The international classic-car rally scene came together for the eighth time from June 20 – 22, 2013, in the automobile region Ingolstadt. Audi Tradition, the main sponsor, sent nine of its classic cars to the starting line, including three that are celebrating an anniversary this year: the NSU Wankel Spider, Audi Sport quattro and Audi V8.
No fewer that 220 of these witnesses to automobile history were seen on three successive days in the three event regions, the Altmühl valley, Donaumoos and the Hallertau, and covered a distance of approximately 600 kilometres. As in previous years, Audi acted as main sponsor – and also celebrated three anniversaries.
Jubilee for three models: NSU Wankel Spider, Audi Sport quattro and Audi V8
Fifty years ago the NSU Wankel Spider had its debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Together with the NSU Ro 80, it was the oldest jubilarian among the Donau Classic rally cars. The Audi Sport quattro – a milestone in Audi’s technical and motor-sport history – can now look back with pride over the thirty years since it first appeared. Its impressive 306-bhp engine made “Shorty” the most powerful German series-production car. Also present at the Donau Classic was the Audi V8, the model with which the brand with the four-ring emblem successfully entered the large luxury segment of the car market twenty-five years ago.
Other Audi and Auto Union classics
Further glimpses of the past were provided by the Audi 100 Coupé S and the Audi 80 GTE, and many spectators recalled the Auto Union era when they heard the typical sound of a three-cylinder two-stroke engine. The Auto Union 1000 Sp Roadster and the DKW F12 Roadster, both powered by this type of engine, were in their element on the picturesque rally route in the heart of Bavaria.
Audi Forum as the event centre
The first day’s stage took the entrants from Ingolstadt’s Westpark through the Donaumoos and along the valley of the River Danube before returning to Ingolstadt again. Before reaching the finishing line at Continental, the “mobile” museum drove past the Audi Forum for the first time. The next day consisted of a tour through “Bavaria’s Tuscany”, including the towns of Wellheim, Solnhofen, Weissenburg, Eichstätt and Dietfurt, returning to the Audi Piazza. This was also the starting point on Saturday for the Tour of the Hop Fields, taking the entrants through the largest contiguous hop-growing area in the world to Pfaffenhofen and Bad Gögging, then back to the Audi Forum.
Cars taking part
Audi 80 GTE, Audi 100 Coupé S, Audi Sport quattro (2), Audi V8, Auto Union 1000 Sp Roadster, DKW F12 Roadster, NSU Wankel Spider and NSU Ro 80