Motorsports run deep with many automakers across the globe, and Opel certainly isn’t short on historic vehicles in the brand’s long history of racing. Normally, these cars are reserved for museum showcases but, not at the Oldtimer Grand Prix.
During the 43rd iteration of the Oldtimer Grand Prix, Opel brought forth many chapters of its racing heritage, and put them in motion on the famed Nürburgring.
Opel CFO Michael Lohscheller even piloted the 1974 Opel Manta A, which went to work at the 24 Hours Spa-Francorchamps.
“The visitors are really enthusiastic when they see our racing circuit and rallye legends. This show of pure joy is something that will serve as additional motivation back in the office. Our brand really has deep roots in the population. This is even more proof that our ambition of being approachable, exciting and German is absolutely right,” said Lohscheller.
Opel racing cars from every era flooded the paddocks and the track throughout the entire day. Those included the “Black Widow” Opel Rekord C touring car, the Ascona A which competed at the Rally World Championship, and brought Opel its first win in a championship round and, finally, the black and yellow Opel Kadett piloted during the 1976 Monte Carlo Rally. The Kadett earned the nickname “moral winner” because the only vehicles capable of defeating the blitz wearing brute were Lancia Stratos prototype rally racers.
A proud display of German racing heritage, no doubt.