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Typical Sachsenring Classic: Everyone together, nobody stays alone. If you love, you can push it.

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World GP Legends as a draft horse: The 500 heroes, rounded up by former GP star Wayne Gardner, electrified the audience.

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Screws on the folding table? No problem with a 50s Kreidler Van Veen weighing almost 60 kilograms.

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Happy without valves – Hans Reusser with his Suzuki RE5 with Wankel engine.

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Michael Sachse (far right), head of the sports department of the ADAC Sachsen, Klaus Klotzer (middle, sports director ADAC Sachsen) and Mario Theissen (classical music advisor of the ADAC).

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Fingers in ears!

For the third time, the big, cross-generational happening at the Sachsenring was on. A fascinating spectacle for man and machine – also for everyone who is not stuck in the oil sump of old-timer material over both axles.

Stefan Kaschel

06/23/2016

Two-stroke oil: If there is one sensory impression that undisputedly dominated the third Sachsenring Classic, it was this unique, inimitable, almost addictive smell of burnt oil. In the seats: the shrill Wenng-Wenng-Wenng-warm-up gas bursts of the small-volume two-stroke rockets, closely followed by the dull roar when the historic BMW racing motorcycles hit the track.

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Whereby: sensory impressions – that is a weak, factual word for what you can experience in this fascinating mix of historical and less historical racing, classic shows, paddock happenings and meetings with friends. It is more. Even with around 600 starters and over 30,000 visitors, it is above all the feeling of belonging. The word “familiar” – seldom has it been more fitting at a major motorsport event than at this one.

As good as no barriers

How come The main reason is that there are almost no barriers here. Everything is open: the bulging paddock, where people work on folding tables, drink beer on folding chairs and sizzle on folding grills. The boxes in which nozzles are changed around the clock, candles are exchanged or just the oil mist of the people in front is wiped off the voluminous panels. The pit lane, in which the individual racing and parade classes gather under deafening two-stroke screeching or four-stroke banging. And even the starting grid of the World GP Legends is accessible: for an extra 15 euros you can stand next to your star from the past, have your picture taken with Freddy Spencer or Ralf Waldmann or just hold the parasol. That usually doesn’t even work in some forest and meadow cup.

In general, the GP Legends: for racing historians a crude mixture of eras, drivers and motorcycles from 84-year-old Jim Redman to 44-year-old Gerry McCoy, from Phil Read’s 1976 Suzuki RG 500 Mk1 to the 1999 RGV XR 89 from Kenny Roberts. For the spectators, on the other hand, it was the absolute highlight of the program with a qualifying and two races in which the warriors really turned up on their 500cc two-stroke engines (more on this in MOTORRAD 17/2016). But despite all the publicity: This is only a small part of the Sachsenring Classic. The much bigger one takes place off the start and finish straight. While marveling at the treasures and talking to their owners, who report with pride in their voice and shining eyes of the years of searching and developing their treasures.

All sorts of things are being pushed

These are mostly long stories, often exciting and sometimes funny. Like that of Hans Reusser, a 58-year-old Swiss from a small village near Konstanz on Lake Constance. He’s sitting here at the Sachsenring on and in front of a Suzuki RE5 Wankel – and that’s how it happened: Hans once wanted to go to the water buffalo meeting in Oelde in the Sauerland with a friend. But he was denied entry. Reason: valves prohibited! Well, wait, thought the Swiss comrade and hit back a year later with this Wankel Suzuki. “But they were amazed,” he is still pleased to this day – and has since fallen for this exotic drive variant. What does he think of the Sachsenring Classic? “A really great experience. So many viewers, ”he beams. “And I never thought that I would be allowed to drive my Wankel on this great track. It’s usually way too loud!

Indeed, in view of the expressions of life, the organizers have to turn a blind eye to some of the classic cars. Or better: Those responsible for the Sachsenring fall back on their contingent of “noise days” for this event in order to make the event possible. Speaking of covering your ears: both index fingers in the ear canal – that is the typical posture on the Classic. And the push-sprint of the baby with the hands on the tail rump is the typical activity.

All sorts of things are being pushed in Saxon, for which the ADAC regional association (see interview) is responsible. And you can come up with a lot. The Saturday evening corso into the city center of Hohenstein-Ernstthal should be unique, with many of the drivers moving their vehicles over part of the historic Sachsenring route to the city’s old market. The clutches of the small two-stroke engines grind and the underbody of the formula vehicles hit the ground. I would like to take the opportunity to say a word about the cars: They don’t bother you, on the contrary, they are an asset. Who does not enjoy it, the sight of eight intake funnels proudly pointing towards the sky in the “Gentle Drivers Trophy” when the historic racing cars move out to be shown. Just like the crackling of the racing Trabis and Wartburgs a few runs later. Fears of contact have no chance here, especially not social envy. But don’t worry: the Sachsenring will remain a motorcycle area. Of around 650 starters, 550 are motorcyclists, and in terms of audience interest, the distribution is likely to be similar. And the next major event is already waiting for the motorcycle-crazy Saxons: the Motorcycle Grand Prix on July 17th.

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“The child will continue to grow”

Michael Sachse (far right), head of the sports department of ADAC Sachsen, Klaus Klotzer (center, sports director ADAC Sachsen) and Mario Theissen (ADAC classic advisor) about the motorsport enthusiasm of the region and the future of the Sachsenring Classic as ” the “event of the scene.

Gentlemen, the third Sachsenring Classic is almost over. Time to take stock and ask: what’s next?

Klotzer: If we now take stock of all three events, we can say that it has grown a little each year. The first two years were more water features than motorsport events, but the audience and range would have increased regardless of the weather. Every child starts out small, then continues to grow. It will be the same with the Sachsenring Classic.

Do you already have numbers as far as the audience is concerned?

Sachse: The official number of spectators over the three days will be over 30,000. That is an increase of around 5000 viewers compared to the previous year. We are now also sure that the coexistence of cars and motorcycles works.

So will you stick with the existing concept in the future? Or to put it another way: what would you like to change??

Sachse: Of course we take a close look at everything every year, but basically we are of the opinion that we have found the right mix of old and not that old, of two and four wheels.

Theissen: It is precisely in this regard that I have to give my colleagues from Saxony a huge compliment: For me, the Classic is extraordinary, for a variety of reasons. First of all, it is the largest historical motorcycle sport event in Germany. It attracts heroes like World GP Legends, for example, who are not only carted here, but also really feel good. Second, the route is a beautiful motorcycle route, and there is a population that has lived the motorcycle theme here for the past 50 or 60 years. You don’t have that anywhere else – and that’s why the Sachsenring Classic should be the main event for historic motorsport in Germany.

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