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F1GPDC at the Ennstal Classic

Peter Meirhofer was present at the annual Ennstal Classic in Austria to capture some of our Grand Prix Drives Club members in action.

In the competitive rally event open to all the competitors in the Classic the GPDC members did not fare so well with our best result being Jo Ramirez who finished 41st overall driving a relatively sedate Porsche 912.

Racing driver Jo Ramirez driving a red Porsche 912 in green forest, our highest placed member  - © Peter Meierhofer
Jo Ramirez ( Porsche 912) our highest placed member – © Peter Meierhofer

Perhaps not surprisingly Jochen Mass finished up 193rd overall in the least likely classic rally car, a softly sprung Chrysler 300. His driving partner was Bruno Fluckiger who was his mechanic when he raced the Group C Sauber thirty-five years ago.

Jochen Mass rumbling along in his mighty Chrysler 300  - © Peter Meierhofer
Jochen Mass rumbling along in his mighty Chrysler 300 – © Peter Meierhofer

Derek Bell kept the British flag flying with a vintage Bentley 4.5 litre and finished 126th and Hans Stuck was 122nd driving a true classic racing car, the Porsche “Dreikantschaber” racing coupe.

Derek Bell with his Supercharged Bentley celebrating 100 years of Bentley.  - © Peter Meierhofer
Derek Bell with his Supercharged Bentley celebrating 100 years of Bentley – © Peter Meierhofer
The svelte Porsche Coupe of Hans Stuck - © Peter Meierhofer
The svelte Porsche Coupe of Hans Stuck – © Peter Meierhofer

The third best performance by a GPDC member was by Dieter Quester with a pre-War BMW 328 and second best was former Ferrari team manager Daniele Audetto driving a Lancia Fulvia Rallye

Not to be outdone our flamboyant Italian member, Arturo Merzario attacked a sprint set up on a local airfield with an Abarth 2000 sports racing car.

 irrepressible  Arturo Merzario.
The irrepressible Arturo Merzario. – © Peter Meierhofer

Mark Weber and friends with the Porsche Speedster  - © Peter Meierhofer
Mark Weber and friends with the Porsche Speedster

 All photographs by Peter Meirhofer.