Real racing on a fast and challenging track – enjoyed by 40,000 spectators in the beautiful settings in Aarhus.
The most friendly race event in Europe – we hear!
Classic Race Aarhus has evolved to become one of the largest annual events in Denmark and an event that profiles Aarhus across Europe. The recipe is genuine racing with fantastic racers from the colorful motorsport history and a beautifully situated racetrack along Aarhus Bay, through the Marselisborg woods and past the Queen’s summer palace.
No other race offers the same atmosphere as the Classic Race Aarhus: Plenty of horsepower and on-track action and a celebration of glistening lacquer and chrome on exhibits, as well as entertainment, contests, fun and serious stuff mixed to appeal to children as well as adults.
The best touring car racing in the world? Possibly. Certainly many will remember the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft), which in its heyday drew hundreds of thousands of spectators to the tracks around Europe. The racing was close, the drivers were stars and automobile factories used all the tricks to win: The duels between BMW and Mercedes were legendary.
In 2016, the series reappeared, now as historic cars. But no less spectacular than then! Their race in Aarhus was their 2017-season opener and counting towards their championship – and racing will once again be spectacular.
Ever popular true historic race cars and the oldest of the weekend to boot: All cars are from 1965 or earlier, subdivided into five divisions.
The class is open to the participation of prototypes and purpose built racing sports cars!
There will definitely be something to see and hear when the oldest racing cars of the weekend takes to the track: They’re not the slowest.
This is one of the most popular classes in Danish historic motorsport: In a jam-packed field the two engine divisions (above and below 1,300 cubic) are fighting all against all, and we can expect minimal distances between all the huge blistered arches. What will be at the front? Often an Escort or two, but Porsche, Datsun, BMW and Alfa Romeo always provides excitement about the outcome.
And to spice things up further: In the mixed field we certainly expect to see the fastest of the “small” 1300 cubic cars mingle with the great: The 71-class virtually guarantees close racing!
76’er and 80’s class
This grid spans three time periods, and the latest from 1986 are hardly run in yet! But one should not believe that the newest cars are necessarily the fastest. In the seventies there was not much standard Ford or Opel engineering left, when the best tuners had done their thing. The wildest escorts had (almost) half a Formula 1 engine under the bonnet! The field offers several powerful cars from Porsche’s immortal 911 to the audience favorite BMW CSL to Ford’s stunning Capri 3000.
Kampf der Zwerge
Our German guest class is one of the recent years’ most successful historic racing classes. The great series for the small cars called ”Kampf der Zwerge” (Battle of the Midgets”), and the success is based on a unique mix of good racing, camaraderie and exciting cars that many spectators will remember from the streets in the seventies – and from the racetrack, of course. The common denominator of the cars is that they are small. But the entertainment value is great! In 2017 their race in Aarhus was counting towards their German championship and battles will be fierce.
OK Mobil 1 Legend Cup
In their concept the cars in the Legend class are not unlike the much larger DTC cars. Under their colorful robes all the Legend Cars are virtually identical, and clearly they are inspired by American motoring history. Everything is just smaller, as they are in fact scaled down to five-eighths of the original size relative to their role models from the thirties. But the power is still there! Under their small bonnets they feature high-performance motorcycle engines, which makes the diminutive cars rather fast racing cars.
The youngest historics cars are a trifle of fifteen years old – or newer yet, as the model should just have been around since 1993 to take part. With more liberty in the regulations than in the classic historic racing cars the class has in recent years grown in popularity – not unlike the status of younger classic cars on the road. The grid counts cars from the early eighties competing against cars from the mid-nineties. They are divided into three divisions as per the ratio of their power and weight.
With almost 500 horsepower under the bonnet of each car the Danish Thunder Sports Championship makes for one of the strongest grids at the Classic Race Aarhus. The cars in the DTC area differs from most others by Classic Race Aarhus as they are not exactly classic – in fact, more of them are brand new. But they closely resemble the classic NASCAR-look and sounds something like that as well – and the racing is very, very tight!
Formula One / Le Mans / Can-Am
Uncompromised power, maximum speed – and fiendish engine sound: Grand Prix cars have been the royal class of motorsport since the first championship race was run in 1950. But there ARE other spectacularly fast race cars:
The 24 hours of Le Mans has attracted car manufactorers since the Twenties, and the tarmac of the French track has seen several legendary battles of speed. In America everthing is bigger, and in motorsport terms culminated in the seventies: The Can-Am series went crazy in pursuit of speed, and the thundering cars were faster than both the Formula One and Le Mans.
The Show class “Legends of Speed” is a tribute to the fastest of the fast!
(Photos: Henrik Sørensen, Dennis Kjærsgaard, Kristian Rasmussen, Peter Marker, Hassan Jensen, TH Photo, Allan Samsøe Voss)
From the starting line on Strandvejen the drivers can actually NOT see the end of the straight – it is wide, but has a right kink two-thirds down. The fastest cars are approaching 200 km/h at the end of the straight!
Immediately after reaching the highest speeds of the track the drivers brake hard for the slowest and narrowest of corners. The hairpin.
The exit from the hairpin is extremely important as it leads to the long uphill straight of Oddervej. This part of the track offer spectators full throttle acceleration duels and all the engine roar you could wish for.
Kongevejen - past the castle
Kongevejen initiates the green section of the track with Marselisborg Castle to the left. The width is limited by trees on both sides, but there IS room to overtake. Just.
This combination corner is very difficult, especially at the exit: Not only is there a slight bump but also a little negative camber.
Carl Nielsens Vej
Now downhill! And this section is fast, narrow and green, the trees from the drivers perspective giving an impression of a green tunnel. Often the cars are like pearls on a string.
Aros Forsikring Corner
There is not much to be won in the entry to this corner, but the exit is hugely important: Maximum speed at the exit can be carried along all the way doen the long Strandvejen straight.