Ennstal-Classic celebrates 30th: Packed anniversary programme!
Classic cars – They are more than just aging vehicles. They are historical cultural assets. They are contemporary witnesses of technical progress. The Ennstal Classic is one of the most important automobile sport events in Europe with an international field of participants from 18 nations and over 100,000 fans along the route during the three event days from July 21st to 23rd.
Porsche has the largest “brand share” with 38 starting places, followed by Alfa Romeo with 22 and Mercedes Benz with 19 vehicles. Exotics like Alvis, Auburn, Cisitalia, Lagonda, Sbarro, Siata and Talbot give the event the title of a traveling museum. For the 30th anniversary, the route for the first time leads over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and the Racecar Trophy is also having a comeback this year after a break of several years!
The Glockner circuit on Thursday takes the 234 participants from Gröbming over the Sölkpass to Mauterndorf. It continues through Gmünd – the birthplace of Porsche – to the Brandlhof in Saalfelden, where a special stage is driven on a circuit. This is where the Ennstal Classic meets the parallel Racecar Trophy competition. Finally, it’s back to Schladming via Maria Alm, to the traditional finish at the main square from 7:00 pm onwards.
The marathon on Friday also starts in Gröbming. The entourage drives through the Gesäuse National Park to Mariazell for a lunch break and on via Lunz am See to the traditional stage town of Steyr. Before the cars stop at the town square, a special stage will be contested at the Steyr Automotive plant. From 4.45 pm there will be a pit stop in Liezen and after a special stage at the Alpine airport in Niederöblarn, where the Racecar Trophy will also be guest in the afternoon, the starting field will return to Gröbming at 6.15 pm.
Pure Grand Prix feeling on Saturday, July 23rd in Gröbming!
The participants have to get up early! The Stoderzinken mountain challenge starts at 7:30 am. Afterwards, the vehicles gather from 8:45 am onwards right in the center of Gröbming for the starting grid and can be admired by the spectators up close!
The Red Bull Side Act at 12 noon marks the start of the tightly packed final programme. From 12:30 it’s “When the cars learned to run – the pioneers of Austrian automotive history powered by fahr(t)raum” A demo drive of Austrian vintage rarities takes the spectators on a journey through time back to the cradle of the automobile.
At the Porsche Design Grand Prix from 1:30 pm, the vehicles of the Racecar Trophy will be presented in the center of Gröbming.
The winner of the anniversary Ennstal-Classic will ultimately be decided in the final competition – a special test with seven light barriers! Immediately afterwards, the first three can enjoy swimming in the crowd at the Flower Ceremony on the starting ramp!