The Ardennen Rennen – subtitled The Gentleman Racer Reunion – is a new rally party held in the famed Ardennes region of Spa, Belgium.

I have been involved with air-cooled vehicles for in excess of 10 decades now, and in that time have attended all the major themed functions all around Europe. So when I acquired an invite to photograph Ardennen Rennen – an party focussed on driving and taking pleasure in exceptional ‘old speed’ (AKA period properly tuned) air-cooled vehicles, I was hyped to say the least.

SH_DSC04594
SH_DSC04680

The organizers of the Ardennen Rennen are not just air-cooled Volkswagen and Porsches supporters, they stay and breathe them. Frederic (Freddy) and Mike are absolute legends in the European air-cooled scene and are very nicely known for their other functions – the European Bug-In, Freddy’s Revival Data files and the Das Drag Working day. These are all massively preferred, weekend-long get-togethers, centered on air-cooled autos and classic drag racing.

SH_DSC05258

As you’d assume, the two Freddy and Mike have each acquired a number of interesting air-cooled vehicles over the years, and driving their ‘old speed’ automobiles by means of the Belgian Ardennes area all over the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit encouraged them to arrange this event.

SH_DSC05200
SH_DSC04735

The Ardennen Rennen pays tribute to the highway rallies of yesteryear, and for the first celebration charted a route from Liège to Bastogne and back again in excess of the course of a comprehensive day’s driving. Competitors met on Saturday afternoon at R-Resort in Aywaille, and established off very first point Sunday morning.

SH_DSC05154

It is not just about automobiles though. The event celebrated the total vibe of 1960s ‘gentleman racers’, so automobiles furthermore interval outfits and even outdated school navigating.

SH_DSC05262

This first ever jogging of the Ardennen Rennen was attended and relished by 16 groups (driver and co-driver). Equipped with classic stopwatches and tripmeters, they lined all over 200kms of wonderful roads, albeit mainly in wet disorders.

SH_DSC04756
SH_DSC05117

I imagine it’s safe and sound to say that most common Volkswagen and Porsche owners would desire to preserve their vehicles dry and warm, so chasing them all around the pine forest streets of the Ardennes was an absolute blast.

Collin Tiemens
Instagram: fuegocarculture

More IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER posts

How To join the IATS application: We have constantly welcomed readers to speak to us with examples of their get the job done and think that the best Speedhunter is normally the person closest to the tradition itself, appropriate there on the street or area parking whole lot. If you assume you have what it will take and would like to share your work with us then you should really implement to turn out to be section of the IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER program. Read how to get included in this article.

SH_DSC05036
SH_DSC04690
SH_DSC04894
SH_DSC04701
SH_DSC04995
SH_DSC05004
SH_DSC05101
SH_DSC05191
SH_DSC05284

Leave a Reply