GRUPPE C THUNDER
May 7 to 9, 2021
during the Bosch Hockenheim Historic at the Hockenheimring.
The Bosch Hockenheim Historic - The Jim Clark Revival is an established motorsport event for vintage and young timers that draws large visitor numbers from Germany and throughout Europe to the traditional racing track in Baden each year.
Back in July 1985 the 1000kms WEC race was the last time these cars were raced at Hockenheim, with drivers such as Derek Bell,Hans-Joachim Stuck, Stefan Bellof, Bob Wollek, Manfred Winklehock & Mark Surer at the controls of Porsche 956/962, Jaguar, Sauber Mercedes and Lancia C1 cars. For the Group C2 category Gordon Spice, Ray Bellm, Stanley Dickens, Almo Copelli, Frank Jelinski, Martino Finotto, Carlo Facetti and John Graham in the Spice, Alba and Gebhardt C2 machines.
36 years later, we will again see and hear the spectacle of both in period and later Group C/IMSA GTP machines bring the Hockenheimring alive at such a great historic motorsport event. The feeling of nostalgia and living history will be in the air when the cars once more set off on this legendary track.
As the 1989 Le Mans winner, Swede Stanley Dickens is an established name in the history of the golden Group C era. But only a few people know that the 68-year-old has a very prominent ancestor who comes back every year, particularly around Christmas.
Translation of the original text from Norbert Ockenga published in PITWALK Magazine #58
Confirmed entries increase, old friends back together again & more sponsors announced - Despite the continued uncertainty due to COVID, enquiries have been flooding in from drivers and teams.
Fritz Gebhardt is having his fleet of old C2 Bolides refitted just in time for the Group C comeback, with a race at the Hockenheim Ring in May 2021. Even the legendary UFO is to take to the starting line again at the Jim Clark Memorial – alongside its successor models. The restoration is set to be a breathtaking journey through the history of motor sport.
Translation of the original text from Norbert Ockenga published in PITWALK Magazine #57