Passione Caracciola 2019Comment
The 5th edition of the Passione Caracciola Rally is set for late 18-21 September 2019. Driving from Basel via Neuchâtel to enjoy the track at Lignières.
Passione Caracciola is a regularity rally for classic cars up to 1980. It is open to all brands and models, offering a driving experience through places that directly influenced the professional and personal life of the great driver.
Passione Caracciola is organised by Rudolf Caracciola Service GmbH as part of the project to bring back the legend of Caratsch (his German nickname). Every year, a maximum of 58 crews, the same number of years of the champion’s life, takes part in this regularity rally all about the joy of driving through stunning places, with just the right dash of competition.
The desire to spend time together comes first in this race, in an atmosphere linked to the history of motor sport races, to the legend of the Silver Arrows and to their driver par excellence: Rudolf Caracciola.
What is Passione Caracciola?
It’s a gathering during which the wish to be together prevails but, above all, the desire to share one’s real passion: cars.
The oldtimer Four categories admitted are:
- before 1945
- from 1946 to 1960
- from 1961 to 1970
- from 1971 to 1980
The four categories will compete in separate ranks, additionally an overall winner will be crowned. The regulation clarifies each point concerning the participation to the meeting. The event will be characterized by regularity stages, racing and fun.
About Rudolf Caracciola
The life of Otto Wilhelm Rudolf Caracciola was a string of successes since when, at only 25, he won his first German Grand Prix in Berlin on the Avus racetrack, in front of 230,000 fans, with a private MERCEDES-BENZ M128. On that occasion, the German press named him Regenmeister (King of Rain/Rainmaster) because of the real deluge under which the race took place.
Among his accomplishments
- 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS in the GRAND PRIX FORMULA (1935, 1937 and 1938) with the Mercedes W25, W125 and W154
- 3 EUROPEAN HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS (1930, 1931 and 1932) with the Mercedes SSK and SSKL and the Alfa Romeo P3
- SPEED RECORD: on January 28th 1938, with a streamlined W125, he set the speed record of 432.7 KM/H (still undefeated) along the Frankfurt-Darmstad highway
- 144 WINS out of the 204 races he took part in
- MILLE MIGLIA: he was the first non Italian driver to win the competition
"Caracciola was to me", Alfred Neubauer declared "the greatest driver of the Twenties and Thirties and, perhaps, of all times. He was an exceptional mix of concentration, physical strength and intelligence."
He passed away on September 28th 1959 in Kassel, Germany
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