Meissner's Formula 1 Festival
more pictures in August
Nürburgring, July 1-2, 1998
- The host
cars of particular interest in attendance
The independent Ferrari-workshop
"Modena Motorsport Ltd." of Langenfeld
near Cologne is Germany's only facility to take
care of privately owned Formula 1 cars. Since
1994, owner Uwe Meissner has hosted an annual
track day at the Nürburgring. This year, the
event took place on July 1st and 2nd and was
sponsored for the first time by Wolf Garten Ltd.
of Betzdorf/Germany, a leading manufacturer of
gardening equipment, lawn mowers etc.
Not less than 15 Ferrari Formula 1
cars were in attendance. The oldest among them
was the 312 B2 s/n 005 of Helmut Gossens. Back in
1972, Jacky Ickx had won the German Grand Prix on
the Nürburgring in this very car, and a year
earlier Clay Regazzoni had succeeded in the Race
of Champions a Brands Hatch with s/n 005.
collector from Krefeld also presented his 312 T2
s/n 027 which has a remarkable racing pedigree
with Clay Regazzoni and Gilles Villeneuve.
Austro-Swiss collector Leopold Hrobsky had
brought three F1-cars to the Eifel mountains: a
312 B3 s/n 012, a 312 T s/n 024 and a 643 s/n
from Switzerland: an F1/86 s/n 094, one of the
extremely difficult to maintain cars from the
turbo era. S/n 094 was driven by racer Jo
Vonlanthen who also runs an F1 rental service
near Lugano in Switzerland. In 1986, this car had
taken Stefan Johansson to a 3rd position in the
Australian Grand Prix. Jo Vonlanthen could only
do some relatively slow laps on the Nürburgring
prior to being stopped by some technical problems
which are so common among the turbo cars.
F1-collector Michael Gabel from Berlin had three
cars out: the ex-Mansell 641/2 s/n 120, his F92 A
s/n 133 and his latest acquisition, an F310 B s/n
176. The extremely difficult to handle Mansell
car was piloted by Uwe Meissner, although he had
his own F93 A s/n 145 at the track, too. The
641/2 is so hard to drive because it is the first
F1 Ferrari to have been equipped with a pedal
shifting system, but one still has to use the
clutch (while today's cars have an automatic
Michael Gabel's F310 B and his former 412 T2 s/n
163, now owned by a Puerto Rican, collided on the
track, slightly damaging each other's suspension.
So, the Ferrarista from Berlin continued the day
in his aforementioned F92 A, while sports fashion
designer Freddy Plangger had out his identical
car, s/n 131.
the paddock, there was a second F93 A on display
as well. S/n 139 is owned by Wolf Garten Ltd. and
is a display car only. It had been driven for the
last time by Gerhard Berger in October 1993
during the "Tutte le Ferrari in Pista"
event at Mugello before some mechanical
components had been removed to make the car
become a static display.
entrants included Enrico Comerio from Italy in an
312 T3 s/n 036, ex-Reutemann and ex-Villeneuve
and German Martin Huff with a 642 s/n 124.
Modena Motorsport had some non-F1
cars at the event as well, especially since there
was also a special person to drive them: Jacky
Ickx had been invited again and enjoyed rides in
the 312 PB s/n 0886 (which he had already driven
for Modena Ltd. in the Ferrari Shell Historical
Challenge at Spa-Francorchamps) and a 512 M
replica stamped s/n 1034.
latter had been resurrected from the ashes in the
early 1990's: In 1970, s/n 1034 (then a factory
512 S in coda lunga configuration) had been
completely destroyed at Le Mans.
with ProTrade Ltd. of Hamburg, one also presented
the unique 250 Europa GT Berlinetta Speciale s/n
0403GT, a 250 GT Coupé Boano s/n 0569GT, a 250
GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti TdF s/n 1037GT and
an F40 LM s/n 88522; when new, the latter car had
been owned by Albert Uderzo, the father of the
"Asterix" comics. At the track day,
free rides in the spectacular car were offered to
fearless passengers. Also owned by ProTrade: a
250 GTO '62 recreation based on 250 GTE s/n
and friends of Uwe Meissner had brought some
interesting cars as well: There were two 250 GT
SWB Berlinettas s/n 3565GT of Wolfgang Techel and
s/n 3639GT of Karl-Gustav Diederichs, a 250 GT
Lusso s/n 4429GT, a 250 GTE s/n 4515GT, a 275
GTB/2 Shortnose s/n 06785, owned by Gregor Wolf,
the chairman of Wolf Garten Ltd. and a 365 GTC.
very crazy car is the 365 GT4 2+2 s/n 18559 owned
by a jeweller from Essen: this car has been
rebodied with a body coming from a 250 GTE! Many
drivers of other Ferrari from the 1960's wondered
about this GTE's performance...
All participants enjoyed one or even two nice
days with much, much track time. Uwe Meissner
will host a similar event again in 1999.