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.
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.
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.
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.
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 The event celebrated the total vibe of 1960s ‘gentleman racers’, so automobiles furthermore interval outfits and even outdated school navigating.
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.
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.
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