Die ADAC Bavaria Historic

Vintage Car Rallye

by Bert Schwarz

It is and remains the original: Like no other vintage car event, the ADAC Bavaria Historic combines the Bavarian way of life with a sporting challenge for man and machine. The cult event was held for the 30th time in 2017. Celebrating the anniversary, we follow the traces of our parents and accompany the old cars along the most beautiful routes on which they used to drive towards the sunny south.

ADAC Bavaria Historic

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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55 starters from Germany, Austria, England and the Czech Republic came to the Theresienwiese on 27 May 1988 to compete in the 1st ADAC Bavaria Cup under the leadership of AC Bavaria and the then President O.K. Klemenz to be also from the game. At that time, the competition was still part of the FIA European Championship for historic automobiles and was a regularity ride in one. So a powerful Jaguar E stood next to a 13 HP Goggomobile with bread basket and a Porsche 356 SC next to a Fiat Topolino from 1940 - already at that time a delicacy for the numerous spectators and fans. The road book prescribed 585 kilometres to the Salzburg Ring and back.

The difference: The FIA participants took the track in 14 special stages in champion style and full speed under their bikes, the others took the wheel out of pure driving pleasure.

By the way: Neither the traditional Munich club AC Bavaria nor the Latin name for "Bavaria" have given the Historic its name. The name's patron saint to this day is the mighty bronze statue called «Bavaria» standing at the head end of the Theresienwiese.