I get my flat situation sorted out as I've yet to drive any car that was soooo much fun on the road and track. Although I am really pleased with the Elise that I've bought as a 'stopgap'.



Without being too personal, what sort of price is an Ulster at the moment? Thoroughly enjoyed watching them over the years at various VSCC meetings (incl Prescott the other week).

anonymous-user

50 months

Tuesday 16th August 2005
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would love to see the T70 find its way up Shelsley, thats going to be rather a tight fit.

hope everyone who is going enjoys it and the weather holds out. Cant make it unfortunately....