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Techno Classica 2014

In Hall 7 of the world’s biggest vintage car show, Audi Tradition had been showing four generations of winning cars from 26 to 30 March. From the 1919 Audi Type C “Alpine Victor” to the car that won the 2013 Le Mans – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

This year in Essen, two amazing centres of attraction were once again bearing the logo of the four rings: Audi Tradition was represented in Hall 7 in an area covering 700 square metres. Members of Audi Club International (ACI) are showing their automotive time capsules in Hall 7.1.

Exhibits from more than 100 years of motorsport

The more recent racing successes were represented by the winner of the 2013 Le Mans – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – and the Audi R8R, which debuted at Sebring in 1999. The oldest car exhibited was the Audi Type C. Developed in 1912 by August Horch, the Audi Type C won what was then the toughest long-distance race, held in Austria, for three consecutive years, from 1912 – 1914.

The world champion: Audi Rallye quattro A2

Exactly 30 years ago, Stig Blomqvist of Sweden won the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world championship titles in the Audi Rallye quattro A2 – with 360 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. The Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO is also being displayed. It celebrated seven victories on American racetracks 25 years ago.

More gems to kick off the season

Also awaiting visitors to Techno Classica were a replica of a Wanderer Streamline Special from 1938, the DKW Hartmann Formula Junior and two world champion motorcycles, the NSU Rennfox “Dolphin” and NSU Rennmax. Especially coveted among model collectors: an orange Audi 200 quattro TransAm in 1:43 scale, limited to just 333 copies.

Participating vehicles:

Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO, Audi R8R, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi Rallye quattro A2, Audi Type C “Alpine Victor”, Auto Union Silver Arrow Type A (exact replica), DKW Hartmann Formula Junior, NSU Rennfox “Dolphin”, NSU Rennmax and Wanderer Streamline Special (exact replica).