September 26, 2023

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Ardennen Rennen: The Gentleman Racer Reunion

Ardennen Rennen: The Gentleman Racer Reunion

The Ardennen Rennen – subtitled The Gentleman Racer Reunion – is a new rally function held in the well-known Ardennes region of Spa, Belgium.

I’ve been included with air-cooled automobiles for around 10 years now, and in that time have attended all the significant themed activities all over Europe. So when I received an invite to photograph Ardennen Rennen – an celebration focussed on driving and savoring unusual ‘old speed’ (AKA period accurately tuned) air-cooled cars and trucks, I was hyped to say the minimum.


The organizers of the Ardennen Rennen are not just air-cooled Volkswagen and Porsches fans, they live and breathe them. Frederic (Freddy) and Mike are complete legends in the European air-cooled scene and are very properly known for their other activities – the European Bug-In, Freddy’s Revival Files and the Das Drag Working day. These are all massively well-liked, weekend-long get-togethers, concentrated on air-cooled cars and trucks and vintage drag racing.


As you’d be expecting, each Freddy and Mike have each acquired a number of interesting air-cooled vehicles over the a long time, and driving their ‘old speed’ autos as a result of the Belgian Ardennes location all around the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit influenced them to arrange this party.


The Ardennen Rennen pays tribute to the highway rallies of yesteryear, and for the 1st occasion charted a route from Liège to Bastogne and back again around the study course of a complete day’s driving. Opponents satisfied on Saturday afternoon at R-Resort in Aywaille, and set off first thing Sunday morning.


It is not just about cars and trucks though. The event celebrated the entire vibe of 1960s ‘gentleman racers’, so cars and trucks in addition period of time clothing and even aged college navigating.


This first ever operating of the Ardennen Rennen was attended and relished by 16 teams (driver and co-driver). Geared up with vintage stopwatches and tripmeters, they coated all over 200kms of astounding roads, albeit largely in wet situations.


I consider it’s secure to say that most common Volkswagen and Porsche entrepreneurs would like to maintain their cars and trucks dry and heat, so chasing them all-around the pine forest roadways of the Ardennes was an absolute blast.

Collin Tiemens
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