Formula 1 Festival
Nürburgring, July 2-3, 1997
- Herr des Rings
Geschichten und Rennfahrer-Prominenz
siebziger Jahre und ein Lotterie-Gewinn
Auslauf für die Zuschauer
recent years, it has become usual at the Scuderia
Ferrari to sell the F1-cars of the past season to
selected private customers. Well, not all F1s
change hands at the end of a season, but compared
to other teams in the Formula 1, the number of
cars and chassis sold by Ferrari's Scuderia is
having become the proud owner of one of Ferrari's
former warhorses, many Ferraristi ask themselves:
"Well, what can I do with my F1 now?"
Some of them are willing to spend much money for
an F1-Ferrari just to have one on display in a
garage or in the living room. However, numerous
customers want more: they want to race their
cars. But the possibilities to drive or even to
campaign an old F1 are rare; the European
Historic Formula 1 Championship, which is an
FIA-event, does not provide a solution since it
is only eligible for F1s built prior to 1984.
Herr des Rings
Der letzte noch
verbliebene Ausweg ist eine geeignete Rennstrecke
zu mieten. Weil das aber gar nicht so einfach
ist, sind die Besitzer der ausgedienten Renner
meist froh, eine geeignete Fahrgelegenheit
geboten zu bekommen.
So geschehen am 2.
und 3. Juli 1997 auf dem Nürburgring. Modena
Motorsport, eine auf den Service von Ferrari,
anderen italienischen Sportwagen und auf Formel 1
spezialisierte Werkstatt aus Langenfeld bei
Düsseldorf, hatte es zum vierten Mal geschafft,
den Eifel-Kurs im Hochsommer zu bekommen.
the only possibility for the ambitious F1-Ferrari
owner to play with his expensive toy is to rent a
racetrack. Since this is not that easy (and not
cheap), the F1-owners are happy if someone offers
them an occasion to use their cars.
in 1997, this someone was named Uwe Meissner,
unauthorized Ferrari-dealer by trade and one of a
very few persons (if not the only one) in Germany
who take(s) care of old F1-Ferrari. His firm
Modena Motorsport Ltd., situated in Langenfeld
between Düsseldorf and Cologne, had reserved the
Nürburgring for its customers and friends on
July 2 and 3, 1997. This was already the fourth
year in a row in which Uwe Meissner hosted his
private event on the famous circuit in the Eifel
mountains, but it was the first time that he
could provide his guests with two full days of
Geschichten und Rennfahrer-Prominenz
the turnout of F1-Ferrari was sensational! No
less than 14 cars had been brought to the
Nürburgring, mainly consisting of cars of the
"post-Turbo era" like 643, F93 A, 412 T
and 412 T2, formerly driven by Alain Prost, Jean
Alesi and Gerhard Berger.
famous German brewery sponsored the event (this
was also the reason for which it could last two
days instead of one for the first time).
oldest car was the 500 Formula 2 from 1954,
#54/1, owned by the former Swiss racer Jo
Vonlanthen. In 1954, the car had been sold by
Ferrari to the French privateer Robert Manzon.
1953, this chassis - using another serial number
- had been the works-car for Alberto Ascari who
eventually won the championship. But since SEFAC
did not make notes about which car was used for
which race, one does not exactly know in which
events Ascari drove this car.
other very old Ferrari present at the Ring was
625 Argentina Formula 1 #0540. In regard to its
history, one does only know for sure that it was
sold new by the factory to the Spanish
aristocratic privateer Alfonso de Portago.
Completely restored, it is now part of a German
the second day, the former German F1-pilot Jochen
Mass took the wheel of Vonlanthen's 500 F2. He
was not the only celebrity in attendance: Bernd
Schneider, German touring-car driver and former
F1-pilot for Zakspeed, and Emanuele Pirro, also a
former F1-driver and today successful touring-car
pilot for Audi, had come to the event.
Die siebziger Jahre
und ein Lotterie-Gewinn
312 B2, brought by Helmut Gossens from Krefeld,
has a special relationship to the Nürburgring:
Jacky Ickx drove this car (#005) to 1st in the
1972 German Grand Prix.
1995 and 1996, this car had been driven during
Uwe Meissner's event by Ickx again, this year the
Belgian could not come for personal reasons.
turbo-powered F1-Ferrari were missing, the 1970's
were very well represented in the field of
participants: Swiss collector Engelbert E.
Stieger brought his 312 T (#026) and his 312 T4
(#038), driven by his sons Patrick and Christoph.
T4 had been piloted in 1979 by Jody Scheckter -
the South African became world-champion that
year, although he did not win a race in this very
car. Italian collector Enrico Comerio showed up
with his 312 T3 (036), an ex-Villeneuve car.
Meissner himself drove an F93 A, formerly used by
Jean Alesi. An interesting story is related to
this car (#145): It had once been a special price
in an Italian lottery! A retired worker won the
car, but felt too old to drive the car
personally, and so he decided to sell it on.
Freier Auslauf für
die ZuschauerAfter the
tremendous success Uwe Meissner had with his
great event, there will probably be a fifth
edition in 1998. And not only the participants,
but also the spectators will be very pleased
again, because for the latter there was no fee to
pay, nor was the paddock closed, nor was it
forbidden to enter the pits. Pure Formula 1
action - unique in Germany!