Jim Clark Revival 2006 at Hockenheim

the 2006 Jim Clark Revival Festival was held at Hockenheim circuit from April 27th to 30th, meaning we were looking forward towards two days of historic racing, pitwalks, interesting chats with mechanics and drivers alike (no pit babes worth speaking of, though, but that fact only made it easier to get close to the cars ;).

We spent two nights at the local "camping lot" which sadly was nothing more than a woody strip between the Autobahn and the circuit perimeter, and which also did its best to create the authentic atmosphere of a 60's Grand Prix event: no facilities worth mentioning, just a couple of mobile loos and eight showers for the entire lot.

I have no idea why the organizers failed to set up a small shop at least for the duration of the event, but I guess they had their reasons. The weather held up nicely, too, and except for a snow shower (in late April!) just in time for the Historic F2 race #1, we were able to sit in the sun on the grandstands at the "Sachskurve" and enjoy a splendid view over the entire "Motodrom" part of the circuit.

Full resolution versions of all the pictures below are available on request! Please don't use any of the pics below without our permission except for private, non-commercial use.

all photos (c) Uwe Schürkamp, Marco La Mura and Jens Mensching.

Two Oldies | A look down Pit Lane | Classic Formula Ford | FF tent / garage | Maserati | Maserati up close | Even more Maseratis | Ferrari | GTC truck | Ferrari 206 P | Honda Sportscar, ca. 1960 | Lotus | Lotus Suspension | Lotus Cosworth Engine | Ready for Track Day | Mechanics | Cockpit detail | F1 Clienti | F1 Clienti, #2 | Ferrari trucks | Guinness Book Attempt | Recaro F3 Cup, race #2 | Track Marshalls | Jim Clark Memorial | Jim Clark Memorial | Waldgerade | TGP Alan Jones | Homeward bound |

Two Oldies
Two very old Formula Junior cars (possibly a Cooper T52) we cannot even remember if those ever made it on the circuit during the event

2006/05/01

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A look down Pit Lane
Over the entire duration of the festival,the whole pit area and sometimes even the pit lane was open to spectators. Here, we look down to pit entry towards the "Mobilflasche", a landmark of the Hockenheim circuit.

2006/04/29

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Classic Formula Ford
A Swift SC 88 competing in the classic FF challenge.

2006/05/01

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FF tent / garage
Time to relax between the classic Forumla Ford events

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Maserati
Maserati A6 GCM from 1951 competing in the Ferrari Historic challenge.

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Maserati up close
Shot of the Maserati cockpit, looks like drivers in those days had an extra leg!

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Even more Maseratis
More maseratis (a 250 F, #26) and Ferraris worth taking a look at.

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Ferrari
A Ferrari 412P (Tim Samways, 1966) from the Ferrari Historic Challenge.

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GTC truck
Looks like that Peugeot in front is in for some work! An economic way to transport two FIA GTC65 cars at once: a Lotus Elan and a TVR Griffith waiting to go home.

2006/05/03

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Ferrari 206 P
Ferrari 206 P

2006/05/01

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Honda Sportscar, ca. 1960
Fit for the Japanese, but apparently a wee bit too small for the European crowd: A Honda Sportscar from the late 60s. Jens probably would have a hard time getting behind the wheel of this one!

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Lotus
Lotus car

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Lotus Suspension
Rear Suspension Detail on the #35 car. "Flimsy" describes it best! No wonder these cars broke / got misaligned on the slightest contact.

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Lotus Cosworth Engine
Detail shot of the Lotus Cosworth engine

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Ready for Track Day
the #69 car ready for an outing

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Mechanics
Mechanics busy at work on #54, hot glue rocks! ;)

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Cockpit detail
the #69 cockpit up close.

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F1 Clienti
When rich folks have thought of all other ways to spend money, the buy a retired F1 car from Ferrari, have them prepare it for them at the track and then do a couple of laps on real race tracks when the mood strikes them. The F1 Clienti pit was the only part of pit lane *not* open to public access, I guess it figures *shrug*

2006/05/01

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F1 Clienti, #2
Another shot into the F1 clienti pits. The sound of the cars was glorious to say the least, and maybe I wouldn't enjoy everybody and his brother pawing around on my F1 Ferrari, either (if I had one)

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Ferrari trucks
Trucks lined up at the back of the pitlane.

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Guinness Book Attempt
The organizers were trying to get 1,000 historic cars to do a lap on the GP circuit for an entry into the GBoWR, however we have no idea if it was successful. Some sweet, old cars to be seen there in the setting sun, still!

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Recaro F3 Cup, race #2
Three F3 cars thundering down the straight following the Nordkurve. Being this close to the track, one gets an idea of how fast these cars are actually going.

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Track Marshalls
Not much to do for the track marshalls during the F3 event!

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Jim Clark Memorial
The Jim Clark Memorial commemorates two-times world champion Jim Clark who lost his life in an F2 Event at the Hockenheim circuit. When the track was redesigned in 1999, the memorial was moved from the spot of the accident to the start of the old "Waldgerade" (forest straight), where the new circuit takes a sharp right turn into the parabolica straight. As the day of his death (Apr. 4th) was just a couple of weeks past, some flowers laid down by his sisters are still in quite good condition.

2006/05/01

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Jim Clark Memorial
A closer look at the Jim Clark Memorial

2006/04/29

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Waldgerade
Talking a short walk along the old track layout, one can still clearly see the right bend before the first chicane in the old layout. The old circuit was torn down and is left for wildlife to repopulate it again in exchange for the area cleared for the new Hermann Tilke layout. Lots of vegetation is already back, especially lots of shrubs of broom which should make the area look just like Scotland when May comes and there's "yellow on the broom" as some Scottish tune tells; a fitting and emotional setting to mark the place where Jim lost his life.

2006/04/29

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TGP Alan Jones
a car driven by Alan Jones from the TGP series.

2006/05/01

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Homeward bound
Bound for home after two exciting days at the Jim Clark Revival Festival 2006, Marco and Jens are not exactly looking forward to the five hour drive, but we all thought it was worth it.

2006/06/30

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