Like last year, this August I boarded a plane and eventually landed at the Düsseldorf International Airport. I was then picked up in a humble Renault Clio, and after some time on the motorway found myself on a camping site not too far from the revered Nürburgring.
And this year, too, you will benefit from that: there will be a number of posts documenting what exactly it was that I found there, in and around the Green Hell. It’s such a melting pot of car cultures, all paying worship to the GP-Strecke and the seemingly endlessly entertaining Nordschleife.
Pay attention, for example, to this wildly flared but definitely period Ford Capri. It’s one of my favorite sightings.
That service station in the background, ARAL at the Ring, must get the most varied customers.
A Bonneville also appeared. You wouldn’t perhaps expect to see one in Germany, but here it was.
A Porsche 356 in seemingly perfect condition appeared as well.
But I couldn’t avoid taking a photo of this Alfa Romeo 75, too.
Another Alfa, and an Alfetta at that. Red just suits an Alfa so well.
More red Italian goodness.
DKW was an early Auto Union staple. The four rings give a hint to later developments.
Even a beaten X1/9 gets my attention.
And I always turn my head when a Citroën C6 is seen.
Not to mention a Renault Alpine. Yes, later variants such as this are my favourites.
Any love for a hardtop Mondial?
Better yet, a first-generation Scirocco GT?
Even better, Ronal Turbos on this Astra wagon?
In general, Adenau can be summed with a Jaguar E-Type parked at a supermarket. It’s just such an eclectic little town, thanks to the motor racing heaven’s presence.
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]