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Armin Schwarz (Credits: Armin Schwarz), Trophy Truck (Credits: Armin Schwarz), Melkus RS1000 (Credits: Roland Schreiber), MT77 (Credits: Schleizer Dreieck), Ford Capri RS3100 Cosworth (Credits: Mücke Motorsport)


Oktober 29, 2019

In the spotlight: Legendary racing cars from the GDR – Special motorsport exhibition at Motorworld Classics Berlin

Berlin, October 29, 2019. On November 20-24, 2019, Motorworld Classics Berlin will be turned into a hotspot for racing fans. The special exhibition will be showcasing exceptional racing cars and rare Grand Prix racing cars. One highlight will be the MELKUS RS1000, the so-called “Ferrari of the East”, which this year celebrates its 50th birthday. Motorworld Classics Berlin will also be welcoming European rally champion Armin Schwarz as a special guest. He will be accompanied by his impressive off-road racing Trophy Truck with which he won the Baja 1000 last year.

The special motorsport exhibition in Hall 21 will this year make Motorworld Classics Berlin a meeting place for all racing fans. Here, visitors can experience motorsport history and the feeling of Grand Prix racing.

The Melkus RS1000 celebrates its 50th birthday

The Dresden-based company Melkus demonstrated that, with much love and commitment, beautifully designed sports cars could be built even in East Germany. In 1969, Heinz Melkus launched the legendary, handmade RS1000 on the market, the first and only street-legal racing car from the GDR. He only made 101 vehicles, of which around 90 still exist today. The East German cult car with its mid-engine design and fibreglass-reinforced polyester body is particularly striking on account of the gullwing doors and its extremely low-slung construction with a ground clearance of just ten centimetres. The engine and chassis originated from the Wartburg 353. In the standard version, the two-seater had 75 horsepower and a top speed of about 165 kph, while the racing version had around 100 hp and could manage up to 200 kph. Even today, around three RS1000s true to the original specifications are still being rebuilt to order each year. In 2009 Melkus presented the reinterpretation, the RS2000, of which 18 copies were made.

Armin Schwarz with his Trophy Truck

As a special guest, Motorworld Classics Berlin will be welcoming German rally driver Armin Schwarz on November 22 and 23 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors can also look forward to seeing one of his imposing Trophy Trucks at the special exhibition. Armin Schwarz has long been a well-known face in the rally and off-road racing scene – both nationally and internationally. Last year, he celebrated victory in the Legends class at the Baja 1000 in Mexico, which is one of the world’s longest and toughest car and motorcycle races. In 1987 and 1988 Armin Schwarz became German rally champion, in 1991 he celebrated his greatest success by winning the Spanish Rally, while in 1996 he won the European rally championship.

Schleizer Dreieck with MT 77

The Schleizer Dreieck race track will also be presenting itself at the special exhibition with some interesting vehicles, among them a Melkus MT 77. The car was developed and built in 1977 by the racing drivers Ulli Melkus and Hartmut Thassler, whose vehicle with the legendary race number 92 will be on display. The vehicle’s name is derived from the initials of the two drivers, while the 77 stands for the build year. The body’s aerodynamics were practically revolutionary for its era and taking into account the means and possibilities available in the GDR at that time. The basic drive train was the engine from the Lada 1300, which was modified to boost its output to around 140 hp. The transmission originated from the Wartburg 311. The MT 77 won numerous GDR championship titles.

DTM racing cars and classic car track days

Another race circuit present in Berlin will be the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. It features two real eye-catchers made available by Mücke Motorsport Classic. The first is an Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI DTM. The 420 hp racing car was driven in 1994 by Christian Danner. The second head-turner is a 1974 Ford Capri RS3100 Cosworth, which was also driven by Niki Lauda and Klaus Ludwig during their active careers.

The company will also be presenting the “Classic Car Track Days”. This is the right address for anyone wanting to take their own classic car for a spin on the race track. The Classic Car Track Days offers owners of classic cars and classics-to-be the opportunity to take part in sporting activities on selected race circuits. They will be bringing a Classic Mini Cooper and a prototype hill-climbing car to Berlin.

Three wheels and four world records

With the three-wheeled cycle-car from Udo Wollbrink, a true world record-holding vehicle will be on display at the special exhibition. In 1989, Wollbrink, two Czechs and an Englishman wrote motorsport history with this extraordinary racing vehicle on the race track in Most, Czech Republic. The four men set a total of four world-beating times with their 160 kph-fast vehicle – the 6-hour, 12-hour, 24-hour and 1000-kilometre world records. Even if it was tight at the end: They crossed the finish line on just one cylinder and with only a glass of petrol left in the tank.

Opening hours:

Gala Night of Boats and Classic Cars
Wed, November 20, 2019: From 6 p.m.

Do., 21. bis So., 24. November 2019: 10.00 bis 18.00 Uhr

Thu 21 to Sun 24 November, 2019: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission prices
(ticket is valid for both trade fairs):

Gala Night of Boats and Classic Cars (incl. day ticket): EUR 30.00
Day ticket: EUR 16.00
Day ticket concession: EUR 7.00
2-day tickets: EUR 20.00
Family day ticket (2 adults, 3 children): EUR 20.00

About the MOTORWORLD Group

The independent MOTORWORLD Group emerged from the DÜNKEL Holding corporate group based in Schemmerhofen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). The origins of the family-run company go back to 1933. The Motorworld Group develops, builds and operates experience worlds that are dedicated to mobile passion.

The first location was Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Böblingen, which opened in 2009 and has since been expanded several times, winning several awards along the way. Further projects and activities under the MOTORWORLD® brand have been initiated in recent years. Following on with the same concept as Motorworld Region Stuttgart, Motorworld Köln-Rheinland opened in June 2018. Two further locations are currently under development: Motorworld München and Motorworld Zeche Ewald-Ruhr, Herten. The starting signal for the construction of Motorworld Mallorca will also be given shortly.

The portfolio will be complemented by the Motorworld Manufaktur locations in Berlin, Metzingen, Rüsselsheim and Zurich. As their names suggest, the space for mobile passion at these locations will focus in particular on good old handicraft skills. All four locations are already in operation and are being steadily expanded.

The Motorworld idea also regularly goes on tour, including to the annual classic car trade fairs Motorworld Classics Berlin and Motorworld Classics Bodensee in Friedrichshafen, to scene events such as the Motorworld Oldtimertage at Fürstenfeld (near Munich), as well as in numerous other guises.

The “IAA Heritage by Motorworld” rounds off the Motorworld Group’s event portfolio both regionally and thematically. Existing formats and locations thus mesh perfectly with one another. They all abide by the motto “Space for mobile passion”, interpreting it in many different facets.

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