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ADAC Eifelrennen 1958 Program - Vintage Racing at the Nürburgring Südschleife

Posted by Noel Alderman on

I hope you enjoy the scans from my racing program for Eifelrennen 1958, and the accompanying video. The accompanying footage is from Eifelrennen 1956, which is the closest I could find. I’m going to hit what I consider some of the highlights from this classic racing program. Full scans of the entire program are at the bottom. Vintage racing in classic porsches, Mercedes, ferraris, vintage motorcycles, and sidecar racing at the Nurburgring. Enjoy!

Event: XXI. ADAC-Eifelrennen Date: 5.10.1958

Track: Nürburgring Südschleife (Germany), 7.750 kms

Eifelrennen Nürburgring Race Results

1st 4 Wolfgang Seidel Ferrari 250 GT Wolfgang Seidel 7 27:05.200 54.229 kms 1st GT+1.6

2nd 3 Friedrich-Victor Rolff Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Friedrich-V. Rolff 7 27:06.000 2nd GT+1.6

The Eifelrennen was an annual motor race, organised by ADAC Automobile Club from 1922 to 2003, held in Germany's Eifel mountain region even before the Nürburgring was built there

Starting from 1922, the first races were held on a 33 km long combination of public roads around Nideggen, Wollersheim, Vlatten, Heimbach, Hasenfeld and other villages in the Eifel mountains, similar to the Targa Florio which was a very important race at that time, and popular in Germany due to two wins by Mercedes (still without Benz then).

In 1922, all vehicles were allowed, cars, motorbikes, and even bicycles with supporting engines. Over 100 entrants showed up to compete in the 10 lap event. The track was not paved, and muddy after heavy rains. In 1924 to 1926, the races for 2 and 4 wheels were held on separate days, and classes were introduced. Still, several fatal accidents happened. Even spectator stands collapsed, caused by stormy weather.

The unsatisfying safety situation led to the construction of the Nürburgring circuit in that area, which was inaugurated on Saturday, 18 June 1927 by the 5. Eifelrennen weekend, starting with motorcycle races. On Sunday, Rudolf Caracciola won the first car race on a Mercedes-Benz S.

The Südschleife was used instead of the Nordschleife from 1928 until 1931 and from 1958 until 1968.

The Nürburgring Südschleife (south loop) was a German motor racing circuit which was built in 1927 at the same time as the world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop).

The Südschleife and Nordschleife layouts were joined together by the Start und Ziel (start/finish) area, and could therefore be driven as one track that was over 28 kilometres (17 mi) long. Races were held at the combined layout only until 1931. The Südschleife was used for the ADAC Eifelrennen from 1928 until 1931 and from 1958 until 1968, as well as for the Eifelpokal and other minor races.

The Südschleife was rarely used after the Nordschleife was rebuilt and updated in 1970 and 1971, and was finally destroyed by the building of the current Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit in the early 1980s. Today only small sections of the original track remain.

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