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Precious examples from Audi’s motor-vehicle history, displayed on a stand more than 700 square metres in area. From March 21 to 25, Audi Tradition was represented at the world’s largest historic car show in Essen. The stand, twice last year’s size, also housed a special group of event-winning cars under the ‘Hillclimb’ heading.
The 24th Techno Classica in Essen played host to some 180,000 experts and historic car enthusiasts this year. In Hall 7, the AUDI AG historical department had a large number of classic cars on display, and also motorcycles symbolising the history of the DKW and NSU brands. In the adjacent Hall 7.1, various brand clubs exhibited for the first time on a stand organised by Audi Club International (ACI).
Alpine Victor and Silver Arrow
The oldest Audi Tradition exhibit was the Audi Type C, developed in 1912 by August Horch. It became famous for its three successive wins, culminating in 1914, in the International Austrian Alpine Rally – at that time the most arduous long-distance event in motorsport. Another eye-catching exhibit: the Auto Union Type C Silver Arrow dating from 1936. The legendary Bernd Rosemeyer took the European circuit-racing and German hillclimb championship titles in one and the same season in this car. Also making an appearance at the Techno Classica: the NSU 1300 TT competition model of 1970. It demonstrated performance that belied its size from 1965 on, the year in which Siegfried Spiess became German GT hillclimb champion in all size categories. The Audi Sport quattro S1 has earned a proud place in this display: with the ‘Monster’, Audi rewrote motorsport history 25 years ago at America’s most prestigious hillclimb event in the state of Colorado. Legendary rally star Walter Röhrl took the car up the Pikes Peak track, with its altitude of 4,301 metres, in a record time of under eleven minutes.
Walter Röhrl to climb Pikes Peak again
When the Techno Classica show opened its doors, Audi Tradition had a surprise in store for visitors: 25 years after his epoch-making record run, when Walter Röhrl became the first driver to conquer the Pikes Peak hillclimb in Colorado Springs, USA in under 11 minutes, the legendary rally star is to tackle it again on July 8, 2012. His record-breaking car, the Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak with its 600-bhp engine, had pride of place on the Audi Tradition stand and was the biggest attraction of all for visitors. The real climax came on the Sunday, when Walter Röhrl made a personal appearance on the Audi stand and spent more than an hour signing autographs for delighted enthusiasts.
Vehicles on display
Audi Type C Alpine Victor (1919), Auto Union Type C Silver Arrow (1936), DKW F11 (1963), NSU Competition Spider (1964), NSU 1300 TT competition model (1970), Audi 80 GLE (1980), Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak (1987). Other exhibits: historic motorcycles from DKW and NSU, including a DKW SS 250 (1935) and a DKW UL 700 sidecar outfit (1936).
A stimulating blend of historic exhibits and contemporary forms of presentation.